Thinking about buying 1988 1500..any helpful thoughts?


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Thinking about buying 1988 1500..any helpful thoughts?

Postby dawgout81 » Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:15 pm



I am considering a 1500 that has 145,000 on it. Documented records from day one. Timing belts just done. Immaculate condition but the miles give me pause for some concern.
Any advice from any of you.
The owner wants $4500 but that includes a wonderful little camping trailer with the price.
Again any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks



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Re: Thinking about buying 1988 1500..any helpful thoughts?

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:56 am

If the engine is good and no hesitation when throttling up from a dead stop buy it.
Without the trailer,$4500 is blue book value.Take off anything that might be needed.
Remember that a new set of tires at the dealer can set you back just over $300.
My 88 was bought at the same price minus the dealer estimated cost of "going over it" to fix the carbs and brakes.
The dealer estimated $2000 in service.
I did my own for $500.
Rarely is there a bike sold that needs nothing done to it,but only a inspection would tell.

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Re: Thinking about buying 1988 1500..any helpful thoughts?

Postby brenniac » Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:11 am

I agree with getting the inspection done. You might try asking the owner about any issues with the bike. If his records are as meticulous as you stated, he should be forthright. If you keep the maintenance up, another 145,000 miles would not be unheard of.
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Re: Thinking about buying 1988 1500..any helpful thoughts?

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:26 am

Also be aware that the miles are fine.its not uncommon to see great wings in excess of the 100k mark.
Mine did need new slide bushings in the forks and the drive shaft greased but generally all it really needed was a good service.The basic machine was very sound.
There's always something you can drop a few hundred on.
Look at the posts about the "loose shifter" associated with the 1500's.
Its common,even on mine (56k miles) and there is a fix for it.
If you purchase the bike,I do suggest fitting the adaptor to the shifter asap.
Have the alternator checked out.Mine worked but it needed new brushes.They were about to give up.A small cost to keep it OK.

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Re: Thinking about buying 1988 1500..any helpful thoughts?

Postby honda1982 » Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:24 pm

i purchase my 88 with 75k on an im one to feel safer than sorry maintenance records stopped at 45k so i did belts,rear bearings they felt a little lose,right off. last winter i had to replace speedo cable and drive an did the clutch an front fork seals just so i knew where i was at. my starter drive gear snapped so had to pull the motor ive heard of a couple other ones doing this so don't believe its a common thing. this spring a new front tire.once in awhile i get a wif of raw gas ill look into that this winter. other than that is been a great bike. an lately have seen a few with 200k plus on them. so your 145k tells me she hasnt set in a garage. got a hold of a smile bike that had like 1800 miles on it it was 12 yrs old an ended up replacing seals shocks tires it just rotted from setting good luck enjoy

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Re: Thinking about buying 1988 1500..any helpful thoughts?

Postby bustedwing » Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:56 pm

I agree with what has been said so far. The milage would not scare me at all, these engines are made to go 300k with normal maintenance. I also agree with having an independent mechanic check it out for an honest opinion. With that little camper you have the perfect combination to give you many miles with many smiles. Ride safe.
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Re: Thinking about buying 1988 1500..any helpful thoughts?

Postby bigdog9191999 » Sun Jul 20, 2014 5:20 pm

i just paid 3,700 for my 89' last fall it needed a few things but all in all not to bad. those camers can range from 500-5,000 depending on what it is and age but many are 1000-3,000 so that is a consideration to price too. as long as he has records that seem legit i would not worry too much. a guy i work with bought his 88 a couple years old and has 199,000 mile on it and other than an electrical issue that wont let it run it still ran/rode well. he was aiming for 200+ then to retire it to vacation home duties. but just not in a huge hurry to fix as he has his 1800 to ride.
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Re: Thinking about buying 1988 1500..any helpful thoughts?

Postby dawgout81 » Fri Aug 01, 2014 4:55 pm

I bought the bike and rode it 1500 miles from Seattle to Minnesota the past 4 days. Great bike! Great ride!

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Re: Thinking about buying 1988 1500..any helpful thoughts?

Postby Mag » Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:52 pm

That must have been a great ride across the northern states, etc. Congrats! I love my 88, even though it has some quirks to it that I am still trying to work out to make it decent again.

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Re: Thinking about buying 1988 1500..any helpful thoughts?

Postby bstig60 » Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:25 am

Congrats on your new ride. I just bought a 1999 ASP, so my 88 is up for sale.
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Re: Thinking about buying 1988 1500..any helpful thoughts?

Postby bustedwing » Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:18 pm

Congratulations on the new to you ride. I believe that it will serve you well with regular maintenance. Keep us updated with your travels, and when you get a chance how about a picture of your new ride?


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