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Downs3
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First time gold wing buyer

Postby Downs3 » Sat May 30, 2015 10:13 pm



So I'm talking to guy who has a 1982 gold wing 1100 for sale he wants to trade me straight up for my Xbox gaming console the only problem is the pistons are stuck in the Golding because it has been sitting and I don't really want a huge costly project on my hands it'll be my first motorcycle just looking on opinions and if it's gonna be a headache or not he says all I have to do is put some oil in the jugs



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Re: First time gold wing buyer

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sat May 30, 2015 10:22 pm

You are looking at a pig in a poke, in other words - you are walking into the unknown.

Why are they stuck ? - seized motor is worst case scenario - or broken rods, or broken crankshaft, bent valves, you name it.
How long has it been sitting? - outside or inside ? Any history? has the current owner ever had it running ?

I would want to see pictures and at least see if the motor can be turned by hand or in gear and pushed?

good luck
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Re: First time gold wing buyer

Postby Downs3 » Sat May 30, 2015 10:39 pm

Yeah I'm waiting on pictures but he says it will run as soon as I free it up because it has been sitting outside I believe and he states the head will pull off but the Pistons are stuck I'm a little Leary on what to do

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Re: First time gold wing buyer

Postby dennislp » Sat May 30, 2015 11:08 pm

got one same year as that sat out not running for a long time eng stuck got it for a case of beer. 6 mo. later and a lot of parts and a paint job (electric blue) it was a great bike and a fun build . but I still had 5000 in a bike worth at best 2500

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Re: First time gold wing buyer

Postby Downs3 » Sat May 30, 2015 11:34 pm

That's what I'm scared of I don't want to get into something I can't afford I'm basically looking for something that needs some work to get me started with and I can't afford much right now so I do t wanna screw myself

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Re: First time gold wing buyer

Postby Old Wing Man » Sun May 31, 2015 7:20 am

I think if it were such a simple job, the owner would fix it himself and ride it. He likely has already got a price to fix and it is more than the bike is worth. A locked up engine might require lots of parts to fix OR it could be just some AT fluid in the cylinder heads to soak but no one knows. I have seen engines set for many years outside and not lock up unless water got into the engine. If that is the case, you may not be able to fix it.

I would just pass on it. There are too many older wings out there with less than 50K miles on them that are good for another 150K mileage and can be had for under $2500 in good shape with good paint and everything working.
I would just save some money and then look for one of those. I had an 84 Aspencade 1200cc that was an awesome bike that I think ran better than my 1500 GW does and I see lots of them for sale. The 84 has much better styling than the pre 84 IMO.

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Re: First time gold wing buyer

Postby CMReynolds1 » Sun May 31, 2015 9:12 am

Run away, run away, do not pass go, do not make any stops! Run away, run away! There are others out there that are in better shape and reasonable costs.
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Re: First time gold wing buyer

Postby harvey01 » Sun May 31, 2015 12:06 pm

CMReynolds1 wrote:Run away, run away, do not pass go, do not make any stops! Run away, run away! There are others out there that are in better shape and reasonable costs.


I agree totally! This bike is ideal for someone with the knowledge, patience and ability to rebuild not to mention the necessary cash. About the only thing you could do with it is part it out and maybe make some money on the parts.

Since this would be your first bike, the first thing I think you should do is take a MSF riding course to see if you really want to ride a motorcycle and then after you have learned the basics go looking for a used bike that is running and in rideable condition. Many of us started with bikes smaller than 250cc and have made the gradual move to larger bikes as funding and time permits. Plus smaller bikes are easy to work on and learn how to do basic maintenance to save money.

I understand the buyers urge to get a great deal, but this is just that, a great deal only for the seller. The buyer of this gold wing gets only a lot of headaches that most of us don't want to deal with. Let someone else have this deal.
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Re: First time gold wing buyer

Postby Downs3 » Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:59 am

Yes I was going to go through with it as I have all the know how and what not to rebuild the bike but do to the lack of money and time I passed on I grew up working on and riding bikes so that wouldn't have been a problem but I took a rain check on this one

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Re: First time gold wing buyer

Postby redial » Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:17 pm

Downs3, I think you made the right decision. Keep looking. Are you aware that there are some bikes advertised on this site as well?


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