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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-16-2019, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by SouthernOutlaw View Post
Steve, The reason I am looking for a 1200 is I have owned three in the past. Always loved the bikes, and I guess you can say at 68 I am also trying to go back to a bike I really enjoyed riding. As far as looking for something smaller I don't think so. Actually the 1200 isn't a big bike compared to the last bike I had which was a Electra Glide Ultra which was always top heavy to me. After thinking about it for awhile I made up my nind that I am going with the 1200. My wife isn't going to be riding with me since she thinks I am far to old to be doing something silly like this.
Since you've owned 3 of them I'm sure you are well aware of the good, the bad and the ugly of the 1200. The reason I asked is that with the model changes of the new DCT 2018 and newer there are a lot of GL 1800 with reasonable mileage at a good price on the market now. Maybe you should add that as a potential option also? I now I love my 2015 1800.

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Welcome to GWOF from Down Under. I have done a lot of miles on both 1200 and 1500 Goldwings. The 1500 is a better Two Up bike but the 1200 is a sweet ride. The stator is a pain and it is not a case of if it is going to go west but a case of when is it going to go west.

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Welcome to the forum.

67 here. I would look for a 1500 or newer. I sold my 80 gl1100 and went to a 2004 1800. I dont miss the 1100 at all. The newer design is much more of a pleasure to ride.
I was amazed at how little engine heat you can feel, since the radiators ship the heat out to the sides instead of across your legs.
I realize that you may have a sentimental attachment to a 1200, but I would go for comfort and performance. It is nice to have all that torque, most corners you can roll in 4th gear, 3rd works to almost a stop. 1800 is lighter than my 1100 was, even with the tourpack very nimble.

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Welcome to you from Mississippi. Good luck on your search for a bike. Hope you find one in the fastest color. I have never ridden a 1200 or 1500, but have sure enjoyed my 1800 for almost 10 years now.

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Oh, I live in Alabama between Linden, and Thomasville if any of you know where that is.
I do, you live in LA...………………………...….Lower Alabama. I have a sister-in-law that lives in Morvin.
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hello and welcome to GWOF Southernoutlaw. my first wing was a '84 aspencade and sometimes I think of getting another 1200 wing. I had my 1200 and 1500 for a few years but decided to give my niece the 1200. I liked that the 1500 had more room in the saddle for me, I didn't feel cramped. when the stator went out on my 1200 a friend did an alternator conversion for me, I didn't get to help much. when the alternator went out on my 1500 I had the old one out and a new one in, took about 40 minutes. a 1200 has a candle compared to the headlights on a 1500 wing, if I get another 1200 wing I see not only an alternator conversion but an LED headlight
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post #17 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-17-2019, 05:23 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Outlaw.

Getting another 1200 will be like moving into a different house in the old neighborhood.

You can tell your wife, a few years ago, we had a thread that asked each member his/her age. I think average was about 66. I ride with two guys over 80. And it seems like one of our members here is over 80. And that 78 yr old kid, Ron, still takes long distance, multi-day trips WITH HIS WIFE!!!

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You have been scolded about the 1200 and I would agree with some of it. I am 67. Have a 2015 that I have put 50k miles on since feb of 2017. However, I have also a 75 first year 1000. Not running yet. Since I just got back from just short of 11k to Alaska on my 1800 I don’t think you are too old. If you want a 1200 look around but go get an 1800 and start riding. Time is short and Lord know how much time we have.


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