Looking at a 1988 GL1500G


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Looking at a 1988 GL1500G

Postby c5cruiser » Tue Dec 29, 2015 12:35 am



What dies the "G" stand for?
Is there anything I should look at or be aware of beforehand?
What do you think it's worth?



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Re: Looking at a 1988 GL1500G

Postby Big Blue UK » Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:09 am

The G suffix on the first 1500's before the first model suffix SE in 1990, refers to 'shaft drive' Suzuki used the same suffix on the GS850G ( I had one in 1979) Kawasaki used ST (I also had a Z1000ST GoldWing lookalike)
Big questions are 'how long do you intend to keep it' and 'how much riding you plant to do'. Different in the USA, if you live in the middle, one does not reach the sea after 100 miles or so.
You really need to look at and take your time to check EVERY operational function, regardless of paper history. From oil condition brake and clutch fluid condition, front and rear pads, coolant condition, LCD display, bank angle sensor, display warning lights, radio, intercom, cruise control-on, set, and cancel, side stand and handlebar kill switches, air compressor, steering lock, top box and pannier operation, take a multimeter to test charge rate. Right down to front and rear headset sockets, and all 4 speakers. I do not know if you have MOT Advisory warnings or not in the USA, or if you can check the MOT history online, if so do it.

Serviceable needs are easy, ok, and rewarding learning to DIY such as plugs, oil, fluids, filters, carb balancing, tyres, brakes, timing belts, shaft and final drive service, get the history if you can, if no history, treat them as work you will have to do.
Make a list of jobs you would need to do if you bought it, and a likely cost. If you have any doubts or unanswered questions, feel rushed, leave it alone.

How many ownership changes, the mileage covered by previous owners, and how long previous owners kept the Wing, can indicate liking/not liking it.

Pay a garage to perform a unofficial MOT check, or ask for MOT renewal, unless you are happy checking wheel bearings, swing arm, fork tubes and seals,

I personally feel tyres are important, cheap worn tyres says the owner does not feel the Wing is worth good tyres, or replacing them, just MO.

If it ticks all the boxes, and a cherished little gem, it is worth whatever you want to pay for it up to the asking price. There must be a plethora of choice in the USA. Years ago I offered £500 over the asking price for a Interstate, I thought the chap looking at it was going to punch my face in.

Bear in mind, although a beauty of a machine, it was a newcomer, as good as one may look, I doubt if I would buy one for serious riding, I have known them to be quite demanding to keep in tip top form, and they have to be if reliability is needed. cheapskating on maintainance is a no no..but this is just MO but from experience.
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Re: Looking at a 1988 GL1500G

Postby bstig60 » Wed Dec 30, 2015 12:54 am

c5cruiser wrote:What dies the "G" stand for?
Is there anything I should look at or be aware of beforehand?
What do you think it's worth?

I am not aware of a Goldwing 1500G. The Goldwing 1500 in 88/89 was designated GL1500 or at least my 88 was. In 90 Honda produced the GL1500SE model and then the Aspencade, designated 'A' and also the Interstate.. OP, how did you determine the bike you are looking at is a 'G' model? A pic would be helpful.....
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Re: Looking at a 1988 GL1500G

Postby c5cruiser » Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:03 am

The G was what the owner posted.
Here's the posting.

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/mcy/5323020267.html

I was headed there today but my friend came here from Austin and wanted to go to the Petersen Automotive Museum. Since I've never been there I agreed to go. As it now stands I may have to wait until the first of the year to see it.

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Re: Looking at a 1988 GL1500G

Postby bstig60 » Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:37 am

Nice looking bike for the year. Side car is certainly a plus if you have a passenger. But it looks like a standard GL1500 to me. I would ask the owner to show me how he determined it was a G model or if that is just a typo. With that many miles I would want to ride it on the freeway and I would want a compression check done before buying it. Aslk for maintenance records and when the timing belts were last changed.
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Re: Looking at a 1988 GL1500G

Postby MikeB » Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:54 am

I hope that is just a poor picture. Because if it isn't, the paint is in pretty ratty shape. Maybe it was just raining that day but it hasn't rained much down there lately. It doesn't look very well kept. I would be cautious if I were the buyer.
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Re: Looking at a 1988 GL1500G

Postby c5cruiser » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:38 am

Yeah so was I. It did seem kinda ratty to me as well.

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Re: Looking at a 1988 GL1500G

Postby c5cruiser » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:42 am

Yeah so was I. It did seem kinda ratty to me as well.
I did find this o one tho. I'm just waiting to hear from him as far as the locating and mileage.
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/m ... 53191.html

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Re: Looking at a 1988 GL1500G

Postby Big Blue UK » Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:03 am

bstig60 wrote:I am not aware of a Goldwing 1500G. The Goldwing 1500 in 88/89 was designated GL1500 or at least my 88 was.


There is indeed no GoldWing 1500G. The Goldwing 1500 in 88/89 was actually designated GL1500 GoldWing, or GL1500G as it became known.
Mix up is just the part of the world you live.
Google GL1500G, there are a plethora of references.

back then G alone commonly refered to shaft drive, well it did over here :)


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