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First post from potential owner

Post by Bruiserman » Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:43 pm

I have two Goldwings to pick from and I'm really not sure which one to go with.

Personally I'm leaning towards the gray 77 GL1000 but I like the red 83 interstate as well. If both are equally good and basically in the same condition, same seller, same care went into each. Do I just go with the one I like best or will one be easier to work with than the other. Any advise is appreciated. Looking forward to participating in the forum a lot more once I pick up the bike. Will be lurking around mostly for now.

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Re: First post from potential owner

Post by virgilmobile » Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:24 pm

Me personally,I prefer a far as the bike,each one has its quirks..The 77 does not have a original spoke front wheel and I can't see the rear...does it have points or upgraded to electronic ignition...
the 83...not crazy but the looks like it should loose the fishtail exhaust too...note the discoloration on the muffler...I had a 83...very quick and stable...the 1000 wasn't a slouch by any means either.
I was looking at the front rim on the "83"....odd that it appears to be a rivited rim.I thought they were on the early years of the 1100's..I'm sure my 83 had a solid one...the ones with rivits,especially on the rear can loosen and squeak.
This 83 may be a "standard" with the bags and faring added....
Have a look at the steering neck on the right side to verify the year model.
Either one would be a nice bike to play with but do expect to have to do some mantainence....You know,fluids,belts,electrical,etc...
I can't remember any bike I didn't have to spend 5 hundred on after I bought it...Tires are expensive...If there old (they have a date code) consider a new pair and balancing beads.

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Post by rooferx » Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:01 pm

I lke the red one..Welcome from Pasadena Maryland,,,

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Post by FM-USA » Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:53 pm

Kinda looks like a his and hers bikes, hers more likely being the silver one.
If that's the case, I'd go for the silver one. Women tend to ride easier and less.

IF you have time and a few more bucks, the 1500 is really nice if you're planning on 2 up riding.

Either way, GOOD LUCK ;)
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Post by spiralout » Sat Aug 29, 2015 9:58 am

virgilmobile wrote:The 77 does not have a original spoke front wheel and I can't see the rear...
Yep, that's a Comstar wheel off a '78 or '79 with a GL1100 plastic fender and 1100 luggage. Wrong front turn signals, master cylinder and exhaust.
The "83" has an 80-82 riveted reverse Comstar on the front and 80-81 crash bars, not the solid 11 spoke that was on the '83. I'd be checking the VIN plates for sure.
Me? If I had the budget, I'd be making an offer on both the frankenstein 1000 and the mystery year 1100. I like both.

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Post by harvey01 » Sat Aug 29, 2015 10:48 am

I prefer the silver but that is because as noted above it is more of a mystery bike with parts from all over. Plus it is closer to the 1975.

But the real key is what do you want to do with the bike? A restoration, and make it a collector, a daily rider to commute to work, or do you want to travel across country with the bike.

What you want to do with the bike, and how much money you are willing to spend will help determine which one you should buy or perhaps keep looking for a newer Wing such as the 1500 as noted above.

Keep in mind that both of these bikes are more than 10 years old, and this is important for two reasons. First most dealers will not work on any bike more than 10 years old--many do not have techs who have ever worked on bikes this old. Second, parts are not readily available from Honda. Not only does your dealer not have them but they don't exist in the Honda parts system. This is true of all brands and cars also. I had to replace a 22year old lawn mower this year because parts did not exist. And this was the first time it ever broke. So are you willing to invest hours on the internet looking for parts on ebay and so forth?

How skilled are you at fixing old bikes? If they have not run for a while are the carbs gummed up and in need or cleaning, and as noted most rubber parts--tires, fuel hoses, vacuum hoses, and so forth--probably need replacing.

If you do buy make sure you get a valid title and bill of sale from the seller.
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Post by maintainer » Sat Aug 29, 2015 12:49 pm

Think of how you will use it realistically.
Around town and cruising: 77 naked (definitely the best looking)
Lots of highway and travel: 83 Interstate
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1977 GL 1000 Standard (naked can be good, who knew?)

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Post by tfdeputydawg » Sat Aug 29, 2015 3:00 pm

Living in Florida. The silver one and get a detachable windshield for those "love bug" days :mrgreen:

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Re: First post from potential owner

Post by Bruiserman » Sat Aug 29, 2015 6:00 pm

All great advise, thanks. I'm leaning towards the grey just cause I like the look but I'm a firefighter and the red speaks to me as well. I'm a garage mechanic/tinkerer and the only part of the bike that intimidates me is the carbs, I'm more or less a product of the fuel injected age. Other than that I should be able to manage repairs and finding parts online. This will be a ride-able project that I plan to use primarily for around town riding and maybe shorter group rides. I'd like to get it to where I can take it on longer trips eventually. Much thanks for the information on the mix mash of parts on these two. It's good to know what's been changed.

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Re: First post from potential owner

Post by Randy S » Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:09 am

Started riding again 4 years ago after being away for 23 years. Started with a 78 1000 then an 84 aspencade for 2 years and have now moved up to an 89 1500. The 1000 was designed as a sport bike, it has a cable operated clutch that can be quite stiff to pull and low is geared higher. Takes more slipping of the clutch to get going, especially on a hill. The 84 was designed as a touring bike and has a hydraulic clutch, easier pull and lower 1st gear. The 89 has more room and is a nicer bike for 2-up and long distance riding. Always ride with the wife so the 1500 is the right bike for us. Liked every one of the Goldwings we've owned. The 84 was the perfect day trip bike but a little cramped for two on a trip. It was also easier to ride in town than 78 because of the clutch pull. Hope this helps, each model has its strong points.

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