How is your 1500 on the interstates?


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How is your 1500 on the interstates?

Postby bbells » Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:56 pm



I searched the forum, but all I got were highway pegs and the interstate model.
How ins the 1500 on the faster interstate highways?
My wife told me I need a newer bike and I am looking at the GLL1500.
I have an 1100. It is great on the side roads (55+). Handles the curves and speeds up to 65 really well. 70 is fine for short periods of time, but it just keeps wandering down to 65 if I am going any long distances. I usually try to avoid the the faster interstate highways because it is a pia to keep the speed up. I don't think it is a problem with the bike. I think my hand thinks the bike is more comfortable at lower speeds.
So, before I buy a 1500, I was wondering how much better it is on the interstate than the 1100. Thanks for any help!



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Re: How is your 1500 on the interstates?

Postby furnacedoc » Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:16 pm

Hello, I have a 1997 Gl1500se and i have no problem maintaining 70 mph on the interstate highways. I love traveling on my wing, in fact i love riding it even on the smaller county roads at slower speeds, it is a very comfortable bike to ride and I am sure you will enjoy it.

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Re: How is your 1500 on the interstates?

Postby TennX » Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:22 pm

Well Ive got a VTX 1300 and dont run it pass 70 on the interstate, but I was on my new to me 97GL1500A the other day looked down and was doing 95 , for a 15 year old bike you gotta love it...good luck
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Re: How is your 1500 on the interstates?

Postby m2102 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:30 pm

i agree with furnacedoc. the 1500 is a very nice bike and does very well on interstate hiways. i'll jump on the interstate going to work and set the cruise feet on hiway pegs and let the miles go by.

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Re: How is your 1500 on the interstates?

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:54 pm

1500 will handle 75+ speeds no problem but so should your 1100 I had one for 6 years and cruised at 75/80 all time with no issues..and could still pass if I needed to.. my 1100 would do 105 with two up on the flat. I'd say you have carb or compression issues. But the 1500 is a lot more bike..AND a lot harder to work on.
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NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: How is your 1500 on the interstates?

Postby bbells » Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:16 pm

Thanks! Especially about the vtx1300, since that is what I had before the goldwing. I find that the gl1100 is more comfortable, but my vtx was better on the faster highways. So, if the 1500 is better than the vtx that tells me quite a bit. I guess I better make my wife happy and start looking for a newer bike.
Yeah, the 1100 handles the speeds well, and the high rpms don't bother me, it just seems that at those speeds tiny movements in the throttle equal erratic speeds. I think that's what it is, anyways.

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Re: How is your 1500 on the interstates?

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:56 pm

The 1100 will do 80+ mph all day long, it just feels a bit buzzy because of the high RPM's. The 1500 will do 70 mph all day long up and down hills without even breathing hard, and the revs are something like half of what you would see on the 1100 doing the same speed.

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Re: How is your 1500 on the interstates?

Postby zamboni920 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:34 pm

Heck, if my wife said "you need a new bike" , I would be searching the classified before she finished the sentence :lol: .
I got a 1200, and , like you, do not feel as comfortable on higways. Think it is a mind over matter thing, because of the RPM. I can certainly go fast enough, just don't like the feel/noice/handlebar vibration.
My 1500 however....no problem. 6 cylinders, well balanced engine/drivetrain, more power....it feels nice at any speed.

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Re: How is your 1500 on the interstates?

Postby robb » Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:41 pm

My wife suggested buying a goldwing so she could ride, two weeks later the GL1500 was in the garage. It does 75+ with ease riding two up. Last trip out went to pass a piggyback trailer and she rolled on to 105mph before the wife started hollering slow down. No power loss here.

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Re: How is your 1500 on the interstates?

Postby cbx4evr » Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:47 pm

robb wrote:My wife suggested buying a goldwing so she could ride, two weeks later the GL1500 was in the garage. It does 75+ with ease riding two up. Last trip out went to pass a piggyback trailer and she rolled on to 105mph before the wife started hollering slow down. No power loss here.


Ditto my wife. She never saw me buy something with an engine so quickly.

I love the 1500. It will run 75 MPH all day without a hiccup. Myself I prefer to stay off of the Interstates. Prefer the slower more scenic route.
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: How is your 1500 on the interstates?

Postby RoadRogue » Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:20 pm

I also have a 1100 and had no problems running 80mph all day even pulling a trailer, but I also have a 1500 . I dont ride the 1100 anymore, it just sits in the shop waiting for some love. If your wife says buy something bigger you better do as she says. Gotta keep the Missus happy you know.

Little Beaver is going to have kittens over this one. Another 1100 owner buying a 1500 . Are you paying attention here Martin? 8-)
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Re: How is your 1500 on the interstates?

Postby bjatwood » Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:15 pm

I have a 98GL1500SE and cruise on I-80 everyday at 70 MPH=3K RPM's and the bike seems to have a sweet spot right there at 3K :D Talk about power, you don't even have to downshift. Just twist the throttle up and you will see 100MPH in no time at all. I LOVE IT!

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Re: How is your 1500 on the interstates?

Postby minnwing » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:09 pm

Like TennX I just sold my 1300 VTX and bought a '99 GL1500. For only 200 more cc's, the 1500 has quite a bit more uumph than the X. A lot more plastic too. Put in rear speakers today and spent quite a while figuring out how to take apart and put the jig saw puzzle together. ;) I think the 1500 is more than enough bike for you and traveling at 70 mph for a long stretch will be no problem. BTW, I bought the GW in Mpls and rode it home.




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