I think I just found the deal of a lifetime


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I think I just found the deal of a lifetime

Postby made2care » Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:14 am



1996 gl1500 interstate, 60,000 miles for a low price that is unbelievable. The Owner says there is a noticeable sound coming from the transmission but has put 10,000 on it since he noticed the sound.
The price is so low that I am very tempted to buy this. Couple of questions??
Is there a marked difference between the interstate and se model.
If the sound is coming from the transmission ( and I realize this could be too much of a generalization) what could be the worst scenario. Owner says bike operate fine in all realms. Let me know. Thanks



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Re: I think I just found the deal of a lifetime

Postby NVSB4 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:49 am

I can answer one question for you.
There is a huge difference between the Interstate and SE, basically bottom end vs top end.
I bought a 1500I and wish that I had held out for one of the others.
The Interstate differences:
- no reverse
- only AM/FM (no cassette or CB)
- has shock adjust tube in saddlebag instead of inflater
- no cruise control

Probably other things I'm leaving out, but those are the ones that I miss.
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Re: I think I just found the deal of a lifetime

Postby cardinal » Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:31 pm

Put the bike in neutral, kick stand up with the front wheel in a gutter or anything that gets the front wheel below the rear. Listen to the Transmission. Reverse the position, placing the rear wheel higher than the front. If you hear a snapping sound in one position but not the other, the fourth gear selector is going out and you're looking at around $4,000 to fix it.
Problem was addressed in 1996, they started using the Valkyrie transmission, but I don't know at what point in 1996 they did that.
I have a 1995 SE that developed this problem at 74,000 miles. I was able to find a low mileage short block, which includes the transmission, and installed it.

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Re: I think I just found the deal of a lifetime

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:35 pm

cardinal wrote:Put the bike in neutral, kick stand up with the front wheel in a gutter or anything that gets the front wheel below the rear. Listen to the Transmission. Reverse the position, placing the rear wheel higher than the front. If you hear a snapping sound in
I think you mean rear lower than front for the 2nd part of test.
one position but not the other, the fourth gear selector is going out and you're looking at around $4,000 to fix it.
Problem was addressed in 1996, they started using the Valkyrie transmission, but I don't know at what point in 1996 they did that.
I have a 1995 SE that developed this problem at 74,000 miles. I was able to find a low mileage short block, which includes the transmission, and installed it.

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Re: I think I just found the deal of a lifetime

Postby FM-USA » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:26 pm

With the several THINGS that can be wrong with a trans, the "noticeable sound" is too vague.
Just about any one word explanation will narrow it down tremendously.

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Re: I think I just found the deal of a lifetime

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:09 am

Not having reverse on a bike this big would be a deal breaker for me now.Before I had reverse it wouldn't have been a issue(you don't miss what you don't know)but now that I've had it there's no way I'd be without.The other differences I could live with.As far as the engine noise he could be feeding you BS and that noise just started last week.These motors are the best and hardly ever develope any kind of noise so that would be another deal breaker for me.If it does it usually ends up being expensive.Interstates(especially 1500) are usually a lot cheaper then Aspy's or SE's anyway so I'd pass on this one.The right one will come along.
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Re: I think I just found the deal of a lifetime

Postby harvey01 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:10 am

What is that old saying about a deal being too good to be true?
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Re: I think I just found the deal of a lifetime

Postby minimac » Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:05 pm

Do what you want, but if it were me, I'd run away....quickly.

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Re: I think I just found the deal of a lifetime

Postby Firstwinger » Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:55 am

As far as a marked difference the dash will show Interstate in the middle where the other models would have the clock. As far as noises in the engine or trans, I would be very careful. I bought a 94 Aspencade last year with nothing wrong. One thing I have learned is that there is nothing easy about working on them. I have only done regular maintenance so far including timing belts. I would not want to work on a transmission or major engine issue. There are many Goldwings in healthier condition out there. Think of what you are saving on the purchase, then add the difference of repair costs, parts, Labor to fix it. Spend a little more on a good one, and save in the long run.

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