HONDA GL1500 GOLDWING (1998-2000) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"So definitive a full-dress tourer (nearly) all rivals gave up bothering to compete"

Honda GL1500 Gold Wing motorcycle review - Riding

"So definitive a full-dress tourer (nearly) all rivals gave up bothering to compete"

  • At a glance
  • 1520cc  -  100 bhp
  • 36 mpg  -  180 miles range
  • Medium seat height (763mm)

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

So definitive a full-dress tourer, the Honda GL1500 Gold Wing remained in production for over a decade and (nearly) all rivals gave up bothering to compete. Third generation Gold Wing boasted all-new, super-smooth, super grunty flat-six, fabulously equipped and integrated design and lavish comfort to beat all-comers. Only recently superceded (by GL1800 and BMW K1200LT), and even then not by much.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

As far as ride goes, the GL1500 Gold Wing, with its air suspension, low cofg, and plush seating, redefines motorcycling comfort. But the actual surprise is how well it still handles. The big Wing is far more nimble and easy to manage than its bulk suggests and weaves and wallows only

Engine 4 out of 5

The Honda GL1500 Gold Wing is arguably more car than motorbike (six cylinders, 1520cc, water cooling and reverse gear anyone?), but still impressive nevertheless. If you want smooth, easy, grunt, look no further. For effortless 85mph there’s no other. The 1500 Gold Wing only now loses out to rivals for sheer get up and go…

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Think on this: the Honda GL1500 Gold Wing is the third generation version of a massively refined machine built by Honda. Yes, Honda. So, of course it’s quality, of course it’s durable. Wings have been known to rack up in excess of 250,000 miles, and with good reason…

 

Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5

The best costs but with the Honda GL1500 Gold Wing it’s hard to whinge (sic) that you don’t get what you pay for. Not only is it a hell of a lot of bike, it’s head and shoulders above its rivals, fantastic quality, reliable and has a massive following. If you want a ‘Winnebago on wheels’, that is. Find a Honda Goldwing 1500 for sale.

Insurance group: 15 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The Honda GL1500 Gold Wing has got everything including the kitchen sink (well, almost), as long as you’re prepared to pay for it. The base Gold Wing is actually fairly basic (fabulous comfort and luggage hauling capacity aside), but if you want the fancy stereo, cruise control, air vent systems, fancy detailing, two tone paint jobs etc, you need the SE version, and they cost more. Much more…

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their HONDA GL1500 GOLDWING (1998-2000) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Goldwing the best

20 October 2009 by MAN150W

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Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1998
Year discontinued 2000
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 100 bhp
Max torque 110 ft-lb
Top speed 106 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.8 secs
Average fuel consumption 36 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Specification
Engine size 1520cc
Engine type 12v 1520cc flat six, 5 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 23 litres
Seat height 763mm
Bike weight 368kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 2 x 296mm discs
Rear brake Single 316mm disc
Front tyre size 130/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 160/80 x 16

History & Versions

Model history

1988: Honda GL1500 Gold Wing launched.
1991: GL1500SE model now standard in UK.
1997: Redesigned rocker covers, silencers and disc covers. Instruments now white-faced.
2000: Replaced by GL1800.

Other versions

None.

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