1997 Honda GL1500 SE Gold Wing from Canada
Comfortable and reliable
Fuel gauge float. Unable to assess how much fuel (or driving distance) was available. After 100 km of riding, gauge was going to 0. Nuisance. Invested $25 in jerry can. Problem solved!
Only regular maintenance was required.
Oil change and new spark plugs at the time of purchase, then yearly
Rear gear oil, rear caliper seals and pads, front pads. Set of tires (front and rear).
Upholstery started to age as bike was stored outdoors.
Mine mileage: 38000km.
Cost of the upkeep: $650.
Ideal bike for long distance travel, especially if fitted with backrest and highway pegs. Fuel consumption: 6.8 L/100km, or 35 MPG. It is a heavy bike, therefore driving in big city traffic (street car tracks!), tight corners and parking lots require more attention. However, on the open spaces, rural roads and highways, riding is most relaxing. Either the wind or the draft while passing transport trucks is compensated by the vehicle's weight. I frequently took one day, around 800 km delivery trips and did not feel tired. And I am 60. Lights are excellent. Reverse gear for vehicle of this weight is a real life saver when parked in tight spots (malls). Being shaft driven, there is no need for chain lubrication (a hassle for the bike of substantial weight).
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th March, 2021