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I think the 1200 was the best looking of the dressed Goldwings. That said I like riding my 1500 better. I don't like the headlights and mirror turnsignals on the 1800 but if I had the bucks I'd be able to overcome my revulsion. I'm afraid the Wexman might be on the right path on this one!
 

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Silicon Sam wrote:
I like bikes where you can actually see more of the engine than just the valve covers.
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I would like a bike so good I don't have to see the engine unless I want to. The Wing is getting close.
 

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Oregonwinger wrote:
I've read that the LTD will outrun 1500, but I knolw my LTD won't outrun this one. What's your thoughts on that, Paul?
Hey, Paul. You gonna make the Diamond lake run?
You're going to enjoy the new bike. I'm pretty sure my SEI would get the jump on the 1500 for power, especially in the mountains at a bit of altitude the fuel injection had the advantage. The only other thing you'll notice is the 1500 is a bit cold blooded, you'll need to warm it up a bit to keep it happy whereas the LTD/SEI didn't care if it was hot or cold, just ran fine either way. I like the handling better with the 1500, it feels lighter for some reason. It's a much simpler bike to work on compared to the 1200s. I've put about 12,000 miles on mine since February. Sure like the way the trunk and side bags open, no lids to handle. I plan to add an oil pressure and voltmeter from Firecreek to my bike, I miss that info. Also miss the gear indicator. The OD light will tell you when in top gear, when the speedo needle and tach needle are parallel it's in fourth. You'll find this bike runs at lower rpms than the 1200, around 3200 at 70mph. I commonly slow down to 35 without downshifting from 5th, it will pull right back up smartly. Lots less shifting on this bike.

Don't know if I'm going to be able to make Diamond, but will be in Medford for a couple days next month for sure. Bringing my camper, might drag the bike along.
 

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Oregonwinger wrote:
Paul. What do your gears sound like? This one doesn't whine. More like it has sand for lube. Any ideas. Probably get a oil sample done. PM me, if you're in Medford before next Thursday.
The 4th gear whine is the most noticeable, it's just a minor whine doesn't sound as bad as sand. The bike does sound a bit like a turboprop when winding up for a fast merge on the freeway. Still not sure when I'll get down your way, lots of variables right now.
 
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