GL1500 Top Speed


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GL1500 Top Speed

Postby Dusty Boots » Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:09 am



I have no idea.
My 1500 struggles to hit 115 mph, while back in the day, my old GL1000 with full Vetter equipment would easily/quickly hit an indicated 125 mph all the time, no problem.

The 1500 does have rev limiters I hit frequently that cut in @ 6,000 RPM in the lower gears, but I don't recall revving that high in OD, as it seems to run out of breath right around the 5,000 rpm mark
The two big differences that I see between my old 1000 and my current 1500, is weight and the amount of 'frontal area,' the bikes present when trying to slice through the air, which dramatically raises the amount of drag and therefore needs greater power to propel that big barn door that the 1500 presents to overcome the amount of drag, to it's (IMHO) rather anemic top speed.
I sucked through a tank of gas on the 1500 in only 85 mi, running on I-90 in Wy, with the throttle WFO for that distance. :roll:


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Re: GL1500 Top Speed

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:06 pm

Dusty Boots wrote:I have no idea.
My 1500 struggles to hit 115 mph, while back in the day, my old GL1000 with full Vetter equipment would easily/quickly hit an indicated 125 mph all the time, no problem.

The 1500 does have rev limiters I hit frequently that cut in @ 6,000 RPM in the lower gears, but I don't recall revving that high in OD, as it seems to run out of breath right around the 5,000 rpm mark
The two big differences that I see between my old 1000 and my current 1500, is weight and the amount of 'frontal area,' the bikes present when trying to slice through the air, which dramatically raises the amount of drag and therefore needs greater power to propel that big barn door that the 1500 presents to overcome the amount of drag, to it's (IMHO) rather anemic top speed.
I sucked through a tank of gas on the 1500 in only 85 mi, running on I-90 in Wy, with the throttle WFO for that distance. :roll:


The 1500 has a rev limiter? I always treated it as if it didn't, because the 1100 didn't have one. I use my right hand as the rev limiter. :)

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Re: GL1500 Top Speed

Postby Dusty Boots » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:30 pm

Yes, Scott .... it has a rev limiter.
That was one of the 1st things I had to get used to coming from the 1000, as the 4s have a higher redline than the 6s. The 4s would start coming alive around 5gs, where the 6s are almost into the redline at that point.
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Re: GL1500 Top Speed

Postby Wingsconsin » Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:25 pm

My 1500 seems to reach it's top limit at around 105 +/- a little...
At that point it gets an oscilaltion as the wind pressure on the windscreen starts to collapse the air bubble we ride in...
I tried it in Montana a few years ago....100+ is plenty fast enough for me...
And I could watch my fuel guage going down...
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Re: GL1500 Top Speed

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:27 pm

Dusty Boots wrote:Yes, Scott .... it has a rev limiter.
That was one of the 1st things I had to get used to coming from the 1000, as the 4s have a higher redline than the 6s. The 4s would start coming alive around 5gs, where the 6s are almost into the redline at that point.
You'll know it when they cut in! :)


Yup, thart's something I really had to get used to - when I first got the 1500, I was really winding it up, used to the 1100's power band.

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Re: GL1500 Top Speed

Postby hugger-4641 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:30 pm

I had the same problem when I climbed on my '94 after riding a V65 and a 959. It was hard to get used to a 5500rpm redline after owning bikes that hit 12000. I hit the rev limiter many times in 1st and 2nd gear before I calmed down, but I've never hit the rev limiter on the top end. Mine will top out about 118 according to my GPS, but only shows little over 110 on the speedo. I also get the windsheild buffet right around 100, but it calms down about 110.

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Re: GL1500 Top Speed

Postby peppilepew » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:28 pm

thank whoever for that limiter. Engine is so quiet and smooth that i find myself hitting the limited rpms far too often. I figure it is better to hit the limiter than it is to hit the engine shrapnel with my rear tire. Bike is not all that easy to turn at 100. Buffeting becomes really noticeable. :?

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Re: GL1500 Top Speed

Postby redial » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:55 pm

I also get the windsheild buffet right around 100, but it calms down about 110.


Is that when my underpants will get soiled?

I must be getting old, as I ride and drive within the speedlimits here, the "snappers" are too keen on collecting the hard earned dollars, and you only have to be 4Km/h over (yes, about 2MPH) to attract a ticket to a State function where your donation will be gratefully added to the millions that are collected each year.

Once you get past 100 Km outside the capital city, the open road limit is generally 110Km/h (about 69 MPH). There are lesser roads, villages, and other reasons to limit the speed, which range from 40, 50, 60, 80, and 100Km/h.
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Re: GL1500 Top Speed

Postby hugger-4641 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:37 am

peppilepew wrote:thank whoever for that limiter. Engine is so quiet and smooth that i find myself hitting the limited rpms far too often. I figure it is better to hit the limiter than it is to hit the engine shrapnel with my rear tire. Bike is not all that easy to turn at 100. Buffeting becomes really noticeable. :?


These bikes will turn just fine at 100mph if you're skilled, your bike is mechanically sound, and you're on a curve that can safely be taken at 100mph. But a Goldwing is not the bike you need to test these skills with for the first time! The possible consequences are exponentially greater if you lay this thing down at that speed as opposed to doing so on a smaller bike!! I don't encourage anyone to ride above their skill and comfort level , but I do try to keep the rust out of my riding skills when I'm on a suitable stretch of road, and not riding two up. ;)

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Re: GL1500 Top Speed

Postby hugger-4641 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:00 am

redial wrote:
I also get the windsheild buffet right around 100, but it calms down about 110.


Is that when my underpants will get soiled?

I must be getting old, as I ride and drive within the speedlimits here, the "snappers" are too keen on collecting the hard earned dollars, and you only have to be 4Km/h over (yes, about 2MPH) to attract a ticket to a State function where your donation will be gratefully added to the millions that are collected each year.

Once you get past 100 Km outside the capital city, the open road limit is generally 110Km/h (about 69 MPH). There are lesser roads, villages, and other reasons to limit the speed, which range from 40, 50, 60, 80, and 100Km/h.



Yes, they love to take your money around here too. That's a risk you'd better be willing to take if you are going to break the speed limit. But in the rural areas around here, you generally have a 5 to 9mph "grace" above the speed limit before you will get pulled over. Of the 85 miles I ride one way to work, about 50 miles of it is 65mph speed limit, some of it 70 mph. Most of the "veteran" officers will not bother a bike unless you are 15mph over or more, but the younger officers are prone to get you at 10mph over, and if you do get pulled over, you can count on a ticket.

Funny how the bike can make a difference too. I commonly see "crotch rockets" pulled over on my route, but seldom see cruisers and touring bikes pulled over, even though we are generally going about the same speed. In fact I was riding to work recently and passed by a parked state trooper as I was doing at least 75 in a 55mph zone. I never let off the throttle as I figured he had already seen me before I saw him, so if he was going to come after me, so be it. I had just passed a colleague who was about 2 miles behind me on a Ninja and he got pulled over and received a ticket for 68 mph. I guess his neon green bike and bright rainbow colored mohawk on his helmet was more attractive than my plain black Goldwing. :roll:

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Re: GL1500 Top Speed

Postby liquineer » Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:06 am

Having got a waived fine and points deduction on my licence whilst driving my car here, I am not anxious to break the speed limit at any time- if I do break it and get caught, the fine has to be paid from the first incident and the secondand I get points deducted for both offences. To get a waived fine I had to take a driver awareness course and pay for that myself as well. Each fine comes with a 3 point penalty on your licence- the limit is 12 in any one time frame, after that you lose your driving licence for up to a year.
So I might not be doing 100 any time soon- our maximum is 70 mph on motorways and dual carriageways, 60 mph on normal single carriageway roads and depending on the set speed limit for each urban area between 30 and 40mph at other times.
As I take part in a community speed watch scheme in my village, so I know that at 35 mph in a 30mph limit zone, I can be prosecuted.
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Re: GL1500 Top Speed

Postby peppilepew » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:02 am

I invested in a adaptiv tpx radar/laser detector. It has saved my but 3 times already. Best 300.00 investment I made last year. They also have a jammer option. Have to be careful with jammer as some states disallow jammers. You can take your 900 lb beast through all the turns at 100 you like. Life is what happens while we are making other plans. My friends 750 GSXR is made for sport riding. I ran that a few times last year and had a blast. I will be an old man looking to keep his skin. Skin doesn't come back so fast at 57. :)

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Re: GL1500 Top Speed

Postby redial » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:51 pm

In every state, radar detectors are banned and carry a fine and points the same as if you are doing more than 20Km/h over the speed limit.

Having said that, I have had a radar detector, but now with the technology moving on, they are not as effective against the laser speed detectors, so it is just not worthwhile. The State Governments are too interested in the revenue to let people have detectors, so you just stick to the speed limit, and hope that the GPS is right.
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Re: GL1500 Top Speed

Postby peppilepew » Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:29 pm

redial wrote:In every state, radar detectors are banned and carry a fine and points the same as if you are doing more than 20Km/h over the speed limit.

Having said that, I have had a radar detector, but now with the technology moving on, they are not as effective against the laser speed detectors, so it is just not worthwhile. The State Governments are too interested in the revenue to let people have detectors, so you just stick to the speed limit, and hope that the GPS is right.


Insurance companies donate or pay a large portion of the purchase price of the speed detection tools. They have allot to gain by doing so. Few know this.

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Re: GL1500 Top Speed

Postby Dusty Boots » Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:34 am

In Ontario, if you are caught doing 50km over, you can lose both your license and vehicle on the spot and receive a $10,000 fine,
That's a risk I accept. You have to 'pick your spots/time' to do that, if you are going to do so.The speed limit on 2 lane rural roads here are 80km. Most cops are pretty lenient and don't bother you unless you are doing at least 16 over.
I regularly ride at 18-19km over posted. (98-99kph) A retired OPP motorcycle police officer friend of mine told me they had a saying in the force "98 you're fine, over 99 you're mine!"

In the states, the police there are not so lenient, especially when riding through small towns, so I keep at, or even slightly below posted when riding through towns, so as not to draw attention to myself. Most 2 lane rural roads (the ones I prefer to tour on) are 55, or 60 mph. My touring speed is 62-65mph and that's the speed that I travel at (with occasional bursts of speed into the 80s-90s) and have had no problems when riding, although I did have one officer on radar duty in a parked pickup in a small WY town motion me with arm signals to lower it.We were maybe doing 4 mph over, if that.

It's all in the amount of 'risk' you are comfortable with! I have a fairly high risk level tolerance.



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