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post #31 of 40 (permalink) Old 07-19-2018, 08:36 AM
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I am looking at buying a 1500. However I seem to be short on the funds required to get that 98-2000 SE with all the bells and whistles.
I have run across a 91 Interstate in my area that seems to be in good shape for the money I can afford(without a loan).
I know that there will be no reverse, no air shocks, no CB and a few other little things. But, do I really need them?
I am 6 foot tall with LOOOONG legs and healthy so I might be able to get by without the reverse.
How does the Interstate do 2 up without the air shocks to adjust?
My thing is that I am selling another bike that I owe money on to get out of the payment. What I will be left with is some cash to get another bike. My 2 best options for what I am wanting are a 1988-2000 Gl1500 or a 2000-2004 BMW K1200lt. And before you knock the BMW, I had one for several years and they are a good bike.
However, at the price point I am looking at, sub $2000 I seem to be finding Interstates and nothing else.
To answer your Question, I would not hesitate to buy this. Maybe keep it for a year or two and trade it in for a newer wing if you want.

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To answer your Question, I would not hesitate to buy this. Maybe keep it for a year or two and trade it in for a newer wing if you want.

Thank you for your advise. I did however decide to buy a 89 1500 (and a 84 1200 with it) because it had reverse. It is cosmetically not as nice, even though the 91 was far from perfect. I figure over time I can make the 89 look good, but I can never add reverse. So, I would be stuck with it or have to later buy another bike.

I am OK with riding an ugly bike for a while. I just would rather own an ugly bike than make payments on a pretty bike. Someday I will have the money for something pretty, now it just needs to be reliable and function.

Anyway, I got the 2 bikes for $500. The 84 is much better looking than the 89 and will need very little to make it a great looking and riding bike. I think the 89 will be a great riding bike, but not good looking.
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I really like the 80ís look.

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I am OK with riding an ugly bike for a while.

Anyway, I got the 2 bikes for $500.
Just how ugly is it?? Again, pictures??

Two bikes for $500.00 sounds pretty good. Did you get titles?


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Just how ugly is it?? Again, pictures??

Two bikes for $500.00 sounds pretty good. Did you get titles?


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These pictures are right after being pulled out of the yard it was in, no washing or anything. I have some more pictures of the 1200, but can't get them off my phone, its being stupid right now.

I have washed it, and cleaned up a few thing after this picture


As of now I have the title to the 84 GL1200, but not the 89 GL1500. I will be getting a 3 year registration from Washington state and after that I will get the title, unless I can track it down before then.

I have them both running, the 84 needs a new Alternator, it has the poorboy conversion, but the Alternator is missing. Other than that I need to look at the clutch, may need bleeding and replace the choke cable.

As for the 1500, it runs and everything works so far except the rear brake, same may need to be bled.
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Yeah they look a little rough, but $500.00 for two running bikes. I think you did OK!

Besides, you needed some mechanical therapy.


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You got a Steal of a deal, nice projects and the 1200 looks pretty good. You will be riding before long.
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I am already riding. I have a Honda CB500X Rally Raid L2 bike. But I am selling it.
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my '93 gl-1500, had 62kwhen i bought it. there was a slight noise in the front end of the engine, so i had the shop replace the belts useing gates belts and the and the idler s. which i bought new. the belts looked new when they were removed. the noise went away. a friend had a '90 gl-1500. with 124k on the bike and has had no problems at all.
i also replaced the main fuse with a 50 amp maxi - fuse and the others with a mini fuse. that way mini fuses are readily available at any parts store. also my starter relay was kinda worn, so i replaced it with a new one. all these parts were bought on-line.
all i need to do now is bleed and replace the brake fluid. they recommend that you replace the rubber deal under the cylinder front and rear master caps, so i ordered the early, again on e bay. the idlers cann be rebuilt. info available on-line but i bought them new. about 50.00 (us) new
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