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Goldwing model comparison

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:00 pm

Someone emailed me this and thought it might be useful to post here, so I am.

1975 - GL-1000 Standard (the only model) only some 5000 were sold, the first year in the U.S. Candy Red or Candy Blue (retail $2881 east, $$2889 west)

The Original GL-1000 GoldWing, powered by a 999cc liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, revoluntionized motorcycle touring. The faux fuel tank contains electrical components and storage space. Spoked aluminum rims are standard. Note the black exhaust system, with chrome heat shields and tailpipes. Starting system......Electric plus kick start.
1976 GL-1000 Standard - Candy Red or Solid Yellow (retail $2960 east, $2942 west)
1976 GL-1000 LTD - Candy Brown with Gold Rims & Spokes (retail $3295) only 2000 were imported to the USA

A new model marks the GoldWing's second year. The GL-1000 LTD joins the unchanged standard model, and features gold striping, special LTD sidecover badges, chromed radiator shroud and screen, quilt-pattern contoured seat, gold wheels and spokes, gold-stamped GL-1000 owner's manual, and leather key case. The LTD's front fender is slightly flared.
1977 GL-1000 Standard (the only model) - Black or Red (retail $2938)

Honda begins to incorporate small but important refinements based on customer requests, as the GoldWing continues to grow in popularity and redefine touring. Chrome heat shields on the header pipes are now standard, as is higher, recontoured handlebar, redesigned neoprene grips, and a dual contoured seat.

1978 GL-1000 Standard (the only model) - (Blue, Maroon or Black (retail $3198)

A new instrument panel in the center pod with fuel, voltage and coolant temperature gauges helps distinguish the GL in it's fourth year. Honda also fitted 1mm-smaller carbs and FVQ(tm) shocks with two-stage damping, redesigned and chromed the exhaust system, mounted the rear turn signals on the fender, and bolted up maintenance-free ComStar wheels. *the kick-starter is deleted*

1979 GL-1000 Standard (the only model) - Candy Burgandy, Candy Blue of Black solid (retail $3698)

The GL-1000 reaches the peak of it's development in 1979, and will be the last GoldWing to be powered by a 999ccc engine. Changes this year are few and minor: Rectangular turn signals replace the previous round ones, control levers go from silver to black, and a twin-bulb taillight with CBX-type ribbed lens replaces the single-bulb unit.

1980 GL-1100 Standard - Candy Burgandy or Black solid (retail $3798)
1980 GL-1100 Interstate - Candy Burgandy or Black solid (retail $4898)

The introduction of the second-generation GL sees the standard version joined by the first turn-key tourer, the Interstate model. Both are powered by a new 1085cc engine with electronic ignition (no more points). The chassis boasts air suspension with a single-inlet equalizer system at each end, black reverse ComStar wheels, adjustable seat, and bigger tires. The Interstate sets new standards for touring with it's full fairing, saddlebags and trunk, and optional stereo.

1981 GL-1100 Standard - Candy Burgandy or Metallic Blue Black (retail $4098)
1981 GL-1100 Interstate - Candy Burgandy or Metallic Blue Black (retail $5298)

Distinguished by new orange and gold pinstripes, the standard and Interstate model GL-1100s boast redesigned instruments with improved nighttime illumination. The Interstate also features a new adjustable, scratch-resistant windshield, and continues to set the pace for turn-key touring motorcycles. Honda introduces saddlebag liners this year.

1982 GL-1100 Standard - Wineberry Red, Black or Metallic Black (retail $4248)
1982 GL-1100 Interstate - Metallic Black (only) (retail $5448)
1982 GL-1100 Aspencade - Metallic Brown two-tone or Metallic Silver two-tone (retail $5698)
For '82, Honda adds a third model to the GL line, the even more luxurious Aspencade. The Interstate model offers such options as a new Type II stereo, a 40-channel CB transceiver, and an on-board air compressor. All of these items are standard on the Aspencade, as are storage pouches in the passanger back-rest, two-tone paint and seat, a removeable trunk, saddlebag liners for ease of unpacking, and special-edition Aspencade badges. All models also sport twin-piston brake calipers and wider tires..

1983 GL-1100 Standard - Black or Candy Regal Brown (retail $4298)
1983 GL-1100 Interstate - Black or Candy Regal Brown (retail $5548)
1983 GL-1100 Aspencade - Candy Wineberry Red two-tone or Metallic Gray two-tone (retail $6998)

The last year for the GL-1100s finds them fitted with 11-spoke cast wheels, TRAC anti-drive fork with an integrated fork brace, and unified braking system. The Interstate adds larger, flatter footpegs and adjustable passanger pegs, while the top-of-the-line Aspencade also boasts internally vented front brake rotors, a digital LCD instrument panel and a new two-tone seat.

1984 GL-1200 Standard - Wineberry Red or Black (retail $4795)
1984 GL-1200 Interstate - Wineberry Red, Metallic Gray or Pearl Blue (retail $6196)
1984 GL-1200 Aspencade - Burgandy, Pearl Blue or Metallic Beige (retail $7895)

This year sees the Wing once again rewrite the rules for touring, with the all-new GL-1200s. All three models are motivated by a new, 1182cc engine with hydraulic valve adjustment, and a redesigned chassis sports a 16-inch front wheel for steering lightness and precision previously unseen in the class. The Aspencade ditinguishes itself from the Interstate with LCD instruments and special rear lightbar, 3-piece removeable soft luggage, as well as a new Type III audio system that combines AM/FM radio bands, cassette and intercom.

1985 GL-1200 Interstate - Metallic Silver, Metallic Blue or Wineberry Red (retail $6198)
1985 GL-1200 Aspencade - Meatllic Beige, Metallic Blue or Vintage Red (retail $7898)
1985 GL-1200 Limited Editon - Metallic GOLD two-tone only (reatil $10,000)

With the surge in touring's popularity, Honda drops the standardoldWing in '85, but a top-of-the-line LTD model joins the Aspencade and Interstate, once again raising the ante for touring opulence. The GL-1200L Limited Edition comes with computerized fuel injection, removeable soft luggage, Type III audio/intercom system with four speakers, cruise control, auto-leveling rear suspension and a comprehensive electronic travel computer.

1986 Interstate - Wineberry Red or Black (retail $6698)
1986 Aspencade - Metallic Beige, Metallic Blue or ZMetallic Silver (retail $8498)
1986 Aspencade SE-i (the proper model designation) - Pearl White & Beige only (retail $10,598)

Few changes distinguish the GL-1200s for their third year of production. The Limited-Edition gets renamed the GL-1200 SE-i, and now features Dolby noise reduction for it's Panasonic Type III sound system. The Aspencade gets the same audio update, and both Interstate and Aspencade models can be easily identified by their new rear fender splash gueards.

1987 GL-1200 Interstate - Metallic Blue or Amethyst Silver (retail $6698)
1987 GL-1200 Aspencade - Wineberry Red, Black or Metallic Silver (retail $8498)

The GoldWing lineup gets pared to two models, the Interstate and the Aspencade, with the SE-i consigned to history. Both remaining models feature a new tapered seat design with three-stage foam, and the two differ mainly in weight and standard equipment. The Type III sound system. passenger floorboards and armrests, and a trunk mirror are standard on the Aspencade, options on the Interstate.

1988 GL-1500 Standard (the only model) - Phantom Gray, Martini Beige or Dynastic Blue (retail $9998)

Honda ups the ante again with the ultimate touring bike, the fourth-generation GoldWing GL-1500 six-cylinder. The 1520cc six, sets fresh standards of smoothness, silence and power for the class, while an all-new chassis redefines the limits of handling and comfort. A unique-to-motor-cycling *reverse gear* and single-key operation of the saddlebags and trunk lids offer unparaleled convenience. For your listening pleasure, this GoldWing features a 24-watt am/fm stereo cassette system with integrated intercom and the bag liners are still an important luxury feature.

1989 GL-1500 Standard (the only model) - Martini Beige, Wineberry Red or Blue Green Metallic (retail $11,498)

Few alterations are needed for such a landmark model, even in it's second year of production. The six remains as a single model with no variants. As in '88, options include a CB radio, saddlebag light kit, cornering light kit, color-matched saddlebag and trunk spoilers, color-matched lower-leg air vents, a rear speaker kit, a trunk light/mirror, and passanger audio controls. The 1500/6 badge is removed from the rear of the right-side bag.

1990 GL-1500 Standard - Wineberry Red or Light Metallic Blue (retail $11,498)
1990 GL-1500 SE - Pearl White (retail $13,498)

A new SE model joins the standard GL-1500 and both benefit from a host of updates for 1990, including carb and cam revisions for better drivability, noise reductions, even tighter bodywork fit and finish, and smoother fork action. The SE sports special two-tone paint, a three-position center windscreen vent, a special rear trunk spoiler with running/brake light, adjustable passenger foot-rests, and an upgraded, full-logic sound system.

1991 GL-1500 Interstate - Beige (retail $8998)
1991 GL-1500 Aspencade - Black (retail $11,998)
1991 GL-1500 SE - Gold two-tone (retail $13,998)

Once again the GoldWing counts three members in it's extended family, with the SE joined by Aspencade and Interstate models. The SE remains largely unchanged for '91 except for new two-tone gold paint, and the Aspencade takes on the role of the previous standard-model GL-1500. The new model, the Interstate, features a redesigned seat for an 0.8-inch-lower saddle height, and 40 pounds less weight for a sportier feel. Main items such as: An air compressor, Reverse gear, and Saddlebag/Trunk liners are not included on the new Interstate.

1992 GL-1500 Interstate - Candy Red (retail $9399) or Metallic Blue (retail $9199)
1992 GL-1500 Aspencade - Candy Red (retail $12,299) or Metallic Blue (retail $12,099)
1992 GL-1500 SE - Metallic Teal (retail $14,199)

Big news for the GoldWing line in 1992 centers on the Interstate, with a revised and upgraded sound system. The Panasonic unit features a 25-watt-per-channel amplifier, standard GL speakers, large and easy-to-use knobs, an intercom, a CB radio interface, a handlebar-mounted control unit, and a special input jack connector allowing the use of a portable cassette or CD player.

1993 GL-1500 Interstate - Candy Red (retail $9799) or Metallic Blue (retail $9599)
1993 GL-1500 Aspencade - Candy Red (retail $12,599) or Metallic Blue (retail $12,399)
1993 GL-1500 SE - Metallic Teal two-tone, Pearl Blue two-tone or Pearl White two-tone (retail $14,699) Pearl White solid (retail $14,999)

Each GoldWing model now comes in three colors, with the SE benefiting from such updates as rear-mounted speakers and 40-channel CB radio that were previously optional. On the SE and the Aspencade, the cruise control now reads cranksaft speed directly for more precise road-speed control. All 1520cc six-cylinder engines now use needle bearings in their rocker-arm pivots.

1994 GL-1500 Interstate - Candy Red (retail $10,199) Pearl Dark Teal or Black (retail $9,999)
1994 GL-1500 Aspencade - Candy Red (retail $13,199) Pearl Dark Teal or Black (retail $12,999)
1994 GL-1500 SE - Pearl Green two-tone, Pearl Teal two-tone, Candy Red two-tone (retail $15,299) or Pearl White solid (retail $15,599)

Nearly two decades after it's introduction, the GoldWing continues to define the touring class through the process of continuous refinement. Honda again offers three models for '94, the SE in four color choices, and the Aspencade and Interstate in three choices each. The Interstate carries on in it's role as the lightest member of the Wing family (with no reverse), the Aspencade remains the full-featured model, and the SE crowns the very top of the Wing family three.

1995 GL-1500 Interstate - Candy Red (retail $11,399) or Pearl Green (retail $11,199)
1995 GL-1500 Aspencade - Candy Red (retail $14,199) Pearl Green or Pearl Magenta (retail $13,999)
1995 GL-1500 SE - Candy Red two-tone (retail $16,799) Pearl Green two-tone or Pearl Magenta two-tone (retail $16,599) Pearl White solid (retail $16,299)

Honda celebrates two decades of touring excellence with the 20th Anniversary GoldWings. The Interstate, Aspencade and SE are all distinguished by commemorative gold trim, a distinctive new headlight signature, and other styling treatments. Beneath the surface, the GoldWing also boast a lower seat height and sporty new suspension that offers even greater agility while maintaining the Wing's legendary ride comfort.

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Re: Goldwing model comparison

Postby detdrbuzzard » Sun Sep 27, 2009 7:45 pm

seems like the info is right out of the book " goldwing the first 20 years". celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the gold wing. i found the book on amazon for less thaan $20
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Re: Goldwing model comparison

Postby BladeRunner9 » Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:10 pm

One thing I found interesting that you don't see mentioned, on the 1987 Aspencade they introduced a helical cut final output gear. I guess that was to cut down on gear whine that seemed to be part of the beast on so many wings...... :) Does anyone know if the later..88 & up wings have the same thing?

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Re: Goldwing model comparison

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:15 pm

Interesting, I didn't know that. Were there any reliability problems with that then? Helical gears are nowhere near as strong as straight cut gears.

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