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I am thinking of buying a new Goldwing, I own an 85 Aspencade and was thinking it’s time to treat myself to something newer. Was all set to buy a 1800 when I read Steve’s section on what to look out for when buying used, and 1800s seem to have there fair share of problems. I am asking what the forum members think. Should I go with the 1800? or find a 1500 that may be better to me with fewer problems and what year of 1500 was the best. Any help in this expensive area would be greatly appreciated Thanks
 

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Any GL1500 from 1995 (the lowered suspension) is what to go for, if you really want a 1500. My sights are on a GL1800 though. Better (by a log way) brakes, better handling, suspension, acceleration etc. A well dressed GL1500se does look better, but a few goodies on a GL1800 and it looks just as good as any other Wing. 1500s are last centuries technology, the 1800 is much more current.
 

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Not that there's anything wrong with my '84 GL1200A but I'm thinking it's time to upgrade. As we get a relatively short riding season here, I'm thinking a 1995 or newer1500 would be about right. Can't justify the price ofa new 1800. I'll be putting the 'Wing away this weekend for the winter so will have four or six months to seek another two-wheeler or decide that I should keep the old girl for another season and save some money.
 

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Thanks redwing, good sound advice. If I do buy it will be a 2005 hopfully most of the bugs worked out. Andwe can only get the ABS version here in Canada
 
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Hey Goldwinger, :cheeky1:As you know it's all a pers choice when buying a wing. :action: My advice is and im not an expert,:cooldj:Buy an :18red:. I had two:15white:they both gave me good service. I bought the :18red:just over a year ago, and there is no comparison between the two wings. The :18red:looks a far smarter machine, and handles like an R1 and I have both, with a few extras she stands out from all around her. The :15white:is now history.:waving:Just make sure if you do decide on the :18red:that she is not involved in the frame or over heatingproblem that you appear to have in your country, and that she has A.B.S.:jumper:

:18red: :18white::18blue::18gold::18green::walker:

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Hi Goldwinger

I have a 1997 :15red:15000se, handles well, better than the 1100 Pan in a lot of

ways. I was concerned with the amount of second hand 1800:18gold: wings on the market, together with the re calls,after much discussion I ventured on the side of caution and got my first wing:15red:the tried and tested upgraded 1500. Had it six months,it handles well nothing could get better. (spoke to soon)Had a ride on my mates new 1800 abs it was like chalk and cheese compaired with the 1500,the 1800 wins hands down all all fronts, accept it only has a radio no tape deck. I'll be looking for a good deal over the next couple of months to upgrade.

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Well I just sold my 1999 1500se yesterday after taking delivery of a :18red:2003 1800 and I had spoken to steve and some of the other 1800 owners before buying and they all had the same thing to say ..."an 1800 is in a different league" and they were right ,,the power and handling and braking is fantastic ,the main thing I noticed is just how light the 1800 feels ,,,,the only thing they have in common is the name GOLDWING ..so go for it ...Cheers Ciaran
 

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Cairan remember it won't remain light when you have added around 6000 - 7000 euros worth of shiney bits to it. Good luck with your new purchase and health to enjoy which I am sure you will.

Keep an eye on the board as I will be posting details of a brilliant event to be held over the18th Feb 2005 weekend at the Oddessey Arena Belfast. It is in the early planning stages at present by Adelaide Insurance Company who are running a large bike show / convention over this weekend which will be a first of it's type in the North. Televison crews will be there with local media and it is planned as a major event to start next years season. They will have trade stands, side shows, Food Stands, Mini Moto etc etc. Colin the organiser is planning featured days during the weekend with the Goldwing club doing a ridein and static display one day followed by a dusk light show early evening and perhaps the Harley club doingsomething similarthe next day. At present he wants the Wings for the opening day. His request is the more wings the betterand it would be great to get all Wings North and South. I will obviously be liasing with the Irishclub direct with a formal invite when I have all the available info at hand.

It is on the drawing board at present in it's early stages but I will be asking shortly how many would be interested in this event as a starter for next year. The previous conventions by Adelaide normally were a large rideout from Belfast to a venue in a showground where they supplied free food and prizes for bikes, bouncy castle etc etc. They are very excited at getting the Oddessey Arena as a venue for next year and want to make it a big event. The wings should play amajor role in the opening of the event if it all comes together. I understand that Honda may have an imput into this event as well.
 
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Well I just sold my 1999 1500se yesterday after taking delivery of a :18red:2003 1800 and I had spoken to steve and some of the other 1800 owners before buying and they all had the same thing to say ..."an 1800 is in a different league" and they were right ,,the power and handling and braking is fantastic ,the main thing I noticed is just how light the 1800 feels ,,,,the only thing they have in common is the name GOLDWING ..so go for it ...Cheers Ciaran
Hey Wexman, Well done and ride safe.:clapper:Now you will take pride of place on your run outs. :waving:This is some lady :18red: so take good care of her. :goofygrin: But remember you must ride behind the Wingnut and Redwing.

:18red: :18liteblue::18grey::18green::18gold::waving:

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Just wanted to thank you all for your input, I have ordered a 05 1800 and will be picking it up in Apr of 05.This will be my first brand new bike since my 1982 wing. And because of Redwings suggestion, I am getting a red one, because they are even the fastest with there side stands down according to Redwings picture :eek:) I can only imagine how fast they woudl be with the stands up!! ;o) Thanks again all
 

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Congratulations Chuck. April 2005! That's an awful long time to wait after you've ordered!
 
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Just wanted to thank you all for your input, I have ordered a 05 1800 and will be picking it up in Apr of 05.And because of Redwings suggestion, I am getting a red one, because they are the fastest Thanks again all.
Hey goldwinger, Congrats and well done. :clapper:Thats more commission for me from Honda. :clapper: You will be very impressed with this Lady, :18red:the smile will never leave your face. :grinner:Gosh it's a long wait untill April '05. :stumped:

:18red::18red::18red::18red::18red::18red::18magenta::18white::18yellow:

wingnut redwing wexman littlejohn marky bigal???? ???? ????
 

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The April 05 Delivery is my choice, I could have gotten itearlier but There is only 2 or 3 weeks of sporadic bike ridding weather left before it is time for the big winter sleep here.And the snow wont be gone until about April anyways. The sales man said if I want it earlier, say in March if weather permits, he just needs a weeks notice. Plus I would have had to pay the triple insurance premium while it was sleeping in the garage. Insurance is going from aprox. $600.00/yr for the 1200 to almost $1800.00/yr for the new one. But I am sure it will be one of the longest 6month periodsof my life!!So I will be attending here regularly over the winter to get my 1800 info fix, and am relying on you guys to keep me dreaming and praying for an early spring. Thanks Again
 

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As somebody who pumped gas on Victoria Street in Prince George during the winter of 73/74 (six weeks straight where the temperature never went above zero fahrenheit), I appreciate your plight.

However, as the owner of an 84 Interstate, I fail to see why a newer Wing would make life any better for you. I also continue to drive a 74 Honda 750, and I am an advocate of "older is better".

Tell my why "newer would be nicer"?
 

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Congratulations Chuck. Safe riding on the new 1800! The long wait will be worth it! :cheeky1:
 

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dean wrote:
As somebody who pumped gas on Victoria Street in Prince George during the winter of 73/74 (six weeks straight where the temperature never went above zero fahrenheit), I appreciate your plight.

However, as the owner of an 84 Interstate, I fail to see why a newer Wing would make life any better for you. I also continue to drive a 74 Honda 750, and I am an advocate of "older is better".

Tell my why "newer would be nicer"?
Hey Dean ,its time to join the real world,,,take a spin on a 1800 and then tell me you feel the same way about "older the better"and Dont forget we are not speed merchants ,we enjoy our wings as a comfortable and safe means of transport,If you dont do much touring ,then perhaps you have a point ,but I would not fancy the drive from the north of europe to the south of Spain on a 1200 after having driven an 1800

..CHEERS CIARAN
PS thats a really nice 750
 

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LITTLEJOHN WROTE Keep an eye on the board as I will be posting details of a brilliant event to be held over the18th Feb 2005 weekend at the Oddessey Arena Belfast.

Hi John

Thats sounds like it could be a good event ,:action::action:,keep me informed and I will round up all the lads and see if we can make a weekend out of it :waving:...Cheers Ciaran
 

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dean wrote:
As somebody who pumped gas on Victoria Street in Prince George during the winter of 73/74 (six weeks straight where the temperature never went above zero fahrenheit), I appreciate your plight.

However, as the owner of an 84 Interstate, I fail to see why a newer Wing would make life any better for you. I also continue to drive a 74 Honda 750, and I am an advocate of "older is better".

Tell my why "newer would be nicer"?
If that were true in all cases dean, we would all be dating 93 year old women(Not that there is anything wrong with that if thats what you like) :eek:) Iam looking foward to cruise control, more power, more comfort for me and my passanger(sorry pillion) safer and better braking. to name but a few. Don't get me wrong, the Aspencade is a great bike she has taken me many places and broght me more joy then I can remember. But she has her limits and she is getting a little tired. Not to mention I am a little concerned with Honda as a whole, it's been so long since I gave them any real money they may be hurting, and I wouldn't want to be responsible forHonda's demise.
 

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goldwinger wrote:
it's been so long since I gave them any real money they may be hurting, and I wouldn't want to be responsible forHonda's demise.
Nice to see someone thinking about poor old mother H
 

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congrats..I also finally bought an 1800 a 2001 red one ...love it.. am taking an arc course this weekend with the GWRRA
 
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