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Hello, everyone!

My name is Michelle and I am the happy owner of a 1987 Goldwing Aspencade. I started out on a 2007 Suzuki S40 (formerly called a Savage) - a sweet little 650cc, one cylinder Thumper. (Thumper is still mine, but I may try to sell her next Spring.)

My boyfriend and I watched my '87 'Wing all summer long on our way to meet friends for rides. She sat outside in someone's front yard with a For Sale sign on her ... and the price kept going down - $3500 to $3000 to $2500 to $2200 to $1500 ... at that point we just had stop in, take a closer look, talk to her owner and take her for a ride. That was all it took - two days later I paid for her andshe was mine. <g>

When I took her home, she had 92,000 miles on her (add another 2,000 now ...)I love herpretty Wineberry color. My boyfriend was completely impressed with all her goodies and even moreso with the fact that 23 years later, they all work! He rides a 2004 Yamaha Road Star Silverado 1700 ... and I think he's secretly a bit jealous.

The first thing I did was have her timing belts changed because all the research I'd done said that was a good thing to take care of by 80,000 miles. Since the records we had for her didn't show any timing belt changes, that worried me. The old belts were actually in pretty good shape but one of them was so loose our mechanic said it could have flown off at any time.

Most of what we've done so far has been cosmetic, starting with a good cleaning. Then a new windshield (the old one was cloudy and had terrible halos when hit by the sun or night time headlights. Ick. I got a new left side pocket and covering pouch for her on eBay. We also replaced her speakers (one was actually torn) and I insisted on getting a new radio/CD player with an MP3 auxiliary jack to replace the radio/cassette player.

She didn't have a trunk so I got one on eBay. It's not the right color but I figure one will eventually show up and then I'll put the one I have back on eBay and get some money back.

We pretty much put a couple hundred miles on our bikesevery weekend plus ride to work too. We even ride throughout the winters, as long as the roads are dry.

Well, I guess that's more than enough for now. I'm looking forward to reading and posting here. Everyone seems nice and knowledgeable ... and I'm sure I'll learn a lot!

Ride safe,


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Hi Michelle! Nicely written story, got any pics to share!!! - Welcome aboard the Steve Saunders Goldwing Forum!It's a pleasure to have you with us! Please feel free to browse around and make yourself at home!

I would also like to add my personal welcome aboard from middle Tennessee! Feel free to PM me should you have any questions or need help with the forum! I will be happy to assist!!!

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