In 1988 a
completely new "fourth generation" Gold Wing appeared, the very successful
Honda GL1500 Gold Wing.
version, since the prototype of 1972, with a flat-six engine with a
displacement of 1520 cc.
Initially this beautiful machine was only
available in one version, however this version was provided with all
Unique was the
electric reverse gear, however weighing over 360 kg this was not really a
The maximum power (approximately 73.5 kW or nearly
100 hp at 5200 rpm) and especially the maximum torque (150 Nm or 15.3 kg-m
at 4000 rpm) increased dramatically and the capacity of the fuel tank
increased up to over 23 liters.
GL1500 was provided with an air compressor, an audio system with radio and
cassette player and an integrated intercom and a electronic cruise
The windshield was adjustable in height into three different
In the last years
of its existence the GL1500 was available in two versions : the GL1500
Aspencade and the GL1500 SE. From 1991 until 1996 also a cheaper and
lighter version, the GL1500 Interstate, was available.
This version was
not so popular than its heavier bigger brothers.
The Interstate model
was for instance not provided with the electric reverse gear, the cruise
control and the air compressor. Also the windshield was not adjustable in
The Honda GL1500
Aspencade and the Honda GL1500 SE stayed nearly unchanged during the
The GL1500 SE (Special Edition) was somewhat more luxurious than
the Aspencade. Weighing 372 kg the SE was somewhat heavier then the
Aspencade with a dry weight of 366 kg.