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High milage gl 1500

Postby billbob » Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:18 pm



What are some of the high milage gl 1500 you have seen,i got a riding buddy with a 200 1500 with over 160,000 miles and still going strong.



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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby wingpilot08 » Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:05 am

Mine is a 96SE currently with 203,700+ miles. Still running great..will be adding new Progressive 416 shocks shortly. Normal maintenance is the key! Have replaced the alternator with a high output and replaced 90% of the lights with LED's.
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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby Wingsconsin » Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:02 pm

Mine has 130,000 miles and I plan on seeing 200K easy...

My buddy has over 120K on his --> but he is selling it because he bought an 1800.



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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby Big Bob » Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:45 pm

My '96 Aspencade has 129,500+ miles on it and is still running well. No immediate plans to trade up to an 1800, I like Wingsconsin plan on driving it until 200,000! There are a couple guys who are brothers here in southern MN running a pair of '00 wings, one of them has over 800,000 miles and the other has over 450,000 on his. Both still going strong, I see the 450,000 mile bike fairly often as he stops in to my place of employment. Both bikes are still original engines/transmissions they ride year round and the 800,000 mile bike has license plates that say MRMILE and chrome plaque that say 800,000 mile club, he has a sidecar for winter driving!
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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby Uncle Fester » Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:23 am

Mine is not as high as those already listed, but I have 102K on my 96Aspen with no signs of slowing down.
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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby Dusty Boots » Sat Jul 26, 2014 8:31 am

I bought my 92 Aspencade in winter of 07, so I didn't get a chance to ride it until spring of 08.
It had just 20,354 KM/12,721 mi on it when I bought it.
Now, I have over 267,385 KM/167,113 mi on it. I replaced the alternator for a HO one due to all the electrical goodies I have installed on it and other than changing out both hand controls, no problems.

My bike recently won 1st place at a show n shine event that our chapter put on, held at a local small town fairgrounds over the holiday weekend, as voted by the townsfolks :D

I figure on keeping it to at least 400,000 km/250,000 mi and if I get rid of at that time, then I'll look around for another 1500 in good shape with low miles on it.

Just getting ready to leave for Gillette, WY as I recently bought an Aspen Sentry camper and will be riding down to pick it up and bring it back.


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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sat Jul 26, 2014 5:45 pm

A local dealer sold an 88 with approx. 330 k miles on it.They had pulled the motor apart to replace a bad bearing behind the clutch basket after it was traded in.The tech said there was virtually no wear on any of the internals,so all they did was hone the cylinders and install new rings to put it back together.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby dawgout81 » Fri Aug 01, 2014 4:54 pm

Just bought an '88 with 143,000 and drove it from Seattle to Minnesota, so now it has 144,500. Everything worked and a great ride.

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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby uoba » Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:13 pm

Well, averaging about a thousand miles a year, my 1988 GL1500 will probably never reach the lofty status of these High Mileage Road Warriors! It's currently showing 27, 800 miles. Should hit the big 30,000 mark in a couple of years though!!! I'll have to throw it a party!!
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Seriously, I took it out for a 65 mile ride one morning this week, and boy did it ever run smoothly!
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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby redial » Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:05 pm

They much prefer the ice cream parlours an hour away, rather than the one just down the corner! They seem to know that the good runs are the longer ones.
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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby Uncle Fester » Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:31 am

Just to give you a idea about my riding, I drove the wife to work on the bike today, 6.5 miles one way most direct route, then took the LONG way home, 50ish mile loop around the outside of the city (interstate) just to clear out the head some. Was a great little ride for me, just wish it was longer.
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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby redial » Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:02 pm

I suppose you were trying to avoid the peak hour traffic, and so took the scenic route home - more betterer. :D
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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby racoon5266 » Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:15 pm

I have a 93 1500 se Ivory white, 233,000. (143,000) miles.. she purrrrrs.. I've changed my own timing belts, put a pivot shifter, changed spark plugs, oil, gear oil, lube the shaft all with diy from this site..
wow.. i'm good.. I love riding my bike knowing that i've done all those things to her..

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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby Wingsconsin » Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:35 pm

Uncle Fester wrote:Just to give you a idea about my riding, I drove the wife to work on the bike today, 6.5 miles one way most direct route, then took the LONG way home, 50ish mile loop around the outside of the city (interstate) just to clear out the head some. Was a great little ride for me, just wish it was longer.


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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby TAZZ » Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:11 pm

Today I went for about 100 mile ride and told wife I need a NEW wing we have 75,200 mile on the bike :D she said I have NOT broken :twisted: LOL BEST color GREEN a 97 1500se Honda didn't make many like IRON MAN said we have a HULK. :mrgreen:

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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby hugger-4641 » Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:27 am

My 94 Aspencade had 38k miles when I bought it about 5 years ago. The first two years I had it, I was working closer to home and had another smaller bike. For last three years I've been riding 85 miles one way to work and it is my only working bike right now. It now has 129k miles, everything original, including the alternator(after repairing it). I have put timing belts, plugs, and of course, tires and brakes, but that's about it. No plans to trade at the moment, but I have been toying with the idea of picking up a gl1800 to become my primary ride and keep the 1500 restored for weekend rides since the trunk and bags are bigger on it. One of these days, my knees may get tired of holding up the '94. Riding an 1800 feels like getting on a dirt bike compared to the 1500.

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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby Dave007 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:13 pm

Yesterday, I finally made a 30 year wish come true. I purchased my first Goldwing! I had been searching online for a few weeks and had really settled on an '85 1200, but at the last minute, I ran across a '93 Interstate that was priced just too good to pass up. Now it's not perfect, but for my first 'Wing, it's great!

It has 147,000 miles. I rode it home last night - almost 200 miles! No problems at all. Smooth going. The shop had just installed two new tires so I should be good for a while in that area. I'm a little concerned about the charging system. The meter showed just over 12v the whole way home - shouldn't it read a little closer to 14?

I did notice the rough / clunky shifting that some have mentioned on this site, but perhaps I just need to fine tune my technique. Either way, I'm looking forward to this journey that I exect to last for many more years! 8-)
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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby redial » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:39 pm

David,

Welcome to you and your 1500. Dont forget to be ruthless in your selection of items that will need servicing, and record what you do, with what, and when. Start thinking about your fluids, and change them all. Brakes may need re-padding; a 1500 shift enhancer could be of benefit as well; and take your alternator to have it checked out (it may just need a clean and new brushes). Have your battery load tested to see if there is any weakness in the cells, or high resistance. And make sure that all of your connections, relays, and fuses are clean and operational.

And then ride it with confidence.
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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby Dave007 » Sun Aug 17, 2014 5:52 am

redial - thanks so much for the welcome and great advice. Fluids was certainly tops on my to do list since I have no info on the maintenance history of this bike. I appreciate your suggestions on the charging system also. That's not my strong point, but I will definitely have it looked at!


redial wrote:David,

Welcome to you and your 1500. Dont forget to be ruthless in your selection of items that will need servicing, and record what you do, with what, and when. Start thinking about your fluids, and change them all. Brakes may need re-padding; a 1500 shift enhancer could be of benefit as well; and take your alternator to have it checked out (it may just need a clean and new brushes). Have your battery load tested to see if there is any weakness in the cells, or high resistance. And make sure that all of your connections, relays, and fuses are clean and operational.

And then ride it with confidence.
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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby Coyote1 » Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:46 am

Well, I just bought a 1998 1500 with 107,000 miles from my neighbor. Having owned several Honda's over the years and knowing how well he took care of the bike, I have no worry that there are many miles left. It needs a new fuel pump and timing belts but everything else is aces.
Thanks for the wealth of information on this site.
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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby redial » Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:23 am

If you really want to thank this site, "SHow me the photos!" :D
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Re: High milage gl 1500

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:58 am

redial wrote:If you really want to thank this site, "SHow me the photos!" :D



A G R E E D ! Pics are greatly needed !


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