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Hello, New to Goldwings

Postby bstig60 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:23 am



I am new to Goldwings, but not new to motorcycles. I am looking at purchasing a used 1988 GL1500 with just under 60K miles on it. Anything in particular I should look for??????

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84 GL 1200 I

Re: Hello, New to Goldwings

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:28 am

I bought a 88...it sat up for a few years in a garage..
1.I looked at the age stamped into the tires....Don't trust anything over 3 years old.($350 for 2 tires)
2.Checked the inside of the rear swingarm for rusting....This one was clean...
3.I squeezed the brake lever....it locked the front wheel and would not release it(brake service).
4.The brake pedal was the same(rear brake service).
5.Checked for a "X" stamped into the frame to the right of the battery...There were none....This was to indicate the bike had the factory changes to the carb system....
6.Mine did not and it would not idle without a choke....
Even after the "mod" mine still had a hesitation problem associated with the carbs.
7.All the electrical worked,except the brake lights....2 bad switches...
Obviously it needed new timing belts and general mantainance....
8.The shifting lever had a abnormal ammount of wiggle to it....Extensive mods to secure it and stop the oil leak from the shifter shaft...There's posts about all that too.
I added 2 months and another $500 to get it stable.

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Re: Hello, New to Goldwings

Postby bstig60 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:52 am

Thanks for the response. This one supposedly runs good and has two new tires. The timing belts were changed at 50K, the bike has 57K on it. Can you elaborate on the rusting inside the swing arm?

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84 GL 1200 I

Re: Hello, New to Goldwings

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:00 pm

Slip the bike up on the center stand.Get a flashlight and look at the swing arm from the left side, if there is rust,poke at it with a little screwdriver to determine if its surface or rusted through.it usually shows near the tire area.Thats where the tire would stone chip the paint.
If you can test drive it....
It may smoke at start up.Thats normal....
Warm it up for several minutes.you should be able to slowly let out the clutch and have the bike pull gently.Slowly twist the throttle while in first and let the engine climb to 4k.
It should not buck,stutter or bog down.
When this bike is right,it's absolutely glass smooth from a idle up.
Shifting is always clunky sounding,just don't go easy or slow on the shifter.It really prefers a good solid snap of the lever.
Changing from another bike to the 1500 is like switching from a car to a truck.
Does the same thing but its a bit of a mule.it takes a bit of practice to get it from Lurching while changing gears.

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Re: Hello, New to Goldwings

Postby bstig60 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:33 pm

Thanks, I ride a 1999 XV1100 Virago now and am a Mod on the VTF website. I also have an 88 XT600 dual sport that I took on a 200 mile ride yesterday. I am familiar with bikes for sure. I was told it was more like switching from a Chevy to a Cadillac.........
I have been trying to figure out how to download a service manual and an Owners manual for this bike on your site, but so far, haven't gotten past the commercials........ How?????

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83 GL1100 standard
84 GL 1200 I

Re: Hello, New to Goldwings

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:28 pm

The ride is smooth that way.Bigger and heavier.
More torque,6 cylinders.The engine has enough grunt that if you run to up to 3500 rpm and slow shift letting it go back to 1k rpm and let the clutch out it will make it feel bulky to handle.
Like loading your truck and missing a gear.
I use the free 89 EURO manual.

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Re: Hello, New to Goldwings

Postby bstig60 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:39 pm

I downloaded on for $7.95. So it didn't hurt much and I got what I needed to get me familiar with the bike.

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Re: Hello, New to Goldwings

Postby trike lady » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:26 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum. :D
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Re: Hello, New to Goldwings

Postby bustedwing » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:44 pm

First, welcome to the website from the U.P. of Michigan. Second, congratulations on the"new"ride. It does take some time getting the shifting down pat, keep an eye on your rpms before you shift. As you make the shift watch the drop in rpm. You will notice the bike likes higher rpm shifts an use a definite push on the shifter, don't just ease into the next gear. You will notice the bike won't chug and you can feel a definite detent in the shifter. It takes a little practice, kinda like a $#@.I better watch what I am comparing to!!!
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83 GL1100 standard
84 GL 1200 I

Re: Hello, New to Goldwings

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:51 am

I noticed the rpm thing too.The 1500 will drop rpm a lot faster than the 1000,1100,1200 models.




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