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1986 Honda GL1200 Aspencade

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha XS 1100 Yamaha

Summary:

I think the GL1200 is a work of art

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

The computer controlled fuel injection is awesome. Out on the highway and you need to pass a truck; just roll on the throttle and the smooth power launches you to the century mark without a burp. I have a Yammy XS 1100 that can rock out, but not with the smoothness of this bike.

The handling is excellent once the bike starts to move. You would never think that a 750LB + bike could handle like this.

I had always wanted a GL1200. I like the looks of My 86 SEI with a smooth vanilla color and a bit darker accent and wineberry seats. After all these years the bike turns heads everywhere I go. I have 7 bikes, and I like this bike so much I am looking for another. I could just collect these from now on. Very dependable and great gas mileage.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th December, 2007

29th Feb 2008, 15:52

I have had various bikes in my life; CBR... Interceptor 1000.. 750 Yamaha.. Honda Nighthawk and so on. My bike of choice would be anything in a racer style.

I am going on fifty soon, and still love these style of bikes. However my wife would never let me put another one in the driveway because of the last drive she took with me a few years back.

Last year I bought a 1200 1986 Aspencade; to me it look like a living room couch with a picture window strap to it. NOT MY KIND OF BIKE... I was wrong, it drives fantastic; it has room for whatever I want to bring with us, and my wife for the first time feels comfortable and safe.

I can't believe the passing power it has in overdrive, and this power is smooth.

I can't believe I am saying this, but I am looking at buying a new 1800 Aspencade. Anyone know if they're as good as the oldies?

22nd Sep 2008, 22:20

Hello, I sometimes can't believe that I have had SEVEN Goldwings, 1-'82 Interstate,1-'83 Aspencade, 1-'83 Intestate, 1-'84 Interstate, 1-'86 Aspencade, 2-'87 Aspencades.

All are wonderful bikes, mileage ranges from 21K-130K. You can't tell them apart if they are in perfect working condition.

I had a brand new 2006 Concours and it couldn't hold a candle to the '86 Aspencade I now have; of course the Concours handles better in the mountains. 22 years old and I feel better on this old bike anyday!!

I've owned 3-V65 Sabres, 1-V65 Magna,1-V45 Magna, 1-550 Yamaha Seca, 1-650 Special Yamaha, and many dirt bikes of which I can't list here. This really is a piece of art and was intended to ride forever! JZ.

1987 Honda GL1200 Aspencade

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance59000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB450K6

Summary:

The best

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

It is powerful.

Easy to start.

Very comfortable.

Looks great.

This motorcycle is a bit much for "a new to the dream" rider, but for a rider with some experience, it is truly a great motorcycle. It is dependable, powerful, a very comfortable. It takes a little practice to feel really comfortable, on it, but it is a true work of art.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2006

1985 Honda GL1200 Aspencade

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance71000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda 1984 VT700C

Summary:

These bikes still deliver a great ride after all these years. Great motorcycle value!

Faults:

I will need new tires next summer.

I will get new seals for the shocks next spring.

I may need the front brake looked at, as it has a bit of an uneven spot in the disc when the front brake is applied hard.

General Comments:

I really like this bike, but my wife is in love with it. Honest, she was down in the garage polishing it on her own!

This bike was well taken care of. It looks and drives great.

I have been taking this to work every day 50 miles RT. (rain or shine) for about two months.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2006

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