85 Interstate a "good buy?"

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85 Interstate a "good buy?"

Post by tyler1836 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:59 pm

i have a 2004 gsxr600 that i love. But recently purchased a project bike because my father in law likes long cruising trips and my gsxr isnt exactly conducive to a trip with a bunch of cruisers lol.

i purchased from a buddy of my paw-in-law an 85 goldwing 1200 interstate. it has approx 78,000 miles on it and seems to be in fairly good shape, other than the fact that it has been sitting for 3 to 5 years.

the bike was sold to me knowing that it (supposedly) needs the pulse generator replaced...and the throttle is very tight so im sure the carbs need to be gone through, AND i think the tank is a bit rusty, brakes are a bit tight and need to be loosened. I am mechanically inclined when it comes to cars but i have never worked on a bike.

ALL that being said, i purchased the bike for $500. did i make a good investment? or do i just need to cut my losses and get rid of it as is considering the amount of work that this bike needs to be back on the road.

Its a pretty bike. the plastics are all in great shape, just in need of some TLC.

any help or opinions would be greatly appreciated

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Re: 85 Interstate a "good buy?"

Post by seabee_ » Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:18 am

The 1200's are easy to work on with even just a small mechanical knowledge. This forum and a couple of other good forum boards will help you along with getting it roadworthy. The PG's (pulse generaters) are not difficult to tackle. While doing the PG's i would strongly urge you to replace the timing belts while you are at it. Again, not difficult if you know how to turn wrenches. Others will drop in to give more knowledge. I think you got a good deal for $500. The mileage is nothing, these motors can go well past 200k with good maintenance. I have 110k on mine and it runs great. Welcome to the forum.
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Re: 85 Interstate a "good buy?"

Post by tyler1836 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:30 am

Thank you for the comment. I will download some of the manuals from here and give it a shot. Hope to have this bike in pristine shape by spring.

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Re: 85 Interstate a "good buy?"

Post by bustedwing » Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:27 pm

I think you got a great deal and with the money you saved you will be able to slowly devote it to the hike rather than all at once on a big payment. Any time these carbs sit that long you can figure on rebuilding them. The worst part is sincronizing them when you are done. Pay close attention to the small hoses and wire connections. The hoses get small cracks and the wiring gets corrision. Also the connections from the stator if they have not been soldered, clean them off and solder them. If the tank is really bad you may have to replace it, they are hard to get all the rust out. With only 78k on it that is just over broken in so with some tlc it will last you a long time.
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Re: 85 Interstate a "good buy?"

Post by skier » Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:54 pm

None of the needed work should scare you away. My '87 1200 has 110k on it, runs great now but, like yours, needed some work. Great price.

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Re: 85 Interstate a "good buy?"

Post by 86GW1200 » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:10 pm

Sounds very much like my '86 Aspy...500 bucks....sat 8 years....original owner, never wrecked....I replaced battery, tires, rebuilt calipers, new pads, plugs, filters, fluids, cleaned out gas tank as best I could, rebuilt carbs (twice), replaced fuel pump with car pump, soldered 3 yellow wires, replaced main fuse with blade fuse. Did the timing belts a while ago and new fork seals. As of today (I ride 80+ miles to work/back each day) I have put 20k miles on her in two years. I need to replace the E3's I put on soon. Runs great/looks good.

I say go for it. Get a good manual and search the site/ask questions. If I can do it - you can too.

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