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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 02-22-2018, 06:00 AM Thread Starter
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Cool Hello from PA

Hi All,

New to the site and new to goldwing. I am looking for something for my wife and I. I have been riding and racing motorcycles for 40 of my 48 years. I am selling an 05 concours that I have converted to be comfortable for us and had bought new. I still have a couple of sport bikes for my speed and handling itch.
I am currently looking at a 97 aspencade with 40k on it as well as a 2010 level 1 with 36k.
My bride is 5'11 and I am 6'1. I see that most have gone with the 1800 for performance reasons. I think that I want a 1500 for the comfort reasons, but I am not sure. This bike is soley for my wife and I to cruise/tour on, and actually my crazy brain considered a small trailer for the zzr (or the soon to be purchased Ducati). So not sure how that will work but anyway, we'll stick with cruising with my wife for the moment.

Howdy!

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 02-22-2018, 06:11 AM
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Welcome to the GWOF from the Eastern side of the Keystone. That Connie sure is sweet looking.

Now on to the Wings. I'm a 1500 guy and they are great bikes. I've ridden 1800's and they are indeed a bit more cramped, however I have several tall riding buddies including some here at the GWOF who manage quite well on an 1800.

The 1500 will no doubt yield great reliability and simplicity of sorts with Carburetors, the higher tech 1800 will yield the same if not better (newer) reliability with the added fuel injection technology. The fact that you are looking at a fairly vast cost range leads me to believe that the budget is pretty adaptable. Saying that I would (myself) take a hard look at the comfort (for you and the missus) of the 1800, because if you can make that work it will most likely be the way to go. Now again I say I'm a 1500 guy and I have no plans to jump to an 1800 because we have all we need and more in our 1500. Unless I would hit the lottery (that I don't even play), and then I would bypass the Gen 1 and Gen 2 1800 blazing right to the 2018 Goldwing Tour, never looking back.


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post #3 of 29 (permalink) Old 02-22-2018, 06:29 AM Thread Starter
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Hello Fossil

I am in Greensburg. The more cramped side for me is not an issue, at least I don't think so. I have ridden sport bikes all of my life and have no plans of giving those up. I do a heck of alot of touring on my ZZR1200 but not with my wife. The connie we have ridden since new and have ridden it all over the north east US. I am not planning on another new bike, at least not a goldwing and am mainly looking to give my long legged brunette more space. We are not 25 anymore. I think that anything will give her more space than the Concours and I am not considering a C14 because it has less room than the current horse.

Budget, meh, I was originally hoping to stay around 5k-ish then upped it to 10k and even considered a 2010 level 2 for 13k. I do want to add a Panigale v4 to the stable over the next year or two so I may just keep the budget pretty low for this purchase. The Duc will probably be my last sport bike purchase, and I will most likely hang on to the ZZR as it has all of the baggage for solo sport touring.

There is a 1500 aspencade in Ohio that a widow is selling and it looks pretty clean with 44k on it for $4500. That seems to be leading the pack so far.
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post #4 of 29 (permalink) Old 02-22-2018, 06:35 AM
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As I said they both have merit and both have "downsides not really" but again you need to do what's right for you obviously. You won't go wrong with the 1500 that's for sure. Looking at it you may consider for your changes to it, a custom seat with backrest much like your Connie, or at minimum a Utopia backrest on the stock seat. That is a great addition for a Wing. Also arm rests for her.

Nice area of the State, we have a few members out that way, one and his wife being good friends and riding partners.



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Welcome to the forum and good luck on your Wing decisions.

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Nice name Dave. Welcome from the northern tier of PA. I hail from Johnstown originally. My first wing was a 1500. I enjoyed it. It was more roomier than my 1800 if you are looking for 2 up comfort. Good luck with the search. Enjoy the forum and ride safe.

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Welcome to the GWOF from another Keystone state'r. I've had both the 1500 and 1800 and as Fossil said both have their advantages and disadvantages. I loved my 1500 and it did have a little more room for the passenger and storage, but the performance of the 1800 was wonderful.

Older 1500's will have a tendency to have a few more problems just because of their age. There are a lot of great 1800's out there in the $10k range (believe me I know), with decent mileage which would serve you well for many years. With the introduction of the latest generation of Goldwing you may begin to see more options out there for purchase in both the 1500 and 1800's.

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Welcome to the forum from an X Pennsylvania guy. I'm a 1500 guy,I'm on my second 1500 rode my 93 for 210,000 miles then found a 99 with 14,000 on it in 2015. I really like the 1500 but then the only 1800 I rode was a trike. That white one is like a blank canvas all your's to do as you please, Oooh ya remember Bling is the thing. That just for fossil

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One thing that is important to me is audio. I have seen a couple of vids adding an aux channel to the existing stereo. Does anyone here bluetooth on a 1500?

I am considering an 1800 as well.
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Bluetooth on 1800 Wings require the use of dongles and stereo upgrades like some of these.

https://www.jmcorp.com/SeeProducts.asp?PF=32

As far as I know the 1500 is something that you would need to do mods to if it can be done at all.

What may be a better solution is a paired headset like the Cardo Freecom 2's like we use. They can bluetooth together, to phones, to GPS, and also have stereo in addition you can use MP3.

http://cardosystems.com/portfolio-it...der-freecom-4/



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