Identifying my Wing


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Identifying my Wing

Postby anwarg » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:06 am



I bought a Goldwing 1500 SE in November 2012 and I haven't looked at another bike since then. I managed to get manuals from someone who works at Suzuki but when I stripped her naked, the manuals ended up being almost useless. I've managed to figure out on the Net that 1500's were made between 1900 and 2000. That might sound lame to olden goldies (lol) but I'm a newbie! Please help: How do I identify the year model of my baby?



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Re: Identifying my Wing

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:28 am

anwarg wrote:I bought a Goldwing 1500 SE in November 2012 and I haven't looked at another bike since then. I managed to get manuals from someone who works at Suzuki but when I stripped her naked, the manuals ended up being almost useless. I've managed to figure out on the Net that 1500's were made between 1900 and 2000. That might sound lame to olden goldies (lol) but I'm a newbie! Please help: How do I identify the year model of my baby?


They were definitely made between 1900 and 2000. :) Actually, the first GL1500 was in 1988, and the last was in 2000.

You can find the VIN sticker, and it has the year printed on it. You can also get the year from the VIN if you have it handy. The sticker is on the the frame, on the right side, just behind where the steering stem shaft goes through the frame:

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Re: Identifying my Wing

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:28 pm

Uh oh.
Does that mean my 1988 gl1500 dosen't exist.????
No wonder I can't find a schematic for it. :lol:

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Re: Identifying my Wing

Postby bjatwood » Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:16 pm

virgilmobile wrote:Uh oh.
Does that mean my 1988 gl1500 dosen't exist.????

I caught that too Virgil.... Scott you fat fingered the nine....in '88

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Re: Identifying my Wing

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:56 pm

bjatwood wrote:
virgilmobile wrote:Uh oh.
Does that mean my 1988 gl1500 dosen't exist.????

I caught that too Virgil.... Scott you fat fingered the nine....in '88


Yep, I sure did. Teach me to answer messages on my phone. :)

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Re: Identifying my Wing

Postby wing rider 2012 » Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:10 pm

anwarg wrote:I bought a Goldwing 1500 SE in November 2012 and I haven't looked at another bike since then. I managed to get manuals from someone who works at Suzuki but when I stripped her naked, the manuals ended up being almost useless. I've managed to figure out on the Net that 1500's were made between 1900 and 2000. That might sound lame to olden goldies (lol) but I'm a newbie! Please help: How do I identify the year model of my baby?


If the VIN sticker has been removed you can find the VIN stamped on the steering head. The VIN's for the GL1500 will all begin with 1HFSC22, the following number will be the model type, then there will be a "check digit" number, the letter following the check digit will be the year of the bike.
J=88, K=89, L=90, M=91, N=92 P=93, R=94, S=95, T=96, V=97, W=98, X=99 Y-2000
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Re: Identifying my Wing

Postby anwarg » Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:03 am

Thanx a stack, WingAdmin. Found the plate. It's a '93 model made in the USA. Now I'm even more confussed: I have one of the old VIN numbers on my registration papers here in darkest africa. It only has 11 characters. I know the other, descriptor characters were added later. What I don't know is why the VIN starts with "S" when USA VIN's start with a number, like 1,2 or 5? The VIN plate says USA. Does "S" stand for some state in the USA. Surely it can't stand for States!

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Re: Identifying my Wing

Postby silverado6x6 » Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:09 am

I am no expert yet but does your bike have a handlebar mounted switch that turns OFF the headlights? If it does then I believe you have a European model Goldwing. Sounds like you scored a deal friend, lots of people just like to keep the 1500 bikes, I find them occasionally where I live in dark cold ALASKA :D and they are usually asking over $6,000 minimum.
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Re: Identifying my Wing

Postby anwarg » Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:27 am

Nope. Lights stay on all the time. No switch.

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Re: Identifying my Wing

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:04 am

anwarg wrote:Thanx a stack, WingAdmin. Found the plate. It's a '93 model made in the USA. Now I'm even more confussed: I have one of the old VIN numbers on my registration papers here in darkest africa. It only has 11 characters. I know the other, descriptor characters were added later. What I don't know is why the VIN starts with "S" when USA VIN's start with a number, like 1,2 or 5? The VIN plate says USA. Does "S" stand for some state in the USA. Surely it can't stand for States!


All GL1500's were made in Ohio, so every VIN on every GL1500 ever made will start with "1HF". The 11 digit "S" number you're seeing (I suspect it's the one stamped on the frame) is the frame number, not the VIN.




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