Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.


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Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby BrianFisher » Fri Aug 08, 2014 2:15 am



I am thinking of buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500. it has high miles (120,000) and the price is around 3,000 is this a good or bad year for the Goldwing? I have a 1994 Shadow and have had it for 14 years. but am wanting a touring bike. Not sure if I will like a bike this big so I don't want to spend to much... any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby dingdong » Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:50 am

There is another recent thread regarding an 88. Same applies to the 89. viewtopic.php?f=10&t=23005#p127055
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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby minimac » Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:34 am

If the bike is in decent shape, I think that sounds like a very decent price. There's some room to do some maintenance and fix somethings, and still be right side up price wise. Even the age won't bother me. More important than the mileage is whether or not the bike has been maintained. You also have to realize that almost all 'wing riders take a bike of pride in their ride and even though they have plenty of giddy up and go, goldwings are rarely driven hard. Most(not all) have them for comfort, cruising, and/or touring, not the redlight Grand Prix.

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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:38 am

To my knowledge,(I own a 88) the 88 and 89 were identical.In 90 honda made a few changes in the bike.
Most are minor but I have to refer to the 89 euro manual.
I do know that the 88,89 use a separate fuel pump relay from the ECM and later ones drive the fuel pump direct from the ECM.
The carbs,ECM and CCM are changed in the 90 and up to improve fuel delivery.
None are a deal breaker if the bike has no problems.
There were factory recalls for the 88,89 and if done,the bikes were fine.
The price is good but expect to add some for routine work like tires,timing belts,complete fluid change,grease the driveshaft and fork bushings.
There's always something you can dump a few hundred into for the bike.
As far as the size...with just a little practice,I can turn it around at the end of the drive without putting my feet down.it is heavier so its a bit of a tank to horse around at slow speeds.You just have to use more upper body to offset the bike for balance.
It feels more like a lumbering truck compared to the 1100...until you open that throttle and all 6 of them squirrels start popping.the power curve pulls a grin pretty quick.
I do ride further with less fatigue than the 1100.
High miles??? Not really.if serviced as required,over 200k is common.
If it's neglected,as with any machine, all bets are off.
A fellow I met riding a newer honda told me (2008 honda something ratty looking) he has never to do anything to his bike.
I mean nothing but put in gas.Tires bald,seat torn,forks leaking,never even changed the oil.
23k miles.now a piece of junk.

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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby Fatwing Chris » Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:23 pm

-Sold my 89 last July with about the same mileage for $4500 and the guy got a good deal at that.It still ran perfect,but I had a chance to get something newer so I did.If not I would've added another 20 k to it by now and it still would be a nicer ride than the 1800 I bought.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby BrianFisher » Sat Aug 09, 2014 1:20 am

The Bike looks great, lots of extras, such as chrome Custom Pin stripping New breaks tires are about 85% and so on. all electronics seem to work, Seems to be a nice bike. I did not have a helmet with me and the current owners were to big so I haven't had an opportunity to ride the bike yet. it starts right up and sounds fine. He told me that there is a slight hesitation at about 1500 rpms but once you get to about 2000 it does just fine. is this a sign of bad things to come? like lots of money in Carb work? Not trying to ask silly questions. All the bikes I have had in the past have been Honda and I have Never been disappointed. don't want to buy something that is gonna mess up that reputation for me. and I'm looking forward to becoming part of the Goldwing Family. Thanks for your time and comments.

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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby minimac » Sat Aug 09, 2014 6:03 am

It's much better to ask what you think is a stupid question than to end up making a stupid mistake! The hesitation is common and easily fixed in most cases. One thing we don't know is if you are capable of doing some work yourself or if you go to a shop for everything. If you have any mechanical ability at all (know the difference between a hammer and a pliers) you can do almost anything that needs to be done with the D.I.Y. directions and guidance available on this site. Taking the tupperware off can be time consuming but easily done. Once that's gone, everything else can be accessed. Besides the write ups, usually there are pictures too that show you what to do and how to do it.
If you are serious about wanting to tour, IMHO, you stumbled upon one of the best machines for that and at a reasonable price. Good luck!

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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby BrianFisher » Sat Aug 09, 2014 9:07 am

I do have some Mechanical abilities... I know that you can smash the heck out of your fingers with both hammers and pliers...lol... No honestly I can do lots of common mechanic stuff to my vehicles so I do have some abilities, I have not had to work on a bike to much because I have always had a Honda. It may be about a month before I get the opportunity to buy or ride the bike, because the owner is out of state again, But I am strongly considering getting this bike. All your comments have been appreciated. Thanks (If I get the Bike I will post Photos)

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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:19 am

When I picked up my running 88,I spent the next month and a half working the bugs out of it.
If yours (to come) has this hesitation problem,it wound be expected that your gonna have to fix it.
Trust me,that bit of hesitation on mine nearly wrecked me when it did catch in a turn.It bout spun the arse end half round in the intersection.
That will pucker you up quick.
Look under the manuals section.Theres more info in there bout the recalls and how to see if they were done.
By the way,mine had never been touched.OEM.

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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby BrianFisher » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:00 pm

If I done this correctly I should have a picture of my new toy posted on here.
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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby BrianFisher » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:02 pm

I got the 1989 1500Gl Goldwing. it has 120,00 miles and by the time I got done with the trading (I traded a Dune Buggy) I have approximately $2500 in this Bike. I think I done ok.. It has Custom Hand painted Pin stripping with a Hand painted Eagle on the back. she cleaned up really nice. and runs out pretty good. The bike doesn't even know my wife and I are on its back.
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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby redial » Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:19 pm

That 'toy' looks pretty good. I have room in my toybox if you need :D
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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby bstig60 » Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:50 am

Enjoy, you will like it after you get used to handling a big bike. I just did a 612 mile ride on my 99 yesterday.
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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby BrianFisher » Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:22 pm

Have had the bike a couple weeks now and put about 700 miles on it, and have enjoyed everyone of them. still getting used to riding on the curvy roads. She handles a lot different that my 94 1100 Shadow but am having fun. The wife loves it. the bike smokes a little when you first fire it up after sitting for a couple days,(which I'm told is common with the GL 1500) But once it has warmed up it doesn't smoke when started up.

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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby Fatwing Chris » Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:50 pm

BrianFisher wrote:Have had the bike a couple weeks now and put about 700 miles on it, and have enjoyed everyone of them. still getting used to riding on the curvy roads. She handles a lot different that my 94 1100 Shadow but am having fun. The wife loves it. the bike smokes a little when you first fire it up after sitting for a couple days,(which I'm told is common with the GL 1500) But once it has warmed up it doesn't smoke when started up.


If you leave it on the sidestand then just about any Wing out there will smoke when you first start it.Try leaving it on the centerstand and I'll bet your smoke will be gone.Welcome to the world of flat 4 and 6 motors.Nature of the beast.
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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby Mag » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:39 pm

My 88 smokes a bit on side stand, but it clears up pretty quick, no worries. Good looking ride, congrats, and going from that Shadow to the Wing, you will definitely enjoy the new ride.

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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby BrianFisher » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:22 pm

I actually still have my Shadow I've had it for almost 15 years now and just can't make myself get rid of it. As for the wing it even smokes a bit when left on the center stand but it is nothing to bad. I am learning alot from this site, and hope to continue doing so. thank you all for your input.

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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby dlfierce » Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:01 am

Make sure you use a good quality oil, I was given a lesser quality oil in exchange for my old oil at our local landfill and used it on the bike in an oil change, it started burning on startup almost right away. I changed oil again to a better quality oil and the burning stopped. I also own an 89 wing with 180000 Kilometers on it and love the bike. Took it to Madison for Wing Ding and then on to Ontario to visit friends before returning home. Never used a drop of oil the whole trip. If you treat it right it will treat you right.

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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1989 Goldwing 1500.

Postby BrianFisher » Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:06 am

After doing some research on this site I have learned a lot and am continuing to learn. I was reading some other post in regards to GL 1500's smoking at start up. and noticed an individual asked how long a person was using there choke when starting there GL 1500. I thought this was a odd question but it made me pay attention to my own habits and I then noticed that my GL1500 does not smoke at all if I keep my choke usage to just a couple seconds. since I have got the bike I don't believe it has set more than a day with out being rode but I had noticed the smoke at start up, now no smoke... we will see what happens when she sits for a few days. which unfortunately is gonna happen over the next couple days due to Mother nature wanting to dump loads of rain (which we need) for the next few days. I want to thank all the people on this site that are willing to share their knowledge and help newbies (to Goldwings) such as my self. I will continue to use every resource this site has to offer..




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