Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums banner
Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
42 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
imported post

I am wondering about mileage on 86 and newer (up to 2006) Goldwings. There seems to be many for sale with 100,000 plus km. Is there a certain breakpoint to be aware of in general. Any years to stay away from. What about seat height. Do all 86 and up have reverse?
Thanks
G.
 

·
Administrator
1987 GL1200 Interstate
Joined
·
23,330 Posts
imported post

Hi Grey,

60k miles is nothing on a 'Wing that has been cared for.

They didn'thave reverse until the 6 cylinder models. '88 & up.

They lowered the seat height on the GL15 in about '92. The Interstate Fifteens had a lower seat too I think. But no reverse.
 

·
Guru
Joined
·
3,074 Posts
imported post

If your a tall rider, look for a 1500 Wing. The 1800's might be slightly tight for a taller rider. As far as mileage, goldwings are not considered worn out at 100,000. What kills any bike is abuse from lack of servicing, non running for years etc. You have to read the person selling the wing, His service records, overall health of the bike will show if things were fixed as they broke or just duct taped.

Tires, swing arm bushings, neck bearings etc can cost some time or money.

If your thinking of spending several thousand on a newer wing it might be worth while to send it to a shop for evaluation. $50 can save you hundreds!

A few members have reported tranny issues with the 1800's but I cant remember which years were targeted.

What part of Canada are you in?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
42 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
imported post

I am in North Bay Ontario. I was in BC last year to visit family in Castlegar and Vancouver and then over to Edmonton to see my sister. I am not very tall (I think I am down to 5-4) and of course the issue is always can I flat foot. I had a Venture royale and loved it but the tippy toe thing got to me after a while. That was a heavy s-o-b. I now have an 800 Kawasaki Vulcan but comfort is lacking. The wing might be too much for daily use as I travel 88km round trip to work.
 

·
Guru
Joined
·
3,074 Posts
imported post

My round trip mileage is about the same. The Wing is awesome for going to work! Stop & go isnt the greatest in town but it allows you to practice your slow rolling control.

My last wing was an 82 1100 Aspencade. It had more grunt than my current Harley does!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10,509 Posts
imported post

Look for a 1500 of 95 or newer, in 95 they lowered the seat height. 95 through 2000 had the lowest seat height of all the Goldwings. None of the 1200's had reverse. 84 through 87 was the years for the 1200's.

In fact, look for a 1500 that has a short owner as he may already had a custom seat installed with a narrow nose on it to accommodate a short legged person and no floor boards as they tend to force your feet out wider making it harder to get both feet on the ground.

I met a rider at WingDing last year that was 5'2" and had taken the seat off of his 1500 and was using just a pad and a blanket for a seat. He said it suited him just fine as he never carried a passenger.
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top