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Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby SouthMichWing » Thu Jun 23, 2016 4:52 pm



There's a 1983 gl1100 Interstate that I saw for sale, online. The seller posted pictures and then follow-up pictures to my phone. He claims that it has 19,826 original miles and the odometer works. It's sat for the last 8 years...no problems before that.

https://imgur.com/gallery/Vhmri

What do you think you guys would pay for this bike?


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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby billbob » Thu Jun 23, 2016 5:36 pm

I have seen bikes like that go as much 3500.00 .I would say maybe 2000.00 to 2500.00 . IMO

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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Thu Jun 23, 2016 5:48 pm

Nice looking bike from the pictures.

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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby SouthMichWing » Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:51 pm

So I should call in sick tomorrow and buy it? Does everyone agree with that price range?
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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby froche » Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:27 pm

Sitting for 8 years...
Could need:
Carb cleaning due to varnish (gas evaporating leaves carbs plugged)
Brakes should at least be filled with new fluid
Water/Antifreeze might need draining and cleaning then refill
Oil needs to be changed at least initially run for a few hundred (maybe adding seafoam and running for the last hundred) and changing again.
Air filter needs be checked for insects and such.
You probably need a battery
Timing belts?
Does it turn over?

19 thousand miles has nothing to do with it, if stored correctly good, if stored by parking, 8 years is a long time just sitting. Motorcycles don't age well just parked...

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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby SouthMichWing » Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:43 pm

I've seen some miraculous revivals take place in my time. I'm not worried about all of that seasonal maintenance, that's normal. The seller also suggested that it might need a battery. :lol:
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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby froche » Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:56 pm

Yes but suggesting all that to the owner and finding really nice ones for 2500 can cause his price to come down

Looking in Southwest Mich Craigslist
1985 Honda Goldwing Aspencade 1200 - $1500 (Sodus mi)
1989 Goldwing 1500cc NEW PRICE - $3500 (Allegan)
Goldwing Interstate 1200 c.c. 1987 - $1400

Theres one in Lancaster Pa http://lancaster.craigslist.org/mcy/5626943301.html Absolutely amazing!

So 2500 is a bit high since all the ones I* found are ready to ride.

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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby SouthMichWing » Thu Jun 23, 2016 8:09 pm

This one's less than a thousand...not saying where or how far I'm traveling until I buy it because you're creeping on my business.
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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby froche » Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:23 pm

Less than 1000! I'd buy it but I'm in California.
It's worth it at sub thousand even if you need to do all or most of what I posted.

Good luck with it, and keep us posted on how well it works out.

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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby aj1500 » Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:00 am

I have to say if I was looking and had the time to do the referb work I would buy it. don't forget the tires, even stored properly I wouldn't trust them. looks like a great candidate to bring back to life.
Good luck if you buy it

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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:55 am

Keep in mind that the odometer does not show the 100,000 mile.I bought a 82 that showed 52K miles.. It actually had 152k miles.
Maybe even 252k for all I know.A close up inspection might help.
Either way,plenty of service is gonna be needed as mentioned.

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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby redbug » Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:52 am

SouthMichWing wrote:This one's less than a thousand...not saying where or how far I'm traveling until I buy it because you're creeping on my business.
What does that mean,creeping on my business? Is that a Mi. slang?
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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby SouthMichWing » Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:53 am

It means that he's creepily investigating my area.

Anyway, I've heard that some Wings had bad wheel housings...can anyone tell me which years?
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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby SouthMichWing » Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:58 am

Like the bearings would turn inside the wheel and erode the wheel housing, causing it to become unusable.
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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby redbug » Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:09 am

Oh, ok. On the wheelbearings, not personaly.
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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby harvey01 » Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:21 am

It has sat for 8 years? I would expect to pay a couple thousand dollars in service, parts replacement, carb cleaning, new tires, replacing most all rubber hoses especially the fuel lines, and this is assuming nothing is really wrong. That engine could be frozen up/rusted inside and not moving, have the mice and other rodents attacked the bike.

If you are looking for something that will probably require a lot of time or money to get running then proceed. Remember the seller does not have to tell you everything and there is a reason this is selling so cheap.

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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby froche » Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:09 pm

I am sorry you decided I was "creepily investing your area"

First it is America and anyone can go anywhere and buy almost anything.

Second, You are on a Forum and asked for comments comments. While I hope mine were worthwhile, apparently you really don't want comments as everything brought up you dismissed as "maintenance".

Third, you are on a forum and most of us on here are glad you found a good deal, and are offering our sincere comments on what has bitten "us" in the past... and hoping you are wise enough to consider the comments.

Fourth, you comment "creeping on my business" suggesting you run a "business" which means that you original question "It's sat for the last 8 years...no problems before that. What do you think you guys would pay for this bike?" sounds like you are getting a feel for what fellow forum members would pay for it...

I hope I am wrong, and you are just a guy who thinks someone is watching you, but in reality no one is, and you see someone trying to help you as someone who is "creepily investing your area".

I'll try to ignore your questions in the future, so I won't stir those creepy feelings again.

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(about 50 miles from Mexico and 12 from the Pacific)

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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby SouthMichWing » Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:43 pm

I'll just update everyone with the actual costs when it's all said and done. If I stay riding it, then I'm sure I'll be back on this and other forums.

My DIY estimate is bike+$500. That should include shnko tires, maybe not.
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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby SouthMichWing » Sat Jun 25, 2016 3:25 pm

Update...zero compression in the right two cylinders. The heads had black silicone on them like they had been opened up, there are weird jerry-rigged things going on with the carburetors. There's no telling what someone did once they got their hands inside the motor.

I'm guessing that one timing belt broke and damaged the valves on two cylinders.

I walked away because he was unwilling to go any lower on the price.
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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby OldZX11Rider » Sat Jun 25, 2016 4:37 pm

Sounds like walking away was the right thing to do. With some kind of silicone "substance" on there, no compression, possible bent valves, strange carburetor rigging. Busted belt(s), add some possible busted pistons, bent connecting rods, etc. etc. this just sounds worse and worse.
So, it needs a new engine or it can be sold for parts. Either way, not a bike you'll be riding soon.
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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby SouthMichWing » Sat Jun 25, 2016 5:31 pm

If anyone is interested in the bike for parts, it's currently listed on craigslist in Toledo, Ohio for $800. The seller may sell for $500... That was too high for me because I'm not interested in it for parts.

Thanks for the discussion "friendly people"
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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby laforg » Sat Jul 02, 2016 3:11 pm

Oh, hell yes! I found mine on Craigslist, a 1988 GL1500 listed for $1,000.00. The guy said it had started leaking oil from around the shifter shaft (?) when parked on the side stand, and eventually bad enough that he was trailing smoke from oil on the exhaust pipe. He parked it in his garage and left it for 5 years. Why didn't he fix it? Dunno. Anyway, wife and I drove an hour-and-a-half to go see it, and it looked in good enough shape, so we offered $600.00. He took it! We called the auto club to tow it home. Once there, I aired up the tires (good shape, just a little soft), put in a new battery and some 100 Low-Lead aviation fuel (in case there was any varnishing), and it lit right up! Been riding it ever since. Yes, it has a LOT of miles on it (166000), but it still runs smooth as silk, and strangely enough, there is no oil leak! Oh, I had to replace the discolored and scored windshield, $100.00 from eBay, but that's really all. Probably have to get the carbs rebuilt, there's a bad hesitation in the throttle until it's thoroughly warmed up. Couple hundred bucks. So yes! They really are this inexpensive!

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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby honda1982 » Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:38 am

there is an 85 ltd on c l in E ill for 2000 not been setting u might want to check out

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Re: Are these bikes really this inexpensive???

Postby honda1982 » Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:49 am

cambridge ill it has 27000 miles says runs drives great an its w ill shouldnt do this stuff b 4 COFFEE




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