A warm welcome to our latest new member, gb comes from the Midlands are rides a bmw r1200gs. hope to see you posting here often, please take the time to introduce yourself, we are a firendly forum and most if not all members have had their shots.
Thanks for the welcome.
Think a Goldwing may be my next bike. Early days yet not even sure if to go for an 1800 or a 1500. Hope to get a test ride on an 1800 soon, may be a little harder to get a test on a 1500.
Probably be adding it to my GS, had it nearly 11 years, not sure I'd want to let it go for what its worth in £.
A warm welcome to the site gb, I doubt you would be disappointed with either the 15 or 1800 and many of us here keep different makes or models of bike. The GS is a very different bike and both would have a place in the stable and give you a variety of riding.
The 1500 is a big mile munching beast with oodles of storage and the 1800 has a more sporty ride to it and a little less storage space. Equally good for eating up the miles.
A lot would argue this point but i think the 1500 is the best looking wing ever, its a great bike to ride but after having one i went and traded up to an 1800. Looks wise its not the same although i do like it more now, riding i think is better in terms of brakes, acceleration, handling etc but the ride is harsher. Saying that the 1500 is a great bike to ride too. If i could of afforded it iwould have kept the 1500 as well. But no matter what bike you get, here you are with a bunch of enthusiasts from the first 1000 to the latest all singing all dancing 1800, it makes no difference to us.
Thanks for all the comments so far, Looking around at prices I think a late 90's 1500 is what I might try and find. What's the general view on service histories on these bikes, by this age many have gone into the category of owner maintained - nothing wrong with that but are there any specific items / issues that ought to be dealt with by a dealer on a 60-70,000 mile bike?
Most bikes even newer 1800 are maintained by there owners.
A good clean well looked after 1500 will more than likely have been well maintained mechanically wise
However what you need to look out for are those with hoards of lights which sometimes means they've hacked the wiring harness
Go private when looking to buy you'll save yourself a fortune & try and take some one who knows 1500's
If you're looking for a 1500 it will almost certainly be owner maintained.
Take a 1500 owner with you. Ask when the cam belts were last changed. Are there lots of extra lights? If so, what's the wiring like? What receipts are available for things like filters (Lots of people ignore the sub air filter). Is the swinging arm OK? Does all the plastic bits fit OK? If not, it could simply be bad reassembly but it could indicate accident damage.
Otherwise it's the same as any other bike, tickover ok, clean pickup and return, steering bearings etc ok, discs and pads etc.
I imported mine from a friend in Florida as a non runner. She's as good as gold now, has over 100k miles on the clock and turns 25 later this year. My old 1500 is still going strong with a friend of mine and 330k miles on the clock.
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ............."Holy Sh*t"..........."what a ride!"