Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white


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Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby Ericson38 » Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:41 pm



Been through this with the '89 mentioned about a month ago, now looking at a 2000 model with 69,000 miles. Learned alot from checking out the 89 model. Is there anything about the 2000 model that should be looked at extra carefully that is different than the 89?

The seats may not be original, as they have cloth insets. Pretty hard also, not as much padding as my 83 standard.

It has the 25th year badging on it.

It also has a pin stripe (painted) scheme which in light blue makes the whole thing look like a bread delivery truck, next to the used black Road King at the dealer.

Thanks again.

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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby cbx4evr » Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:18 pm

Ya, seat doesn't sound original but other than that nothing special to worry about on the 2000 to my knowledge. I bought mine with little Goldwing knowledge and it's been a great bike.
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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby trike lady » Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:30 pm

I bought mine in 2005 from the local Honda dealer.
I had always made them into trikes and I wanted one, the entire time I had the bike it had minor hiccups. I took my chances and have been very pleased.
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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby englishted » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:49 pm

The only things to look out for are the alternators, from about 1996 they are made in China and not as reliable as the earlier ones. Engine guards rust quicker. A good read on what to look out for is here: http://www.goldwingfacts.com/used1500.htm

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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby Ericson38 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:46 pm

This one is comestically great, and has good tires. We are at $5,200 right now with the owner. It does have a trailer hitch, so means it had trailer duty, which is not good in my opinion, and at 69K miles, it has been ridden, but seems well taken care of. I'll know for sure after the test ride this Wednesday.

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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:10 pm

$5200 is a fantastic deal for that bike! If there's nothing obviously wrong...snap it up! :)

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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby Ericson38 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:54 am

Yeah...that's what I thought. It has two helemts with intercom, all the original manuals, a real shop manual, a bike cover, but don't know what tools these came with. Wife and I had left her car at the Ford dealer at noon for oil-filter change and I said lets walk over to the Honda dealer so I can pick up these head gaskets for the '83 standard. There sat this white (her color) 1500. Met all the criteria from a distance, then was surprised to find out it was a 2000 model. We were about 100 miles to the west in Timberville last month and almost pulled the plug on a 89 1500 with 67K miles for 4500. Didn't because I didn't like the way it rode, compared to his (also for sale) '98 1500. Left there and hit the thrift stores... :D

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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby themainviking » Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:36 am

If you decide not to buy it, at that price, let the forum know what dealership it is at, so someone else who wants one can get the deal. But we know you wannit. :lol:
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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby Ericson38 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:42 pm

WE OWN IT. Just came back from taking the wife to IHOP in Warrenton Va. Fleetwood Mac coming back by moon light. She is impressed. Its great. Thanks for the encouragement. Back outside for now, pics this weekend.

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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby themainviking » Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:08 pm

Ericson38 wrote:WE OWN IT. Just came back from taking the wife to IHOP in Warrenton Va. Fleetwood Mac coming back by moon light. She is impressed. Its great. Thanks for the encouragement. Back outside for now, pics this weekend.


Congratulations - you got a fantastic deal. Welcome to BigWingWorld, :lol:
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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby Ericson38 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:02 pm

OK-here goes. First off, I think an 1100 pure standard is an excellent looking bike, with a great power to weight ratio, not too much plastic....but not a long hauler without Interstate or Aspencade equipment.

This GL1500 handles the turns as well, or better, than the standard. Listen to the news, heat the hands, use some cruise control just for kicks...what a platform!

It also has more whine, but that would change if I put a windjammer on the standard (83 model). Not too much wine, and that 6 pulling evenly is addictive.

I took the exact same 100 mile route with Big Momma today that I take with Blackie. Blackie gets 50-51 on this ride, and Big Momma got (including some additional driving in town that I usually don't take) 45.23 mpg. This was encouraging. I used some MMO in the gas.

The 1500 has better brakes, more torque, but would still loose a 1/4 mile run against Blackie.

The ride of these two compared is intresting...I like the front fork action-compliance of the 1100 better (it is stock with 10 lbs air) than the 1500 (no air added at this time with Progressives in front). The 1500 is more stable (dead stable) in turns, and there is no wobble on the handle bars, even if you try to induce it. The 1100 standard will wobble if you force it too, but the 1500 just settles down better. So up and down, the 1100 wins, but side to side, the 1500 is a clear winner. I thought it was going to be a handfull on the curces, or take some new skills, but no. I don't think this has a special fork brace, just the plate under the fender that connects the two legs across the cast in perches.

This is a great bike, you guys are on to it. The dealer agent road it home the night before the test ride (he has ridden a ton of 1800s but never a 1500, and now he is looking for one that needs a bunch of work.

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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby Ericson38 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:39 am

This bike surprises me more each day. Figured out that if I run the rear air at 45 or so lbs, it is well balanced with the front progressives with no air. I'm taking all the twisties I was before with the 83 1100 standard, possibly in more control, as the bike just tracks so well (both bikes running Elite IIIs).

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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby The Grand Pooh-Bah » Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:36 pm

Color me jealous. :o I'd love to find a sweet ride like that for $5200. Here in the NW the 90's are going for that.

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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby Ericson38 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:42 am

I hear you....had racked up over 500 miles looking at various 1200 and 1500 models to get my wife a better place to sit than the '83 standard, and low and behold, after giving up for the spring, there she sat at the Honda dealer. I was just there to pick up head gaskets for blackie, and there was whitey. She is impressive, like a steam locomotive is impressive. The P.O. bought it there new, and brought it back for service, then decided he was going to sell it (never picked it up) to the dealer. Had vertigo, riding days were over, so it had all the helmets, intercoms, cables, manuals, service records. It was a 'has to be' moment. White was my wife's big concern, I could take anything but 1800 yellow. The pin stripes are growing on me now.

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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby peppilepew » Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:04 pm

You got a great deal if everything is in order. I just upgraded my 85 interstate to a 2000 se with 14.5K. I paid 6500 for a bike that had some issues. The dealer I purchased it from is beyond stand up great. After riding this 1500 I have zero interest in riding the 1200. Nice deal. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine.

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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby Ericson38 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:01 pm

I paild 5200 plus tax, title, license fees, with 69.8K miles. It has new tires, AGM battery, oil and filter (incl air-I checked it) service, and coolant with thermostat. No visible marks or abrasions, plus has heated grips and progressive front springs. I changed out the alternator rear bearing and the drive dampers for it, and two burned out position light bulbs, along with Silverstar Ultras for the two headlights. Radio, CB, cruise, and air all work fine (for now!). Mine is white/light green. She pulls so nice, as you know. I rode the standard to work once last week, and I know what you mean. I plan to drive it once in a while until I sell it, don't need two machines unless you are the type that really wants to keep riding if the other is down for some bigger service/repair event.

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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby Ericson38 » Sat May 12, 2012 5:35 pm

Here's a couple of shots-

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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby HALBUDD » Sat May 12, 2012 11:40 pm

You have a nice looking set of bikes,there I would keep both as if one goes down for repair you always have something to ride, I have 2-1200s and a 1500 my son rides one of my 1200s and I will ride my 1500 but I still love my 1200. Maybe Ill sell one of the 1200s but for now Im keeping them all. Hal
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Re: Looking at a 2000 GL1500 SE-white

Postby Ericson38 » Sun May 13, 2012 8:50 pm

Well...there's you and Wingman and Virgil, confirming that although I might be off my rocker on mutiple fronts, its not because of multiple old wings.

I had a little KG trunk on the 83 1100, so after we got the 1500, I took it off and put the passenger grab bar back on. Took it for a spin, and it completely lost the low speed hands off wobble it had between 40 and 20 mph on deceleration. Had to test it multiple times, over an hour. I always thought it was the bar mounted windshield, but it was the mass and polar moments of the trunk-rack assy that was at fault. The trunk did add a foot and a half to the length, so the frame's resonant frequency lengthwise, side to side, must have increased afterwards to the point where the wobble forces (wherever they are hiding) are now too low and don't excite it enough to get positive feedback. Whatever, she runs great, and I think looks even better now. I did get a new alternator rotor from Honda for the 1500 and retrieved it with Blackie, wearing a back pack (not so comfortable).




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