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Most Desirable Year and Model

Postby SAILOR » Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:10 am



I have a1984 GL1200A, and am looking for a different GoldWing. Mine leaks a little oil and needs a new rear suspension and the pipes have been cut off. What is the most desirable year, and model? What is the most dependable year and model? Really love my GL1200A, and would consider even buying another one same year and age, with less miles on it. Mine has 150,000 miles. I'm just trying to figure out which one might be the most collectable and usable, if there is such a thing. Also wonder since I have an Aspencade, I normally don't give Interstates a second look, but should I consider an Interstate as a replacement for my Aspencade? Maybe I should just bit the bullet and get new pipes, buy Progressive 416 rear suspension, and put that damp crank seal in to stop the leaking and keep what I have. Any thoughts on what bike is the best to buy, ride, and impress your friends with?
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Re: Most Desirable Year and Model

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:43 am

I own 3 interstates and have owned 6 wings total.I don't think that one was more desirable than the next.Just ah different.
It's all about the ride anyways and not the bike so much.
Yes I have a comfort level I have gotten used to,but gauges and bling are not part of deciding what to ride.
I fit the bike to my style and comfort level.At 30 years old,it was a Norton Commando.At 40 it was a Kawasaki KZ1000.Nowdays it's more of a Clydesdale.I've migrated from the 1000 to a 1500 over 20 years.

At some point you will have to decide if the bike is worth putting in a few hundred more to get a few more years out of it or move to a less used one.Maybe bigger for the ride comfort.

Oh,and don't add stuff to the oil to stop a leak.Pull the pulley and replace the seal.You can retrofit harley takeoffs for pipes and shocks are a cheep fix.Doing the work yourself probably wouldn't cost more than $300

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Re: Most Desirable Year and Model

Postby GreenDragon » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:48 pm

Cheaper to keep her! To a point, then maintenance issues can keep you busy until the cows come home. You need to decide what level of work yo want to do to keep the machine running as you want, versus going with a newer one. I love the 1800 I have, an "03". It only has about 85,000. miles on it. I am going to have the seat rebuilt, I had the front end rebuilt and am planning on a rear suspension upgrade when I get the money. If I had more money, I would just buy a "new" 2010 with ABS. But that aint gonna happen!
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Re: Most Desirable Year and Model

Postby Mike 545 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:25 pm

GreenDragon, why a 2012 instead of a 2012? Just wondering.

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Re: Most Desirable Year and Model

Postby GreenDragon » Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:22 pm

I am guessing you meant one of those "2012"'s to be 2010, but which one?
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Re: Most Desirable Year and Model

Postby Mike 545 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:31 am

Yes, I did screw one of them up.

Why a 2010 instead of a 2012?

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Re: Most Desirable Year and Model

Postby vtxcandyred » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:55 am

I had an 85 Aspy and simply loved it. If I had the room I'd still have it but I still have a 2002 VTX too. I now have a 93 SE and am convinced ITS the best. For what I use it for the 1500 is the better of the two. When I haul a trailer and a passenger the 1200 just did'nt keep up.

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Re: Most Desirable Year and Model

Postby GreenDragon » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:09 pm

A new "off the shelf" 2010 costs considerably less than a new off the shelf 2012. There are still many 2010's on the show room floors at a great savings. There are a few "improvements" on the 2012, some of which my not be improvements, ie: the new seat, suspension changes, body parts being different,and some of them interchangeable. The big factor in the decision is "how much do you want to pay for new one?". If I had the money, I would opt for the new 2012. But if cash is a little short, I would have no qualms about a new 2010. Warranty is the same, GPS is pretty much the same, engine and transmission are pretty much the same, Saddlebags are a little bigger on the "12" and some other storage in the fairing is different.
If I were you, I would look at them both, decide if the option differences are worth the difference in price.
Good luck! And let us know what you decide to do.
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Re: Most Desirable Year and Model

Postby SAILOR » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:30 pm

I guess my question wasn't that clear. Sure we all are different and have different needs and like. WHat I was really looking for was which model, year was the best engineered bike. Meaning, less things needed fixing, thing works better. Size and capacity is important, but I was looking to determine which year bike should people shy away from buying because they had problems from the design perspective.

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Re: Most Desirable Year and Model

Postby vtxcandyred » Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:53 am

SAILOR wrote:I guess my question wasn't that clear. Sure we all are different and have different needs and like. WHat I was really looking for was which model, year was the best engineered bike. Meaning, less things needed fixing, thing works better. Size and capacity is important, but I was looking to determine which year bike should people shy away from buying because they had problems from the design perspective.

For one reason only, I would stay away from the 1200. And thats because of the stator problems. I believe all the years had their quirks and problems but to me the stator is a difficult and can be an expensive problem to cure. Thats me though. The rear tire on my 93SE is a pain to take off compared to the 1200. But I now have a car tire on it and don't plan on changing it for quite a few thousand miles. Two pennies.

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Re: Most Desirable Year and Model

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:17 pm

STATOR PROBLEMS ON THE 1200???
I've seen stator problems on all 3 ,1000,1100 and the 1200.It's not indigenous to just one model.
So the 1500 moved to the alternator.Well,they can have problems with bearings and brushes.Ever price a replacement?
Easier to do,yes.But it's still repairs needed.
What I'm getting at is that you can find fault in every bike out there.Each with it's quirks and maintenance needs.
Is one more reliable than another? Probably not.A lot depends on the preventive service and age.
Even the stator problems could have been averted if the KNOWN problems were addressed.

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Re: Most Desirable Year and Model

Postby riffraff » Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:44 am

The most desirable model is either the one ya got now, or the one yer searching for!! The beauty's in the eye of the beholder. A question without a right or wrong answer. Only opinions :roll:

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Re: Most Desirable Year and Model

Postby dawgout81 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:58 am

I had an '04 a few years ago and now have an '81 1100 Interstate. Like them both. Like the price of the '81 much better. Like the "how-to" ariticles on the 1100 because the Wingadmin took the time to make this site, so I feel pretty good about knowing the mechanics of the 1100. I honestly didn't know much about the 1800 when I had it, although it did not require much as a newer bike.

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Re: Most Desirable Year and Model

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:27 am

dawgout81 wrote:I had an '04 a few years ago and now have an '81 1100 Interstate. Like them both. Like the price of the '81 much better. Like the "how-to" ariticles on the 1100 because the Wingadmin took the time to make this site, so I feel pretty good about knowing the mechanics of the 1100. I honestly didn't know much about the 1800 when I had it, although it did not require much as a newer bike.


I felt like that when I got my 1500 - I was a bit uncomfortable, as its inner workings were a bit of a mystery.

Reading the service manual cover to cover a couple times, and spending the winter tearing it down and rebuilding it has made me much more comfortable.

All told, it's just a machine. :)




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