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Dan has suggested that I do a report on my impressions of the two bike's.
I am a bit bais to old classics and my opinion my not be the same as most people that have owned these two bikes. But in short the 1500 is the better bike. That is not as easy to say as you may beleive.
Appearance:
The 1500 in my opinion will win this hands down. The 1200 has square lines and the side panniers look like add on's. Where the 1500 it look all part of the bike. The radio and communication system is a better quality.
Load Carrying:
The 1500 come out on top here as well. The Goldwing bags are much easier to put on the bike and you can't drop the lids like you can on the 1200. The 1200 is easier to put a tank bag on if you so wished.
Seating:
I think that this is a 50/50. The 1500 seat is more comfortable and my wife found that the extra width in the seat more cofortable. Getting on the 1500 was easier for my wife. But I found it hard to get on the 1500. There is more room in the seated position on the 1500.
Holding the bike up:
The 1200 come's out on top here. The 1200 just feels lighter and I can plant my feet better.
On road:
This is a 50/50. I loved the cruise on the 1500. To me the bike is worth buying over the 1200 just for the cruise control. But I feel the 1200 is more fun in the twisties. The 1200 feel just as fast as the 1500 both in top end pick up. The 1500 will not have to be changed down as much because it has more pulling power.
MPG:
I don't think there is any advantage to either bike. So that is a 50/50.
The 1500 does have a bigger tank.
The electrics on the 1500 is better than the 1200. I still would be happy with just a 1200 but if you had both bikes and one had to go the 1200 would be gone.
I hope I have not confused anyone. Eric
 

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Great report Eric. After spending the past weeks on the 1500 and owning a 1200 you should know.. Ride safe..
 

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Very Nice Mate.

By the way "Bluey" told me to tell you guys Hi!:D
 

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I think you nailed it pretty much spot on Eric. Here's my $.02 in comparing the two:
Seating: 1500
Ride quality: 1500
Looks: 1500
Luggage/storage: 1500
Power: 1500
Weight/ease of handling: 1200
Giggle factor/sportiness: 1200
Convenience/features: 1500
Audio: 1500
Handling: 1200
Ease of service: 1200
Overall appeal: 1500
Pretty much the same as you Eric:D
 

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the seat height ( stock seat ) on a 1500 is lower than on a 1200 wing its just that a 1500 seat is wider and splays your legs farther apart. handling despite more weight goes to the 1500 and much stiffer frame. the 1200 is just easier to move around the yard and in tight places
giggle factor, tossup. the 1200 revs up and sounds like its doing something where as the 1500 don't need abunch of rpm's to do anything
 

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I can't say much more than what has already been said. The 1200 definitely seemed sportier, but I have taken corners harder with the 1500. :rolleyes:

Both bikes have their merits, but I kept a 1500 because of the stator issues on the 1200s.
 

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even if the 1200 didn't have a stator problem the alternator on the 1500 has more power
 

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I had just bought a new 1987 Aspencade a few weeks before the new GL1500's were released. Here I was with a brand new Goldwing when I pulled up beside a new 1988 GL1500. My 1200 sounded like a thrashing machine next to the GL1500. Especially when we took off. Needless to say, I had a new GL1500 in about 6 months. I just couldn't stand it any longer.
 

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passing power, do say 65mph on them. a 1500 will run away from a 1200
 

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I like my 85- 1200 when I had it but I love my 1500. I must I've had it 19 years,
I would love to have the seat off of Bluey.
 

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I think that my 1200 can out drag all 1500's USA models:D :eek:
 

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I think that my 1200 can out drag all 1500's USA models:D :eek:
most magazines i've seen list the 1200 as being quicker in a 1/4 mile run than a 1500 but fossil's house is quit a bit more than 1/4 mile
 

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Ok Eric; your on. Here's the deal next June on the 12th at exactly 12:00 Noon we both start for Winthrop and we'll see who get there first.
 

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Ok Eric; your on. Here's the deal next June on the 12th at exactly 12:00 Noon we both start for Winthrop and we'll see who get there first.
That is not what I was thinking. The 1200 is in Adelaide and I was thinking all them 1500 USA bike should come over here:eek: and show me how it is done.:D While you are here doing that I can show you around my neck of the woods.;)
 

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Let me know what it's worth to you Ron(ny). :D:D:)
And I have the Nighthawk covered,:D he maybe quick in the twisties but just make the run a bit longer and he will run out of gas.:eek:
 

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And I have the Nighthawk covered,:D he maybe quick in the twisties but just make the run a bit longer and he will run out of gas.:eek:
well if he doesn't run out of gas he will run out of @ss :D
 
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