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Should I buy a Goldwing that has been laid down? GL 1500

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1996 SE GL 1500 low miles...owner has replaced fairing, saddle bag mirror and crash bars ( engine guards ) looks brand new. Not sure of hidden damage?
Any and all thoughts are appreciated.
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Sure, why not? Price it accordingly. Is it a daily rider now? Salvage title?

If you are confident in your abilities to pre-inspect and road test bike for the usual problems and/or unrepaired damage and will fix yourself it could be a good deal.

If not this one another will always be along.
not a salvaged title...has 14,000 and some. Going about 10-15mph when it went down on one side. All parts were brand new from honda. $6,500 is what he is asking and pretty firm. It's an SE
Hey BFM,
Being as there is only "14,000 and some" miles on can bet that the only maintanance she's recieved is a few oil changes.
Things to take into account:
Timing belts will need replaced. Not from mileage. From being 17 yrs old.
It is an interferance engine. They break...she's done.
Fuel filter.
Air filter...Possibly.
Cruz and Sub filters. Age thing.
Oil & Filter. Due to condinsation.
Vacuume hoses. Don't forget you gotta pull the carbs to get the ones under the ruber mat.
Drain & refill the rear Diff gear oil.
That's just a few things off the top of my head that will need done pryer to any lengthy jaunts away from home.
Hopefully you're a DIYer like myself. Otherwise ya need to take the Labor into account also.
I'm new to the Goldwing world myself.
I just picked up my first goldwing 96 GL1500se (teal green) late fall 2012.
She has only 45,000 on her. I took the winter and did all the above maintanance and a few other things she needed.
She purz like a kitten now and a real confort to ride. Picked her up for a song...$4000. Best 4 grand I've ever spent.
Hope I've helped or atleast shed some light on the subject.
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I will second on all the maintenance issues
Fork oil
Molly on the rear splines and drive
time for new brake lines and flush of brake fluid
wheel bearings, front and rear

Most of all this and some others is the age and not mileage
regardless of what Goldwing you buy, much of this will need to be done, if the previous owner can't show you when it was done.

You will also want to look at Progressive springs for the forks, and maybe for the rear, also the alternator may be an issue as well.

there is more, just can't remember it all now.
Its your money, but see what similar GW are going for and see if it is comparable
You may visit with the owner and ask about all the listed items and see if anything has been done?? You may get him to drop the price once you have shown that you have a load of stuff to fix if you buy it.
Good Luck
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1500's are designed to survive a tip-over... So no big deal to me, if the bike fell over at low speed.

I droppped mine way back, and it didn't have much damage at all, beyond scratches on the crash guards.
I think the price is to high for a bike that has been dropped, even with the low mileage. Remember all the sitting can cause more damage than riding.

One thing about Goldwings, especially the 1500s, is that they have so much plastic to absorb the impact that unless it was a serious crash, there is not likely any frame damage. However you may still encounter bent or broken mounting brackets and other minor damage under the new plastic.

I have been looking at 1500s, and realize that it will take a whole lot of work on one even if it runs fine before I am going to go very far on it. The belts are the easy part. I would tear the whole rear end apart, inspect everything, lube everything, do the same with the steering head bearings, brakes, oil, coolant, remove and clean the carbs, the list is almost endless. It could easily take months if you have a full time job. And I have bought to many used bikes and cars that had a lot of small problems that would have become major if I had not found and fixed them right away.
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I agree that all that stuff listed above will need to be done to most any used bike before it would be considered ready for long trips. It probably is not hurt much by being dropped at low speed however I think it is overpriced. If the owner won't budge on the price I would pass on it. There are plenty of others available in good condition for quite a bit less money.
Not many around these parts that are lower in price...I have seen some and there not in very good ( cosmetically ) shape. The belts have been changed and a couple of long trips totaling over 5,000 miles with no issues since repair work was done. Timing belts were done 5,000 miles ago. Always stored inside. We still have GL 1200 ( 84 - 87 ) in the $4,000 dollar range around the Pacific Northwest. Most GL 1500 are $6,000-$8,000 from 20,000 - 100,000 miles.
Well if you are happy with the condition and price then I say go for it. The value of anything is determined by what the seller is willing to take and the buyer is willing to pay.
Well if you are happy with the condition and price then I say go for it. The value of anything is determined by what the seller is willing to take and the buyer is willing to pay.[/QUOT

diddos on that
You should be able to sit on the seat and see if the fairing is square with everything, look down in the tunnel and compare the distance between the forks and the fairing on both sides, that would tell you if there is any structural damage. Don't ever take anyone's word for how easy the crash was. I don't think low miles adds any value to an older bike, unless it is a collectable vintage bike. Less than 1k a year is bad news IMHO.
The only bikes I've ever bought that I knew had been down were cheap junkers. I would never buy a nice bike that I knew had been down. It would bug me as long as I owned it. But then I'm sort of OCD about that sort of thing.
Nothing junk here...looks like new, rides like new all new Honda installed parts by Honda technition. Minimal damage to begin with. Bought tires, new timing belts. Thanks for all the input.
Great choice,sounds like a very good buy.Some People freak out about a bike thats been down,im not one of them.Enjoy your New to you Low mileage goldwing.
Just a tad high in price but if it looks good and runs well why not? I don't worry about slightly damaged Goldwings. My first Goldwing was an '86SEI. It had been down, had a salvage title and had been repainted a good looking metallic green. I bought it and got a lot of riding out of that bike. When I sold it I didn't lose much on it. NaturlyGW one of our forum members went down on his 1500 on the slab in rain and repaired his bike with new plastic parts and repainting, it looks and runs as good as it did before the accident. I don't buy 'Wings for museum exhibit, I buy 'em to ride. If you like it, buy it. You only go 'round once and six months from now you won't miss the money.
I also buy bikes to ride, but they are also a hobby. And crash damage always bothers me, whether it is a bike or a car. I don't have an issue with mechanical repairs in most cases.
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