85 gold wing LTD.... Should I or shouldn't I?


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85 gold wing LTD.... Should I or shouldn't I?

Postby jobe05 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:12 am



Newbie here

I have an opportunity to purchase a 1985 limited edition 1200 with just over 8000 original miles. This thing looks right off the showroom floor and has been kept indoors all it's life. I'm guessing, it has not been ran regularly as it should have been. What should I be looking for? What, if I buy this, will I need to do before riding? What's that going to cost?

I can get the bike for $3600, is it worth that?

Thanks for all the help



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Re: 85 gold wing LTD.... Should I or shouldn't I?

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:55 am

Sounds like a fantastic deal. If it's sat around a lot (which it will have, if the 8,000 miles are accurate) you will want to change the timing belts ASAP. Have a look through the forum here, there are tons of messages on things to look at on new-to-you OldWings.

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Re: 85 gold wing LTD.... Should I or shouldn't I?

Postby jobe05 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:51 am

Well, I went ahead and did it. Here's a picture of it stuffed like a sausage in my garage. After cleaning out some space in the garage, will start the undertaking of changing the timing belts, oils, redoing the brakes and calipers, some fresh plugs and filters then she'll be ready to go to the shop for a new set of tires.

There is some rust on the chrome, particularly around the luggage racks, passenger seat support and mufflers, most all other looks good and everything works great. It also came with matching Helmets with intercom system, but they need the adapters that hold the mic in place and some new padding for the inside. The guy I got the bike from never used the helmets so they were still in the blue felt like GW bags they came in New.
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Re: 85 gold wing LTD.... Should I or shouldn't I?

Postby maestro319 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:42 am

What a nice looking ride. Any more pics?

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Re: 85 gold wing LTD.... Should I or shouldn't I?

Postby jobe05 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:55 am

I'll take some more when we roll it out of the garage this weekend.

Been going through the old post and found some great tips and sources. Ordered the timing belts through cycle-celler out of Mass. Found him on EBay, a set... (2)... Belts for a total of $36 including shipping, and they are Gates, so the quality would be good. My local dealer wanted $93 each...... OUCH!!! :o

Also found a very helpful way to get rust spots off...... Aluminum Foil and water...... What a great idea! and it works fantastic. Doesn't take the pits out of course but works wonders on the rust. Also works on the aluminum pieces, but I only tried one small spot and was afraid it might scratch easier.

Does anyone have any good leads on Tires? Looking for something decent, not over priced (of course), kinda like the looks of the Dunlops with the white walls....... Gives it that old look..

How much does it usually cost to get tires installed if I get them online and take the bike and the tires to the shop? Is it worth me taking the time to pull them Off?

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Re: 85 gold wing LTD.... Should I or shouldn't I?

Postby trike lady » Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:27 pm

Congrats on the 'Classic' Wing. It looks like new in the picture and well taken care of.
You got a good deal on it.
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Re: 85 gold wing LTD.... Should I or shouldn't I?

Postby jobe05 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:35 pm

trike lady wrote:You got a good deal on it.


Actually, as stated in my original post, they were asking $3600, I offered $3000 and they accepted. It's not as mint as I would like it, theres a lot of chrome that got rusted and pitted. I can clean most of it and then I'll just replace some of the other pieces as time goes by.

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Re: 85 gold wing LTD.... Should I or shouldn't I?

Postby paganplasma » Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:16 am

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jobe05 wrote:
trike lady wrote:You got a good deal on it.


Actually, as stated in my original post, they were asking $3600, I offered $3000 and they accepted. It's not as mint as I would like it, theres a lot of chrome that got rusted and pitted. I can clean most of it and then I'll just replace some of the other pieces as time goes by.

Hi,I have a goldie 1200 ldt ed 85 trike £4800.00 80000mls good chrome ,please keep in touch,regards dave. :| :| :| :|

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Re: 85 gold wing LTD.... Should I or shouldn't I?

Postby jobe05 » Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:42 am

I will Dave. There's something about the 85 GL1200L that I really like over most all other GW's that I have seen. I remember driving up to the Honda dealership in 1985 on my cb360 and looking at this bike in amazement, and wondering then, who in their right mind would by a motorcycle for just over $10,000? But this bike has always stayed on my mind, and the good lord gave me an opportunity to take a step back in time, and I took it.

Just ordered a set of shinko 230 tour master tires for it....$155 including shipping for both tires, how could I go wrong. I did some reading on the tires and Shinko didn't have a bad line by what I was able to find. For the price, deffinately worth a try.

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Re: 85 gold wing LTD.... Should I or shouldn't I?

Postby jobe05 » Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:40 pm

Timing belt time!! I don't have the new belts yet but I figured I'd go ahead and tear everything down to them (prevents me from playing with the bike till they get here). I drained the radiator and figured Id go ahead and change the Thermostat while I was in there, change the oil and filter as well as the air filter.

Timing belts is actually a little easier than I had thought.
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Re: 85 gold wing LTD.... Should I or shouldn't I?

Postby Right Winger » Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:27 pm

I remember driving up to the Honda dealership in 1985 on my cb360 and looking at this bike in amazement, and wondering then, who in their right mind would by a motorcycle for just over $10,000? But this bike has always stayed on my mind, and the good lord gave me an opportunity to take a step back in time, and I took it.


:) I had a 82 Aspencade (the first Aspy) when the LTD came out I went to the dealership to get my bike state inspected . That's when I saw the LTD I was in AW . I thought I was crazy for paying $6798 and change for the Aspy and at that time I could not even concider 10 grand :lol:

Like you that bike stayed in the back of my mind for years Thinking someday, someday, I saw the one I have almost two years ago. And I said to myself THAT'S IT :lol:

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Re: 85 gold wing LTD.... Should I or shouldn't I?

Postby jobe05 » Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:21 pm

Finally got the timing belts on her today, it was a little easier than I thought. I had read that one side would try to roll back due to the pressure on #3 but I wasn't expecting it to happen so quickly, I didn't even see it roll back. But it lined right back up again with no problems. Got it put back together, changed the radiator hoses, filled the radiator, changed the oil and filters and she fired right up and runs great........... till it got warm....... then steam started to appear........ I forgot to tighten the top clamp on the radiator hose...... what a scare.... but let it run till the fan came on and all is good! Now on to the tires..... Not looking forward to taking the rear wheel off.

Any suggestions on the easiest........ ok.... Smartest way to do it?




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