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I am new to the Goldwing world, I am wanting to upgrade from a 1983 GL650i Silverwing International. I am looking at a 1998 GL1500 with 119000 miles. They are asking for $3000 but are negotiable on the price. The bike is a one owner bike and they have all the service records. I was thinking of offering them $2500 for it but I have some reservations.
Is a bike this old with that many miles still worth considering? Is that a good price it?
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119,000 it is just broken in
 

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Yes,
provided you are happy with the price negotions, that bike will easily push the odometer past the 300,000 mark with just decent Preventive Maintenance.
 

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I forgot to mention that I once owned a '98SE and it is a great bike.
you will be very happy with it, and I think price is fair.

if you manage to hold some green in front of his face, say like 25 of those green things, bet he would close the deal, and you would have a bargain.

I too, like the fact, he did not add a bunch of foolish chrome crap on it.
 

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If I was in your shoes, I definitely go for it. Your original owner has lavished a lot love on this machine. He/she has taken extremley good care of the bike. The addition of the carbon fiber overlays and the modified antenna tells me he/she is very meticulous about the care and appearance and operation of the bike. I assume that the modified antenna is an antenna Specialists AM/FM/CB antenna. You will have to ask the owner to be sure.

The bike you are looking at is a '98 SE. I have a '98 Aspencade. My Aspencade has 181,000 miles on it and it has another 100,000 mile in her yet. The SE has all the bells and whistles that Honda had to offer for that year including lighted handlebar controls.

If you can get it for $2500, you are making a hell of a deal. If you end up paying the asking price, it is still a great deal. If you buy it, make sure you ask about any and all the extra parts he/she may have for it. It looks like the passenger foot rests have been replaced with the Kuryakyn Transformer foot rests.
 

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Thanks for all the advice. I just emailed the owner and hopefully go look at it this weekend.
 

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All good advice, , ,for sure. Even though the previous owner really sounds like an avid, meticulous wing owner, think about using the "I'll need to replace the timing belts since the age and mileage dictate a change" line to help him come to the $2500 offer. These GL1500's are an interference engine design so if they "go", you're looking at an engine replacement.

The condition of the tires could be another area that he'd be willing to "yield" a bit more in your favor.
 

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All good advice, , ,for sure. Even though the previous owner really sounds like an avid, meticulous wing owner, think about using the "I'll need to replace the timing belts since the age and mileage dictate a change" line to help him come to the $2500 offer. These GL1500's are an interference engine design so if they "go", you're looking at an engine replacement.

The condition of the tires could be another area that he'd be willing to "yield" a bit more in your favor.
Unfortunately and fortunately I won’t be able to on this bike. It got a new factory seat in 2017. New tires and brakes at 106000 miles. New timing belt at 116000 miles and new fuel pump at 119000. So won’t be able to use thous as bargaining chips, but all those things are done so I won’t have to worry about them for a while.
 

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Unfortunately and fortunately I won’t be able to on this bike. It got a new factory seat in 2017. New tires and brakes at 106000 miles. New timing belt at 116000 miles and new fuel pump at 119000. So won’t be able to use thous as bargaining chips, but all those things are done so I won’t have to worry about them for a while.
Sounds like you are going to get a great bike at $3000.
 

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That owner is very meticulous to have done all of that recently,
I would not squabble with him, do like I did and PayPal him $500 to hold it for you and go get it.
get his phone number and talk with him, explain you really want it, and just do it.

I flew SW Cattle Car from Phoenix, AZ to Tampa, FL to go get my '98SE which was in similar condition to yours, only it was plain Jane white which I appreciated as I lived in Phoenix, land of the hellish Sun.

.I thoroughly enjoyed my ride back home with 3,000 miles zig zagging to different forum members for a free Hot and a Cot overnight and in some cases 3 days, and once for 5 days: that last one was in Panama City, FL and he toured me all over that part of Florida...... what a guy.
 

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I used to own a red `98 S.E. Gold Wing I drove to 232K miles before the 1800 bug hit me. If it idles well. with out surging, tires are recent, I would go for it. Do not waste too much time though. Someone else will pay him the $3,000 he is asking.
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Sounds loike a nice deal and a nice bike. I had a 98 SE just like that one, I hope you are capable of doing the work on it yourself. Granted nothing much needs to be done as it looks like the seller did a lot, but most dealers will not work on a bike that old but independent shops will I didn't see if the alternator brushes were changed and when the drive line was last take out and lubed, other than that it looks great
 

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By the way, I am not seeing where you live. Location plays a part in Gold Wing value also.
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Agreed that location has a lot to do with the price. This is the time of year to buy/sell a bike as it's just coming up on riding season in most of the country.
I just got an '03 a couple of weeks ago, so I have a '96 SE that I'm getting ready to sell. Mine has a lot of upgrades and less than 60k miles and I'm asking more for it than this one.
As others have said, this one appears to have been well taken care of and the right things have been replaced recently.
There are a few things to check when you see it. I'm including the list below.
I know that you'll have a great ride with this one and $3000 is an acceptable price for a GL that looks this nice and passes your inspection.

General inspection:
  • Make sure all electronics work
  • Make sure all lights work
  • Look for scrapes, dents or missing pieces – parts are hard to find and expensive
  • Seat condition – even used seats in good condition are $150-$200
  • Scratched windshield – tiny scratches make it hard to see through in sunlight and $200 to replace
  • Make sure tires have good tread – bike tires are around $150 each and only last around 10k miles
  • Check underneath and see if there are any signs of a leak
  • Front end (put the bike on the center stand and have someone sit on the backseat to raise the front wheel off the ground:
  • Spin the front tire to see if it makes any noise (could be front wheel bearings or brake pads)
  • Hold something to the side of the tire and rotate. Check to see if there is any wobble. (bent rim or bearings)
  • Grab the forks and slowly move them from one side to the other. You’re checking to see if there are any spots that stick or grab. (steering column)
  • Try and move the forks front to back to see if there is any movement. (steering column)
  • Do you see any oil or residue on the forks or covers (leaking fork seals)
  • Sitting on the seat, push the bike forward off the center stand and grab the front brake right away. Does the front end stay down or spring back up
  • Push down hard on the handlebars. You’re trying to see if it bounces, showing the front suspension is weak.
Rear end (bike on center stand so rear wheel is off the ground):
  • Spin to check for noise and wobble like you did for the front tire
Shifter & transmission
  • Look at the shifter to see if there is any evidence of oil leaking
  • Try and wiggle the shifter to see if it’s loose
  • See if you hear any noise when the bike is running, in neutral and pointed downhill, but not pointed uphill. This indicates a problem with the transmission that requires a new engine.
Starting it up:
  • Make sure that the dealer hasn’t warmed it up. You want the engine to be cold.
  • Push down the choke and start the bike watching to see if it blows any smoke. A small puff of white (condensation) is OK, blue is not.
  • After it warms up some, turn off the choke and see if it idles evenly.
  • Do you hear any strange noises
  • Is the throttle responsive, or does it lag a little then jump
Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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Beautiful Bike. I picked up an 84 Aspencade an loved it but anytime it needed something and I didn't have time to attend to it, it was a nightmare to find someone to work on it and parts prices were crazy expensive. I finally let it go to a friend who wanted to tinker with it and picked up an 03 ST1300 but still have issues with parts and service. I say this not to discourage you from your purchase, just hoping you go into it with your eyes wide open.
 

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Not to worry about the mileage. A friend of mine has a '99 Valkyrie which uses the same motor and he's approaching 700k on the clock and it's never been tore down. He still rides all over the country.
 

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I have a '98 SE and I am currently having many of the items mentioned above taken care of. Parts are readily available online and are reasonable. The radio can even be upgraded to have an Aux jack added.
 

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'97 GL1500 engine bottom ends were all upgraded to handle the extra power of the Valkyrie engine to the end of all GL1500 production. some high mileage valkyries. so no worries buying that goldwing. maintenance esp final drive spline and drive shaft lubrication with new o-ring installes should be considered.
DDT 1999 Tourer 650,000Oct 2019
tank_post142 1998 Standard 449,478Feb 2013
Indianabill 1999 Tourer 403,000Oct 2017
 
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