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I want your opinions

Postby demac1763 » Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:36 am



Do all yall out there think the earlier gl1500's like the 91 92 93 94 models are more trouble free and better built than the later 97 98 99 2000 models? I only ask because I sold a trouble free 91 aspencade only to buy a 99 SE. And after reading the thread that asks about the bike only starting after the start button is released the engine starts made me think, did I make a mistake. I never encountered that problem until I bought my 2nd goldwings this 99SE. Do y'all think the quality slipped coming closer to the 1800 error??? Just asking what y'all think :D


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Postby cbx4evr » Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:57 am

I've got a 2000 that I've doubled the mileage on and couldn't be happier. Love the bike. Things happen, nothing is perfect. Remember the saying - "If it's got t_ts or wheels, you're going to have trouble with it."
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Re: I want your opinions

Postby demac1763 » Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:51 am

I have to agree on that saying, for sure.
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Re: I want your opinions

Postby kybigmac » Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:29 am

cbx4evr wrote:I've got a 2000 that I've doubled the mileage on and couldn't be happier. Love the bike. Things happen, nothing is perfect. Remember the saying - "If it's got t_ts or wheels, you're going to have trouble with it."

Never a more true statement!

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Re: I want your opinions

Postby dingdong » Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:01 am

There are a few improvements with the newer Gl1500s. Overall the quality should be the same. Most (problems) are caused by the lack of proper maintenance. Not to worry!
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Re: I want your opinions

Postby joeincalif » Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:14 am

I had 3 1500 wings. 92, 98 SE and now a 97 SE. No problems with any of them. Improvements were made over the years so I would say the 95 up have some advantages over the 88 up, and in 98 more improvements were made. But as said earlier, if the bike had proper care and maintenance they are all good.
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Re: I want your opinions

Postby OldZX11Rider » Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:44 am

I really can't comment on the older vs. newer 1500's since I am on my first 1500. However in my distant past I have owned an 1100 and a couple 1200's.

You asked if quality may have slipped some towards the end of the 1500 model. The Goldwing has a reputation for reliability and I just can't imagine Honda putting that reputation in jeopardy just because of a new model coming out.

If I could, I'd get the newest 1500 I could find. (Mainly because I like the looks of a 1500 better than the 1800.) :lol:
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Re: I want your opinions

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:52 am

demac1763 wrote:Do all yall out there think the earlier gl1500's like the 91 92 93 94 models are more trouble free and better built than the later 97 98 99 2000 models? I only ask because I sold a trouble free 91 aspencade only to buy a 99 SE. And after reading the thread that asks about the bike only starting after the start button is released the engine starts made me think, did I make a mistake. I never encountered that problem until I bought my 2nd goldwings this 99SE. Do y'all think the quality slipped coming closer to the 1800 error??? Just asking what y'all think :D


I think there were inherent design deficiencies in the earlier models that were resolved in the later models - particularly the transmission and driveline. As such, I think you'll find the 99SE overall will end up being a more reliable bike than the 91 - assuming maintenance is kept up with.

The "engine starting when button released" has nothing to do with the design of the bike, and everything to do with the capacity of the battery. Replace your battery with a new, quality AGM battery, and that problem will go away.

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Re: I want your opinions

Postby demac1763 » Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:05 am

Thank you all for your replies, And I agree that it would be hard to assume Honda would get slack on such a great bike. I did change my battery but I will admit it was not a new one. I am going this weekend to get a new AGM battery. I did notice wingadmin did not comment but one time on that thread and said the same thing. I'm sure you can't believe everything you hear when it comes to opinions. Thanks again :D
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Re: I want your opinions

Postby bstig60 » Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:31 am

I had an 88 and now have a 99. No problems with either of them, starting or otherwise. The only trouble I have had with the 99 was the speedo cable broke. Neither of my bikes had trouble starting. I have to admit that I have never noticed if the bike starts before I release the start button or not, but if thats the case with yours, I would check the battery. That would indicate, or at least to me, that your battery is on its way out and will not provide sufficient power to run the starter and the ignition at the same time.....
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Re: I want your opinions

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:09 pm

Some little adn some improvements over the years but in 97 they fixed the tranny issue..that was a biggie.


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NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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