My brother is looking at 1200 goldwing, and the starter motor is going out--should he still buy it or should he leave it alone? If you think he should go ahead and buy it, how much should he pay for it?
The starter motor is not a big deal. Theres a trick to getting it done. Theres a small gear, in the starting chain, that can rock out of place when you take it out. If you keep the bike on the side stand, it can be done though.
The 84 starter is unique, 85-87 use the same one. Mine is an 84, I bought a rebuild kit and paid a local auto electric guy to install and bench test. I paid a total of about $60, including parts and labor.
Its not a big deal, really. As for buy it or not, it depends on age and condition. You also really must ask if the timing belts have been replaced, and when. Also look at the charging system wiring for signs of heating up.