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Good day:



New member from Dover, DE.



I'm a returnng rider (last motorcycle was a '84 VT500) trying to decide on what bike to get.



I'm 66. Wife has no interest in motorcycles so I ride solo. Most rides would be local. I have one friend with a '95 Wing and we MIGHT manage to get away for one longer trip a year.



Actually seriously considering a 250cc class machine but can see the appeal of a larger bike. Finances somewhat limited.



My main concerns:feel due to financial considerations I'd be looking at a older model and I'm shall we say "limited" in my mechancal abilities; I know GWs have a good reputation for reliability but am I asking for trouble were I to get an early '80's edition? Also, is it a wasteand possibly harmful to the bike to use it for mostly 10-15 mile trips?



Would welcome any opinions.



Ride safe.



Ned
 

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Welcome Ned!

No one, I mean NO ONE is more limited in mechanical aptitude than I am. Just ask anyone on here about my timing belt fiasco. Before I bought my 'Wing I had never worked on a motorcycle before.

That being said: Thanks to the members of this forum, the fact that all the manuals you will ever need are free online, and a little motivation I am now confident that I can just about do anything for my bike that is needed.

I was kind of in your shoes last year. High gas prices spurred me to start looking for a bike and a GW was what I wanted. I set myself a limit and started shopping. After 2 months and viewing a lot of bikes I found one: a 1984 Aspencade with 40K on it. It wasn't running, had set up for over a year, and was a full day's drive away. Now she runs like a top! I love riding her.

Set yourself a limit financially and go for it! When you find what you think is a deal come back here, tell us all about it, and enjoy the ride!

Note: my wife was not too enthused about my bike at first. After one ride with me the she won't stay off it! :D
 

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Welcome to the Forum from Kansas!!! :waving:

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welcome to the forum Ned . If you buy an older wing you will get a lot of help and information on this forum.
 

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Welcome to this Great Site!

Pull up a chair and join on in!

Ride Safe, Ray


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Hello from Virginia,

Welcome Aboard!!!!!


Glad to have you with us!



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The downside to an older bike becomes availablity of parts. There are still a lot of parts out there to be had, and there are a lot of work arounds for what isn't available any more. And I've seen a lot of interesting work arounds out there. Some really good imaginations out there. People seem to always find ways to keep the old machines running. Of course that doesn't mean anything if you end up being one of the unlucky ones that the odds are against you on. But there's lots of help here to help keep the odds in your favor.


It's important to live up to your own desires here. I have my 2nd Goldwing, and I used both the first one, and the current one to commute to work almost every day. It's only about 10 miles one way. But I enjoy it. It's part of me. Everyone at work knows it too, and they notice the days that I don't ride.


I take a ride almost every weekend. Usually in the 100-200 mile range. I almost never take trips, I just don't have the time or money.
I know people that travel thousands of miles at a time, and I know people that don't ride at all. But each has their own reason for owning their bike. And just about all of them enjoy the ownership.


When I got my first Goldwing I had a small bike too. I figured I'd use the small bike around town and use the Goldwing for the longer rides. What actually happened was I never rode the small bike again. The Goldwing was just fine around town and I liked it a whole lot better.


Good luck whatever you decide.
 

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BIG WELCOME and Hope to hear a lot from you on this great site. :clapper:
 
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