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LaclaMoe
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What a nice 2000

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Hello. Moe, new member checking in. Found a mint Canadian Se Anniversary with 21k miles. Coming from a Nomad and Rsv my opinion is this bike is hands down the most comfortable touring bike i can imagine. Bought it purely for reverse but i am impressed. At 5’8” i can flatfoot this. A little shaky at first with frame mount fairing but handle bars might just be narrower. She’ll like the wind protection.
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Very nice!!
I ride a '99 with 111,000 miles on it. Still rides like a new bike.
I'll never understand how someone can pay big money for a bike
like these and then never ride it. Your bike has traveled less than
500 miles a year since it was new.
There is a guy near me who also has a 2000 model. His has only
about 16,000 miles on it. I see him at Bike Night occasionally. The
bike never seems to have much more on it than the last time I saw it.
I think he only rides it to bike night once in while. Other than that, it
just sits.
Weird
George in Jersey.
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LaclaMoe
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First impressions coming off a Rsv. The Yamaha V4, styling, bags and floor boards are better. Simple to maintain. But too tall/top heavy for my size. No changing that. Lol.
Never a fan of the tupperware. Reverse to me is a must have now. What a great ride this is.
Wind protection is better.
Chose the riding postion of the 15 over 18.
For music I use a bluetooth/charger plugs into …what no lighter? Easy fix.
Really like the lower seating and center of gravity. And engine is so quiet.
From scrounging parts to build a bicycle as a kid to driving this? Of course I’m happy. 😂
Now can anyone link me to a good plastic removal video?
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Welcome. Great looking bike. The 1500 is the Cadillac of the GW line. Wingadmin has a video regarding removing the plastics. There is a specific order to it. Enjoy your new ride.
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Once you've removed the plastic a few times, it becomes second nature.
Not too bad at all.
George in Jersey.
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Just bought a 2000 myself (blue) with only 10,400 miles on it. How can a bike reach almost 22 years, and have this few miles? It astounds me!!!

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Mine had a lot of switches needed contact cleaner. Almost blew my ears out when i cleaned the mute. Thought that was for cb.Lol. Ordered shifter support, it’s just a little sloppy. And your hydraulic fluids are probably original. The videos are really helpful saving the tabs.
Bike reminds me of 1970 i got a Norton and a friend got a Honda 4 cyl. Kept swapping trying to decide which was best. (not most reliable)
The Nomad is in storage waiting. If She doesn’t like this ride it might be time to change.🤭
Good luck with your ride, bet it’s in great shape.
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Thank you. I hope you get on ok with your new ride too!

I don't get to collect the 2000 for a couple of weeks yet: It's being prepared, and having new cam belts and tyres fitted.

I've paid top dollar for this from a dealer, so I'm insistent that everything will work properly before I accept it.

Really like your saddle! I'd love to try a Corbin or similar, but they are just so rare over here in the UK.

I've got a 1991SE laid up, but she needs so much doing to get her back on the road, that I won't be riding her this year or next.

To be fair, the 91 will never be anything other than an everyday bike, as there's too much corrosion and minor damage to return her to showroom, even though she only has about 35,000 miles on her.
Have even considered stripping her and selling for parts; might (sadly) get more than she's worth as a whole bike.

I so love the 1500's, that I couldn't resist the temptation to pick up a late 2000 model with low mileage. She should see me to the end of my riding days, unless I write her off in an accident. Not saying I won't pick up a more modern wing in years to come, but won't be parting with the my new 1500 unless I'm bankrupt!
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The Corbin seat is quite hard but great for long trips. Also inch or so lower helps my 5’8.
At 25 yrs it’s eligible for collector plates and waay cheaper insurance. So I’m hunting for an original Canadian seat to qualify. Think this bike slept in a dry garage, there isn’t a spot of rust but i did find a small boot scuff. Tiny but there. (passenger hmmm) Came with a small trailer, can’t even feel it. Ordering cam belt.
Plenty of higher milage Wings, some in better than new condition. But I couldn’t believe the same day i decided to get a 1500 for reverse, my gf found this on fb. Ride safe
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So it's got to be 100% original spec to qualify as a classic status?

Wasn't even aware there was a Canadian version, but guess it has odo marked in kilometres. What other differences are there?

I received a load of high Res photos of mine from the dealer yesterday. It is also corrosion-free, apart from the odd little bit on the exhaust manifolds near the collector box.

Seems the clutch slave had been weeping too, (typical paint damage on clutch cover) so they're going to rebuild that for me.

Can't wait to go collect her on the 20th May, and ride her 140 miles back home from South London.
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Had collector plate on my-ex '95 1500, and have collector plate on my '85 Limited Edition. ICBC is not too anal about seats and such. As long as it looks like original you should be okay. The Corbin seat should be fine in the photos you have to send in, 5 in total. These photos are done from a distance, and one seat looks like another. The 5th photo I had to send was of the VIN plate.
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Rode mine home 300 miles sun rain hail snow whiteout the last 10 with 1/2” of snow. I was a bit concerned for sure. Never know in late april. This bike lived 1k miles from the ocean. Cars don’t rust much except they salt the roads in winter. So bikes not so much.
Things must have changed at icbc had a friend fail for a 68 radio in his 67 mustang. But I’ve got 3 yrs to find one if needed. In 1970 a collector was 1945. Not many made it that far. Now it’s common a 98 seems pretty new.
I find fixed fairing makes for shaky tight slow turns even using rear brake. Hmmm might be me lol. I’ll look into that fork brace mod.


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