Description Info for 1996 GL1500A2 Aspencade ?

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Description Info for 1996 GL1500A2 Aspencade

Post by dshehan2000 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:11 pm

Is there a website or another source of information that can help me obtain the description and/or specification information for the "1996 GL1500A2" ? Also, regarding the "GL1500A Aspencade" and the "GL1500A2 Aspencade", I do not know what the differences are between the model "A" and the "A2" model, can you help ?

I am new to the Goldwing community, and seeking for description or specification information on the used Goldwing I purchased, 1996 GL500A2, original paint color is "Electric Blue". The cycle is in excellent condition, no rust, the paint is near perfect with 51,000 miles, I am very happy with it.

When I purchased my Goldwing from a family, through an estate sale,they did not know which model the Goldwing was. They only had the title and no other paperwork. The title model information stated on "GL1500".

Through my search, I have found several models for the 1996 Goldwings, but I do not know what the differences are, and are unable to find description / specification information on any of these models.
- GL1500A Aspencade
- GL1500A2 Aspencade
- GL1500I Interstate
- GL1500I1 Interstate
- GL1500E Goldwing SE
- GL1500E1 Goldwing SE
- GL1500E2 Goldwing SE

I was able to find from a website, that my Goldwing is a "1996 GL1500A2".

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Can you please help be obtain the description and/or specification information for a "1996 GL1500A2" ? I am looking for description information that is provided from the Honda Dealership when purchasing a new motorcycle. I have tried many avenues, including dealers and service manuals, but I am at a loss.

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Re: Description Info for 1996 GL1500A2 Aspencade ?

Post by TennX » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:40 pm

I believe I read that the A2 is a California model with smog components, the gurus will be along...good luck

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Re: Description Info for 1996 GL1500A2 Aspencade

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:00 pm

The letters behind the model number on Honda motorcycles, i.e. GL1500A, GL1500A2, etc. are used by Honda to discriminate between different versions of the same model, with different features, or produced for different areas. This is necessary when ordering parts, and some part numbers for the same part will be different for different region bikes. That said, for all intents and purposes, there will be no difference between a GL1500A Aspencade and a GL1500A2 Aspencade, unless you are ordering specific parts that differ from region to region.

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