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1200 vs 1500
bagelboy Wrote:I recently had a shot at obtaining a nice 2000 SE 1500, but after thinking it over and over for about a week, I decided to let it go. The reasons were because I really like my GL1200, I ride solo all the time, and I am starting to really mechanically know my way around the 1200(thanks to many on this site). I'm sure the extra power would have been nice, and the smoothness of the ride, however, the 1200 does what I need. Also I don't need the bells and whistles of an SE because I wouldn't use things like the CB, and it seems there are more things to eventually go wrong. I also will say that I really believe the 1200 looks much more like a motorcycle. I know that the 1500's are great bikes, but the 1200 is a personal choice for me!
i have a cb on both wings and they both work i just don't use them but the foot warmers work prety good until its below 35f. it is a personal choice as one does nothing much better than the other. i am happy and comfortable on whichever wing i am riding
'75cb750 ,'79cb750superK,
'93gl1500se, '79cb 750f,
'85cb450sc, '05sunL70
'06 ST 1300....william
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#61 03-28-2010, 05:26 AM,
Het Granpah, I'm a little northeast of there about 40 miles. Great area for riding a bike. You have the mountains, the rive, lakes, and so on. After work, which I finis about 1:30 in the afternoon, I can go for a 100 to 200 mile ride and see the beautiful countryside. It is a bummer that winter comes, but I start early in the spring, about March and go 'til they start salting the roads. 3 or 4 years ago, we got lucky and didn't get snow 'til February, but mostly it starts in early December. So December to March is mainenance time in the garage. If you ever happen to be up this way, I would expect a visit. I could ride with you and refresh your memory! That goes for anyone else reading this! If your in the area, PM me and I'll show you the area I'm lucky to live in!
1997 Valkyrie Tourer, 1987 Burgandy Aspencade with poorboy installed, and a 2005 Red GL 1800.
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#62 03-30-2010, 06:15 AM,
bob NE In. Wrote:Don't want no bike ya gotta burp before you ride it....
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HUH?????
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#63 04-01-2010, 09:26 PM,
bagelboy Wrote:If you ever happen to be up this way, I would expect a visit. I could ride with you and refresh your memory! That goes for anyone else reading this! If your in the area, PM me and I'll show you the area I'm lucky to live in!

That's very hospitable of you, bagelboy. Thanks.

'Fact is, now I live and work about 1,000 miles south west-by-west of you, and I don't even dare compete with the lunatic cagers on I-70, I-170, I-64 (which goes by my house) and I-270 ... unless it's after 2 AM when the roads are empty 'cause they'e home sleeping it off. These days, they swarm past my house one car length apart doing 70 mph. Come to think of it, nowadays I don't even see many guys on crotch rockets out there on the highways unless it's in the wee hours -- and unless, of course, they have a death wish during daylight hours. Also, I'm getting a little creaky in what one of my friends refers to as our "dotage".

I'm old enough to recall my eight years older brother, who was maybe 18 years old at the time, getting paid by the State of New York to cut down trees with his friends on High Mount, beginning to make way for the new chair lift and ski slopes. I can even recall steam locomotives passing over trestles (I was about maybe 5 years old then) carrying passengers from New York City through Fleischmann's to Margaretville. When I was about 9, my friends and I used to go blue berry picking along the RR tracks, and we'd always get nervous walking on the tracks lest a train suddenly come at us around the next bend. One of us would always have his ear to the track to hear the train coming. My guess is that today's kids have no idea what that is (was :mrgreen: ) !

That's pretty old.

However, if I happen to be passing through your area where I have a Vietnam War era combat Marine vet **== friend -- now a writer -- who keeps asking me to visit him in Arkville -- I'll be sure to drop in on you too.
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#64 04-01-2010, 10:22 PM,
If I had the money and could find one I liked I would go back to the Yamaha V-Star 1100.

Mainly for seat height and being able to put my feet straight forward instead of way out to each side.
My '03 had floor boards and forward controls. I could reach the ground when stopped and my feet were flat on the ground instead of tippy-toed like I am on my Wing.

IMHO a great bike!

I really like my thousand, but I have always hated that tippy-toe thing at stop lights.
1978 'Wing UnDressed, Progressivily Weber Carbureted.
1976 'Wing undressed doner
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#65 04-23-2010, 10:52 AM,
Owning 9 wings since 76 and being a 5'8"/165 lb runt all my life, the 1500 fits me to a T. Best looking/handling wing I've ever owned, not to mention the first wing series to have real world torque___finally, which the big 6 provides.

I hated my new 84 aspencade but loved my 85 Ltd back in the day. The choice is yours what suits you best.

Ps. I never liked the gl1800 from the first day I saw one=Ugly, though after test riding 2 of them, the HP/handling and brakes are superb.


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#66 08-10-2011, 10:25 AM,
Calif Wingnut Wrote:5'8"/165 lb all my life, the 1500 fits me to a T. Best looking/handling wing I've ever owned, not to mention the first wing series to have real world torque___finally, which the big 6 provides.

Huh?

1200

Torque?


I'm 6-feet tall and overstuffed at 295 lbs, (130 lbs shy of Honda's official maximum capacity for the 1200, 1500 or 1800). Today, I just came back from a ride on which I was being crowded by two cagers. I kicked it down from 4th to 3rd gear, cranked the 'ol GL1200 engine up to about 5,500 RPM, meanwhile holding on for dear life as my "rocket" accelerated like a bat-out-of-hell ... suddenly leaving the cagers waaaaaaaaay behind in my rear view mirrors :lol: :lol: :lol: .

With all due respects to the 1500, on the highways and streets, how much more torque than a 1200 delivers do you REALLY need?
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#67 08-10-2011, 02:47 PM,
Granpah Wrote:
Calif Wingnut Wrote:5'8"/165 lb all my life, the 1500 fits me to a T. Best looking/handling wing I've ever owned, not to mention the first wing series to have real world torque___finally, which the big 6 provides.

Huh?

1200

Torque?


I'm 6-feet tall and overstuffed at 295 lbs, (130 lbs shy of Honda's official maximum capacity for the 1200, 1500 or 1800). Today, I just came back from a ride on which I was being crowded by two cagers. I kicked it down from 4th to 3rd gear, cranked the 'ol GL1200 engine up to about 5,500 RPM, meanwhile holding on for dear life as my "rocket" accelerated like a bat-out-of-hell ... suddenly leaving the cagers waaaaaaaaay behind in my rear view mirrors :lol: :lol: :lol: .

With all due respects to the 1500, on the highways and streets, how much more torque than a 1200 delivers do you REALLY need?
if you were on a 1500 wing you would not have had to down shift
'75cb750 ,'79cb750superK,
'93gl1500se, '79cb 750f,
'85cb450sc, '05sunL70
'06 ST 1300....william
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#68 08-11-2011, 05:56 AM,
[/quote]if you were on a 1500 wing you would not have had to down shift[/quote]

You could pull away gently on the 1500 without downshifting but if you wanted rapid acceleration you would still need to downshift. Same goes for the 1800. Both the 1500 and 1800 will lug at low RPM but they won't put up a fight like the 1200 does when doing so.
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#69 08-11-2011, 06:53 AM,
what do you call low rpm? cause whats low rpm for a 1200 is just the normal power band for a 1500 or 1800 wing
'75cb750 ,'79cb750superK,
'93gl1500se, '79cb 750f,
'85cb450sc, '05sunL70
'06 ST 1300....william
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#70 08-11-2011, 10:34 AM,
It depends on what gear you're in. 1500 rpm in 5th gear in any of these bikes is a struggle depending on throttle input but the larger engines will handle it better, if you nurse the throttle along until the revs build, because of the larger displacement . Full throttle, in 5th gear, from 2500 rpm in all 3 bikes will leave the 1200 far behind, but, full throttle, in 1st gear, at 3500 rpm will leave all 3 bikes running about equal and the 1200 will actually pull slightly ahead for a distance because the 1500 and 1800 must shift at about 5000 rpm whereas the 1200 doesn't have to shift until about 7000 rpm. Suprisingly all GL's come out about equal in acceleration, even the 1000, but they just, each, do it differently and very surprisingly gas mileage comes out about the same as well. Really amazing.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#71 08-11-2011, 10:59 AM,
i noticed the gas milage too. my niece had a 1000 wing for a year and now rides an 1100 wing and the only advantage is the 1200 and 1500 wings hold more gas. she joined the forum when she got a 1200 ltd but there were more problems than she was willing to fix
'75cb750 ,'79cb750superK,
'93gl1500se, '79cb 750f,
'85cb450sc, '05sunL70
'06 ST 1300....william
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#72 08-11-2011, 11:19 AM,
Too bad about the LTD, very nice bike for the right person. Tell her to check out this link on our site: <!-- l --><a class="postlink-local" href="http://gl1200goldwings.com/viewforum.php?f=93">viewforum.php?f=93</a><!-- l --> as there is much info there relevant to her current GL1100.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#73 08-11-2011, 11:57 AM,
admin Wrote:Too bad about the LTD, very nice bike for the right person. Tell her to check out this link on our site: <!-- l --><a class="postlink-local" href="http://gl1200goldwings.com/viewforum.php?f=93">viewforum.php?f=93</a><!-- l --> as there is much info there relevant to her current GL1100.
well before she got her 1100 wing she got stuck riding my 1200 aspy and now wants a 1200 intrstate or aspy of her own. she wasn't very fond of the fairing and bags but after being stuck with my aspy for several months last year she has changed her tune. said she wouldn't mind having an 1800 wing after test riding one. the smaller size fits her better than a 1500 wing
'75cb750 ,'79cb750superK,
'93gl1500se, '79cb 750f,
'85cb450sc, '05sunL70
'06 ST 1300....william
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#74 08-11-2011, 05:35 PM,
I wonder what'll happen if she test rides a Harley? LOL Girls seem to like those big vibrating things between their legs. Oh my, I meant the bike with the shaking engine just in case anybody got it wrong. LOL
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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