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Buying 1500 Which Year??

Postby ur1stservices » Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:00 pm



After reading different articles on things as they changed some better, some not what years 1500 aspencade or se is the most reliable??



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Re: Buying 1500 Which Year??

Postby bjatwood » Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:10 am

All the years are very reliable, provided the bike has received the proper maintenance. The 97 thru 2000 bikes had the upgraded tranny on them and some minor changes to them. Some of the early GL1500's had a off idle stumble to them also....

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Re: Buying 1500 Which Year??

Postby newday777 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:19 am

As Brian said 97-2000 have the upgraded transmission (Vaulkrie transmission with stronger shift fork to fix the 4th gear problems), the earlier years had problems of loosing 4th gear from bent shift forks (some attribute it to floorboards with heel /toe shifters and folks resting their foot on the shifter bending the fork). Honda beefed up the forks in 97. The bad trans will sound like a box of rocks in neutral facing either uphill or downhill, one or the other along with decelerating in 1, 2 or 3rd. They are drivable skipping 4th gear for long time but sound noisy. The fix is a motor out job and split the cases to access the transmission, can be done fairly cheap getting used Vaulkrie trans parts if you don't have to pay for the labor. Other than that the 1500 is a great motor and bike when running right.
So get a 97-2000 to avoid the 4th gear problem.

The off idle stumble was 88-89. Fixed with rejetting.

If the bikes you look at have sat for a long time, cleaning the carbs is costly if labor charges are in the equation. The vacuum lines are a PIA and can need replacement and getting to the carbs to remove is time consuming.

Will you be doing the work yourself or having a shop do it? Finding a good wing tech can be problematic depending where you live and many Honda dealers went to saying they won't work on anything older than 10 years. So check that out from other wing owners, other than the sellers.

The SE has more goodies stock and look better with the two tone paint.
Aspencade had less options, no CB, spoiler or foot heat vents.
The Interstate (1990-1996) had no reverse, and no radio from the factory but radii was added later by owners or dealers.

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Re: Buying 1500 Which Year??

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:51 am

Excellent post Newday.

I'll give the same advice given me when I was looking for mine - buy the newest one you can afford.
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: Buying 1500 Which Year??

Postby vtxcandyred » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:46 pm

I have a 93SE and it is the tops as far as I'm concerned.

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Re: Buying 1500 Which Year??

Postby trike lady » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:01 pm

I had a 1993 Aspencade and had no transmission issues.
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Re: Buying 1500 Which Year??

Postby newday777 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:16 pm

vtxcandyred wrote:I have a 93SE and it is the tops as far as I'm concerned.


I think I said not all had the problems. Just depending on shifting techniques and maybe the shift forks used.

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Re: Buying 1500 Which Year??

Postby Mag » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:17 pm

I previously had an 89 for about 5-6 years, once the recall work was fixed on it the bike ran great.

I now have an 88 (going back in age, I must be getting younger, or at least more immature) and so far (though I have only been running it for a couple months) and so far it is running really smooth (fixing things as I go).

I think as long as you find a 1500 you like, some will have "personality" which you may have to fix, I would say no problems.

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Re: Buying 1500 Which Year??

Postby musinger » Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:50 pm

I love my 1900 GL1500se

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Re: Buying 1500 Which Year??

Postby Breakdancer » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:48 pm

I have a '93 with 127,000 and no major issues yet. Sorry no advice, but I did just learn however that I better quit resting my foot on my heal / toe shifter. When it gets cold I sometimes rest my foot on it to get out of the wind. I was not aware of the fourth gear glitch. Thanks for the tip. And while I'm here, thank you Scott for all you do for us. It is probably appreciated more that you would ever know. Also a Merry Christmas to everyone !!
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Re: Buying 1500 Which Year??

Postby bstig60 » Sat Dec 13, 2014 1:09 am

I guess its more about what you want to pay. The 88-89's had all the goodies on them that the later SE has. In 1990 they split the models and started offering some of the goodies as options, i.e. the difference between the Asp and the SE. I have an 88 and an 99, both are as reliable as you can get. As long as the bikes have been properly maintained, any year 1500 will give you good service and give you a great ride. I would concern myself more with mileage on the bike and its current condition and how it has been maintained than I would the year.
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Re: Buying 1500 Which Year??

Postby Mh434 » Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:33 pm

I have a '97 SE and, as everyone knows, it's the best motorcycle ever made, anywhere, any time, ever, in the world...and in Glacier Pearl White, it's also the fastest :lol: :lol:

Seriously though, as long as the tranny isn't an issue, they're ALL good. Get one that's been ridden regularly if possible - helps keep everything smooth & happy, and the carbs crud-free.




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