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Hi folks,

I currently have a 1982 Yamaha XV920RJ- the "European Virago". Have liked it overall, but looking for a more comfortable bike for myself & wife.



Just ran across a '79 Goldwing, bare, with 8.5K miles on it. It is clean and stock, except for fairly new aftermarkent exhaust and new seat cover. It looks great, but:



* My "Great Bikes of the '70's" magazine points out that the '78-'79 bikes suffered from EPA tinkering

* I wonder if the bike suffered from "lack of use" -entropy?

* The bike has a low speed wobble (something new to me) -slightly cupped front tire.



I took a test ride- It took a little while to warm up, not bad, though. Everything mechanically worked, though a comparison between it and my XV920 in acceleration and handling shows it lacks luster.



Question: Is this model a dud to stay away from, or a treasure to mount new tires on a perhaps a fork brace? ( I would plan on leaving it bare except a backrest as a concession for my wife.)



Any thoughts or observations from experience would help me make a better decision.:1000darkblue:
 

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of the early wings

76-77 had the most power, 78->79 the worst..

personally I think the 78-9's were the best looking

low milage like that if you don't buy it I will



yes early wings are cold blooded at the start up

fork brace... good idea on the 1000's



which colour?

take a peek over at http://www.nakedgoldwings.com which is focused on the early wings, customizing, and how to work on them

and if you buy CHANGE THE TIMING BELTS
 

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For rcmatt007-

Thanks for the input; the color is the candy blue of the year, and it looks flawless except for bubbles in the pinstripe overlay.
 

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I wanted that blue, but had to settle on black, cause that was all the dealer had....

so I changed it

pinstrip replicas are available if you decide to paint
 
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