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looking at a 85 goldwing aspencade - $2200 -63K miles - anything I need to look for or be concerned with? any advice appreciated
 

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A common problem with the 1200,s is the stators blow on them prematurely

and you must pull motor to replace them.



Check voltage at battery with bike running to see if your getting

13.9 or 14 volts.



Theres lots of posts in this forum about the stator problems
 

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is it the Limited version? If so they have heavier stators and don't blow out as early as the standard.



Check to see if everything works, air suspension, radio, cruze, radio tunning swithes, intercom system, travel computer if it has one. If it has a travel computer, move the connectors on the underside around to see if you loose connections on the computer (a common problem)
 

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In addition to the stator, ride it very slowly and listen for popping sounds out of the rear. If frequently loaded heavily, the pins in the drive tended to wear out the corresponding holes. The only cure was to swap to another rear drive assembly or press bushings into the existing drive assembly.
 

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Welcome to the forum Ricky,

22 is a real good price for a GL12.

Does the bike look abused? As long as the big stuff is OK that priceleaves some room for minor repairs.

Are you good with a wrench. Most shops won't work on these old bikes.
 

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Another thing to note is these bikes are very heavy. They start at 900lbs and if it has alot of extras they can weigh as much as 1100lbs.Have you ever had a bike this heavy? If not then if you do buy it just take your time and get used to it.
 

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I just moved from a Magna to a ASPY, I find it actually handles easier than the Magna once you get used to it. It is heavy, but you have the power, brakes, balance, etc to handle the weight. Like I said, once I got used to it I was amazed at how easy it handles....its certainly not a dirt bike, but boy it is light on its feet, (as long as you don't fall over)... that is....LOL... anyway that is a kick ass price for that bike, I gave 2600 for mine and felt like I was getting a good deal....join GWRRA if you havn't already done so..

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I got my 1986 SE-i last year with 48K on it for $2000. But I think I got a really decent deal. The bike has been great, only minor stuff to fix, electrical connections, valve seals, timing belts, starter rebuild. I replaced some of the cosmetic stuff, added some lights. The bike overall has been a great bike.
 

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2200 is a good deal if its in good condition. You want to change the timing belts unless someone can PROVE they were done recently. The stator issues, tons of info just by using the search function on the forum.

The mileage on it is nothing for a wing. Mine has 118,000, many others have more than that!

Parts are still readily available for them, too.
 

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Hello,

The 1200 is a great bike, looked after, 250, 000 miles plus, is not out of the question.

Your right, they are light on their feet for a 700lb + bike, its the one thing that surprised me too.

all the good folks here have great advise on them, and there is a free download of the workshop manual available here too.

good luck,
 

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I got my 84 Aspencade with 7,000 miles on it and spent a lot of time and money fixing it.



In addition to the normal stuff that applies to any motorcycle, I would add the speed sensor. Unlike Interstate, Aspencade uses this old new technology. The part was very hard to find for me. Another item would be air compressor and air bladders.
 

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the mileage is no big issue. If (when) the staor blows, consider the Poorboy conversion, do a search for the conversion. I did it to my 1200 and love the output. I ended up buying a rebuilt alternator instead of going to the junk yard and the total price was $300 and it went togetehr pretty easily.
 

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I bought my '85 Aspy with about 30,000 miles for $4250 CDN. last fall. I replaced fork seals and front brake rubber parts to certify. Did the work myself, parts & certification around $100 total.
 

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if its solid, grab it.



I love mine..IMHO, its the last goldwing whereyou don't have tosearch around the tupperware to see the Engine. And there are downloadable service manuals and a wealth of information on maintenance and repair. Even instructions on making backyard tools for some of the repair jobs!



In most cases, parts are still plentiful.
 

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I also went from a Magna and VFR to an 83i. The bike may be heavy, but most of the weight is down low and is super easy to handle at low speeds. Heck I have an easier time on it than I did with the Magna.
 

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Ditto...V45 Magna to wing, wing is easier (yeah, really!) for me in the low speed-practice-turning empty parking lots. Price sounds really good (great compared to what they go for up here...there's one 85 listed on Kijiji for $4800.00). I think 63k is just broken in :)
 

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i paid 3 k for mine with 108 k on the speedo , and then unloaded another 700 bucks doing some tires and stuff to make it road safe that is a good deal if things are right
 
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