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I was willed a GL 1500 it was laid on it's side slight damage on
Right and it has been setting for 9 plus years and wanted to
restore it. Just want to know if it's worth it.
 

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I would say a "qualified" yes.
Once you get the plastic tupperware off, you can really access for any real frame damage/etc.

If it sat for 9 years, I would change all filters, timimg belts, tires, regrease everything, etc.
Expect clogged carb with gum/varnish so it would run like crap, if even started. (seafoam is your friend).;)

Good luck.
 

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If there's frame damage, no one's really gonna want it anyway. If it were me, I'd tear it down with the intention of restoration and if I found damage too bad to repair, I'd just use the good parts and go the custom route.

After sitting that long, just count on going through EVERYTHING. Worst case scenario, if you find damage that can't be fixed and you don't want to dabble in a custom bike, you can sell the parts and make a few bucks. Best case you tear into it, find out the damage is only cosmetic, throw a little spit, polish and elbow grease at it you got a nice wing.

JMO
 

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:? Ya think maybe PICTURES would help?


I can't vote until i know what COLOR it is.

Is the fairing busted in half? Both rims bent? Cracked heads? Got a title? What year if bike we tawkin bout?

Is it an 88 or a 2000?
 

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Welcome:waving:Rideher1
 

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I voted for just sell it. You didn't indicate the year or modle wing, your mechanical abilities, but your here, so we can surmise that you have enough to understand the undertaking. You also didnt indicate any sentimental attachment. I would say fix it if it were just some body damage OR the needed repairs after having it setting for 9 years, but with both issues, you can far exceed the cost of the value of the wing.
 

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Hello and Welcome to the forum .I voted yes . If its cosmetic , plastic is found on ebay and craigslist . be prepared for high prices on ebay . I see bags occassionally $75 - 150 . Fairings a little less often . All the plastic on a 1500 is ABS plastic . You can find ways to repair cracks ect here on the forum .
there are lots of great folks here to offer advice .
 

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Fairings for less than $150.00 bucks on e-bay????...The least that I've seen one sell for lower than $300.00 to $350.00, were busted...... The "cheaper" ones had from minor to damaged worst than mine was...Beware of "Repaired fairings"...Depending on which side it went down on, right side cover I've seen them go from $150.00 up to over $200.00 bucks, depends how many are up for sale, and how badly someone wants one, Left covers are usually fairly reasonable...

OK let me put it this way, you said it was willed to you, if it has sentemental value, and you are willing to spend about two to three grand. and that's cheap, then go for it...Your ablities as in mechanically inclined, painter, body man, that will also play into that 2 to 3 grand....

Just the carbs can run over $500.00 bucks to rebuild, then all the rubber items will need to be replaced, tires, timing belts, radiator hoses, maybe even gas hoses, tank flushed, then there is changing out all fluids, filters, rebuild brake master cylinders, calipers, and pads..The engine might need the valve cover gaskets replaced......Then if it's a 94 model, it could have the problem in the transmission, that almost all 94's had, 4th gear goes out, bad shifter forks....

So I've been almost a year rebuilding a 1500 and I'm still a long way away from having it a riding condition, but I'm trying...Do it again??? Sorry but nope!!!!
 

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THat bite to the arm making you finger twitch there Claude?? :ROFL::ROFL::ROFL::ROFL:
 

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My guess is that you will spend a fair amount of time getting the bike back in operation. Money would be hard to nail down. I would concentrate on getting engine running. then worry about other stuff. Lots of advice here, most of it good. You just have to ask.
 

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Some times we all make mistakes, and how that happened, I have no idea, other than thinking I was hitting preview, and hit post instead...??????

I guess we scared Rideher1 off????
 

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I was willed a GL 1500 it was laid on it's side slight damage on
Right and it has been setting for 9 plus years and wanted to
restore it. Just want to know if it's worth it.
I agree can't vote without pics, year, ext. but I also agree if you think your going to sell it P.M. me
 
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