Honda Gold Wing GL1500 Motorcycles


1988 GL1500’88

  • 1988 was one of the most significant years for Honda with the introduction of a six-cylinder powerplant
  • In many ways it was the natural evolution of the Gold Wing; however the progression to this model made it significantly different
  • While all the previous Wings had been made in the United States, some, this year, were made in Japan at the Hamamatsu factory
  • Colors:
    • Dynastic Blue Metallic with Pewter Gray Metallic
    • Phantom Gray Metallic with Checker Black Metallic
    • Martini Beige Metallic with Haze Brown Metallic
  • It featured front disc brake covers in gray plastic, dual headlights, computer-monitored dual downdraft carburetors, and a slow-speed reverse gear system
  • The engine was a 1520cc SOHC liquid-cooled opposed 6 cylinder
  • The transmission was a 5-speed with shaft drive
  • The frame serial number (i.e., VIN) for Japanese made Wings for California began: JH2SC2217JM000001 and for the rest of the U.S. began: JH2SC2208JM000001
  • The frame serial number (i.e., VIN) for American made Wings for California began: 1HFSC2217JA000001 and for the rest of the U.S. began: 1HFSC2208JA000001
  • The engine numbers whether made for California or the rest of the U.S. (all made in Japan) began: SC22E-2000101.

1989 GL1500’89

  • The second year for the GL1500 saw a change in that all Wings were built exclusively in the U.S
  • Colors:
    • Martini Beige Metallic with Haze Brown Metallic
    • Candy Wineberry Red with Burgundy Red Metallic
    • Commodore Blue Green Metallic with Triton Blue Metallic
  • The bike did not significantly differ from 1988 except the front brake cover was color coordinated on the green and beige units
  • The red one kept the gray plastic of 1988
  • The rear trunk emblem which read “1500/6” was deleted
  • The VIN number for California began: 1HFSC220*KA100001 while the rest of the U.S. models began: 1HFSC221*KA100001. (The * is a control checksum number)
  • The engine numbers began SC22E-2100101.

1990 GL1500’90

  • Again the 1990 model was very similar to the 1988 and 1989 models
  • Colors:
    • Candy Wineberry Red with Rime Gray Metallic
    • Carmel Blue Metallic with Snow Shadow Gray Metallic
  • The front brake cover was color coordinated on both the red and blue units
  • The VIN number for California began: 1HFSC220*LA200001 while the rest of the U.S models began: 1HFSC221*LA200001
  • (The * is a control checksum number)
  • The engine numbers began SC22E-2200101

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