Whats the best 1500 to buy


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Whats the best 1500 to buy

Postby tedmass » Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:10 pm



Need some advice..want to upgrade to a 1500 next year after the summer if not sooner..Question which is the best year to buy that has the least problems,and best ride.I want the best of the 1200s.Thanks for the help


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Re: Whats the best 1500 to buy

Postby dingdong » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:31 am

In my opinion, if price is no object, go for the newest you can find. Simply because it is newer.
Over at the Saunders site there is a guide for buying a used 1500. Differences explained.
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/used1500.htm
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Re: Whats the best 1500 to buy

Postby bhazlet » Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:34 am

98 SE, 99 SE or 2000 SE.
Only thing I did not like on the 99 SE was the white background instrument panel. Hard to see in some light or no light. Before 98 the engine guards are uncomfortable but can be changed to 98 through 2000 style.
I have owned 95SE, 99SE and now the 2000SE all great machines.

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Re: Whats the best 1500 to buy

Postby tedmass » Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:18 pm

Thanks for the input Im 6'3 my 1100 is not big enough on long rides. Highway pegs for one on the eng guards dont make it. My legs stretch out about a foot over the pegs. i
get cramp legs. Plus i like the look of the 1500.
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Re: Whats the best 1500 to buy

Postby cbx4evr » Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:35 pm

Buy the newest one you can afford. That's the advice given to me and I pass it on.
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Re: Whats the best 1500 to buy

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:04 pm

bhazlet wrote:98 SE, 99 SE or 2000 SE.
Only thing I did not like on the 99 SE was the white background instrument panel. Hard to see in some light or no light. Before 98 the engine guards are uncomfortable but can be changed to 98 through 2000 style.
I have owned 95SE, 99SE and now the 2000SE all great machines.


I agree. I went with the 2000SE specifically over the 98 or 99 because of those white-faced gauges, which went away in 2000.

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Re: Whats the best 1500 to buy

Postby trike lady » Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:17 pm

I have a 1993 GL1500 Aspencade and the only problem was the original alternator stopped working. I upgraded to a Compufire even though the tech at the Honda dealership said it only needed brushes.
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Re: Whats the best 1500 to buy

Postby tedmass » Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:24 pm

Thanks for all the input,need all info I can get. .When I bought my 82 1100i it was more or less a basket case . Spent all spring and summer off and on getting to where its running great and safe to ride. Don't want to be working on the bike, I want to be riding It. :?: Do they have after market inst panels to replace the white face panels ? jest curious. and lastly ,are the alternators easy to replace
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Re: Whats the best 1500 to buy

Postby trike lady » Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:03 pm

The alternator is easy to get to because when you remove the side cover its right there.
You may have to try a salvage yard or someone parting out a wreck and then have the odometer calibrated to your mileage.
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Re: Whats the best 1500 to buy

Postby tedmass » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:41 pm

Thanks all once again.............Happy New Year :D
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Re: Whats the best 1500 to buy

Postby landisr » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:49 pm

As I understand (and I could be wrong), the 98-2000 models CAN have premature alternator failure, but this is easily dealt with by replacing with aftermarket or a rebuilt one from an earlier model 1500. Easy job to replace, as the alt is an external, automotive type, right behind the left lower panel.

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Re: Whats the best 1500 to buy

Postby tedmass » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:03 pm

Thanks again ..The alt is an automotive type..than Im all set, if I have a problem. For I can rebuild automotive alternators and starters. like the easy access........now all I have to do is sell my 82 Wineberry Interstate. I cant wait to be on a long haul in comfort with my legs stretched out on a new to me 1500. Anybody looking for a 1100i 71,000 $2500. Everything has been done to this bike belts charging system etc added gages to much to list new 26" windshield on its way. let me know have some pics.thanks all
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Re: Whats the best 1500 to buy

Postby LowellO » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:34 pm

I agree, the newest you can get. Another problem with your 6'3" frame can be alleviated by a custom seat. My 93 came with the Corbin already on it had a guy who is 6'6" rode and said it's the only Wing he's ever been on that he was actually comfortable. He's also a service manager at the shop I use for things I'm not equipped to do.

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Re: Whats the best 1500 to buy

Postby robb » Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:47 pm

When I was looking could not find a newer one with all that came stock on the 89 Aspencade so I bought it. No regrets and power to spare. Only thing a newer unit night have is adjustable rear pegs. Paid more than one 10 years newer but it still looks new and only 73k now. Florist has put a hurting on my ride time, but it cranks and runs great every time we get a chance.

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Re: Whats the best 1500 to buy

Postby tedmass » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:04 am

You both have very nice rides . I like the color on both. Ill be there someday cant wait thanks .
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Re: Whats the best 1500 to buy

Postby TXAggie87 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:48 am

tedmass wrote:Thanks again ..The alt is an automotive type..than Im all set, if I have a problem. For I can rebuild automotive alternators and starters. like the easy access........now all I have to do is sell my 82 Wineberry Interstate. I cant wait to be on a long haul in comfort with my legs stretched out on a new to me 1500. Anybody looking for a 1100i 71,000 $2500. Everything has been done to this bike belts charging system etc added gages to much to list new 26" windshield on its way. let me know have some pics.thanks all


IMHO - rebuilding the stock alternator isn't worth the effort and time. The stock alternator on the 1500 is a 40 amp unit - and it doesn't reach that amperage until about 1500 rpm. At idle, it's 25 to 30 amps. And that's when the thing is new and working properly. As they age, they degrade and produce less power.

It's worth the money to upgrade to a higher output alternator - ESPECIALLY if you're gonna out fit the Wing with extra lights and power fed gadgets like we all tend to do over time. The CompuFire aftermarket puts out 95 amps at operating rpm's and 60 amps at idle. If you go with a CompuFire - make sure that you also install a gel-type battery. The increased output from the higher amperage alternators will slowly boil a lead-acid battery dry. The gel-type battery solves this problem.

You also might like to consider Ken Hemming. Here is his contact point:
http://myplace.frontier.com/~hemi-roid/ He occassionally has some re-built CompuFire's and almost always has other 80+ amp units for sale at good prices. I'd start with Ken and then explore other options afterward.

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Re: Whats the best 1500 to buy

Postby tedmass » Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:19 pm

Thanks for the info Ill put that link in my favs :D


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