Buying my first Goldwing. Please help


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Buying my first Goldwing. Please help

Postby Wingin It » Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:13 pm



I've been riding motorcycles for over 20 years now and I've finally settled in with knowing the Goldwing is the only way to go..... ( I know it took me forever huh.....lol ) Anyhow I've yet to purchase one as I'm not sure what year to buy.

Here is my question.... What is the best year for dependability and reliability from 1990 to 2010 and why?

I thank you in advance for your time and effort in helping me find my FIRST Goldwing



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Re: Buying my first Goldwing. Please help

Postby themainviking » Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:35 pm

2006 to 2010 without a doubt, because they will be lowest mileage. Almost all Goldwings are reliable, but everything wears out over time and use, so the newer, lowest mileage the better - but this also means the most expensive.
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Re: Buying my first Goldwing. Please help

Postby Wingin It » Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:25 pm

It seemed that way to me as well but I've seen a number of wings in the 1990 to 1999 range that have less than 75K on them and 2001 to 2004 range that have less than 25K miles on them. How many miles can a person get out of a 1990 to 1999 range wing?

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Re: Buying my first Goldwing. Please help

Postby seabee_ » Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:38 pm

A well maintained Goldwing can easily go 200,000 or more. It helps to know the maintenance history on any Goldwing you look at.
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Re: Buying my first Goldwing. Please help

Postby Wingin It » Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:56 pm

Thanks. I've herd that they last a long time. I'm still up in the air about what years would be better to buy between the years 2001 and 2008 and why. Any suggestions anyone?

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Re: Buying my first Goldwing. Please help

Postby seabee_ » Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:36 am

Here is a link with information and history on all the model years of the 1800.

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/used1800.htm
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/goldwinghistory.htm
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Re: Buying my first Goldwing. Please help

Postby bustedwing » Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:35 pm

Even tho the 1500s are older technology, if they are maintained properly they are easier to keep up on due to less computers to handle.But if one has been sitting for ten years be prepared to do some major work on carbs, timing belts, rubber hoses, etc.On the other hand of an 1800 has been in hurricane area and the electronics have been compromised then you have a high expense repair and it is hard to see that beforehand. Be cautious , check out any bike from a reputable dealer and a certified mechanic. It will be money ahead.
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Re: Buying my first Goldwing. Please help

Postby Wingin It » Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:10 pm

Wonderful Input. Thank You. I'm still in search for a dependable machine and it's been a great informational resource to have you guys helpe along my way. Greatly appreciated to say the least. Thank You




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