1500 SE differences


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Vance1958
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1500 SE differences

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I am considering a 1996 SE that is for sale near me. My Credit union wants to know which of the three versions of SE it is. I have tried to find out on the inter webs, but can’t find a site that delineates the differences. Is there anyone here who might know?

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Re: 1500 SE differences

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There is only one version of the SE.

There is however three versions of the Gold Wing from 1991 t0 1995.

However the Interstate was discontinued in 1996. So only two Gold Wing versions were produced from 1996 until 2000.

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Re: 1500 SE differences

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Maybe 15 - 16 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 or fader were added but here's a copy of what I wrote on the subject. I think it likely I did it in late 2004 as I was learning about my our "new to us" trike? There could be an error or two and I'm sure they will be pointed out?

13 years of GL1500 Gold Wing Motorcycles ... 1988-2000

The GL1500 was introduced for the 1988 model year. In 1989, the "1500/6" badge on the right saddlebag was removed. The GL1500SE came out 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 then became a choice of Aspencade or SE. 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 other 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, shift forks, 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 illumination lights or rear speakers & fader were added but our '97 SE has them OEM. 2001 was the first year for the GL1800. 1997 was a big year mechanically, 1998 was a big step cosmetically (my opinion), & I was glad they went back to black face speedo in 2000.
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Re: 1500 SE differences

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Welcome to the forum. Great place for all things Goldwing.

Let’s step back and understand the question.

The Credit Union is asking you because you are applying for a loan and they want to compare your requested loan amount to the value of your collateral. They don’t care what model it is and they certainly don’t understand the difference. They are looking at a value guide such as NADA.

Go to NADA guides and they list three different SE models (as well as two Interstates and two Aspencades). Hence the parrot from the Credit Union. NADA doesn’t know anything about Goldwings either. They got their info from Honda.

https://www.nadaguides.com/Motorcycles/1996/Honda

Go to Cyclemax, Honda Direct Line or Partzilla and you will find different choices and parts lists as well. They however have the VIN ranges.

https://www.hondadirectline.com/OEMpartfinder
https://www.partzilla.com/catalog/honda/motorcycle/1996
https://partsfinder.onlinemicrofiche.co ... BER%20INFO

The good news is that the NADA values are basically the same for all three listings. Just pick one. Doesn’t matter for this exercise.

IMHO I do not agree with financing a 25 year old motorcycle. This is a summer toy; neither an investment nor a necessity.
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Andy Cote wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:51 am

Go to NADA guides and they list three different SE models (as well as two Interstates and two Aspencades). Hence the parrot from the Credit Union. NADA doesn’t know anything about Goldwings either. They got their info from Honda.
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The good news is that the NADA values are basically the same for all three listings. Just pick one. Doesn’t matter for this exercise.

IMHO I do not agree with financing a 25 year old motorcycle. This is a summer toy; neither an investment nor a necessity.
I had noticed before on Bike Bandit that they had 2 different SE models listed, I always thought maybe one was California emissions and the other was the 49 state edition?
Never knew there were 3 listed (maybe US 49, Cali, Europe?).

And while it is non of our business if you finance a 24 year old motorcycle, I know I would not.
Even if you are buying it as a daily rider (mine is), just seems to not be a good financial choice.

Just being nosy, do you have a link to the bike online?
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blupupher wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:51 am

I had noticed before on Bike Bandit that they had 2 different SE models listed, I always thought maybe one was California emissions and the other was the 49 state edition?
Never knew there were 3 listed (maybe US 49, Cali, Europe?).

Just being nosy, do you have a link to the bike online?
CA compliant emissions definitely. VIN shows the difference.


Here’s a candidate. Looks nice in images.
https://kansascity.craigslist.org/mcy/d ... 42304.html
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You have already gotten some good information from Andy about what information the credit union is looking for. They won't care about the information I am posting but you might find it interesting. This is a history of the Goldwing from its beginning in 1975 up to 2011. It goes into some detail on the changes through the years. Here is the link.

viewtopic.php?f=19&t=54120

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Andy Cote wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:19 am
CA compliant emissions definitely. VIN shows the difference.


Here’s a candidate. Looks nice in images.
https://kansascity.craigslist.org/mcy/d ... 42304.html
LOL, that bike looks almost exactly like my '94 (except I don't have the silver stickers).
Mine had a Tulsa tall (gone now), floorboards (gone now), heel-toe shifter (gone now), highway foot boards, foam grips (gone now), wind wings, and a backrest (mine is the cheaper style).
Mine:


From CL link:


1994 GL1500 Goldwing SE

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blupupher wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:47 am
Andy Cote wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:19 am
CA compliant emissions definitely. VIN shows the difference.


Here’s a candidate. Looks nice in images.
https://kansascity.craigslist.org/mcy/d ... 42304.html
LOL, that bike looks almost exactly like my '94 (except I don't have the silver stickers).
Mine had a Tulsa tall (gone now), floorboards (gone now), heel-toe shifter (gone now), highway foot boards, foam grips (gone now), wind wings, and a backrest (mine is the cheaper style).
Mine:


From CL link:


Your profile shows you have a 1500SE but your picture looks like an Aspencade. Has it been painted? There should be two tone color on the SE model. Does yours have the foot heat control knob on the right side of fairing?

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bellboy40 wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:59 am
Your profile shows you have a 1500SE but your picture looks like an Aspencade. Has it been painted? There should be two tone color on the SE model. Does yours have the foot heat control knob on the right side of fairing?
The SE did not have the 2 tone stickers for a few years ('93-'95 I think).
Mine is an SE for sure though.
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blupupher wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:46 am
bellboy40 wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:59 am
Your profile shows you have a 1500SE but your picture looks like an Aspencade. Has it been painted? There should be two tone color on the SE model. Does yours have the foot heat control knob on the right side of fairing?
The SE did not have the 2 tone stickers for a few years ('93-'95 I think).
Mine is an SE for sure though.
I don't know where you heard that, but I don't believe that is accurate. I had a 94SE and it did have the two tone paint. I've never seen a SE that didn't have two tone paint unless it had been repainted.

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The vast majority of SE bikes were two tone. But there were a few exceptions. I was looking for a 97 SE in solid pearl sapphire black before I decided to move up to a GL1800. That was my dream color for a while (they brought back a similar color in 2009. My friend has one, in fact I put him on to it. I almost bought a used 09 in this color but fell into a super priced deal on my black one).


I went back to my color code chart and edited down to just the GL1500SE.

1990 GL1500 SE
Pearl Pacific White, NH251P. Insert colour is Eagle Silver Metallic, NH275M. Lower cowl colour is Ocean Gray Metallic, NH253M.

1991 GL1500 SE
Sunflash Gold Metallic, YR126M. Lower cowl colour is Valiant Brown Metallic, YR127M

1992 GL1500SE
Barbados Blue Metallic, B134M. Lower cowl colour is Max Silver, NH132M
Laguna Blue Metallic, B135M. Lower cowl colour is Max Silver, NH132M

1993 GL1500SE
Pearl Glacier White, NH326M
Barbados Blue Metallic, B134M, inset colour is B134H
Pearl Coronado Blue, PB255M

1994 GL1500SE
Pearl Bermuda Green, BG101P
Pearl Atlantis Blue, B142P
Candy Spectra Red, R176C. Inset panel colour is Candy Garnet Red, R199C
Pearl Glacier White, NH326M. Inset panel colour is Glacier White Accent Gray, no code available

1995 GL1500SE
Candy Spectra Red, R176C. Inset panel colour is Candy Garnet Red, R199C
Pearl Glacier White, NH326M. Inset panel colour is Glacier White Accent Gray, no code available
Pearl Royal Magenta, R151P. Inset panel colour is Pearl Royal Magenta Accent, no code available
Pearl Sierra Green, G156P. Inset panel colour is Pearl Sierra Green Accent, no code available

1996 GL1500SE
Candy Spectra Red, R176C. Inset panel colour is Candy Garnet Red, R199C
Pearl Glacier White, NH326M. Inset panel colour is Glacier White Accent Gray, no code available
Pearl Royal Magenta, R151P. Inset panel colour is Pearl Royal Magenta Accent, no code available
Pearl Sierra Green, G156P. Inset panel colour is Pearl Sierra Green Accent, no code available

1997 GL1500SE
Candy Spectra Red, R176C. Inset panel colour is Candy Garnet Red, R199C
Pearl Sonoma Green, G159P. Inset panel colour is Dark Green, no code available
Pearl Sapphire Black, NH374M

1998 GL1500SE
Pearl Chapparel Beige, Y191P. Inset panel colour is Dark Beige, no code available
Candy Spectra Red, R176C. Inset panel colour is Candy Garnet Red, R199C
Pearl Glacier White, NH326M. Inset panel colour is Glacier White Accent Gray, no code available
Pearl Twilight Silver, NH390M. Inset panel colour is Dark Silver, no code available
Gloss Black, NH1Z

1999 GL1500SE
Candy Spectra Red, R176C. Inset panel colour is Candy Garnet Red, R199C
Pearl Glacier White, NH326M. Inset panel colour is Glacier White Accent Gray, no code available
Pearl Twilight Silver, NH390M. Inset panel colour is Dark Silver, no code available
Pearl Mercedes Green, G167. Inset panel colour is Dark Green, no code available
Gloss Black, NH1Z

2000 GL1500SE
Candy Spectra Red, R176C. Inset panel colour is Candy Garnet Red, R199C
Pearl Glacier White, NH326M. Inset panel colour is Glacier White Accent Gray, no code available
Pearl Mercedes Green, G167. Inset panel colour is Dark Green, no code available
Gloss Black, NH1Z
Pearl Coronado Blue, PB255M. Inset panel colour is Secondary Blue, no code available
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Hey Andy, it is possible some of the SEs might have been a single color... such as the black. I see on the paint chart it shows for 1994 Pearl Burmuda Green, BG101P and Pearl Atlantis Blue, B142P with no other color listed. I had a Pearl Burmuda Green SE and it had two tone paint. My buddy had a 94SE in Pearl Atlantis Blue and it also had two tone paint. I can't speak for the other colors because I have no personal knowledge of them. Here is a picture of the SEs of mine and my riding buddy 94 models.

1994 GL1500SE Pearl Burmuda Green
1994 GL1500SE Pearl Burmuda Green


1994 GL1500SE Pearl Atlantis Blue
1994 GL1500SE Pearl Atlantis Blue


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When I bought mine in 1999 the only two that were not two tone in the showroom were the Spectra Red and the Black. I didn't want two tone and I didn't care for red.
blupupher definitely has an SE. You can also tell by the C.B. antenna. Standard on the SE in 99 along with the spoiler/brake light and backlit handlebar controls.


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