1977 Goldwing GL1000 Opportunity


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1977 Goldwing GL1000 Opportunity

Postby NC-FFFM » Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:19 am



Good Morning everyone. Need to get some input. Have the opportunity to purchase a 1977 Goldwing GL1000, 27,000 original miles, "loaded" to include the original 8 track tape player for $2,500. Bike is in great shape and no issues at all. Looked at NADA and $2,500 is not bad for the condition it is in. I have attached two pic's. All input is appreciated!!!
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Re: 1977 Goldwing GL1000 Opportunity

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:52 am

It looks nice in the pictures.
For $2500 it better be fully functional(excluding the 8 track player)
No off idle rattle,no hemorrhaging fluids,no overheating,quiet exhaust and no dry rot on the $300 worth of tires(they are date coded too)
Run it for 6 seconds at a idle and touch test each header.They need to be the same temp.
If you can test ride it.Pull in 1st gear from 1000 rpm to 4 grand.
No rattle and smooth acceleration is expected(after engine warm up)
Are the shocks OK.????...Check the brakes too.Squeeze them hard then release..and see if the bike still rolls easy(binding brakes)....Do this with front and rear.

$2500 can buy you a good bike....and it can buy you a pretty bike....There not the same if you know what I mean.
It's the "lipstick on a pig" thing... :D

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Re: 1977 Goldwing GL1000 Opportunity

Postby NC-FFFM » Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:59 am

Thanks Virgil
Going to meet up with him this weekend and take a good look at it. Will post and give my final opinion after I do!
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Re: 1977 Goldwing GL1000 Opportunity

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:10 am

Don't forget about the missing battery cover.there expensive.E-Bay one to see the current price.
Check it out as if it was a car.

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Re: 1977 Goldwing GL1000 Opportunity

Postby portugeezer » Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:22 am

There are two wires added to the positive battery terminal. I would question that. Mine was a rewired nightmare when I got it. The other thing I would check is that there are no exhaust leaks where the headers attach to the rest of the exhaust as they are known to rot there. The bike does look nice! Hopefully she checks out ok. Best of luck to you!

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Re: 1977 Goldwing GL1000 Opportunity

Postby dingdong » Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:56 am

The fairing including tape deck and bags are not original. They are aftermarket. In my opinion $2500 is way too much for that bike. The only exception would be if it is in like new condition. Which judging by the pictures it isn't. 27k miles means it hasn't been ridden very much. Not good! These old girls don't like sitting. Not saying I wouldn't purchase it but certainly not at that price. $1,500 would be tops for me. Be very careful and thorough with your inspection. Good luck!
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Re: 1977 Goldwing GL1000 Opportunity

Postby Fred Camper » Sat Dec 08, 2012 9:08 am

Around me $2500 buys a 1977 in like new condition. That is really tall for a bike missing a bunch of period stuff like a stock seat, seat grab rail, the very hard to find left battery cover, and a like new exhaust. Seems like $1500 is more like it if it is as good as the picture suggests.

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Re: 1977 Goldwing GL1000 Opportunity

Postby wjnfirearms » Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:10 pm

I bought a '77 naked sans for a windscreen just this fall for $700 in very good condition. Mechanically, it really needed nothing except for a carb overhaul which is in progress now. It has more miles on it, but like was said, I know they like to be rode. From experience with all vehicles, low mileage "specials" are not always desirable unless they have been meticulously maintained. I have to go with the $1500 also, if everything checks out ok.

Those bags are Harley bags fitted to that 1000.

I picked up a Windjammer for next to nothing and got genuine Vetter luggage for a good price with all the mounts for a 1000. I might have $1300 tied up in this bike when all is said and done and it's finished for the '13 riding season.

However, I do have a battery side cover here that I got for someone who was supposed to make a trade to me and fell off of the planet. If you do buy this Wing, let me know and we can work something out. I won't be looking to get rich on this like some people do.
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Re: 1977 Goldwing GL1000 Opportunity

Postby portugeezer » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:53 pm

Here in the Chicago area any running wing in rough shape will go for around $1,200. The better the condition the more the bike will cost. A lot of these wings came from the dealer with the windjammer/vetter stuff on them. They were dealer add ons. So no they didn't come from Japan that way but they have had that stuff on them since new. I mean no offense to anyone here but it seems that everyone is jumping to the conclusion that bikes are worth the same money in any market and that is not true of anything! In Chicago even Walmart prices are higher than most places in the country. I think the thing to do is to look at nicer wings in that particular area and see what they are selling for. I would also keep in mind that we are still in a recession and you never know what a seller might take. Offer $1,800 and have cash in hand! Money talks! The other option of course is to buy a non running bike and get it going yourself. If I could buy a nice wing for $1,500 I could resell it here for at least $2,000. Just my two cents. Again best of luck!

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Re: 1977 Goldwing GL1000 Opportunity

Postby portugeezer » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:57 pm

BTW I have only once had any dealings with anyone in Cary NC. I bought a bass guitar from a Music Go Round store there and had it shipped here. The guys on the phone were polite and professional. First class all the way! Needless to say I was impressed!




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