Any way to visually identify my trim level?


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Any way to visually identify my trim level?

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I just picked up a 1990 GL1500. The previous owner saw fit to make horrific modifications to the bike. They blacked EVERYTHING out, even cut down and painted the windshield, and de-badged it (I think). I suppose it could be a base trim level. I'm just not all that familiar with the differences. It's missing body panels and some are flat out cracked and broken. So I'd like to start fixing it up. But my understanding is that it could be one of 3 different trim levels.
So are there any obvious signs that would set each apart? Like having a CB vs not?

Unrelated question, was it common to come flat black from the factory on a glacier blue color base? Mine has indications of a pale blue showing through between body panels. I watched a youtube video of a guy from the UK, who had a 1994 flat black also with a pale glacier blue between the body panels when he was tearing it down for a timing belt change. I was originally thinking that the previous owner painted it black, but maybe they just touched up some spots with a rattle can and over sprayed everything??

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If it has factory CB, adjustable passenger floor boards, trunk spoiler with brake light, foot warmers, cornering light, and rear speakers, it is an SE.

All of these items could have been added after purchase though, so not 100% if you have all these it is an SE, but some items (like the adjustable floor boards and foot warmers) are really hard to add.
I think the SE also came with the upgraded radio (but was a factory add on on the Aspencade)
I know the rocker covers on the SE also had some gold lettering on them, but in 97 or '98 there were changes to the covers (not sure exactly what though), so don't use that as a identifier.
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Thanks for the reply. I'll have to check again, but I know it has nearly everything you mentioned. Not sure if there are foot warmers, or cornering lights. Even the valve covers are painted black. So if there was any gold lettering, I wouldn't be able to tell anyway. I really appreciate your info!
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Try putting your vin into this web page and see what it says.

https://decodeall.com/vin/BMW/X3/5UXWX9C51D0A09637
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bellboy40 wrote: Thu Jul 15, 2021 8:57 am Try putting your vin into this web page and see what it says.

https://decodeall.com/vin/BMW/X3/5UXWX9C51D0A09637
Just comes back saying it's a GL1500a. Trim is listed as N/A.
Thanks for the suggestion though.
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GL1500A should indicate Aspencade. Mine comes up as GL1500I (Interstate), that one is easy to tell though (no reverse, no cruise control, no on-board air compressor) :cry: I believe my grandpa had the factory CB installed by the dealer when he bought the bike and the cornering lights and trunk spoiler are add-ons.
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If the flat black is outta rattle can acetone or lacquer thinner will start to remove it with very little wiping with some on a rag.
I once bought a 76 750 SS that the PO blacked out
it cleaned up great!
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Sassy wrote: Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:28 am If the flat black is outta rattle can acetone or lacquer thinner will start to remove it with very little wiping with some on a rag.
I once bought a 76 750 SS that the PO blacked out
it cleaned up great!
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Re: Any way to visually identify my trim level?

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Your bike came off the line as a first-year GL1500 Aspencade (in 1988 and 1989, GL1500s didn't have trim models, you bought what you bought).

There is no way of knowing how much of that original bike is still there, without going through it to see.

The GOOD news is that the one really important feature on the A and SE is the reverse, which both have. The rest of the differences between trim levels are of personal preference, and can be added if you desire.

One thing to consider is that whoever abused it may have done you a favor -- you don't have to wonder if you should keep it stock! If you can't get the paint off, just prep it, prime it, and put on the color that you like.
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Re: Any way to visually identify my trim level?

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blupupher wrote: Thu Jul 15, 2021 7:58 am I know the rocker covers on the SE also had some gold lettering on them, but in 97 or '98 there were changes to the covers (not sure exactly what though)
The '98 and '99 valve covers are simple castings, with "1500" debossed into them. The gold insert was not used.
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bigsteveswing wrote: Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:21 am GL1500A should indicate Aspencade. Mine comes up as GL1500I (Interstate), that one is easy to tell though (no reverse, no cruise control, no on-board air compressor) :cry: I believe my grandpa had the factory CB installed by the dealer when he bought the bike and the cornering lights and trunk spoiler are add-ons.
Awesome! Thanks for the insight. Maybe someday I will be able to make this bike look respectable again with the appropriate badging as well.
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Solo So Long wrote: Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:21 pm One thing to consider is that whoever abused it may have done you a favor -- you don't have to wonder if you should keep it stock! If you can't get the paint off, just prep it, prime it, and put on the color that you like.
Good point.
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Thanks everyone for your insight. Truly super appreciated!
I'm not even sure if knowing this info will matter when it comes to parts for the bike, but I feel a lot more confident knowing that when I do order parts, if they ask, I can say for sure.

Did all the GL1500 come with the air ride suspension?
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This would be the post you are looking for: viewtopic.php?f=19&t=54120
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TrailLeadr wrote: Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:48 pm ...
Did all the GL1500 come with the air ride suspension?
Yes. Aspencade and SE models have a built in compressor, Interstate does not have the compressor, but still had the air suspension.
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Try looking up the engine number to see what frame it came in. This link helped another poster to figure out what he had.

http://www.goldwingworld.com/pages/serial.htm
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Swagonmaster wrote: Sun Jul 18, 2021 5:24 am Try looking up the engine number to see what frame it came in. This link helped another poster to figure out what he had.

http://www.goldwingworld.com/pages/serial.htm
Thank you.
That narrowed it down completely! It is an Aspencade as others have suggested.

Thanks again everyone. Super helpful advice!


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