Boy, I've stepped in it, now...!
Been interested in bikes for a long time, especially boxer engines---And fell in love with Oldwings as a result.
Just bought an '86 Aspencade in Spiral Blue, 80k but a very unmolested 2-owner bike... The 2 were friends, and the last owner is a retired firefighter and pastor. It's been sitting up for about 18 months after the clutch failed to disengage after a ride, which ended up with a dropped bike and spooked wife... He isn't very mechanically inclined, so he sold it off. Aluminum and chrome are ugly, but otherwise it seems in very good shape for age/mileage. Unfortunately in the process of trying to get it running, he left the petcock on and it hydrolocked... Hopefully connecting rods are fine after all that. I've rectified that issue, but am changing the timing belts, oil, air filter, and plugs before trying again... Clutch master was very low on fluid, may have a leak but i topped it off and we'll see if that helps before I start rebuilding Master or Slave cylinders...
Oh, did I mention that i'm completely new to biking and this is a first bike? Yes it's a heavy motha and 1200cc's, but i'm taking things very slow after the MSF course... I'm sure there are worse starter bikes...
The plan is to rehab the old girl and hopefully work up to a cross-country ride in about 18 months... Big round-number birthday. We'll see, i'm not 100% tied to the date, I want to be competely ready... It's definitely a learning process. I'm lucky enough to be within easy driving distance to Randakk's AND MadStad!!!
Out of all the forums i've read up on about Goldwings, I seem to be coming back to this one more and more... There's an incredible amount of information here and a great community... Glad to finally be a part of it!