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Good evening folks,

I'm new to this forum, I have traded a truck for a goldwing aspencade with 50K miles on it. What sort of issues do these years present? It's in pretty damn good condition though and only needs a battery to get going.

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Use the forum search and look at these topics...
timing belts


simple, eh?

Just check all the rubber, even with lower mileage, it still deteriorates with age. The 1100 is a great bike, yer gonna love it!
 

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madmonkey wrote:
Good evening folks,

I'm new to this forum, I have traded a truck for a goldwing aspencade with 50K miles on it. What sort of issues do these years present?
Thanks!
Sitting and being looked at instead of ridden. They get a little testy about that!!:cooldevil:





Have many safe and enjoyable rides!!!!!:action:





And WELCOME TO THE FORUM!!!:clapper:
 

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:waving:Welcome and Hello to the SaundersGoldwing Forums . Lots of good folks here . As mentioned the search button will take you to many threads . Being new here you might not have seen that . Its located about midway down the right side of the page .



But I will start out here with a few things from my 83 experience . The 1100 series of Goldwing is a very reliable bike . As you already know its a bit heavy. You dont mention if its been set up a long while or has been in steady use. They are much better when run on a regular basis .

ITs 26 yrs old and rubber parts dont age well . Be sure to look at the tires ,not as much if they have good tread but look for the date code and weather cracking . If you did not recieve any type of maintenance history PLEASE consider replacing the timing belts . This engine is known to run several hundred thousand miles with proper care . That said , it is whats called an interference fit engine . That means if a timing belt breaks , so does your wallet . Bent valves and possible piston damage . A pair of Gates T 274 belts will solve this worry . If you do your own wrenching with some reading here you should be able to do this on a Saturday afternoon . Here is a link (found with search ) to an excellant tutorial for the belts

Changing timing belts tutorial - Reference and FAQ Forum - Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums - Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums




Please enjoy the forums here and visit often . Come back and ask questions as you need. With a little work you will have a bike that gives you many years / miles of good service .

The 1983 Aspencade has a lot of parts specific only to this one model and year , especially when it comes to the brakes . So watch what you read about that and again we are here to help .



May you ride with the sun to your back and face in the wind :action:
 

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Ride the snot out of it. The bike will make weird rattly noises from the engine, but that's normal. Don't be afraid to see 7k rpm's on a regular basis.

Change the timing belt, the main 'dogbone' fuse, don't run a lot of lights, change out the front brake line and pads. Do a good carb synch. Do it again. Check valve clearance.

Ride it like you stole it. The longer it sits, the grumpier she'll be.
 

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Thank you for the great responses; I should have used the search function for sure. I'm picking the bike up next weekend and cant wait to tear into her. I'm well familiar with boxer engine layouts as I drive Subaru's and just did my timing belt! Cant wait to get her on the road!

Thanks again.
 

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Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new ride. Can't stress enough that changing your timing belts is mandatory. A cheap fix to prevent worry, heartache, and wallet busting.

Inspect all rubber parts.
Good luck!
 
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