Thinking of buying 81-82 gw your advise


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Thinking of buying 81-82 gw your advise

Postby auctioneeral » Sun Oct 05, 2014 9:15 am



Hello
I'm new here and would like your advise on buying a older gw. I'm not worry about mechanical skill's working on it.
Question is i'm looking for a cheap fixer upper under $700. which by looking will be 1981 or 1982.
But my concern is, for that price range they have been sitting for years not running.
So I would have to go over the whole bike and first would be carburetor cleaning,timing belts and so on.
My thinking is say $600 for bike,carb kit $230. belts $50. and so on.
Should I just save up a little more and buy a 81-82 running for say $1000-$1500.
I'm just thinking this all around. I'm in nj and there aim much to have around here cheap.
I have had a couple offers around the $500.non running, but then thinking of dropping another $500 and up on it
so i'm over the grand mark.
I know for my budget i'm not going to get much. But I have seen some in the price range.
What all do you guys think.



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Re: Thinking of buying 81-82 gw your advise

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sun Oct 05, 2014 9:34 am

First things, first. Welcome to the site.

My opinion, based on limited knowledge and experience with the 1100's in general, is that the best year model (it's a transmission thing) to look for is the 1983. The final drive ratio of the 1983's is very similar (if not the same as) the first year model GL1200... what that means to you is, you can cruise at 55 MPH or so at 3000 RPMs instead of 4000 RPMs with the 1981-1982 model gear ratio.

Having written that... I recently acquired a 1981 GL1100 Interstate and love the way it rides and performs. I didn't pay much more than you have budgeted for a purchase... and there are still a LOT of the GL1100's advertised for sale on Craigslist ... I use a web site called "Search Tempest" that allows me to search all of the Craigslist ads within a given area (as determined by your Zip Code... you set how far away the ads are sourced) and set the search criteria ( something like 1100 goldwing in the search field ) and hit the search button... It's pretty simple really. You can set the maximum and minimum price you're willing to pay and get results from as far away as you want to travel... I suppose you can actually search the entire US if you wanted...

Anyway, the point is, you MAY find a bike with low miles that needs tires and carb work for CHEAP, if you look enough. I really don't have anything against the earlier model GL1100's but if I had to do it over again, would have waited a little longer and bought an 1983 model. I've been looking for a "Naked or Standard" 1983 model that someone is willing to trade me for my 1981... don't know that will ever happen, but it's what I've decided I want...

I'm positive (In my area at least) that you can buy a running 1100 that is road ready for 1600-1800$ ... so consider that when you search. Also, the price of bikes is getting ready to drop as soon as the snow flies... so, if you wait a little longer you can save a couple hundred dollars and find what you want. When you do buy, ask if the timing belts were recently changed, and if they have receipts.. if not, that's the first project you'll want to tackle...

auctioneeral wrote:Hello
I'm new here and would like your advise on buying a older gw. I'm not worry about mechanical skill's working on it.
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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Re: Thinking of buying 81-82 gw your advise

Postby seelyark1 » Sun Oct 05, 2014 9:50 am

Hawkeye gave you good advice! Soon it will be "Winter Wonderland" And if you have a warm place to work on it, you will have a good ride when the snow is gone. Any Goldwing is a good one, just some are better than others. Ejnoy and learn about it.
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Re: Thinking of buying 81-82 gw your advise

Postby redial » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:50 pm

Welcome, AuctioneerAl, from the Deep Deep South.

These GW are generally bullet proof, and are designed to go for a long time. BUT, you have to look after them. There are a number of GW that have exceed 300 000 miles, so they are a strong design. You do have to pay attention to the "consummables", such as timing belts, oil, greasing shafts, brakes, filters, and keep on using it to keep the exhaust pipes cleared out ;) . It doesnt matter what year, it matters what you can afford, and what is right for you.

But as others have said, wait for the "Winter Specials" to come up, and I am sure you will find one with your name on it.
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Re: Thinking of buying 81-82 gw your advise

Postby fixdent » Sat May 16, 2015 7:26 pm

I had an '81 interstate years ago. Traded it in for a baby carriage. Just bought a 2005 last summer. Wish I had my '81 back.

The wind buffeting is much more on the 2005.

As for gas mileage. My '81 used to rev quite high. My friend bought a (I think) a '84. His bike reved alot slower than mine. His was about 2400 while mine was at about 3500. Funny thing was, mine got alot better gas mileage. I always rode double and he rode single. When we stopped to fill up, mine always took less gas. It got to a point that he would not fill up at the same time as I did. So, the lower revs did not equate to better fuel mileage. I think because it was reving lower, he had to give it much more throttle going up hills. He would have to constantly downshift, and my bike would just cruise along....no shifting.

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Re: Thinking of buying 81-82 gw your advise

Postby CMReynolds1 » Sat May 16, 2015 7:44 pm

I agree on the 83 Wing. Of the three 1100's, it had the best improvements and refinements. If you can get an 83, I would go for it. Just sayin'. I owned an 82 and my riding buddy had an 83. Not a lot of differences, but enough to make the 83 a little better. One improvement was the AM/DM. 82 had a Clarion Type I, 83 a Clarion Type II. A friendly radio for the rider.
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Re: Thinking of buying 81-82 gw your advise

Postby Overdog » Sat May 16, 2015 8:58 pm

I knew very little about the differences in the 1100 wings when I bought mine. I'm glad mine is an 83. Besides the gearing change the others have mentioned you get the mag wheels (I always hated the Comstar type wheels)

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Re: Thinking of buying 81-82 gw your advise

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun May 17, 2015 8:14 am

Another vote for the 83.Didn't know about the differences until after I got mine years ago.
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Re: Thinking of buying 81-82 gw your advise

Postby harvey01 » Sun May 17, 2015 11:18 am

Since it is now May of 2015, it would be interesting to know what auctioneer1 really did? And how it is working for him since his post was in Oct, 2014.
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Re: Thinking of buying 81-82 gw your advise

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 18, 2015 10:08 am

CMReynolds1 wrote:I agree on the 83 Wing. Of the three 1100's, it had the best improvements and refinements. If you can get an 83, I would go for it. Just sayin'. I owned an 82 and my riding buddy had an 83. Not a lot of differences, but enough to make the 83 a little better. One improvement was the AM/DM. 82 had a Clarion Type I, 83 a Clarion Type II. A friendly radio for the rider.
Good luck on which ever you buy!


The Type II started in 1982 actually. 1980 and 1981 had the Type I.

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Re: Thinking of buying 81-82 gw your advise

Postby CMReynolds1 » Mon May 18, 2015 10:52 am

My 82 had the Model 1. Maybe an early production model?
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Re: Thinking of buying 81-82 gw your advise

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 18, 2015 11:28 am

CMReynolds1 wrote:My 82 had the Model 1. Maybe an early production model?


It must not have been an Aspencade then - I believe it was just the Aspencades that got the Type II in 1982.

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Re: Thinking of buying 81-82 gw your advise

Postby CMReynolds1 » Mon May 18, 2015 12:42 pm

82 Wine berry Interstate.
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Re: Thinking of buying 81-82 gw your advise

Postby urbanmadness » Wed May 27, 2015 4:00 pm

Yeah, my '82 aspencade had the clarion II. (gone now, has a blue tooth deck)

The biggest difference with the 1100's, 83 had the best gearing, but if you got the aspy, you ended up with the digital cluster (could be a plus, could be a minus, personal preference), On the 82 and 83 aspencade, the air compressor just sits on top of the air cleaner... Oh how I hate that, it's a pain to take the shelter off. The '83 had the 11 spoke alloy's and look better. Yeah, so the 80, 81 and 82 turn a few more revs, it's not that big a deal, it runs smooth and gets decent fuel milage. Hell, you not even in the power band yet (mine turns 4k at about 65mph)

Biggest thing to look for on these bikes, are the rear springs, carbs, timing belts and water pump. If I pick up any wing, first thing I do when it gets home, is timing belts and they get trailered home... If you have a good set of carbs, change that fuel filter first thing and protect them and don't let the bike sit. That kills carbs faster then anything. Other then that, they are bullet proof.

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Re: Thinking of buying 81-82 gw your advise

Postby auctioneeral » Wed May 27, 2015 7:16 pm

Just so you all know I brought a non runner 81 naked and 3 weeks later brought a 81 dresser non runner. Still messing with both of them. One had bent valve (fixed) but still hows a ratting noise in it. So its on bench. The other got running but have try cleaning carbs now 3 times and gave up and put a single carb on it. Still tinking with carb.




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