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post #11 of 32 (permalink) Old 05-01-2017, 10:02 AM
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post #12 of 32 (permalink) Old 05-01-2017, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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The alternator actually makes sense. I hear the noise through the opening around the handlebars. Since the bike is 50 miles away, I don't think I'll go back out to listen to the noise.

I'm really torn on this. The price is right but the bike will require an initial plunge of work and money just to be road worthy. If I pop the two grand into the '87, it would fix all the issues the bike has but would be a ton of work, and it would still be a 30 year old motorcycle with 300,000 miles on it.

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The 1200 won't be a 1500 no matter how much you spend. If you put a little more money in the pot you can buy a later model 1500. There are some deals out there on 1500's in great shape. I wish I would have taken my own advice and spent more money on a better condition 1500. The only good thing about rebuilding one is you know what you have and whats been done and what hasn't been rebuilt. The main problem with my 1500 is the plastic and broken parts. I have fixed a lot of it but some of the parts are expensive to replace. Good Luck Dennis
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Jerry, I consider the 1500 to be a step down, rather than up. If I had the dough, I would be looking at 18s. Not because I think they are better, but because they are newer and easier to get parts for.

If I could get a brand-new '87 GL1200 for the same price as a new GL18, I'd probably choose the motorcycle over the cruiser.

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Jerry, I consider the 1500 to be a step down, rather than up. If I had the dough, I would be looking at 18s. Not because I think they are better, but because they are newer and easier to get parts for.

If I could get a brand-new '87 GL1200 for the same price as a new GL18, I'd probably choose the motorcycle over the cruiser.
I agree with you there, a 1500 is like riding a huge pig compared to a 1200 more like a horse. I don't get the cruiser reference though.
Neither is a cruiser and an 1800 is more nimble than the 1200.

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$2000 is a great price for the 89 if you think it will only require a little work to make it reliable. If the alternator just needs new rubbers that only takes an hour or so tops to make that happen.
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$2000 is a great price for the 89 if you think it will only require a little work to make it reliable. If the alternator just needs new rubbers that only takes an hour or so tops to make that happen.
Every single system will have to be gone through just to make sure the bike is road worthy. And this is a bike that was left to the regular repair shop for everything, so there's a pretty good chance the drive splines and other systems haven't been serviced correctly.

I can probably put off the carb work and hope a steady diet of Sea Foam will improve the backfiring, but eventually, sooner than later, that system will need attention, too.

Then there is the small stuff. Seat and backrest need recovered and the guy decided to pull the wires out of the air pump, so he shorts them to air up the rear shock. I'm sure there would be lots more found if I buy the thing. And, it has one of those gawd-awful super-tall windshields that will need to be replaced first thing.

Once all that is taken care of, and the bike is ready to go for a long ride, it still shows considerable age and abuse on the surface.

It has a back rest, cruiser pegs, chrome windshield garnish, trunk rack and passenger armrests, plus the aforementioned shield that I can sell to recoup some the the service costs.

I'm still undecided.

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Hi Dennis,

I think you should pass on this one. Yeah the price is great, but cosmetic issues are too expensive to fix. It sounds like this guy has mickey moused some things. What other problems are you going to find when you get it home?

1500 are pigs as far as handling. Save your bucks and get an 1800. There are a couple of nice looking ones in the for sale section. I saw one for $7100.00. Think it was Foodmans.

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Darn server gave me an error message but posted anyway. Sorry for the double post.

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If I were you, I would pass. The 1988 and 1989 are a lot different than the 1990 and up and the 1998, 1999 and 2000 are the best of the lot.

Keep in mind that the 1989 is still 27 years old. Only a couple years newer than your 1987. And the 1987 was the pick of the litter of the GL1200's.

Also sounds like the previous owners were not too friendly with the systems on the bike if they thought yanking out wires and then shorting them together was the way to fix a bad control system for the air pump.

No rear brakes? That master cylinder is a bitch to remove. Lot and lots of stuff has to come off the bike just to get the master cylinder out to work on it. Lord only knows how bad the rubber parts are. Probably in need to new lines.

You pretty much have outlined every reason there is for NOT buying it. Follow your own advice.

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