I wanted to introduce myself and my Goldwing. So, I am Scott, been riding a smaller bike for a while now and decided to get a bigger one that would allow me some comfort on those longer trips I would like to take.
I did not have a lot of money to work with and so I did some work for a guy and earned $400. This was in addition to $100 I had, so $500 was my budget to get a bike. Not much. After looking at many Craigslist ads, I ran across this 82 Goldwing Interstate listed cheap. I called and he dropped the price to $300 over the phone. Big bonus, it was in my area. I went to look at it and found that it did not run, needed fork seals and needed a lot of cleaning. I do not have a truck so the guy loaned me his roll-back car hauler to haul it home, no charge.
I got the bike home, fiddled with it a little, put in fresh plugs and a good battery and it fired right up. I have spent the last few weeks mostly riding it, but also cleaning and doing minor stuff to it. I replaced the fork seals, cut the rack and rewelded it to move the helmet box back for more passenger room. I removed a lot of chrome bits and extra wires, hooked the factory Amp up so I can just plug into my cell phone and listen to MP3s or stream music. All in all after a new battery, forks seals, plugs and some other stuff, I am into the bike for about $500.
The PO must have loved this bike, he installed a Travelcade seat, very nice, Jardine pipes, UNI air filter, loads of chrome and handle bar re-locators.
I have put a few hundred miles on it now and just love it. Timing belts are next on the list of things to do soon. Tires this winter.
I hope to be able to contribute as time goes on and I learn more. I am a mechanic, have been for 22+years and have worked on anything with an engine. So, that's me and my $300 Goldwing.