1988 or 1989?


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t-bar12
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1988 or 1989?

Post by t-bar12 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:39 pm



I recently purchased a GL1500 (after selling my GL1100). The date of first registration in the UK is 1989, but it shows up as a GL1500-J - which I believe is the 1988 model. How can I tell for sure whether it is a 1988 or 1989 model? (I want to buy copies of the Honda manuals - and there is a different version for each year.) Thanks for any help you can give.



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1975 CB550-4 final mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maximum 30,000 miles
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Re: 1988 or 1989?

Post by wingpilot08 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:45 pm

Try this....

http://www.motoverse.com/tools/vin/honda.asp


Gives basic info on the bike...
08' GL1800-HPNA - Red 32,000+ miles
1988 Bunkhouse Trailer/Camper
Darkside #1720
bikes owned:
1975 CB550-4 final mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maximum 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

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Re: 1988 or 1989?

Post by Sempai » Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:54 pm

Look on the frame to the right of the steering head. Turn the handle bars to the left and you'll be able to see down under the right side of the frame's neck, the manufacture date is on that sticker.
Keep the rubber side down.

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Re: 1988 or 1989?

Post by budavari » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:04 am

Also the VIN (vehicle identification number). The 8th digit from the right is the year code.

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Re: 1988 or 1989?

Post by budavari » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:08 am

If the 8th digit in the VIN from the right is a J, the bike is a 1988 model. A 1989 model will have a K in that spot.

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Re: 1988 or 1989?

Post by t-bar12 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:29 am

Thanks much. Now I know it is a 1988. Appreciate it!



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