Gl-1500 general overview?


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Gl-1500 general overview?

Postby offcenter » Mon May 23, 2016 4:05 pm



I have a chance to aquire a '99 1500 from a friend, in good shape with 70,000 miles.
I know nothing about this series of bikes.
Can anyone tell me both the good points and bad points of the 1500?
What are common problems or shortfalls of the model?
I thought that there was a section of this website that gave a rundown
on each GL model, but I can't find it.
Thanks guys.


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Re: Gl-1500 general overview?

Postby Bigbiker0 » Mon May 23, 2016 4:59 pm

There's nothing wrong with the GL1500 serie. This bike is prefect.
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Re: Gl-1500 general overview?

Postby NVSB4 » Mon May 23, 2016 5:24 pm

offcenter wrote:I thought that there was a section of this website that gave a rundown on each GL model, but I can't find it.


I think the article that you were looking for is here.
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Re: Gl-1500 general overview?

Postby mrenfro » Mon May 23, 2016 5:48 pm

I've been very happy with mine. They're big and heavy but once you get used to it, it's great.

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Re: Gl-1500 general overview?

Postby offcenter » Mon May 23, 2016 6:38 pm

NVSB4 wrote:
offcenter wrote:I thought that there was a section of this website that gave a rundown on each GL model, but I can't find it.


I think the article that you were looking for is here.


Thanks! That tells me a lot. Even though this bike was well cared for and garaged, it's
still a 17 year old bike and it's nice to know what to look for and what questions
to ask.
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Re: Gl-1500 general overview?

Postby tlj » Mon May 23, 2016 7:13 pm

I rode BMW's since 1977, and the latest one was a 2002 K1200LT. What a bike! Put 103000 miles on it. Loved it! Very dependable. Problem was that the dealerships are few and far between and almost never had the parts needed. "We can order it" for you. The final drive and integrated brakes system was a constant worry though. Then an arsonist burned down my shop and all my tools as well as the BMW. It was a total loss, just a big pile of melted plastic and rubber. I decided now was the time to do the goldwing thing. What a difference. Parts are available at most locations and there are lots of locations to buy them. The bike is super dependable and quiet and smooth and very easy to do maintenance on. Especially with this website and the how to articles. I wouldn't even hesitate if I were you. I like the looks of the 1500 more than the 1800 and it is a lot more comfy. Anyway just my two cents worth. Happy riding!

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Re: Gl-1500 general overview?

Postby keithg64 » Mon May 23, 2016 7:44 pm

I love my 2000 gl1500. Bought her in 2010 had 52k on it. Next month she will have 152k on her and a fantastic running bike. I do my own maintenance and have replaced or rebuilt jyst about everything except the engine. Mostly because I like to tinker with it and bring everything up to date. Like you said, this one is 16yrs old.
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Re: Gl-1500 general overview?

Postby Charlie1Horse » Mon May 23, 2016 9:10 pm

I can't find any bad points about the 1500. It's a smooth, quiet, powerful machine that gives very little trouble. My 92 Interstate is 25 years old and basically the only thing I have done to it is regular maintenance. IMHO the 1500 has far better 'personality' than all the other models. I have no interest in trading up to any newer model with the exception of maybe trading the Interstate for an Aspencade. However, I am well satisfied with the 1500. I believe it is the heaviest Goldwing model and is a very comfortable ride. I have the factory service manual and do all my own maintenance. BTW, I usually get 40-45 MPG depending on the riding conditions. Hope this helps.
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Re: Gl-1500 general overview?

Postby joeincalif » Mon May 23, 2016 10:31 pm

The 1500 is a great bike with little maintenance required, but they do require some. Brake, clutch, anti freeze, fork and final drive fluids need to changed periodically. Filters such as sub, cruise and air filters. But like anything mechanical, some maintenance is required. No valve adjustments are required and that's a good thing. One thing that I would keep an eye on with that many miles is the alternator brushes, especially if there are a lot of after market lights on the bike. dollar for dollar it's about the best bike out there.
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Re: Gl-1500 general overview?

Postby flogger » Mon May 23, 2016 11:01 pm

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Re: Gl-1500 general overview?

Postby Mh434 » Tue May 24, 2016 12:17 pm

I love my GL1500! Realistically, they require very little maintenance, probably less than just about every other motorcycle out there. Seriously - the best maintenance you can do on a GL1500 is...ride it! Most issues (and this is common to EVERY motorcycle) arise from a lack of use. Park any internal combustion machine for a few years, and you're going to have work to do.

The only known failing I'm aware of was a weak shift mechanism in some of the early models. This was fixed in the mid '90's by replacing the weak part with a much beefier one (from the Valkyrie, IIRC). A '99 model will have the newer shift mechanism for sure, so that problem will not occur.

The GL1500's main requirements for maintenance, IMHO, are the timing belts (and these actually last a looooong time) and oil changes performed at reasonable intervals. Beyond that, brake & clutch fluid changes, etc., are no different from any other motorcycle or car.

The GL1500 is an incredibly reliable bike that will serve you, without complaint, for decades. I don't believe there's a known "top end" for mileage on them.

Many say they're the most comfortable, roomy, GoldWing ever made. I've ridden almost all of the models made, and I concur. That's why I chose mine!

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Re: Gl-1500 general overview?

Postby raven41951 » Tue May 24, 2016 6:08 pm

Steve Saunders Goldwing page has a nice write up on the history of the Goldwing, from birth to the 1800. Based on this excellent write-up, I chose to get a 1500. Mine is a 94 SE that had extremely low miles and they are right, non-use causes more problems than over-use.

I have pretty much caught up with the necessary items such as timing belts, filters (sub air and cruise included) and cleaning things that need cleaning after long periods of rest. That said, I am not sorry with my decision. I have been tempted to move to the 1800, but every time I take this bike out, I fall in love all over again, I try to ride frequently, even if its just a quick 50-70 mile jaunt. I did test ride a new F6B and it is a sweet machine. The relatively easy upgrades that you can do to a 22 year old Goldwing make it very current and it always turns heads. Even the guy at the Harley shop commented on how much of a nice looking bike it is.

You won't be sorry with a 1500, and 75K is not a lot of miles.

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Re: Gl-1500 general overview?

Postby billbob » Wed May 25, 2016 10:46 am

I have had a 1800 and 3 1500 wings .The 1500 is a better bike IMO. ;)

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Re: Gl-1500 general overview?

Postby dovesdrummer » Wed May 25, 2016 5:28 pm

I absolutely love mine. Might do timing belts if they've never been done. Add a fork brace and shifter pivot if not already on it. Then enjoy
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Re: Gl-1500 general overview?

Postby Fatwing Chris » Wed May 25, 2016 7:31 pm

Loved our 1500.Without a doubt the most comfortable Wing.As any Wing does it requires a good aftermarket seat to make it perfect.I got a good deal on a new Hartco and never looked back.In fact after our first trip on the 1800 I considered selling it and going back to a 1500.With a lot of work and a bit of money I got the 1800 to a point(maybe 70% of the 1500 ride)that we could both handle it.


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