HONDA GL1500 GOLDWING (1998 - 2000) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£100|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 Only recently superceded (by GL1800 and BMW K1200LT), and even then not by much.
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Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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
EngineNext up: Reliability
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 qualityNext up: Value
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 rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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 type||12v 1520cc flat six, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||23 litres|
|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|
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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
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.
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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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Annual servicing cost: £100
Blissfully comfortable. Responsive. Effortless. Joyful. But I've never ridden an GL1800!
Reliability top notch apart from footbrake requires bleeding often.
Goes on without missing a beat.
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.
Easier to handle than you would think. Yes, it's heavy and you have to learn a few tricks to master it.
Not for the "sporty" person, but my god, does it run smooth. Sounds good too.
Almost 19 years old and still running like a dream.
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.
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