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1984 Goldwing Aspencade help

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Hey guys,

I am new to this forum, and new to riding motorcycles in general

I am going to be looking at an 84 Aspencade this weekend (it's a couple hours away) that I am pretty sure i'm going to buy it.

It has 70000 miles on it and is being sold with leaking front fork seals.
Is that a fairly basic fix? What other questions should I ask, and what should I be looking for on the bike?

I consider myself fairly handy and am very excited about picking out a goldwing

Thanks ahead of time,
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welcome. ask about maintenance. were the timing belts replaced, when? fluids changed regularly? check the stator, bring a digital volt meter with you. as you're sitting on the bike there should be a 3 yellow wire connector just in front of the battery. is it stock or has it been hardwired?
check the condition of the tires closely,the brakes,and make sure the charging system is charging correctly
that the starter is working good,starters are hard to find for the 84's

hopefully you can find someone that has a 1200 to go with you
Thanks for the tips, I will be speaking with the seller again later today to get maint. informantion
the bike has some cosmetic issues...ripped seat and mismatched saddlebags
Also the tires were changed last season

I have never purchased a bike before and have no idea what to offer him
so if you guys have any pointers on that it would also be greatly appreciated
Job one is, make sure it's charging. That's an engine out job to fix.

Get on the ground and look under the bike. You are looking for loose wheel bearings and worn out brake rotors. Also looseness in the swingarm and breaks in the bag mounts, etc. Rear wheel bearings were a problem and often require a new wheel.

There is a weep hole on the water pump housing at the left front of the motor. Has it been, or does it now, leak?

The only other thing is to sniff the exhaust. 'Wings that sit a lot can have head gasket problems.

Be very thorough when looking at the tires. Look at the date and inspect for cracking. Other stuff, like timing belts, tune ups etc. you'll probably want to do anyway, for your own peace of mind.

Oh, it also might be a good idea to check the bottom of the trunk for cracks. Bags too, for that matter.

Charging system problems, headgaskets, or loosness in the rear wheel or swingarm would be deal breakers for me.
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how can i tell if it's charging?
and what would i be sniffing for in the exhaust
Bring a voltmeter with you. Take the left side cover off and you will find the battery. Put your voltmeter across the battery terminals and measure the voltage. With the rpm at idle should read around 12.5 volts or so. At 3000 rpm it should be up around 14 volts. If not I would pass on that one.
it sounds like the bike has been down, check for scrapes on other parts that would touch the ground on the mismatched saddle bag side also ask him if it went down, he may be truthful. other than that, that is a nice bike.
Uh, everybody is doing a great job on telling you what to look for, but something else occurs to me. You said you are new to motorcycles. I'm not sure I would recommend a full dress Goldwing for a beginner. They are very easy to ride after you get used to it, but they can be a handful when you are just starting out, and have to learn to ride a motorcycle, and deal with the size of the Goldwing as well. They actually feel a lot bigger than they really are, because of that huge fairing in front of you.

Also if you are new to motorcycles, I would suggest taking the MSF basic rider course before riding on the street. And also, while it can be fairly easy to learn to ride in a parking lot, dealing with traffic is another matter. Most car drivers out there are impaired by their cell phones, and won't see you. You would think they would see something as big as a Goldwing, but they don't even see other cars. You have to ride like you are invisible.

Best of luck with the bike, and with learning to ride. Just take your time and take it easy. Goldwings handle very well, but their size can seem a bit overwhelming at first.
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Thanks for the replies everyone! I will keep you updated as I get information. Again, thank you, you have all been super helpful.

I will be taking all the classes available to me for learning to ride...Also my girlfriends dad is an avid rider and has been helpful and is still giving me safety tips

As for my bike choice, I feel like goldwings seem like the best option (but again, I don't know much about bikes) ...I am 6'3'' and 300lbs and I have sat on my friends little crotch rocket bikes and felt they were not a good fit

If there are any suggestions for a good starter bike for someone my size, I will be more than happy to look into it
At 6'3" 300 pounds you should be a good fit. I'm only 6' 220 pounds. I would suggest a large late model cruiser, they are big enough without the huge fairing, so they look and feel a lot smaller. I have owned a lot of cruisers, have a Kawasaki Vulcan 750 right now that fits me fine, but there really is nothing like a Goldwing. I'm having mechanical issues with mine right now, and seriously considering getting rid of it. I got it 2 years ago, rebuilt it from the ground up mechanically (except for the engine) and have had a lot of issues with it. Most of those issues seem to be age related. Remember these are old bikes. Would you buy an '84 model car? (yes, I'm into vintage cars, but only early '70s and older American) Some people have very good luck with them, and some don't. You are almost certain to run into some mechanical or electrical problems, so you will probably be learning to wrench at the same time you are learning to ride. Goldwings are addictive. Even after deciding a couple days ago to get rid of mine, I was out there again this morning wrenching on it.
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Sniffing for the sweet smell of burning antifreeze.
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