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Welcome to the board.

I've owned my 88 for 5 years now, 27,000 miles (she had 49,000 when I got her) and would not sell for $5000. That's really the issue when buying and selling used stuff. What it's worth to me vs. what it's worth to you. I don't use "book" values as you can't buy it from the book. When buying, I look at as many items as I can and don't rush to buy the first one. One of the members here, GSMclean, has a tool on his webpage (goldwingdocs.com) that allows you to search multiple craigslist and cycletrader ads. Doing this will give you an idea of what is out there for competition and alternatives.

Value is also affected by condition. Does it have a known history, maintenance records, fading or damage? Accessories usually don't add too much unless they are the exact ones that YOU want, then it can make all the difference.

Even for something as fantastic and reliable as a Honda Goldwing, at 25 years old, you need to be prepared for repairs and that usually means doing them yourself - something other postings and posters here will be more than happy to guide you thru.

I don't recall hearing of issues with final drive. The original final drive and rear wheel on a 88 differs from 90 and later but neither is a common problem. The 88 had a known hesitation issue for which there was a recall or other upgrades available. Again, search thru the technical articles on this site and goldwingdocs.com.

My assumption is at 25,000 miles that she is a garage queen. While that's sometimes good, things like rubber hoses, belts, grease, etc. don't age well and may have been ignored. Unless documented as recent, expect to change all fluids, filters, tires, oil, final drive lube, driveshaft grease and timing belts. A weekend's worth of fun! (well may a couple weekends).

GOOD LUCK!
 
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