Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Arvada, Colorado, USA
Model: 83 Aspencade
Here's what I know. Bought this little gem from my neighbor in August. Drove by his house on a Saturday afternoon, and he had a Goldwing sitting on a trailer by the road with a sign "$800 Doesn't Run". I turned to my wife and said "that could be a lot f fun". She enthusiastically agreed, but apparently she didn't see the "doesnt run" which was hand-written across the bottom... Took three weeks for that bruise to go away. Long story short, it had been sitting under his deck for six years, he had it for nine, put 600 miles on it (37k on the odometer). Before that, it had been a local pastor's "loaner", ad before that, who knows. This bike could be the poster boy for "neglect". I doubt the front engine over has ever been off. The bike was absolutely covered in grime when I got it. I pulled all the tupperware except the fairing, rebuilt the carbs, put on new filters (the fuel filter may have been original), plugs, lights, cleaned up lots of wires and torn jackets. When I drained the oil, it was very dirty, and heavily diluted with gasoline. The mufflers were full of gas when I pulled them off. Most of the handle bar switches didn't work (including an intermittent starter switch), replaced the horns, retapped many screw holes, got the radio, CB and air compressor working, and scrubbed every square inch of its considerable quantity of chrome with steel wool.
Now, she runs like a sewing machine, has power out the wazoo, is a beautiful burgundy, sparkles when the sun hits the chroe, and has no working gear position indicator or neutral light... That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
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