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What kind of condition, what mileage? The stator is the key thing that comes to mind. Make sure that it is putting out sufficient voltage to recharge the battery.
 

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Check the fuel filter for rust. Inspect the tank if possible. Any carb issues? They sometimes can be cleaned out with Seafoam, but often need to be removed and rebuilt.
The mileage if fine, if anything a bit low, indicating that it might have sat up for a while. Pull the plugs and look for fouling. Brakes and carbs are usually the main things. Most of the guys here change the timing belts unless you know for sure that they have been changed. Remember that they would be 24 year old rubber, and if they break they trash the heads and even pistons.
 

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thanks for the help.it really runs out good and starts good.i dont know much about goldwings.i know a little about my vtx but its not a bike to take on a long trip.that why i want a wing.
 

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If it runs good, the carbs are probably ok. I'd still pull the plugs and look. Also, check the date codes on that "new" rubber and makes sure that they aren't old. They are probably fine, but check because it's so easy to do. Just because they have good tread doesn't mean they are safe. If you dont know where to look, do a google search, or search on this forum. I know its been discussed many times here.

Sounds like you have a winner. What model and what are they asking for it?
 

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Biggest drawback to the 1200 series is the stator/battery charging issue. Pull the battery-side cover, and check to see if the connector for the alternator has been hard-wired by any of the previous owners.



If it has been, and the bike is charging at 13vdc or better at 1,700 rpm you should be good to go. Just keep the oil and filter chaged at 3,000 mile intervals to help pro-long the life of the alternator and engine internals. Happy motoring... :gunhead:
 

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...... Also, check the date codes on that "new" rubber and makes sure that they aren't old......
Just to put more credence on that thought.

My daughter is driving my one ton dually, pulling my big tandem axle trailer 5,000 miles round trip to bring her stuff down here from Fort Wayne, IN.

The tires on the trailer "looked new", but had some tiny cracks in the side walls that worried me. I asked her to stop by the tire store I've used for 20 years.

I got a phone call from the tire store, "John, the date codes on those new tires are 10 years old." :shock:

I didn't hesitate a second, I told him to make that trailer safe for my daughter to pull. Old Stock new rubber is not worth the trouble it takes to mount on the rims...
 
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