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geezer2
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New guy needing some help

Postby geezer2 » Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:49 pm



Hi guys, I'm nearing retirement and looking for a 2nd. bike. The Mrs. isn't interested in riding on the back of my 05 FXDC. I recently found this on the local CL and wanted some input from seasoned GW riders and owners. I would appreciate your thoughts and input. Thanks, Geezer
http://yakima.craigslist.org/mcy/4977501194.html



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Re: New guy needing some help

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:04 pm

My wife complained about my old bike.All my wings were comfortable to ride.Progressively better with each later model.
The seat makes a big difference.Even my 1500 has a modified saddle for both of us.Without it,our rides ended within a couple hours on every one. The heavier the bike ,it seems,the smoother the ride.
The price is good.
Look into a 1500 or 1800 for a bit more.
More money,more features,bigger sofa seating.
That said.Is this for her to drive?There really fun.

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Re: New guy needing some help

Postby geezer2 » Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:17 pm

Not for her to ride. For her to be comfortable riding. We don't do big trips, we will do several trips overnight for a couple hundred miles ride time. We're not going to spend five hours in the saddle. My main concern is reliability on this particular model. Maintenance issues, etc. I do my own work. She's not a hard core biker, but she would like to share in my passion with out it killing her.

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Re: New guy needing some help

Postby tom84std » Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:44 pm

Like most of the guys here, I've ridden tens of thousands of miles on old Goldwings which were old when I got them. In 2001 I got a 79 and we rode that one for five or so years. Long distance all weather. Later I got my 84. Standard, no fiberglass. Again, lots of miles. The list of things you'll need to fix is a short one besides the usual. Timing belts, cut out a connector and solder three wires, replace the main fuse holder, lube cables, tires, a couple others... Absolutely reliable. Spend money on a seat. The old one that came on my first bike was pure misery for a long ride. A Corbin seat made all the difference.
If you're looking for absolute reliability, the Goldwing is your choice. If you're a tall, long legged guy, that could be a problem but not a deal breaker. There's that engine issue. Right where you'd like to put your feet. Not much can be done about that. You'll sit pretty straight with your feet right under you. A little taller than a lot of heavy cruisers nowdays. Not a problem unless you're kinda close to the ground if you understand my meaning. If I was looking for a good riding bike for short or long trips, the GL1000, GL1100 or GL1200 would be at the top of my list, but I have experience with them.

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Re: New guy needing some help

Postby CMReynolds1 » Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:26 pm

Looks like it is local to you, go try it out. See what you and she think.
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Re: New guy needing some help

Postby FM-USA » Fri May 01, 2015 7:34 am

Looks like the seat needs mending BUT that's a blessing in disguise.
This bike can be bought cheaper, a replacement seat average around $350.00 (used much less).

Try the seat, don't like it, open it up and experiment, it's EZ to do.
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Re: New guy needing some help

Postby geezer2 » Fri May 01, 2015 1:52 pm

Thanks for the input guys. I went and looked at her.... a little more info on it. Has 44024 miles, no tabs, new battery, riding coat, chaps, helmut. No proof if the timing belt has been done or not. Extra seat (haven't seen it). Owners manual, original tool kit. Needs a front tire. Started bendix is weak (how tough is that to get to?) Overall the bike is in very good condition and sounds like a Singer. lol After pointing out said questions, he said he was negotiable. Also said the wife & I could take it for a ride. If it fills our needs... I'm thinking 2500.
Also has a working factory Clarion stereo.

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Re: New guy needing some help

Postby WingAdmin » Fri May 01, 2015 2:29 pm

geezer2 wrote:Thanks for the input guys. I went and looked at her.... a little more info on it. Has 44024 miles, no tabs, new battery, riding coat, chaps, helmut. No proof if the timing belt has been done or not. Extra seat (haven't seen it). Owners manual, original tool kit. Needs a front tire. Started bendix is weak (how tough is that to get to?) Overall the bike is in very good condition and sounds like a Singer. lol After pointing out said questions, he said he was negotiable. Also said the wife & I could take it for a ride. If it fills our needs... I'm thinking 2500.
Also has a working factory Clarion stereo.


$2500 is probably close to a correct price. As for having a "weak bendix," I would ask specifically what he means by that, being that Goldwings don't have a bendix.

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Re: New guy needing some help

Postby FM-USA » Fri May 01, 2015 2:39 pm

geezer2 wrote:Not for her to ride. For her to be comfortable riding. We don't do big trips, we will do several trips overnight for a couple hundred miles ride time. We're not going to spend five hours in the saddle. My main concern is reliability on this particular model. Maintenance issues, etc. I do my own work. She's not a hard core biker, but she would like to share in my passion with out it killing her.

You might find that will change in time.
Get used to the new saddle verses what you had.
Pull a small trailer and you just might find you're riding 3 days in a row.... then 5, then suddenly 2 weeks cross country. GoldWings has a way of making it happen in comfort. ;)
"OIL CHANGE?" _FM 07-2009
Know its new taste and be loyal, you'll know when to change that oil.
Taste testing as the miles flow, souring as that acid grows.
And don't flirt with dirt or darkened oil, all the faster your engine will spoil.

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Re: New guy needing some help

Postby geezer2 » Fri May 01, 2015 2:56 pm

Well, he didn't say it had a weak bendix. When hitting the starter, it just whirs with out engaging the crank. Let off and try it again, engages and starts right up. I don't want to get left on the side of the road cause it won't engage.

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Re: New guy needing some help

Postby golden highway » Fri May 01, 2015 3:00 pm

I don't blame your wife I wouldn't ride on an FXDC either :D seriously I would look for a 1500. You can find them for a little more money. Even if it had double the mileage it still wouldn't be high mileage for a wing. It will be way more comfortable for you and your wife. It has more room everywhere you and your wife won't be as cramped. You will have more storage, power, better ride, better handling, easier time getting parts and accessories.

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Re: New guy needing some help

Postby FM-USA » Fri May 01, 2015 3:05 pm

golden highway wrote:I don't blame your wife I wouldn't ride on an FXDC either :D seriously I would look for a 1500. You can find them for a little more money. Even if it had double the mileage it still wouldn't be high mileage for a wing. It will be way more comfortable for you and your wife. It has more room everywhere you and your wife won't be as cramped. You will have more storage, power, better ride, better handling, easier time getting parts and accessories.

I second that, as does my wife.
I picked up an 83 Asp and it was just a bit tight and weak in the suspension.
We now have a 91 Interstate... MUCH happier.
Check my info to the right ===>
"OIL CHANGE?" _FM 07-2009
Know its new taste and be loyal, you'll know when to change that oil.
Taste testing as the miles flow, souring as that acid grows.
And don't flirt with dirt or darkened oil, all the faster your engine will spoil.

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Re: New guy needing some help

Postby geezer2 » Fri May 01, 2015 5:21 pm

Thanks for all the info so far guys. I've also found a 2nd. one local that I'm going to check out as well. I'll keep you posted. All this research is making me sleepy.... I must be getting old! lol Geezer
http://yakima.craigslist.org/mcy/4993973582.html




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