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considering an 88 1500

Postby made2care » Mon May 18, 2015 9:40 pm



this one has 85000 miles and from the pics , looks to be very well taken cared of. He wants to trade straight across for my 02 vulcan drifter, which i said i would never sell or trade, but now am considering since i want a bigger wing.
Would there be any major differences between an 88 and say an 98. does the 88 have fuel injection?
Will i notice a big difference between my 1200 and the 88 1500?
cant decide what to do , but ive heard the 1500's are amazing bikes, even if it is an 88.
thoughts?



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Re: considering an 88 1500

Postby brentsboats » Mon May 18, 2015 9:48 pm

iam starting to lean that way myself
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Re: considering an 88 1500

Postby NVSB4 » Mon May 18, 2015 9:59 pm

I went from an 86 1200 to a 92 1500 and love the difference.
To me it seems more massive (I wanted that) and at 10" longer and about 150# heavier, it is.
It just feels more comfortable for me and the passenger.

I may want a smaller bike for tooling around later on, but it will be a second one.
I'll keep the bigger for the road trips.
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Re: considering an 88 1500

Postby waituntilthebeep » Mon May 18, 2015 10:19 pm

I owned an 89 and will tell you this... I love wings but the 88 and 89 had serious carb issues. There have been some extensive tweeks done to them to make them right but my opinion is to stay away from those two years. I know I will catch flack for the statement but I had lots of issues with the carbs. Step up a few years or go further up and get one that is fuel injected. The styling of the 88 was awesome - lots of personality. However, a number of 88/89 owners have suffered driveability issues.

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Re: considering an 88 1500

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Tue May 19, 2015 12:14 am

As far as I know, there were zero GL1500's sold from the factory with fuel injection.
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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Re: considering an 88 1500

Postby made2care » Tue May 19, 2015 7:32 am

HawkeyeGL1200 wrote:As far as I know, there were zero GL1500's sold from the factory with fuel injection.


So if thats the case, what would be the difference between the 88 carbs and say a 98's carbs?

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Re: considering an 88 1500

Postby dingdong » Tue May 19, 2015 7:42 am

Agree with both previous replies. Carb issues 88/89 and all 1500s have carbs. See if the owner will let you ride the bike. There will be a definite hesitation off the line if it has the carb issues. Personally I would stick with '90/2000 models. That said, there are still a lot of 88/89 models still being ridden. "Virgilmobile" has a thread here regarding what he had to do to fix the problem. Quite extensive.

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Re: considering an 88 1500

Postby NVSB4 » Tue May 19, 2015 7:54 am

Correct, no GL1500's made it out with EFI.
There is a guy who has done several EFI conversions, one to a 1500.
You can find the whole story with lots of pictures here:
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Re: considering an 88 1500

Postby virgilmobile » Tue May 19, 2015 7:56 am

Your right about the 88 carb problems.It did take lots of tinkering to get it the way I think it should run.
It does pull like a freight train from idle to red line.I seldom drop out of overdrive till I'm below 25mph (900 rpm).its just has that much torque.
The alternator needed brushes and the forks needed new slide bushings.Same service otherwise.Brakes,fluids and belts were done before I rode it.It did suffer from the "sloppy shifter" syndrome that many gl1500's have.I made my own brace and I do recommend that every 1500 have one installed.




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