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Hi everyone. I'm from New Zealand and have wanted a Goldwing for the best part of 40 years. The time is now! I hace a choice right now to buy two very different models - a 1988 GL 1200 interstate or a 1996 1500 ASPENCADE. Obviously ther latter is more expensive. I want it for gentle touring in magnificent new Zealand with my wife.. Any plusses and minuses I should be aware of. Thanks for the the welcome. Comfort and easy maintanance are a priority.

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Welcome eyemedia, I believe the 88 wing is also a 1500 that was the first year for the wing here in the states. If it is a 1500 the first years were loaded with all the extras at the time. A down side on the 88's and 89's is that their are part specifics for these two years only. The 90 to 00 will swap out to each other, being of the same model , Interstate, Aspencade and SE. Others will chime in shortly, read all the info you can get on the wings and ask lots of questions. Go onto the history of the goldwing here on the site and read awayLots of info there.

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Welcome to the forum from Florida!!

I have an 85 1200I and love it. It gives me many miles of fun and does what ever I ask.

I would like to one day move up to a 1500 or even an 1800, but till that day, my ole 1200 will do just fine.

Enjoy your time here and know that what ever wing you get, it'll be fun!
 

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:waving:Welcome Declan . The 1988 model started the 1500 series . If its got 4 cylinders its likely an 87 1200 titled in the year it sold . If its got 6 cylinders its a 1500 . Either will be a good bike . If the finances are there for you the newer one will be better if its had good proper care . These bikes with normal service will go over 250K miles . Sorry I dont know how that translates to Kilometers :(but its a good long ride:action: I wish you the best in your decision . Ride safe and visit with us often .
 

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Welcome eyemedia to the forum! My thoughts if you are looking for ease of maintenance would be the 96 1500. It is harder to find parts at times here in the US and most dealers of you have to take it there won't work on a 1200. Not saying the 1200 is a bad bike, I owned one and loved it, I just think the 1500 being newer would be the way to go and it's a 6 cylinder. :cooldevil:
 

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They are both great bikes. I would buy whichever one I could afford. Probably go after the 96, but the other is still a good choice.
 

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Welcome from sunny Southern California, USA, go for the 96
 

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Hello and welcome from Arizona.
 

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Just wanted to say thank you to all the people who replied. It was a very warm welcome.Thanks also for the advice. I really appreciate it!

I'll do a bit more research. I was a little confused by the bit i did which seemed to suggest that the 1200 interstate finished in 1987. The parts issue could be important here in New Zealand as there is a not a huge basisof owners compared to the US.
 

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:12blue:welcome from the HOOSIER STATE!!!!:1000red:
 

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Hi....welcome from the Netherlands!!!:banana:
 

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Well welcome from N.C. 96 sounds good, six pack Asy can't go wrong.
 

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Welcome from Arkansas. Home of the worlds largest triple wide.
 

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Hey, BIG WELCOME....this is a great site for anything GOLDWING !! :cool:
 

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Hi Eyemedia, a warm welcome from Singapore:waving:

Compare to U.S., we're neighbour :)

I agree with Flyone, GL 1500 is easier to get parts.

I'm hopingsome day will ride to Australia and New Zealand.
 
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