From what I have read on books dedicated to the history of the Goldwing, it was not perfect and had problems, the number of bikes built were 2500 of each.I have a question Lady : If they flirted with " fuel injection " with the 1200 how come it didn't transfer over to the 1500's ?
The best testimonial that has been proffered so far. Kickstand down ! We process into the future, but only upon regress from ideas of the past.I owned a (my first) 1985 Aspencade and LOVED IT! I was the third owner and was never sure if the stator issue was resolved for my bike. I think it went out right after I sold it to the mechanic who did any work on it. Anyway I ride with my father who has a VTX1300 and another friend who has a Valkyrie. The way I needed to down shift and still could not keep up with the Valkyrie and my dad on my rear fender. My lack of stereo and just the looks of the 1800's got me thinking, "I WANT ONE!"
So I scrimped saved and now I have a 08 and let me tell you WOW! what a difference. Two up ridding and no down shifting and still pull away from dad on hills. Fuel injected so when I make it to the Rockies I will be fine. AWESOME (for me anyway) sound system 30gig Zune and 60 or 80 watts a channel. People dont stop at the Valkyrie anymore they come over to my bike and make comments. Side note, You talk about a bad A%% bike, Valkyries are really really cool.
I think I made the right move (Im in debt) by getting my 08 but knew I had a great machine when I had the 1200. My 2 cents worth
I drove 670 miles and bought one site unseen. I had never ridden one, just sat on them in the show room. That is how bad I had it!