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Old 04-01-2011, 04:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I kind of posted this in the general discussion section, but I figured since this is the tech forum I might get more detail. I'm looking into purchasing a Goldwing. I'm looking in the '83-'88 range, interstate, aspencade, I'm not too picky. So since you guys have had and been working on these bikes, are there any common issues I need to be aware of when shopping for a GL. IE fork seals, alternators, brakes, electrical gremlins, tranny bugs, etc... More to the point, are there any repairs on these bikes that look simple at first glance but really turn into nightmares down the road. For example, I've got an '83 shadow that needed fork seals, I though it would be a nightmare, but it wound up costing just over $30 total and only took half a saturday, but then I've got an '84 VW that "just" needed the mixture tweeked, and I'm six months in without success. Are there any issues like that on the GL's in question. Any advice is welcome so I don't screw myself on another vehicle purchase.
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Old 04-01-2011, 05:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum. This buyers guide will give you the basics until the other members come in and reply: http://www.goldwingfacts.com/usedgoldwing.htm

As far as I am aware on the 4 cylinder Wings from the 80's, the GL1200 stator issue is the main one. The engine comes out to replace the stator. The engines themselves are fairly unburstable.
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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See, that's the kind of stuff I'm talking about, that one quick blog just saved at least one week's worth of what's left of my sanity. That also explains one of the bikes I was looking at about a month ago, looked like he bolted a gm alternator to the side of the bike.
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He probably did. It's called a poorboy conversion and has worked very well.
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Given my propensity for not wanting to pull engines, if I get a 1200 I think I'll be getting a poorboy with it. Any other issues to be aware of?
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Just make sure you got alot of tools and a garage you like to spend alot of time in.
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Beings as you listed 1988 model as one you would like, go for the 1500 over the 1200 or 1100's
The 11 and 1200's are great bikes, but the 1500's are better, and easier to get parts for.
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Just make sure you got alot of tools and a garage you like to spend alot of time in.
Ok, seriously, those kind of comments don't give me much confidence , please explain a little more...
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I just moved up from an 84 gl1200 aspencade and it was nice, but I moved up to the 88 gl1500 for the power and room in the saddle. I also like the electronic cruise and where the radio features are located. The 1200 rides good but accessories are limited, whereas the 1500 has tons of add on accessories you can buy. The 1500 is really geared low so I can be in OD at 35 to 40 mph whereas the 1200 likes to shift into 5th around 45 -60. It really likes RPM's. Both have their share of problems but you need to ride both and see which ones meets your approval. I personally like my 1500 over the 1200 but that is me. Good Luck!
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Well.....you are talking about at least a 23 year old motor vehicle. If it was maintained well, you could have a reliable and troublefree motorcycle. Have cam belts been changed, brake and clutch fluids changed regularly, antifreeze changed recently. wheel bearings, alternator bearings and brushes, steering head bearings, brakes, tires, and on and on. Getting 2 or 300,000 miles out of one is a piece of cake if you maintain them well.
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