HONDA GL1500 GOLDWING (1998 - 2000) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £100
Power: 100 bhp
Seat height: Low (30.0 in / 763 mm)
Weight: High (811 lbs / 368 kg)


New N/A
Used £6,500

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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 Only recently superceded (by GL1800 and BMW K1200LT), and even then not by much.

Find a Honda Goldwing for sale, read the latest reviews and check out the history of the bike range.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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…

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.


5 out of 5 (5/5)

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…


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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 36 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £100
New price -
Used price £6,500
Insurance group 15 of 17
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Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 100 bhp
Max torque 110 ft-lb
Top speed 106 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 13.8 secs
Tank range 180 miles

Model 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


Owners' reviews for the HONDA GL1500 GOLDWING (1998 - 2000)

3 owners have 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.

Review your HONDA GL1500 GOLDWING (1998 - 2000)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Engine: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £100
5 out of 5
11 April 2020 by Stephen Brown

Version: SE

Year: 2000

Annual servicing cost: £100

Blissfully comfortable. Responsive. Effortless. Joyful. But I've never ridden an GL1800!

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Reliability top notch apart from footbrake requires bleeding often.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Goes on without missing a beat.

5 out of 5 The touring master
06 January 2018 by Stefan S

Version: SE

Year: 1999

It's big, it's heavy, it's smooth, and the comfort is absolutely amazing. What else could you expect from the ultimate touring bike?? Yes, it's an old model and many will call it dated, but many old wings are still running, wich means the build quality and the bullet proof engine says it all.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Easier to handle than you would think. Yes, it's heavy and you have to learn a few tricks to master it.

Engine 5 out of 5

Not for the "sporty" person, but my god, does it run smooth. Sounds good too.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Almost 19 years old and still running like a dream.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Purchase price for used wings are high, and they like fuel. However, since my bike is old I do services and repairs myself, and therefore the costs are not that bad. Insurance cost is also very low.

Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 Goldwing the best
20 October 2009 by MAN150W

The best of the best

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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