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Having come back to motorcycling after a 21 year gap, I am thinking about getting a 1500. Though I have been riding a burgman 650 scooter for a year now.

I previously had back in UK a 1000, 2 1100 & a 1200 aspencade.

I really do not like the look of the 1800 fairing, so have been thinking about a 1500.

I would want reverse gear plus as many toys as possible :)

Is there any model years to be wary about or things I need to look for on 1500 that can cause problems.

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Robin wrote:
Having come back to motorcycling after a 21 year gap, I am thinking about getting a 1500. Though I have been riding a burgman 650 scooter for a year now.

I previously had back in UK a 1000, 2 1100 & a 1200 aspencade.

I really do not like the look of the 1800 fairing, so have been thinking about a 1500.

I would want reverse gear plus as many toys as possible :)

Is there any model years to be wary about or things I need to look for on 1500 that can cause problems.

many thanks

Robin..


Very interesting avatar........errr....Ahh... what was it you wanted to know?....:cooldevil:
 

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Looking at the model years and maintenance comments throughout the various GW forums and chatting with the professional mechanics, it seems as though most of the 1500's idiosyncracies were pretty well worked out by '97. 1997-2000SE would be (and was :)) my choice.



Check the model history/features on this site and good luck with your due diligence.:waving:
 

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Please change that avatar, this is mainly a family based forum and we do have children that read here.
 

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fenry wrote:
Looking at the model years and maintenance comments throughout the various GW forums and chatting with the professional mechanics, it seems as though most of the 1500's idiosyncracies were pretty well worked out by '97.  1997-2000SE would be (and was :) ) my choice.

 

Check the model history/features on this site and good luck with your due diligence.:waving:
Thanks have been doing the reading up of different posts, so far I cant see many downsides to any particular model year other then rear swing arm and to ensure its had regular maintenance.

Pickings of 1500's are very few on the ground in Spain so will probably have to import one from UK or Germany which makes it a little harder but not too difficult other than the Spanish paper system !

One question I just thought of whilst typing is the main headlight beam tilted to right in USA and other (not UK) models (Tilted left for UK) ?

As I would imagine the cost of a replacement set of headlight glass would not come cheap.

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Firstly Robin , Greetings from Ireland and welcome to the friendliest and most informatiive goldwing site on the web:leprechaun:

As far as things to look for , most Goldwings are fairly bullet proof , especially the GL1500s which you are interested in .Of course there are factors to be considered like,Has it been regularly serviced ? Has it been crashed or dropped and how has the bike been stored indoors or outdoors. Also particularly in your case you need to steer clear of interstate models as they weren't equiped with reverse and therefore wont have the reverse lever on the left of the tank.Personally I like the anniversery models (usually two-tone)as they area little bit rarer , not a big deal though as you can personalise the bike to your hearts delight .Have a look through the Goldwing history section on this site ...and good hunting !!!

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Thank you, much better and welcome to the forums BTY.
 

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Do your headlights swing to the left ?

Or are they just straight ahead ?

Or adjustable either way.

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Ithink they're adjustable but if you get a European spec model I expect it would be set up for european roads
 

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I have had problems in past as obviously with UK the lights swing off to the left.

When changing over to Spanish plates they check the lights to make sure they are natural or swing to the right.
 

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Robin wrote:
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Do your headlights swing to the left ?
Ahaaaaa! So THAT'S where they came up with "Left Wing" and "Right Wing"



I've often wondered:dude::dude::dude:
 

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The 1500 headlights are adjustable up/dn, but are fixed at the straight ahead position of the frame/fairing. They do not follow the front forks.

As to which year is best? I had a '94 which served me well, the tranny whine was louder than I liked. That was addressed in '98 when they changed over to the Valyrie tranny.

Early years the alternator was great. middle years it was a Chinese knockoff but mine never gave any trouble. But I PM'd it regularly with brushes, bearings, and rubber bumpers.

My new preference is the '98-'00 years for the lower seat height and the quieter tranny.
1997 for the Valk tranny?


But all 1500s are good bikes and reliable.



Tnx for the update
 

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I agree with AZgl1500 except that the better tranny started in th 97 models. (or at least I hope it did, cuz that's why I got a 97) I had heard that the 99 and 2000 models had a bit of fit and finish problem and slightly more fragile electronics as most of the money was being spent on the soon to be released 1800 (2001) But as mentioned before, with a little love and care any of the 1500s are great bikes.
 
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