Honda GL1200 Aspencade Reviews from United States of America

1987 Honda GL1200 Aspencade

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2014
Most recent year of ownership2014
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Ninja ZX-11

Summary:

Excellent

Faults:

Nothing...

General Comments:

Well, owning this motorcycle has been a REAL surprise for sure! I acquired the motorcycle on a trade because I was looking for something with some distance capability, and read MANY good reviews on the Goldwing line. I was SHOCKED when I saw this motorcycle for the first time, because it was in such great condition, I thought it was a much newer model.

This is my first touring motorcycle, so I was a little apprehensive as to my expectations of the handling and acceleration characteristics... but after the initial test ride, all of my doubts were put to rest. The bike has a confident stride to it. Smooth and effortless roll-on acceleration (even in top gear it pulled smoothly from 2500 RPM) that I did not expect.

The handling is much better than I expected for such a large motorcycle, as this is a full dress Aspencade model. Well balanced! Very easy to roll around at a slow speed. Not a high speed handler for sure, but at a normal and sane rate of speed, it acquits itself nicely, offering slightly heavy but confident steering. Tires will determine your individual opinions on this one though. This particular motorcycle was outfitted with Dunlop bias ply tires, so I will try radials when I wear these out.

I really like the air suspension adjustments and all the other amenities that this motorcycle has to offer. The person before me performed all the maintenance on this that was needed. If you run across a well kept used Goldwing for sale, do yourself a favor and snatch it up. You won't regret it!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th March, 2014

1987 Honda GL1200 Aspencade

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles

Summary:

Unbelievable

Faults:

Bought it as parts. Put it back together, and found bad wiring from the stator and primary fuse. That was it!

I am now 61 and a short guy; 5ft 7in tall. The bike is well balanced, and even with my short legs, I have no issues with stops.

Have owned and been on many bikes, but never a Wing. As it stands now... I will never be on any bike but a Wing!

The Aspencade has an on board air compressor for the air suspension system, and a handy valve attachment for an air hose to refill the tires... very nice feature if you have to plug a tire on the road!

As heavy as this bike is, it is really a sleeper at 1200cc, and with the overdrive, cruise control, nice radio with Jensen speakers, intercom and CB... It has it all. For a 1987 bike to perform this well and be this comfortable was a big surprise.

If you're a crotch rocket guy... well you just may be surprised... if you're a Harley guy... well just keep wearing the ear plugs and keep thinking you're macho!! Me, I am a convert to the Wing!

Went with the Shinko 230 tires. Great rubber for the money and V rated @ 149 mph.

General Comments:

Great wheels.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2012

1987 Honda GL1200 Aspencade

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Previous motorcycleHonda GL1200 Aspencade

Faults:

I purchased my Gold Wing at 97000 miles. It now has 125000 on it, and it runs new!

Other than normal care; tires, oil and spark plugs, I haven't had a second of trouble.

The wife and I go everywhere we can! We are on the east coast, and plan on a trip to the Grand Canyon when weather permits!

This bike is a 1987 Honda Gold Wing, and I love riding it! Comfort is great. Smooth ride on the interstate, and 80 mph is just a breeze, and it handles great! I will never turn loose of it; the old girl is a part of the family.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th January, 2012

1984 Honda GL1200 Aspencade

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired9800 miles
Most recent distance29500 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki VZ800 Marauder

Summary:

Love the ride for open highway running

Faults:

First thing was a rebuild on the front brake (R-side) caliper.

Second was a rebuild of the clutch cylinder..

Third was loss of stator and 3 yellow wire connectors. Did not go back to original stator, did what is called a poorboy conversion to a GM alternator.

Fourth was loss of a micro switch for the clutch (a safety switch to keep from starting without pulling in the clutch).

That is it... except for regular maintenance such as tires, oil changes.. and fluid changes. It is now running a little on the hot side, so may have a thermostat problem developing. Of course it has been an average of 102 every day, so that might have something to do with it.

Everything else is still pretty much in mint condition.

General Comments:

The longest continuous ride was a 3 week trip covering 6000 miles. Only problem was I picked up a nail in the rear tire, which I plugged until I got to a dealer to replace it.

Overall a great bike. Hate to get rid of it, but recently picked up a 98 GW1500A, and my wife says I don't need two wings plus the CB750k2. So the 84 is going on the block to sell.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2011

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 7 reviews