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Hello from new member and a question

Post by hearseman » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:08 pm

Heyo, all! New rider, and new cycle owner here!
Just bought (well, a few months ago) an old 1982 GL1100 I . Haven't had that much "butt time" on it (like maybe 7 -10 hours) and finally made my first "group" ride on New Years Day (Washington Chapter V). They said I did pretty good, but have a long way to go. Yes, I've taken and passed the required CDL course, barely. And that was on a 250!!

Here's my first question:
Several of the members are saying that I should "... upgrade to a larger/newer bike..." and have offered me a 1988 GL 1500 Interstate (totally decked out) for an outstanding price.

My question is: Is this a bike that a total novice should be riding?
Is it, as they are telling me, a more stable and more controlable machine?

Yes, I plan on holding onto any machine I get, and using it as a cruising method when I retire soon (towing it on a trailer behind my motorhome), and this one will certainly do what I want.

But I've been reading the different forums out on the web, and get the feeling that it might be too big for me at this time.

Anyones input would be appreciated.

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Re: Hello from new member and a question

Post by seabee_ » Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:06 pm

I would stick with what you have now. You said you did pretty good on it for a novice. Yes, it's a big bike for a beginner, but with patience and more riding time to build your experience you will be a pro at it. You'll know when you're ready for the 1500. The 1100 is actually a good bike to start off with. Eventually, I will get the 1500 or 1800 myself, and like you I will always keep my 1200. The 1100/1200's are great roadbikes. Happy riding. Glad to hear you had the opportunity to ride lately. Unfortunately I had to put my baby to bed until spring here in Michigan.
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Re: Hello from new member and a question

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:42 am

Having both an 1100 and 1500, I can tell you that the 1500 is definitely more of a handful. It's bigger, heavier and a bit more unforgiving. The 1100 is a very big bike to handle as a beginner as well...I would spend a couple of years getting as much time as you can on the 1100 before considering an upgrade. In my opinion, anyway.

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Re: Hello from new member and a question

Post by WA9FWT » Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:48 pm

Here is my story asbout riding the bigger bikes.
I rode a 750 Honda for 35 yr's and a couple of years back I decided to get a Gold Wing. I rode that for a year,and sure noticed it was a lot harder to handel,but I did ok, I thought. Then I loaded the bike with wife and all the bags
loaded too, for a week end trip.After a few stops no problem,could stop just fine with out tipping over.Afetr 5 1/2
hours on the road first stop, I dumped it,and did that two more times in the same day.I was just pooped, and it seemed my legs were to short to hold the bike up after the legs had to clear the big toe/heal boards too.

Next day one more time (dumped )... Wife got hurt, and she just said that was the last time she was ever getting
on again with me. Well as you see on my picture,I added the extra wheels, and wife is now back on with me.
Age here by the way is 72...I'm not a big guy and age also I'm sure enters into it as handeling the bigger bikes.

But to finish the story,by adding the extra wheels was the best thing I ever did....I want to RIDE !!

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Re: Hello from new member and a question

Post by RoadRogue » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:19 pm

I dont think that the people telling you to get a bigger,heavier and more powerful bike really have you best interest in mind. I think they were more interested in selling a bike than seeing you learn to ride safely. Enjoy the one you have,get good on this one first. The 1100 is already more bike than you can handle at this point with your new riding skills. Once you learn how to out ride the 1100 you can think about a newer bike. I have been riding for over 30 years , the last three years on my 82 Aspy. I have the skills to push this bike to the edge of its abilities, ( when playing in the twisties), I have no need to buy a newer bike just cause its newer. The 1100 is a good bike and will serve you well for many years to come.
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Re: Hello from new member and a question

Post by tandem54 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:48 pm

I think you need to give it (the bike & yourself) time, don't push yourself into a different bike until YOU know your ready! The roads will be there when you are comfortable with whatever bike you want. Remember we ride to enjoy it!
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Re: Hello from new member and a question

Post by hearseman » Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:30 am

Thank you all for your responses. It did help me at the time.
I did ride the 1100 for 2 years,by myself. then changed to an 89 1500. Found out I'm glad I listened to everyone's advice. What a difference!
Just recently upgraded again (my 89 is having transmission problems) to a 95 1500, and missus and I are enjoying the thing!

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Re: Hello from new member and a question

Post by dingdong » Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:15 am

Wow! A response, 5 years later. Thanks! Glad you and the wife are enjoying your 95.

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Re: Hello from new member and a question

Post by newday777 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:52 am

Good of you to update your original post and your results of advice given.
I went 25 years without riding. Rode a 76 CB750K four cross country 5 times back in the 70s and a few other bikes then.
In the eary 2000 time frame, I had friends that were encouraging me to get a 1500. I tried one out that was for sale. It was a handful but I did ok on it. I didn't buy that bike then. I waited a couple of years and found an 83 1100 that I restored and put 26,000 fun miles on. Then got a 99 1500 left to me by a friend. I put 50,000 miles on it and had plans of keeping it past 500,000 miles, but a cager took it out from me. I now have an 1800 that I've put on 85,000 miles.

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