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Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby Uncle Fester » Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:22 pm



Okay all, I am GOING to buy me a "New to me" bike this tax season. I will have a budget of ABOUT $5,000.00 to work with, maybe a little more, and I want a Goldwing, really leaning towards a GL1500 and have found a number of them in my price range on Cycle Trader and E-Bay. but I have seen some really nice GL1200s too, for less money.

Anyway, here is my dilemma/s :
1) I am a big boy at 6'2" tall and 300 lbs, the wife is a bigger gal at a size 16ish, would we fit a GL1200?

2) The bike will be a daily driver back and forth to work, two up ( 50 mile round trip ) and a SOLO Tourer for me 80-85% of my tours, but will see some two up touring too, with a small flat bed trailer (3'x3' deck) loaded with a duffle bag each of clothes, a cooler, and misc stuff, will a 1200 handle that?

3)I am a big mileage rider, averaged 50K a year on my last two bikes ( a 89 & 90 Yam Venture 1300 ).

Knowing these variables, should I look at a GL1200 or stick with the plan of a GL1500 ? If you need to ask any questions about my riding style or ________ ,ASK AWAY! 8-)


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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby Bamaeagle » Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:13 am

Well a 1200 will do all that you want that you have listed....but if it were me I would go with the 1500. I think you would like the 1500 better. Just my .02 worth.


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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby zamboni920 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:56 am

In my opinion, based purely on the power to haul some weight, I would say definitely a 1500. It also gives you a slightly wider seat for better comfort . The pulling power of a properly tuned 1500 is remarkable. Not to mention a more convenient rear suspension adjustment.

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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby WA9FWT » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:37 am

As soon as any one says 1200, I stay away for many reasons....1500 is your best choice!!
Just make sure buying used, that you check it out before you had over the money.
I wish you and the little woman find what your looking for and have many a mile down the road enjoying the new ride.
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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby seabee_ » Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:43 am

The 1500 is your better bet. 1200's aren't bad, but parts are harder to locate, less power, and the key issue is your size. I'm 6' and my 1200 is just comfortable enough cruising if I use the highway pegs on the crash bars. The 1500 is more cofortable for those who are tall because it's a little longer than the 1200. You will be much happier with the 1500. I'll be moving up when I can better afford it.
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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby Uncle Fester » Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:00 pm

Thank you very much for the honest replies, I guess we will keep a eye out for a 1500 and will see you all on the road some time soon!

Hey Phil, is that number/letter combo your ham call sign? If so, what are the chances you know of N0BLU from Colorado or NP2X ( not sure where he lives now. . . I used to ride a lot with both of them. I hope to get my no code tech some time soon, want to run 2m and 440 , motorcycle mobile.
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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby WA9FWT » Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:10 pm

Uncle Fester wrote:Thank you very much for the honest replies, I guess we will keep a eye out for a 1500 and will see you all on the road some time soon!

Hey Phil, is that number/letter combo your ham call sign? If so, what are the chances you know of N0BLU from Colorado or NP2X ( not sure where he lives now. . . I used to ride a lot with both of them. I hope to get my no code tech some time soon, want to run 2m and 440 , motorcycle mobile.

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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:00 am

When you get whatever your looking for please post a photograph...I'm sure your choice will be a good one.. :D

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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:50 am

Will do beaver! Phil, I was referring to Jim/James Willey N (zero) BLU. Out of Colo. . .
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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby WA9FWT » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:20 am

Uncle Fester wrote:Will do beaver! Phil, I was referring to Jim/James Willey N (zero) BLU. Out of Colo. . .


Is this your friend.This is his web site .
http://www.myhamshack.com/N0BLU/

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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:17 pm

No, that is not him, if a ham passes away, will they reissue the old call sign? Wonder if Jim passed away?
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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby WA9FWT » Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:23 am

Uncle Fester wrote:No, that is not him, if a ham passes away, will they reissue the old call sign? Wonder if Jim passed away?


I did a search for your friend ( James Willey ) on QRZ.If he still had a call sign it would have come up.
And No , they do not issue a call to some one else just like that,unless it is requested by some one.The family of the S/K silent key ( Deceased ) can give permission to transfer the call letters.

Do a google search,and see what comes up!
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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby dingdong » Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:20 am

Uncle Fester: personally I don,t think you would be happy with a 1200. They are great bikes but for touring the 1500 is the better bike, (Sorry 1200 owners) JMHO! especially with your size as well as your wife's, The 1500 will be the better choice. My wife and I tour a lot and we can, if necessary, easily put in 12 hour days. In fact we just returned from 12 days through Montana and up to Glacier National Park. Beautiful state!

We are neighbors. I live and work around 36th and Meridian. Small world. You are welcome to come by and check out my 1500 if you would like. Would like to meet you as well. PM me if you want to.
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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:15 pm

Well Uncle Fester, Ding Dong, I will wave to you guy's everytime I go thru there on I-35 going home to KC..each month.. :lol: Or when I go see my daughter in Tulsa...

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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby GreenDragon » Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:47 pm

I would definitely go with the 1500. Better power, more rear suspension adaptability, longer leg length compatible. And a biggie id they are newer and have better parts availability. JMHO.
I have never owned one, the 03 1800 was my first and only Wing, so far. But a number of friends have upgraded to the 1500 from 1100s and 1200s. They are happy with their choices. I would get the newest one you can afford, if it is in tip top condition.
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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby twostrokes48 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:43 pm

Having just sold my 1200 and done long (over 1000 mi) on both the 1200 and my 1500, I agree with everyone else but for one main reason which would be your height. Everything else is subjective....How much power is enough?? ride comfort on seat...etc....but one thing you can't really change or get used to is no room for your legs. Another thing that I have really come to love is the reverse...Ya don't miss it until you have one with it...I would curse everytime I got on the 1200 after having the 1500 with the reverse....You also don't have to deal with the stator problems that plagued the 1200. Hope you find one you can fall in love with. I, like you, do as much long range riding as I can work in and normally two up.

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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby bustedwing » Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:33 pm

I have owned a 1200 and now on my seconed 1500 and will seconed that motion about the reverse and the charging system problems.I love my 1500 Trike and ,sorry 1200 riders, but I won't go back to a 1200.Ride is better, room, parts availability,reliability of the carberation,a whole list of improvements make the 1500 so much better then the 1200.
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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby Don Tapley » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:52 pm

I agree. You need a1500. My wife and I own a 1200.i weigh 210 and she is 115. We have to put air in the air shocks so we don't bottom out. Do whatever it takes to get in the wind my friend. Can I get a amen brother!!!!!!!

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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby WVJefo » Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:01 pm

5000 is a little low for a 1500. & high for a 1200. add another grand or two & get a good 1500. Just did some shopping myself but my budget was lower. $3000 Alos I like to turn a wrench & keeping the new 1200 running like a swiss watch will be a hobby I will enjoy.

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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby Uncle Fester » Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:25 am

I hear ya on the $5000.00 being a bit low, but that is all I can conjure up any time soon, and that is actually pushing the limits some ! We shall see how nice Uncle Sam is to me come tax time. . . . that will be the decider. I have found some in my price range on www.cycletrader.com if anyone is looking too.
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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby Uncle Fester » Sun Sep 22, 2013 6:25 pm

Okay, I kind of dropped off of here for a bit due to Uncle Sam not being as kind as we hoped, making us pass on getting the bike for a time, but now I am back. Our tax person says we will get a good return this year and so I am shopping again. . . .

I have all but ruled out the idea of a GL1200, so the hunt is on for a GL1500

Wish me luck !
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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby Mag » Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:35 pm

Just let us know when you are ready, and we will spend spend spend for you. I see a couple 1500s that look like "good deals" here in the NW as long as there is a way to get it to you, and since we are heading toward winter, I think you will find what you are looking for.

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Re: Thoughts please. . . . .

Postby bustedwing » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:52 am

I think you will find the 1500 worth the extra$. Good luck with your search, I'm sure you will find one that will fit your needs.


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