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Saturday afternoon after rolling a poker run with one of my patch holder buddies, Gina and I decided to roll out to Lake McConaughy where another of my patch holder buddies and his girlfriend were camping and had ended up setting up camp next to the campsite of a patch holder from one of the 1% Clubs here in NE.

We roll in, and we're sitting around chatting, and this guy, about my age, tells me he has a Goldwing at home that he picked up from his boss for next to nothing and was going to fix, but might be interested in getting rid of. I didn't really express any interest, but made a mental note of it.

Long story short, Gina and I spent the night in a motel due to the cold weather, storms, and her chemo treatments causing her immune system to be in the toilet, and this morning my buddy calls me and tells me that the patch next door invited us over to his house for lunch before we rolled out.

Ok, free food...I'm THERE!

Anywho, this gent had acquired this black '84 Aspy from his boss when the boss bought a Harley. The Aspy had been sitting awhile (last registered in '06), it needed a battery, it wasn't running well (carbs seemed a little gummed up) and he couldn't figure out how to get the rear brakes to bleed.

As he's telling me about the bike, I'm thinking can of seafoam, and the rear and front brakes are tied together, if all you're bleeding is the rears, you'll NEVER get 'em right...but something in my head screamed "SHUT YOUR STUPID PIE-HOLE MIKE!!!" before I could say either of those things.

Then the guy says "I'd let it go for $1000"

I'd already given it a severe once over and can see that with a little wax and a little chrome polish, it'll be a beautiful ride again (dang, wish I'd had my camera with me), and Gina could see the gleam in my eye through my sunglasses and had already given me the nod provided I could hear it run and couldn't find anything major mechanically wrong with it.

No problem with that...I yanked the battery out of Precious right there in his driveway! Ground on the starter a bit and the '84 sputters to life...yep, she's a bit lacquered up.

Finally get her to semi-idle off the choke and headed up the road with it. Even sputtering, and running on half-choke, I could feel her whispering "I know how to do this, and you know how to make me do it right!"

So I get back to the guy's house, and I'm talking to him, and I'm mentioning that it'll need some carb work, and probably need to have the M/C and calipers rebuilt, and that I'm going to have a hard time justifying to mamma spending $1000 to buy it, and another $1000 to make it roadworthy again, and just how much do you have in it anyway?

"$750...I'll let you have it for $800"

I FLEW to the ATM! Granted, being 160 miles from home and hauling a trailer, I apologized to Precious all the way to the bank, and assured her that she wasn't being sold or replaced, this would give me the chance to spend the time restoring her to her prime again while NOT putting 1000 miles a weekend on her.

Left $500, my card, and half of a receipt for the deal with the guy and headed on home happy as could be.

Lucky me, I found a guy who had no idea what he had, or how to fix it with a real diamond in the rough sitting in his garage. :)
 

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Oh! Did I mention that this thing still has the original bag liners and they look brand new?
 

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:clapper::clapper:Congrats and Welcome to the 1200 club!!:action: but we will NEED PICTURES!!!! as soon as you get her home:cooldevil::cooldevil:
 

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You lucky dog:clapper:,,,,,,,,,,,, When opertunity knocks,,, it's a good idea to open the door;)
 

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Oh yeah, good find there Mike. Make sure you post pic's.
 

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Congratulations MD :clapper:, It sounds like your going to have a great summer.



Take Care - Jim
 

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Outstanding! You won't stop smiling until at least October. Pictures when you can, please!
 

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Dang........ you're gonna have a hard time keeping the bugs out of your teeth from grinnin' all the time. How many miles on the old girl?



You know the drill........ fluids, belts and such. Hope the stator is strong and get rid of them crappy factory plugs at the stator and regulator and hard wire. Should run a long time.
 

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That is a way cool! Nice story too.

I thought that 84 Aspencade were all two tone. Am I wrong?
 

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Ok, more details are being called for, so here goes. :)

It is 2-tone. Grey over black with blood red striping (Perfect fit for my Red and Black Nation affiliation). Hasn't seen a coat of wax or a wash mit in a couple years. I found a 1" scratch on the side of the trunk, and the chrome plate between the headlight and windshield looks like hell, but I can find a replacement for it cheap enough.

62,000 on the clock.

3 Yellow wires have not been done yet.

Doesn't look like the timing belt covers have been off of it, but even if they have been, the guy I'm buying it from has no clue if the belts have ever been changed, and leans toward not...So that'll have to happen.

Not worried about the stator since I already have experience running a Poorboy system in an 1100, should be a breeze in the bike it was designed for. :)

Radio antenna is broken off above the load, but there's enough of it left to get hold of so I can just replace the top section.

CB seems to work, but I only had my short helmet and didn't plug into the intercom system to check mic function.

I think the compressor for the suspension might not be working at the moment, but that's a minor fix I'm sure...probably a fuse or loose wire.

Seat and backrest are in perfect condition.

Even hiccoughing, spitting, sputtering and farting, I put her through 50 and climbing in 3rd gear with little to no trouble.

All cables need lubed badly (smart thing me, just buying the cable lube unit 2 weeks ago and all).

Tires are in fantastic shape with well over 3/4 tread life left on them.

Little bit of sun fading of the black parts behind the fairing, but I have a bottle of Mothers' Back to Black that'll make that go away in a heartbeat.

Oh! The original owner's manual (in pristine condition) still resides in the tank tray (which is as clean as could possibly be).

No runs, no drips, no errors that I can find. Since it doesn't even have caliper covers on it, I can see the calipers and fork seals are still in great shape.

Exhaust looks great.

And I promise, it'll be a week or so before I can get pictures, but I WILL post them the next time I lay eyes on it. :)
 

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Pics!Before & After. Like to see the transformation.
 

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Pics!Before & After. Like to see the transformation.
Wouldn't surprise me to find Gina out there with the camera making fun of me while I'm crawling around it with polish and such... :)
 

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You just got the deal of a lifetime. :clapper:He didn't have an extra set of 1500 glides and tubes did he. :D
 

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Sounds like you and were both lucky Mike! I got my 1983 Aspencade for a steal! 99.9 Near Mint! Check it out by cicking on the link below. When you gonna add some pics on your 84?
Congrads!
David
 

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Congrats Mike, feels good to get a break every now and then. I posted recently about my find, 84 standard, 7K for miles, 1250.00 feels good.
 
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