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should i buy an 1800

Postby sparkyman » Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:28 pm



hello everyone I just got back from a 250 mile trip on my new to me 1995 interstate it was great but if I don't per load the shifter it grinds in fourth gear. I have had a 1984 a spy and now this have had my share of problems with both . I am thinking about a used 1800 with low miles I have talked to a lot of people who say keep my 95 and fix as needed that it is a much better bike but if I buy a newer one I may have fewer problems for awhile any thoughts or comments ? If I do buy a used 1800 is their a better year than some thanks.



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Re: should i buy an 1800

Postby themainviking » Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:24 pm

You are truly the only one who can answer that question. No one else knows the history of your previous two goldwings. Were they mistreated by earlier owners, or are they very high mileage motorcycles? If so, that could explain your problems. There is such a thing as being worn out, at which point further expenditure of funds may be wasteful. Only one thing is for certain. If you want to buy Honda parts, then a GL1800 is still within their supply range. If you get a low mileage bike, be it a GL1500 or a GL1800, either one will be reliable. I have never had any goldwing except a GL1800, but I find it to be a marvel of reliability. It is very time consuming to work on, so it is great that it is reliable. The GL1800 is probably more delicately built than the older models, so you may still have noises and clicking creaking plastic, but the mechanical issues should not be evident till they get into the higher mileage category. So, if you can find a really low mileage GL1800, again, the choice can only be made by you. Personally, I would have a GL1800 if my choice were only one of the many incarnations of Goldwing. However, if my choice was not limited, I would have one of each :lol: . If my choices were not limited and I had a huge warehouse, I would have one of a lot of things.
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Re: should i buy an 1800

Postby sparkyman » Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:40 pm

thanks for the reply and you are right it is up to me just having a hard time trying to decide what to do I love my 1500 but would like to do a little more riding and a little less wrenching. I don't mind working on my bikes but the last two I have had have been a little more than I would like the 84 had 65k on it and the 95 only 42k thought I made the right choice on both but am now just a little gun shy of buying another used wing.

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Re: should i buy an 1800

Postby redial » Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:51 pm

Sparkyman, have you thought of going to the PO to ask whether he was having troubles. Should be no skin of his nose if he did, because you have had it for a while. You just might find someone willing to let you know the items he/she was having troubles with. Suggest some to him as a prompt, as he may have forgotten or buried them.

I would stick with the 1500, as it has a mountain of miles left in it, it just needs some TLC. Besides, while wrenching, you will understand you GW a lot better,. Whatever you decision, enjoy your GW and GoldwingDocs for the DIY tutorials.
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Re: should i buy an 1800

Postby dingdong » Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:24 am

Sounds like you have the dreaded 4th gear death rattle. If so pulling and splitting the engine is required to fix this. Me thinks an 1800 is in your future.
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Re: should i buy an 1800

Postby themainviking » Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:34 am

Googling the GL1500 4th gear death rattle brought up this little ditty of info:

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/1500gearsfix.htm

It will probably help you to make up your mind.
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Re: should i buy an 1800

Postby sparkyman » Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:59 am

Thanks all for your opinion still on the fence but leaning toward keeping my 1500 and doing the trans work myself I am a fairly good mechanic and am sure I can do it but still deciding thanks again and keep the opinions comming.

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Re: should i buy an 1800

Postby wing rider 2012 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:42 am

Having just bought a new 1800 and coming off of a 1500 I can tell you there is a world of difference between the two as far as power and handling goes. I like the 1500's and I think they are the best looking Goldwing ever built, however, the 1800's handling is much more agile, the power response is quick. I have found that the 1800's handling through the curves is much better than a 1500, the 1500 handles like a big touring bike (which it is), the 1800 being a big touring bike handles more like a sports bike.

Get what your comfortable with, if you like your 1500 then by all means take the time to repair it. There great bikes and will never go out of style.
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Re: should i buy an 1800

Postby wingkwik » Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:45 am

Personally I would search for a 1800 GW. There are many out there for $8500-10,000 for the earlier years between 2001- 2003. Knowing the history of maintenance on one can make a world of difference. If you took a friend with you who has a 1800 with a bit of knowledge would help out on what to look for.
To me the expense to repair your 1500 would be too costly & also being that age will probably have other needed expenses in the near future.

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Re: should i buy an 1800

Postby golden highway » Sun Jun 16, 2013 1:48 pm

I have had old bikes that seemed like they always needed something, but as time went on they needed less and became reliable bikes. With the problem you are having I would move on to the 1800. If in the back of my mind I am thinking I'd like to go to an 1800 eventually I will. You seem to be the same way so get an 1800 and be happy.

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Re: should i buy an 1800

Postby bjatwood » Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:52 pm

Ride the 1500 this summer, bypassing the 4th gear. Then when the November gales come rushing into Michigan, start tearing that 1500 apart. By springtime the bike will be brand new again and you won't have payments for another 3 to 5 years to worry about!
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Re: should i buy an 1800

Postby sparkyman » Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:57 pm

Hello everyone I finally made my decision I am the proud owner of a 2008 wing fully loaded and I love it got it yesterday and have put two tanks of gas through it my so liked the 1500 back seat a lot better so looks like I will be making some changes. I love the power and the handling as well as all the gadgets thanks for all your suggestions it did help me make up my mind.

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Re: should i buy an 1800

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:48 pm

I was kind of in the same boat although there is really nothing wrong with my 89.I was looking for a low mileage 2000 because I loved the 1500 and wanted the newest and lowest mileage one I could find.I had 3 picked out and actually had a guy holding a nice 2000 Aspy with a lot of extras on it for me.Just got on the internet one night this week right after a guy posted up an 04 ABS model 1800 with just under 67k klm's for the same money as I was going to pay for the 1500.I figured that sooner or later I would end up on an 1800 anyway as stuff for the 15's are starting to fade away,so I grabbed it.I trailered it home but couldn't get it into my name before the weekend so I've only had a couple of short rides on it.Up in the air as to whether I like it all that much though.Handle bars are a bit to low and narrow for my liking and no adjustment.Got to get a few tanks under my belt before any real judgements are made.


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