Models to be aware of


Technical information and Q&A applicable to all years and models of Goldwings
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purplemotoman
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Models to be aware of

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Morning everyone.
I'm sure this has been asked before and, if so, does anyone have a link.
I'm looking to bump up from my 83 Aspencade. Are there any years and/or models I should either be aware of or stay clear of.
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There have been a few recalls. So you should make sure they have been done.
By and large they just keep getting better, so go as new as you can.
Any particular model you are looking for?
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No particular model. It's more about price point.
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Post by DenverWinger »

I'd avoid the '88/'89 1500's, not so much because of problems, but they are considerably different from the rest of the 1500 model years, and certain parts for them are becoming scarce.

Also the ECM for the '01-'05 1800's are different from the rest of the model run, They occasionally cause grief with false fault codes and are also becoming scarce.
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I know for the 1500, in '97 (or maybe '96?) it got a slightly upgraded transmission from the Valkrie, before that, there were some minor issues with the transmission (shift forks bending on some bikes), and as mentioned before, the '88 and '89 are kind of odd ball bikes that have a lot of differences to the '90 and up bikes, Nothing really bad, just a little more limited used parts supply.

For early 1800's, there was an issue with the aluminum frames cracking that was (and still is IIRC) fixed under warranty. Not really an issue, just make sure the repair has been done.


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