What was your best 1500 improvement?


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What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby Firstwinger » Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:26 pm



I have been riding my 94 Aspencade for a little over a year. I have been slowly adding small improvements and upgrades as I go. I have added taller windshield, cup holder, cassette adaptor, and some marker light conversions. looking to add foot pegs or boards perhaps, brighter lights, backrest, etc? As we all know you can buy or change just about anything or everything on these bikes if you are creative enough. My question is what was the single best add on or improvement you have done to your stock 1500?

Thanks for your input! Ride safe. 8-)



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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:47 pm

The three best improvements that I added are a backrest, highway foot boards and ISO grips.
All for comfort during long rides.
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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:58 pm

A LED voltmeter hidden in the faring where I can see it at high noon.
Balancing beads
Keeping it on a battery tender jr.
I'm fixin to design something to elevate the butt sore problem that plagues me.
I have ideas that do not need seat mods.

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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby GillesGLW » Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:04 pm

For me it's definitively the saddleman seat and the trigger wheel. They both have changed the way of driving.

Then I would mention the stock windscreen, better than the tall one and the superbrace which helped a lot for the stability of my Goldwing.
I'm also still working on the electrical wiring that needs constant attention. The previous owner did such a mess by installing cheap connectors and accessories that I decided to review it completely!

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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby Fatwing Chris » Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:48 pm

Got rid of the crappy stock seat and installed a new Hartco with a built-in backrest.Best spent money for any size/model of Wing IMHO.
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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby wingman12 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:50 pm

No single best improvement. But the superbrace was a great front end stabilizer, replacing the stock head lights with HID lights and progressive springs.
I have always wanted to try the trigger wheel but have not built up the courage to tackle that yet. :D :D

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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:53 pm

saddleman seat with dirvers back rest and the +1 tinted cee bailey windshield with a vent
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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby Big Bob » Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:18 pm

Baker air wings, the main fairing wings and the mirror wings, the butler, back rest. All adding to the improvement to the quality of the ride!

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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:31 pm

Lights, lights, and more lights. 55W/60W headlight bulbs with a modulator. LED position lights that are whiter and brighter than OEM. LED front spot lights, 10W, that project down the road. 35W upgraded lower cowl 'driving lights, otherwise know as cornering lights. Side marker bulbs in the OEM reflectors. LED saddlebag lights on both side. LED trunks lights on both sides. Replaced the 4 tail/brake lights with LED and added a brake flasher. Modified the center lower bag reflector to operate as a tail/brake light. And, added another separate LED light fixture to the 'mud flap', that functions as a tail/stop light. Also tied the rear spoiler light to the second circuit of the brake flasher to use a different pattern. Down below, just for looks, I added some ground effect LEDs, in green, the same color as the bike. They are under the bags pointing down, and under the cowl, pointing down. No one will ever hit me and claim "I didn't see him". Well, they might, but I've done the best I can to keep that possibility to a minimum.

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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby RoadRogue » Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:03 am

Headlight modulator, brake light modulator, LED strip lights in saddlebag reflectors,100 watt driving lamps,lower cornering light converted to always on driving lights and red underglow LEDs........got to be seen. Corbin seat with heat, heated grips. Shift shaft stabilizer, progressive springs and superbrace.LED temp and volt meters, darkside tire and the list can go on .

Sorry couldnt really pic just one 8-)
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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby GillesGLW » Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:32 am

wingman12 wrote:No single best improvement. But the superbrace was a great front end stabilizer, replacing the stock head lights with HID lights and progressive springs.
I have always wanted to try the trigger wheel but have not built up the courage to tackle that yet. :D :D


Not sure you need to change the trigger wheel on a 1999 version. My understanding is that Honda replaced the original trigger wheel with the new one (4 degrees) on models starting in 1993. But I might be wrong.

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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby lamasue » Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:55 pm

gear indicator and volt guage

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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby Big Blue UK » Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:01 pm

For 33 years all my GoldWings have been used US imports, so all of them already had bits added, some had LOTS added. Because I have always bought all my bits from the US I buy quite a bit at a time, so never fitted just one thing. Functionality I would have to say a billet fork brace. Styling, perhaps the best thing I have seen added was the Cruz Wing top box lid handle on my Big Blue Aspencade, only one I have ever seen on a 1500, has been out of production for over 10 years from what I understand.
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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby Mh434 » Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:00 pm

LActrical 95-amp alternator (& new AGM battery). Now I can add all the lights, heated gear, etc. that I like without going into debit on the electrical budget...

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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:41 am

I know it was mentioned before but I don't want this to slip by.
Add the shifter shaft stabilizer.

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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby Fatwing Chris » Thu Aug 06, 2015 4:36 pm

All the trigger wheel did was mask the original problem(off idle hesitation on 88 and some 89's)and make it harder on fuel.If your vacuum lines are good and the carbs are clean and have the proper jets then there is no need for the wheel even on the 88/89.
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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby Uncle Fester » Thu Aug 06, 2015 7:34 pm

Best improvment for MY 1500 ? Easy, BUYING IT ! This is easily the best bike I have ever owned, bar none.

I have not really started adding to my bike, so not much help there, but my best ANTICIPATED improvment has to be the stereo upgrade I have planed for this winter (new car deck and speakers) as the stock stereo sucks in my opinion. . . .
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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby joeincalif » Fri Aug 07, 2015 10:49 am

NVSB4 wrote:The three best improvements that I added are a backrest, highway foot boards and ISO grips.
All for comfort during long rides.

Exactly the 3 things I feel are the best improvements.
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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby Happytrails » Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:11 pm

Spent a lot of time on the mechanicals and finish of the bike because it needed much tlc. Thats were my best efforts went and honestly I haven't had a chance to farkle much so far!

biggest things I added so far that in my head made a difference.

1. HID headlight - Can see much better in the dark and a lot more visible to cars/trucks.
2. Wig Wag tails lights - In my head they are working as intended although I still seem to drag tailgaiters around a lot. Seems no escaping them. :D
3. Additional marker and trunk lights all LED's - When I got my bike it had nothing. Since then I've added side trunk lights that tandem with my turn signals, a center bottom fender brake light, saddlbag side lights and fairing side marker lights that tandom with the turn signals.
4. ISO grips - very comfortable, much better than I expected!

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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby revtmuller1 » Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:59 pm

Definitely think the shift shaft stabilizer has been the best so far.

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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby redial » Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:42 pm

The best improvement was putting regular petrol/gasoline in it so that I could go places and enjoy it more. However, I have a couple of things on my "to do list".
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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby billbob » Sat Aug 08, 2015 12:02 pm

I think putting led lights are best for me because it helps to be seen> ;)

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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby gordonv » Sat Aug 08, 2015 4:26 pm

As already posted, 1st thing EVRYONE should do for safety is install a head light modulator. If more people had them, then more cagers would know what they are, but they still server there purpose. TO BE SEEN!! which means better safety for you, and I see it in the behavior of the other drivers.

I have already replaced the corner markers with driving lights. I have a brake light modulator, but waiting on installing it, and the trailer wiring also, when I have the rear taken apart.

Mostly, I've just ridden the bike. Floor boards for my passenger. Tried heel/toe shifter and removed it, it was awful. Auston Taxi tire on the rear this year, love it. Going to mod an Astro Van center LED brake light onto my trunk fairing, for higher placement of brake light.

Bike already had scuff chrome and trunk/bag racks. Pin stripping. Working on the seat, bought an AirHawk.

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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby Rob H » Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:57 am

Best improvement was Lucy and me on the seat riding! :D

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Re: What was your best 1500 improvement?

Postby NVSB4 » Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:21 pm

Rob H wrote:Best improvement was Lucy and me on the seat riding! :D


I don't think anyone would argue that Lucy was extra bling that was worth it.


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