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Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby dawgout81 » Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:15 pm



Have you ever noticed how many nice older wings are for sale out there? Just an observation that there are not many motorcycles out there that are 10-20 or 30 + years older tha can are still on the road, let alone able to be a safe, reliable cross-country ride.

I bought an '81 Interstate this last spring. Great bike, great condition and a wonderful ride. This winter it is getting the "forum" make-over with new timing belts. hoses, thermostat, brakes, flushing, etc. At this point I have no hesitations to hop on for a great ride. One of my hopes for next summer is a Minnesota to Seattle round trip ride and it is one of the few 30 year old bike models I would even consider doing this on.

And all this for $1450.00 plus some regular maintainence. It only has 38,000 (which again...how many bikes is this considered low miles on???) and is in great condition.

Is life grand sometimes!!??!!



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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:41 am

My little family seems to be pretty happy, So yes life is grand, My wife make's it that way... :D Also I have a 81 1100... :lol:

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:24 am

"WE" live in a throw away society.When someone has a "old" bike , they don't want to (or know how) wrench on it ,they have always had it done for them.Now with good repairmen retired and new "technicians" unable to diagnose problems without the aid of a computer generated "replace this part",the great bikes are falling out of favor from a service standpoint.It's money wise to upgrade to something newer that can be repaired.

This is good economy and is great for the wrench-heads like us.
I have 2 bikes,they were pu-pu when I got them,under $1000 each.Now top condition,worth over $2000 each.

I'm looking at a add for a 85 aspy,can't get it fixed?.bad stator? :?: BOUGHT a new bike.need the space.price 2000...now it's 1800.Hmmmm.(bad for him....good for me :D )

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby dawgout81 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:06 pm

I agree.....my wife makes it that way too.

I am not the greatest wrench, but this site is sooooo helpful that I am able to confidently head into upkeep knowing that I can either do it or find the answer to help me complete the job.

Thanks to all you out there who make an old goat like me on an older wing happy as a lark!!

Ride safe and enjoy!!

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Postby detdrbuzzard » Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:24 pm

i got my 1200 aspy first and the guy i bought it from just had to have an 1800 wing like the rest of his buddys. the guy i got the 1500se from rode it home from the guy he bought it from, it sat for another two weeks then he sold it to me because he wanted a roadglide
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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby dawgout81 » Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:49 am

You men are right!
It has been interesting this summer riding with my buddy to different bike gatherings on my old wing. My friend has a new Victory (very nice bike by the way) and we ride different places. When we pull up among lots of other bikes, guess what bike the others there are drawn to......my old 1100 with all its bells and whistles. He just stands there and shakes his head.
He spent $16,000 vs my 1450.00 and then has to stand there and watch people always come to my bike first.

To me it is just one more testament to the quality.

Ride well!

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby joew7139 » Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:37 am

I have an 85 GL1200A with 87K miles and don't see any reason I will need a different bike anytime soon. How many people with other brands or types of bikes can say that.
I have to admit I am lusting after a 77 GL1000 on ebay but it will not replace the 1200, it will just keep it company.

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby 86GW1200 » Sat Oct 01, 2011 6:18 pm

I bought from the original owner. He is 1 generation older than I. His wife is haviving (the last 10 years) health issues and he is not comfortable on long rides anymore. I am into her for about 1400 bucks and the bike is lacking nothing. The wife and I went up to Savannah for almost a week this summer and I ride her everyday to work. Just 10 mins ago the wife walked by and said "Where are we going on the bike tomorrow?" Gotta love it!

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby JustGeorge » Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:28 pm

I really can't say. All I know is that I am drawn to these things like a bear to honey. I had an 82 a few years ago and, for reasons that completely escape me now, I sold it. Now, A few years later I find this 79 that has been in someone's barn for the last 7 years. I perform a medium size tuneup and cleanup all last winter and was riding fine this summer.
Then, out of nowhere, I become mesmerized by this ad for an 80 1100i! Then, BANG!!!, another ad for an 83 1100i! Got em both for way under a grand each!!! Both just need the carbs done and some paint here and there and, of course, the timing belts. WooHoo!!!
What a terrible predicament I'm in! Which to ride today???
Anybody have any instructions on building a set of carb vacuum gauges???
Thank you much,
George in the Great (soon to be) White North.

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby Thundercloud » Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:57 am

I have had Many different bikes over the years and I keep coming back to the Goldwing. I just got off an 03 vtx 1800s great bike for 150 to 200 miles before the wife says stop. well I came across this 85 Aspencade and fell in love allover again. Oh yea the price was right.

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby uncledallas » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:49 am

I just bought a '83 1100 Interstate, a good flushing of fluids and hoses and belts, and this 80,000k beast is back to weekend duty.

What other model has that kind of durability? None, I say.

Great bike.

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby coldcanuk » Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:53 pm

virgilmobile wrote:"WE" live in a throw away society.


Very True! Sad, but true!

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby dawgout81 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:59 pm

It was a great Sunday afternoon in Minnesota.....80 degrees with the colors bursting on the autumn trees. Took "Stud" the '81 Interstate out with 3 other bikes....all Victorys and all very nice.
Once again, every motorcycle in Minnesota was out for one of our final days of nice weather and when we stopped, guess what bike people were drawn to.

2 of the Victory owners I had not ridden before and they all wanted to see and sit on the wing and a couple of them said their wives want them to get wings for more comfort.

I am sure we all have similar stories.
I just looked on craigslist and 5=6 nice older wings that look ready for the road.

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby fastf » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:36 pm

One thing about Older Goldwings they are you don't have to totally tear the bike apart to work on it except to replace the stator you have to pull the motor.One thing I have noticed for you fans of Harley when you come to a red light a Goldwing doesn't shake itself apart and Goldwings have been known to get high milege that means a lot of trips by yourself or with you favorite girl on it.All I have seen on Harleys is somewhere a hundred grand you have to go into that motor and Honda you don't also you can buy a 1000,1100.1200 reasonable and the bank doesn't own you and even a 1000 have been holding a good value if you are strapped for cash. You people have a blessed day and may God bless.

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby wingman37 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:01 am

I found an 83 interstate this summer at a garage sale. $ 500.00 It had new tires, new pipes. I put new belts and and rode it 4000km this summer, I am a former crotch rocket rider and still have my 1200 bandit and never thought i would like/keep this bike, but I luv my wing and it will be with me for a while !!

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby JustGeorge » Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:59 am

I have an opportunity to pick up an 82 Aspy that needs an alternator. Apparently nothing else. Well, belts etc. Is this a really big job?
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George

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby fastf » Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:06 pm

The stator you will have to pull the motor.This is how I look at it if you like to work on things it is well worth it because the final results will make you proud when see and hear what you and only you have done and believe me my 1200 LTD took time and asking different people that owned these same bikes and when on these bikes by yourself and know the music she is playing back to you of the hard work you have done and letting these old wings spread their wings,

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby JustGeorge » Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:37 pm

To Fastf . . .
You, my friend, are a hopeless romantic. Or is that 'roadmantic'?
Yeah, I have decided to do this myself. I do love these old bikes and they are far easier to work on than the reefer units I used to get called out to work on at 2 in the morning. Besides, to go work on a bike,would give me a chance to go out to the garage and decompress for a while, right?

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby dawgout81 » Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:14 am

JustGeorge:
Everything is relative......you ask is changing the stator a "big" job. For me...yes it is, but if you can pull a reasonable enough price and have time and a place to work, you can get it done.
I would definately get the violin out at purchase/price haggle time and play a sad...sad....SAD tune about how BIG a job it is and how much it costs at the dealer and how really worthless the bike is without it being done (otherwise this owner wouldn't probably be selling it...he knows all this).
You are likely the only one to make an offer on a bike needing a stator, people rarely stand in line to own a bike that has a known big repair. I have seen many craigslist ads that state about different goldwings that "all it needs is the stator." If that were as easy as it sounds, the original owner would have done it, but have neither the know how or the ability to fix it.

If you like the bike and can tackle the project, I would show up with half the cash....yes CASH goes a long way. Not a penny more would I carry with me so you don't get tempted to offer more. Offer $100 less than half....show the cash, stay firm for a long time and if need be finally offer the $100 more and you will likely get it.

Good Luck!

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby JustGeorge » Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:12 am

To: dawgout81 . . . Many thanks for the info. Particularly appreciate the lesson on buying a used wing. Reminder to self . . . be sure to push ups and sit ups and much training before trying to cut a deal with dawgout 81! I think it would be fun and tough to deal with you my friend. A fine challenge indeed. Say, what if you were to head out here to Calgary and help me out with a few deals that are available right now? Alberta seems, for right now, to have some really good deals on old wings.

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby fastf » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:05 am

You got the hopeless right lol .These bikes are a joy to work on if you have the time or not in a hurry to get it in the road.I have rode ditterent bikes and they all have a certain tone about them when you rode them but to buy something that someone has given up on and to bring it back to almost new or better than new is something you and only can be proud if and know one else has.One thing about these bikes that are old how much is it worth to you or can I take that money and buy a newer bike that ain't tore up but that is the reason they wrote this article.Have a blessed and safe day everyone.

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby gemairpilot » Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:26 pm

I have had several older wings, a 1976, 1980, 1982 then onto newer 1990, 1992 and a 1995. My hips gave out so here I am with my 1983 Aspencade trike. the conversion is from Vancouver Canada. It has a Mustang 2 rearend with matching wheels. Haven't ridden it much as I am fixing the starter problem. It needs lots of TLC but I will spend the time and money to put it back to reasonable condition, not going for scrap !!! :lol: I have toured Canada and the USA . Now I have the TRAINING WHEELS an old rider needs to keep green down and blue up ha ha, I will contact other riders when I get to tour again and visit some of you. Cheers, Gerry

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby faithtalker1 » Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:20 pm

I Just bought a 1995 1500se with 33,000 miles on it, talk about a peach. While I would love to wrench on it and make it a one of a kind, I no longer have the energy, the time, or the money but just as it is many cannot believe the bike is already 16 years old, and with that kind of miles on it, not hurt at all barely broke in. I also have a 2005 vtx which I do like very much, however after a 350 mile trip today I am sure I will be selling the vtx come spring 2012. very nice bike, just not a WING!

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby diversity48 » Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:01 am

well, guess i'm just a bike geek...and rapidly becoming an OLD bike geek. guess i paid up for the '82 interstate i bought last year@ 1500 + a few hundred more for tires, belts, hoses, battery, gaskets, etc. since then, i've added a couple of older bmw's to the garage too...a '94 oilhead and an '85 k100. i liked their looks, but mostly liked just the fact that they, too had some age on them (just like me). the '94 is almost "showroom" with a bit over 80k. the '85 is far from perfect, but will, eventually, be a very nice "rider". and then there's the wing. looks great from a distance, 'til you see the peeling clearcoat on the trunk lid, and the "not so shiny" chrome pipes. again, far from perfect. but with 80k on it now, i'd jump on this bike and head out for anywhere and be absolutely C O M F O R T A B L E on the trip. very few almost 30 year old machines would do it with the reliability, comfort, and performance of this one! i've owned and ridden lots of different motorcycles in my lifetime, including a gl1500 and gl1800. i really think i prefer the gl1100 to these bigger versions. i still ride it the 18 miles to work everyday and it has yet to let me down. that's what makes these older wings so desirable, even now. what a machine!

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Postby dawgout81 » Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:02 am

To: JustGeorge:
Would love to drive out to your neck of the woods....would be an awesome trip.
Do you give rain checks? In my busy, busy work season right now.

For negotiating on the Wings......you will be the only one with cash lining up to buy a non-running bike. The ONLY one! Watch an episode of Pawn Stars and see how they offer about a third of what they feel something is worth and go a very little from that. Show the cash...stress cash. You will likely get it.

At worst....leave your number and tell them to call you when they change their mind if he tells you "no!' You will likely get a call a couple of days later.

Also, anyone wanting to sell a motorcycle this time of year in the North is wishing and hoping as we head into winter.




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