Information and questions on GL1500 Goldwings (1988-2000)
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Post by stevestx » Sun May 20, 2012 2:11 pm

Hi, I ride a st1300 at the moment, thinking of buying a gl1500, So should i, why should i, & what model should i go for??

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Re: Why!?

Post by terryj » Sun May 20, 2012 11:37 pm

There is nothing wrong with a ST1300 they're very good Sport-Touring bikes. There is allot of difference between the two, ST1300 and the GL1500, first and formost will be handling, don't expect the GL1500 to handle like a ST1300. The GL1500 is a Touring bike, designed for the long haul and comfort is all over this bike. The GL1500 is about 300 pounds heavier than the ST1300, however, the seat sits a little lower on the GL than it does on the ST.

As to why you want it, that all depends on the type of riding you do, if you like the handling of a Sports bike then a Goldwing is going to disappoint you, but if you like to get on a bike and ride for hours without it busting your back, then you want a Goldwing.

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Re: Why!?

Post by seabee_ » Sun May 20, 2012 11:51 pm

The best thing is to take a Goldwing on a test drive and compare the two to see what you think. I agree, the Goldwing is not as nimble, but is a great cruiser.
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Re: Why!?

Post by Mag » Mon May 21, 2012 9:58 pm

As we all get older, we look for more comfortable. No need for me to run at 100+mph, I dig the comfort now. Also storage capacity is pretty sweet. The mpg is a little less than desired, but that is made up by not being blown all over the freeway.

My hand is up for Goldwing, my opinion on this 48 year old body, lol.

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Re: Why!?

Post by Kiwi2 » Tue May 22, 2012 4:28 am

Like one of the others suggest, take the Wing for a test ride ........ if possible make it a day trip to wherever, and then take the ST over the same route and then you will be able to see what you like and don't like about either bike.

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Re: Why!?

Post by hugger-4641 » Tue May 22, 2012 12:27 pm

If you're looking for comfort, the 'Wing is the only way to go. I absolutely love my '94 1500 Aspencade and I can ride it all day! As far as being nimble,in my opinion it is. While it is not as spry as the st1300, it will out corner most other touring bikes and cruisers. I would put it against any HD Dresser on a curvy road. That being said, if I wasn't already attached to my '94, I would go for the 2005 Anniversary edition 1800. I don't like the placement of the accessory buttons on the new 1800's. If you'd like a peek at what a 'Wing can do, go to Youtube and type in "yellowwolf". This guy show's you how a bike should be ridden on the "Tail of the Dragon" in East Tennessee!
I'm fairly new to this forum, so just to let you know where I'm coming from, I've been riding motorcycles since I was twelve and I'm 41 now. I've owned at least a couple of every "Japanese" bike made, and ridden several HD's, Big dog's, and other custom bikes. I have good friends I ride with regularly who have been trying for years to get me to buy an HD. If I ever ride another cruiser or touring bike that compares to my 'Wing, I might consider it, but so far, it ain't happened!

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Re: Why!?

Post by zamboni920 » Wed May 23, 2012 2:47 am

In the early '80s I sold my 1974 Yamaha TX750 and bought a nice used 1977 GL1000, standard. I came across a full set of Hondaline fairing and bags, wich I had professionally painted. I drove this bike on several 2 week holidays through Europe......Would anyone dare to take a GL1000 down the German Autobahn today? I doubt it.
Since that GL1000, I have never turned back. Since moving to USA in 1989, I have had two GL1100's, a GL1200 and now also a GL1500. For the looks, the GL1200 (in my opinion) is the bike of choice, but the GL1500 has performance . Both handles great. I have no experience with "ricerockets" as speed is not my thing. I want comfort, not fatigue. That said, even my first GL1000 did out run some "Ninjas" once, driving the curvy mountain roads of Norway(my homecountry). Maybe just luck, maybe experience......it made me proud as a rooster :D .
Love the Goldwings!!

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