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mylesblazi
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Thinking of

Postby mylesblazi » Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:53 am



buying 1982 Aspencade. Here is what I know: Needs rear tire, air suspension system appears not to work. Haven't had a chance to check it out at all., When starting out it makes a rather large rattling sound until around 10-15 mph. Seems gone until the next stop and start. Bike seems to idle nice and ride nice. 57,000 miles. Appreciate info before I make first Goldwing purchase.



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Re: Thinking of

Postby 80-GL100-INT » Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:37 am

First off, welcome to the best GW forum on the web...

This rattle is very common, it's more than likely a valve adj./carb sync issue. One thing that I have learned from this forum is that the 1100 carbs are very touchy and must be set darn near perfect.

Another thing to keep in mind is; no matter what PO says, w/57,xxx K, I would go ahead and plan on changing the timing belts through the winter months and possibly removing,cleaning, and rebuilding the carbs, especially if it has set for any length of time. There are very well written threads in the how-to section, and plenty of great, well knowledged guys and gals here to help you along the way.

If the price is right, you won't be sorry. Just keep in mind this is a 30+ yo machine, you will find all sorts of little things along the way. Parts can be a little hard to find, and sometimes a little costly, but the reward of the open road and smooth ride on a wing makes it all worth while.

Good luck with the purchase and keep us up to date. :D
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mylesblazi
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Re: Thinking of

Postby mylesblazi » Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:20 pm

Thank you. I am still awaiting info from others that "ARE IN THE KNOW" also. I'll let you know.

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Re: Thinking of

Postby WINGER3 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 3:26 pm

Welcome to the best Goldwing site on the web where the only stupid question is the one you don't ask. As 80-GL100-INT said, the rattle is the primary chain and is a symptom of the carb's not right on, they need a can of seafoam for a good long ride. If the seafoam dosen't make it run better then a carb sync/rebuild is do. If the PO dosen't have a receipt for changing the belts, then that is a must do, or you could have an engine blowout on the first ride. As for the value of the bike, check what is being sold on the net (Ebay-Craigslist- this site) to get a good idea, then it is up to you. Good luck. :mrgreen:
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Re: Thinking of

Postby jeffcosmo » Sun Dec 01, 2013 3:55 pm

I wouldn't go over $1500. Then again, I just purchased a near-perfect '83 Aspencade for $2000. It has new tires, custom seat, tasteful chrome and all is working fine.

YMMV.

As to belts: Yes, they should be done. And it's not hard, though I've no idea why there is no how-to in the how-to section. So, I'll offer this: I'll do belts on an 1100 (prefer Aspy, just to make it as hard as it can be, but doesn't matter, really) for free labor, you supply belts, tensioners if you'd like (if you want to drop a tenner, that'd be OK, too), but you have to take copious pictures with my camera. Should take 'round an hour - hour and a half. Then we'd have that for the how-to section.

It's my offer to this site.

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Re: Thinking of

Postby mylesblazi » Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:52 pm

Thanks everyone for the advice. I also got info from some local Wing guys. All of you seem to be in sync. Now, having said that, I didn't tell anyone the asking price which is $1500. I know I can get it for $1000 and I may try for $750.
Is this a potential good investment?
Thanks again.

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Re: Thinking of

Postby WINGER3 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:08 pm

It sounds like a good winter project, I would go for the $750. price as you can spend $500 in the blink of an eye. Tires,brakes, shocks, air suspension, battery, fluides, and of course carbs and a sync kit. If every thing works out you will have a great road bike for many years. Best of luck. :mrgreen:


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