Honda GLX 1500 Goldwing
The Honda GL1500 Gold Wing was the first Gold Wing with a liquid-cooled
engine with a displacement of 1520 cc. This type was available from 1988
until and including 2000. During this period the model remained nearly
unchanged. In the year 1990 a special edition, the GL1500 SE, was introduced
at the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Honda Gold Wing. This type
remained available in the years thereafter. Since 1991 three different
variants were available : the Interstate, the Aspencade and the SE.
he first model of 1988 was extremely complete and provided with almost
all possible gadgets. Unique was for instance the electric reverse gear
which made the manoeuvrability easier. The saddlebags and the trunk could be
opened and closed with the (one) ignition key. Furthermore there was an air
compressor on board and an audio system consisting of a radio with a
cassette player and an integrated intercom. Also an electronic cruise
control was standard. Furthermore the windshield was adjustable in height
into three different positions.
The maximum power of the Honda GL1500 Gold Wing was 73.5 kW or nearly
100 hp at 5200 rpm. With a maximum torque of 150 Nm or 15.3 kgm at 4000 rpm
the GL1500 had an impressive tractive power. Furthermore the GL1500 was
provided with five gears of which the last one was an overdrive. With a fuel
tank capacity of well over 23 liters a fairly radius of action could be
achieved. The dry weight was well over 360 kg.
In the anniversary year 1990 (15 years Honda Gold Wing) besides the
standard model an even more luxurious version, the GL1500 SE (Special
Edition), was introduced. This version was painted in a special luxury
colo(u)r (Pearl White) and was provided with an extra brake and tail-light
bar on the trunk. Furthermore the passenger footrests were adjustable and
the audio system was somewhat more luxury. The model remained available in
the years thereafter.
Since 1991 besides the GL1500 SE two different versions were available :
the Interstate and the Aspencade. In fact, the Aspencade was equal to the
formerly standard model. However, the Interstate was somewhat more sober and
therefore somewhat cheaper. For instance, the GL1500 Interstate was not
provided with an electric reverse gear which allowed backward driving at a
walking pace. Furthermore, this model was not standard provided (only
optional) with an air compressor and a cruise control. Finally the
windshield of the Interstate was not adjustable in height. Weighing nearly
350 kg the GL1500 Interstate was somewhat lighter than his heavier little
brothers, the GL1500 Aspencade (well over 360 kg) and the GL1500 SE (well
over 370 kg).
Until 1997 the three different models (Interstate, Aspencade and SE)
remained available. In 1993 the electronic cruise control of the GL1500
Aspencade and the GL1500 SE was improved. By measuring the speed of the
crankshaft a better accuracy was obtained which allowed an adjustment of the
cruising speed in steps of 1 mph. In the anniversary year 1995 (20 years
Honda Gold Wing) the three models were provided with a special anniversary
badge. Furthermore some minor improvements were carried through. From 1997
on the less popular Interstate model was no longer available.