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What to buy? and how?

Postby Dannyboy1966 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:15 am



I'm disabled, but can still ride. While waiting for my disability to kick in, I had to sell my 85 Aspen. She was a great ride, and I truely miss her. What I'm trying to find out is which model is the easiest to maintain, and wrench on, be it a 1200, or 1500. Since I'm on limited income, unless it is something major, I'll be doing most of the work myself. Also does anyone know about financing, or can help with it? All the lending places I know about won't finance anything older than 10 years. Thanks for any and all help.



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Re: What to buy? and how?

Postby themainviking » Sat Jun 29, 2013 4:33 pm

The thing about new is - 1) you do not have to wrench on it at all. 2) if you are short of money, but do not mind paying through the nose, over time - they will finance a new motorcycle for up to ten years and maybe more. The payments get to around $350 a month. Keep in mind now that you would pay $42000 over the ten year period for a $25000 motorcycle, but for some people it would be worth it. If you can come up with a pretty good down payment, you could probably get the payments down to say $200 a month. I know it is not a very attractive idea, but I thought I would throw it out there.
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Re: What to buy? and how?

Postby Mag » Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:46 pm

I seem to be following Vike a lot today....he my hero ;)

For a bike, we still have dealers that sell 1988 1500s and newer in their businesses, so if they want to sell, they have to finance. I picked up my bike for $5k, and included in that price are 2 new tires, recently installed progressive rear suspension, and only 42k miles....good deal for a 1500. You can find the right deal out there, of course on limited income it is always a challenge.

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Re: What to buy? and how?

Postby Dannyboy1966 » Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:48 am

Thanks Viking, and Mag. I've been seeing mid 90's models for $5k in the states from private owners in the 45,000 to 75,000 mile range. As far as wrenching on them, are the 1500's easier then the 1200's? Major things I would take it to a shop for, but leaks, starters, generators, oil changes, stuff like that I could do myself. Example of difficulty, on 1200's if you need to change the stator/generator, you got to drop the whole motor, and you may as well do the clutch while you have it out. So are the 1500's easier to work on?

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Re: What to buy? and how?

Postby detdrbuzzard » Sun Jun 30, 2013 5:01 pm

try getting financed through your credit union or see if you can get a personal loan for the amount of the bike
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Re: What to buy? and how?

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:50 pm

I think they're about the same difficulty to work on - there's a bit more plastic on the 1500, and the carbs are buried, but there are other things that are much easier to get to. Keep in mind, you are much less likely to have to actually wrench a newer 1500 than an older 1200, and parts for 1500's are plentiful (and in most cases, still available new from Honda if needed).

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Re: What to buy? and how?

Postby Dannyboy1966 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:27 am

detdrbuzzard wrote:try getting financed through your credit union or see if you can get a personal loan for the amount of the bike

Thank you sir, I appreciate the info. Think I'll have to go the personal loan route for now. Most people say they have a few dings in there credit, I'll be honest, with going on disability while i was waiting, mine looks like a Mack truck ran over it.. LOL

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Re: What to buy? and how?

Postby Dannyboy1966 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:42 am

WingAdmin wrote:I think they're about the same difficulty to work on - there's a bit more plastic on the 1500, and the carbs are buried, but there are other things that are much easier to get to. Keep in mind, you are much less likely to have to actually wrench a newer 1500 than an older 1200, and parts for 1500's are plentiful (and in most cases, still available new from Honda if needed).

Thanks. I was thinking a 1500 was the way to go, I heard they had alot of improvements on them. Example external alternators, I knew a guy that had a 1200 aspencade, stator went bad and he had to jerk the whole motor to change it, ( I didn't want that). Any specific years, or models I should look for?

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Re: What to buy? and how?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:44 pm

Dannyboy1966 wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:I think they're about the same difficulty to work on - there's a bit more plastic on the 1500, and the carbs are buried, but there are other things that are much easier to get to. Keep in mind, you are much less likely to have to actually wrench a newer 1500 than an older 1200, and parts for 1500's are plentiful (and in most cases, still available new from Honda if needed).

Thanks. I was thinking a 1500 was the way to go, I heard they had alot of improvements on them. Example external alternators, I knew a guy that had a 1200 aspencade, stator went bad and he had to jerk the whole motor to change it, ( I didn't want that). Any specific years, or models I should look for?


The newer, the better - and the more expensive. They really made continuous improvements as they went, so try to get the newest one you can afford.




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