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Hey guys. I finnaly have gotten myself sick of working on my gl1200.The fact that I have no garage and working in a dirt driveway take awqay from the fun of owning this bike. My wife gave me the go ahead for a gl1500 early next year.



I will want to make a good decision, so I am asking for insight on what to look for that has not been written on the FAQs.



Thisnk that I like are the cb, cruise,reverse,2 way intercom. I guess the cb is more as a toy and not a needed option.



What can i get on an aspy that is not standard on an interstate. In other words when shopping, how do I know that interstate goodies are add ons and not factory standards.
 

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I went from 1200's right to the 1800's and skipped the 1500 series. I really like the looks though of the 1500 series and it wasn't that I had anything against them I just got a great deal on my 1800. Depending on your price range you may not want to rule out an 1800 right off the bat. There are lots of great bikes no matter which size you go for out there. Couple of things just from my reading and watching the forums and from friends to keep in mind are the change in height from the 94 or 95 year to the lower height in the 95 on up. Made the bike a bit easier for folks who were a bit shorter so the pre 95 had a bit more travel in the suspension from my understanding but I'm sure the 95 on still ride nice. You mentioned CB being something you would like. Do you ride in groups? If not I woudn't worry about it as it's not going to be necessary anyway. I always liked the look of the driving lights on the bikes but I wouldn't let that sway me from buying one without if the bike was in really good shape and I liked the color. From what I"ve read they were really more for cornering than anything else as they didn't provide much light and that's why you see many with aftermarket driving lights that provide more light.

I'd look for the more obvious ie. good maitenance record, well cared for bike. Many of them are out there and if you find one in the color you want in good shape at a good price that's the one to get. You can always add toys to it later. To me the important part is that it was well cared for. Remember I never owned a 1500 but someday I may still get one. They are just such a pretty motorcycle. Whatever you decide I hope you find the one you want at a good price.



One more question for you. Why are you waiting to buy till spring? You realize you'd likely get a better deal now or in the fall as opposed to buying in the spring when the riding season is just starting? You may have a better selection on bikes in the spring would be the only advantage but you will be in the sellers market as opposed to the fall when you have a better chance of getting a bargain.
 

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Congrats on the future upgrade!

An Interstate is your 'plane Jane' of the 1500s - no reverse, no cruise control,no CB etc

The Aspencade hasthe cruise control, has reverse and the CB is an option, as well as the rear speakers and the lower signal lamps, but some owners have these installed as an option

The SE, is the fully decked out version, including the cruise control, reverse,CB, 4 speaker sound system, adjustable rear foot pegs and driver foot warmers and I believe the rear trunk spoiler, among other things, making it the most desirable one to own and therefore commands a higher price

Be patient, buys will be sure to come your way, if you keep your eyes/ears open. Good luck with your hunt for a new ride.
 

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notes on an 1500:

don't get one without reverse!

the CB is a very worthwhile option if you plan on doing any touring. ditto for intercom.

you can easily incorporate an XM radio or MP3 player by using a casette adapter.

IMHO the honda sound system/CB is one of the very best things on my GL.

It's a honda. don't let mileage on a well maintained bike scare you off. mines an 88 with 90 some thousand miles and it still doesn't burn a drop of oil (and probably never will with regular oil changes)
 

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All are good points guys. The last comment aout the milage is interesting. I know hondas have a great reputation for great motors. I just have this bad habbit at thining that low milage is a plus and it may not be the case.

As for thereason i plan to buy in the spring is financially.
The sprng brings lots of overtime and tax returns . I will buty the next one before selling the current wing so that I dont jump into a deal. The Idea ofan 1800 is great except for 2 items. The price and the living acomodations. I live in a house that I rent from my wifes grandmother but i only have access to dirt driveway parking and repaoiring is limited to outdoor work.
No garage and no security system. An 1800 would be sitting outside.
Although I plan to make some arrangements dfor the 1500 so the problem still is the price.
I do not want to finance.
 

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I think of the mileage as "Was it used regularly every year?" If not, how long did it set and let things gum up?
 

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I was like you and was looking for a low mileage 1500. I had a friend who told me to not worry about the mileage as much as maintenance. I raised the mileage bar and found a great 98 SE under 50,000 miles. Put 24,000 on it in 2 riding seasons with absolutely no mechanical issues what so ever. Good luck on your search
 

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What ever you buy be sure all the equipment it has works.. Check cruise control for sure.. Get as much OP information as you can and see if he can back it up.. Last don't be in a hurry.. There's always another bike just around the corner......
 

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You will not be disappointed with a 1500... make sure it has reverse... CB to me is a option I don't need.. I had it on my LTD and never used it.. Dont have it on Betty (she is for sale :D) and dont miss it...

Make sure all maint is done and up to date and miles mean little to nothing..:waving:
 

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My 1500 is a 1990 model, it's not an Aspencade but it has reverse, cruise, driving lights, rear speakers and stereo/tape player. Everything but the girl and the CB.
 

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I have an 1993 Interstate and don't miss reverse or the CB. I do like the built in intercom and got headsets for my wife and my helmet quickly. It is nice to be able to talk with the passenger without having to turn my head.
 

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The 1988 and 1989 Gold Wing's had off-idle hesitation problems from the factory. There was a service bulletin issued by Honda (not a recall), Honda would correct the problem under warranty when folks returned and complained.

There were a number of good mechanical upgrades made in 1990.

1991 was the first year for the Interstate, no reverse, cheaper sound system (Kenwood AM/FM radio, no cassette deck), no cruise control, no self canceling turn signals, only one helmet holder under trunk, 40 pounds lighter and one inch lower seat height.

The Interstate does not have back-lit handlebar controls like the SE and Aspencade.

The main differences between the Aspencade's and SE are:

The SE has the following "standard" items:

Passenger speakers, CB radio, rear spoiler, cornering lights, adjustable passenger floorboards, foot warmers for rider, full logic sound system and two-tone paint (some colors).

In 1995, Honda lowered the seat height by one inch. Now the Interstate, Aspencade and SE all have the same seat height.

In 1997, Honda started using beefed up Valkyrie parts in the Gold Wing's. Mainly in the drive line.

Up through 1997, the SE had cornering lights standard, they only came on when the turn signals were activated.

In 1998, they were change to full time running lights.

There were also Bank Angle Switch (BAS) problems with the 1988 1993 Gold Wing's. Honda issued a recall on the BAS.

There were drive shaft boot problems with the 1997 - 2000 Gold Wing's. The boots would split in few short thousand miles. No recall was issued, but they were replaced under warranty when folks returned with the problem. Also, there were many alternator failures during the 1997 -2000 years. Some folks replaced them with an after market Comp-U-Fire (higher output) alternator.

1996 was the last year for the Interstate.

Just a few things off the top of my head about the different year GL1500 Wing's.
 

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I recently purchased a 97 Aspencade. One thing I should have done, was find one that had all the options I want. Everything can be added, but it's all expensive.
 

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My SE has the CB and I have only used it once to listen in on trucker traffic reports. It was worth it.
 

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I just bought my 97SE1500. I had been looking at them all summer waiting for the right one to come along. I was picky and wanted a white or silver one. I would suggest that you look for the SE as it has all the goodies that you will want. And the price difference is not all that much beteen an Se and the others. I found several Aspys that were higher priced than the SE that I bought. I kept looking on craigs list every day looking at what is out there. I would look on Ebay but never found one close enough to me. I did not want to buy one without going and looking. What I found by looking for several months is that the ones on ebay rarley sold. They never got to the reserve. The bottom line is that my 97 had 54K on it with a lot of add on crome and 6 CD changer and I bought it for 7000.00

I put my old 83 1100 aspencade on craigs list and sold it in a week for 3300.00.



One more thing, the 1500 has more storage space than the 1800 the trunk and saddle bags are bigger on my 1500 than my buddy's 1800.



An this mother is fast, I tried to out runmy son on his Honda 1800VTX , his speedometer pegged at 100mph and I shut mine down at 125 and still had more to go. I just did not have the guts to run it up any futher. too old to heal that much if I hit a deer....



You will love the 1500 if you are riding a 1200 now. DON"T wait buy now you won't regret it....
 

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I bought my 88 1500 for 4K with 71000 miles, and aside from a carb sync, bad gas, and an oil change, the bike runs like a top. The only thing mine doesn't have is the CB, the LED light in my spoiler, adjustable rear boards, volume control (passenger), and the knob to turn the vents off on the fairing.

Keep in mind that 88, 89, and maybe 90 did not have multiple models. They were all the same models that were optioned out from the factory/dealer. If you find a nice 88 or 89, buy it, as its going to have most of the features of your Aspencade or SE for less money typically.
 

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98-00 models are different in that they have the different headlight, slightly throatier exhaust (and I mean "slightly"), and I believe they sit a tad lower. Also changes in the badging.
 

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Sure I have what you want, excellent condition other that standing idle for the past year.



UNFORTUNATELY..I live on the West Coast so don't think you would want to take this one on!



Keep looking...what you want is out there and somebody will be ready to sell.



Polkwing

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Ya asked for an opinion about upgrading to a 1500. Okay... DO IT!
 

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Ya asked for an opinion about upgrading to a 1500. Okay... DO IT!
No kidding!!! I am loving the move up:action::action:



Just keep the lighter away from the carbs on the 15:cool::cheeky1::cheeky1:
 
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