SE vs Aspencade


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blacksmith654
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SE vs Aspencade

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Ok completely new to Goldwings, but Im looking into buying a 1500 for the wife and I to take a few trips on. I could not find it in a search but what is the difference in the SE models and the Aspencade models?.... I see them listed as SE alot ,,, I have no idea what the difference is .



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Re: SE vs Aspencade

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Functionally not much difference, mainly cosmetic.

SE comes with a two-tone paint scheme, Aspencade only a single color. Cornering lights, Saddlebag and trunk side lights and lighted front side marker, these are all just reflectors on a standard Aspencade. Comes stock with CB radio which was an add-on option for the Aspencade. Rear speakers with Fader are stock on SE. The SE stereo has lighted controls, and the handlebar controls are lighted.

Passenger foot boards are adjustable height on the SE.

Can't think of anything else at the moment, but I'm sure I missed a lot of stuff, I'm sure someone will chime in with more farkles.....
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Thank you DenverWinger,,,,, A lot of that is cosmetic like you say but some of it sounds really good to ( like the adjustable floorboards when your better half is 5'10) At least now I have some idea of what I'm looking at and for.

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Re: SE vs Aspencade

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By now a lot of the Aspencades have probably had all the SE Lighting installed, mine had all the reflectors switched out to lights, CB installed, Cornering lights installed. All of this stuff is available from aftermarket shops... So I nearly have an SE except for the two-tone paint....
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Re: SE vs Aspencade

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Maybe 20 years ago I researched and made notes and came up with my 1500 history list. I missed some of it, like when the lower turn assist lights of fader were added but here's a copy of what I wrote on the subject. I think it likely I did it in 2004 as I was learning about my new "to me" trike?


13 years GL1500 … Interstates, Aspencades, & SEs too.
The GL1500 was introduced for the 1988 model year. In 1989, the "1500/6" badge on the right saddlebag was removed. The GL1500SE came in 1990 . In 1991 the Interstate (basic model) started and had no reverse. The Aspencade became the step up I think. The SE had two-tone paint, trunk spoiler/light, windscreen vent, lighted handlebar switches, adjustable passenger footboards and foot warmer vents the CB radio came on in 1993 and the cruise control got it's signal directly from the camshaft. In 1995 was a 20th year deal, it got slimmer side panels and the seat was slightly changed for the better and the suspension was lowered and stiffened up a hair ... good too. 1996 the Interstate was dropped so it became a choice of Aspencade or SE then. It was 1997 when the SE's lower panels were color matched to the main bike color. Got symbols instead of text on the handlebar switches, a stronger clutch was added and some parts from the Valkyrie like main bearings, piston & ring sets, con-rod bolts, valve springs. The Valkyrie final drive was used on the Goldwing too and so was a lot of the transmission, maybe U-joint too soon. 1998 was the year the SE got white face gauges, rectangle tipped & louder mufflers, the smooth clear plastic headlight lense, smaller engine guards, and some other stuff I forget. 2000 was a 25th year model, maybe different rocker covers, some badges, and I think the white speedo faces went back to black. I lost track of when the two lower turn lights or rear speakers & fader were added but our '97 SE has them OEM. 2001 was the first year for the GL1800.
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Thank you both very much. It was hard to see what the differences were. Now it's just a matter of finding one I really like. But at least I have a better idea of what I'm looking at and for

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Re: SE vs Aspencade

Post by Happytrails »

Think I have forgotten a lot of the differences but SE's had toe warmer vents, spoiler w/ led light and adjustable passenger floorboards seems to come to mind. 2 tone paint (some SE's were 1 color) and SE badging. There should be a nice selection of goldwings for sale during riding season. I guess that starts around May/June in the northeast. You can probably find a great 1500 for not so much money but there are a lot of 1800's for not too much more money. Good luck finding a bike! :)
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Thank you Happytrails to . I'm just starting to look, a lot of bikes out there really. I'm mainly looking for comfort, and from what I have read that is more of a 1500. Although you are right there is a lot of 1800's out there to. But I think I'd have to have a 05 or above because to the frame cracking on the 01- 04 models if I read that right.. At this point in my life I like comfort ,lol, being 65 has helped shaped that decision as well....

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Re: SE vs Aspencade

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It has been stated that a 1500 is more 'comfortable' than an 1800, especially if you are average-to-tall stature....
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Re: SE vs Aspencade

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something to keep in mind is in 97 they started putting the heavier transmissions in the 1500's. there were tranny failures in the earlier years, I think mostly 4th gear failure
if you plan on a lot of 2 up and maybe a trailer I would suggest you look at 97 and up mostly. + 1 on the 1500 being more comfortable and it has more storage room over the 1800



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