86 Aspencade low miles- Value/Tips?


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86 Aspencade low miles- Value/Tips?

Postby Octarine » Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:10 pm



So... I'm about to pull the trigger on this 1986 Aspencade with 9167 miles on it, one owner for $2000 :













I know the original owner, it's been stored in the heated garage for several years while he played with his new Harley (rolleyes) I've read the buyers guide to GL1200's but with such low miles is there anything I should look for? There is some surface rust on the exhaust that you can barely see on one of the pictures. The fork seal were done three years ago at the same time that the tires were replaced but they have less than 50 miles on them.

Should I just plan on swapping the timing belts? The battery is dead but I know the radio works as I looked at it last summer but didnt buy it then.

A BIG BIG BIG part of me wants to clean the heck out of it, then ride it, but I wonder, what could I get for it? I'm getting it at the Friend price obviously.

Thanks for your help!

Mike in Chicago.



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Re: 86 Aspencade low miles- Value/Tips?

Postby seabee_ » Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:49 pm

WOW. That sounds like a great deal. There are a lot of pluses with this deal:
1. you know the owner.
2. LOW mileage.
3. heated storage.
4. looks very clean.
Minuses:
Not much other than it's been sitting for awhile. (how long?)
The only bad thing about this is Goldwings don't like to sit for a very long time. I would make sure the engine turns over before starting it. You can do some damage if the rings or anything is stuck/siezed from sitting so long. You can do that by putting it on the center stand with the bike in 5th gear and turning the rear tire. If it spins than you're in good shape. I would start with a fresh battery.(obvious). Change the fluids. Oil goes bad over time. Wouldn't hurt to change the antifreeze when you can get around to it. Timing belts are recommended at least every 50k miles. They may only have 9k, but age comes into play. Look for fuel leaks when you run your 1st tank of gas. Gaskets tend to dry out and crack if they sit too long. Wouldn't hurt to run some Seafoam in the gas tank to make sure the fuel system is clean. (make sure you don't have leaks first) I'm sure some others will chime in with anything I may have missed. Check this link for things to look for when buying a Goldwing if you haven't already.
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/used1200.htm
Good luck with your decision. For the price and LOW mileage I would jump on that deal.
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Re: 86 Aspencade low miles- Value/Tips?

Postby Octarine » Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:26 pm

I saw that buyers guide from Steve. Are there any updates to it since 2004 or so when it was written?

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Re: 86 Aspencade low miles- Value/Tips?

Postby seabee_ » Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:14 pm

I believe it's the most current info on used bikes you'll find. It pretty much covers all the known issues with the Goldwings. The biggest issues are the dog bone fuse and the stator wires connector.
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Re: 86 Aspencade low miles- Value/Tips?

Postby Octarine » Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:44 am

Are the pinstripes factory or aftermarket? The insurance co is jerking me around, I was supposed to have the settlement check already...grrr!

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Re: 86 Aspencade low miles- Value/Tips?

Postby seabee_ » Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:56 am

The pin stripes look like aftermarket, though I could be wrong. They look too elaborate to be factory. Still, a good looking bike for the money.
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Re: 86 Aspencade low miles- Value/Tips?

Postby Mooseman » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:16 pm

It's a great deal. Change all fluids, filters and the cam belts. You will have to pull the carbs and clean them unless he stored it with a fuel stableizer. Try the sea foam first and if you have a hesitation issue you have to pull those carbs. A good cleaning and pull the windshield giving it a good cleaning. There are products that will bring that back to like new condition. Hard wire that stator plug by the battery. Check the date codes on the tires. Depending on how old they were when installed they could be going south.
I bought my 86, 2 1/2 years ago with 20k for 2.7k. I had to do all the above plus a stator and fork seals. I now have 52k and it runs like a top with no issues. If I was in the market again, I would like it if something like this came my way. Really works well if you do all your own maintance as I do. If you don't that could get a little costly I would think.
Enjoy the ride. They are all good, just some better than others.
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Re: 86 Aspencade low miles- Value/Tips?

Postby Octarine » Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:51 pm

I'm an ex Snap On dealer so I better use the tools I have sitting in the storage room! Having to pull the engine to get to the stator seems retarded, on my GS750, it's 5 minutes work to get it out (which is good because the Suzuki GS'es have notoriously lame charging systems)

Looks like I'll clinch the deal this weekend or early next week, the owner runs tow trucks so I'm going to try to get him to deliver it to my house.

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Re: 86 Aspencade low miles- Value/Tips?

Postby Mooseman » Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:25 pm

Check that plug by the battery. If it's not damaged from heat, just hard wire it and the stator should last a long time...But you are right it's a pain to have to pull the motor to change that stator.
Enjoy the ride. They are all good, just some better than others.
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Re: 86 Aspencade low miles- Value/Tips?

Postby SilverDave » Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:56 pm

What a beautiful machine !!!
Stored, and with low miles... always looks better than our which are ridden, and ridden ...
Good machine, great price ... Lucky You !!1

Nows the time to : ( If it hasn't been partially done allready )
a) Clean up the ground strap and frame attachment point
b) Do the three part test on the stator .
c) replace the wiring harness with a Electrical connections harness which is....
d) hard soldered everywhere ( specially the three yellow wire connector )
and .....
e) replace the dogbone fuse with an in line blade fuse holder and 40 amp fuse ..




[ Do the three part test BEFORE even thinking about removing the Stator...
mine was giving all sorts of strange electrical quirks, speed alternating between 20 and 250 (!) and temp high and low ...
but it passed the three part test...

Hard soldering /triple shrink wrap, and the Electrical connection 1200 harness cured all of that .]

Happy riding !!

SilverDave

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Re: 86 Aspencade low miles- Value/Tips?

Postby Octarine » Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:28 pm

Went and finalized the deal this morning. I learned a few other things while I was trying to deal him down :) Brakes were redone last year, gas was flushed and refilled with Stabil in the fall. He drained the carbs when he put it up in the fall, that explained the little leak I saw on the left side right under the carb. Battery is less than a year old. Side cover is there, just off to allow charging. The only thing I could find at fault with the bike was a tiny white smudge on the left corner of the top box that will come off when it gets cleaned and a little surface rust on the pipes but I think that will clean up nicely as well. He is going to call me when the battery is fully charged and I get to go ride it home! Good but he gave me NOTHING to bargain with, oh well. Would that all PO's were like this.

As a present to myself and her (still no name yet...), I'm having my buddy who is the head detailer at the local HD dealership give her the full spa treatment :mrgreen: I promise lots of nice pictures once I get her back.

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Re: 86 Aspencade low miles- Value/Tips?

Postby franky9322 » Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:57 am

SilverDave wrote:What a beautiful machine !!!
Stored, and with low miles... always looks better than our which are ridden, and ridden ...
Good machine, great price ... Lucky You !!1

Nows the time to : ( If it hasn't been partially done allready )
a) Clean up the ground strap and frame attachment point
b) Do the three part test on the stator .
c) replace the wiring harness with a Electrical connections harness which is....
d) hard soldered everywhere ( specially the three yellow wire connector )
and .....
e) replace the dogbone fuse with an in line blade fuse holder and 40 amp fuse ..





[ Do the three part test BEFORE even thinking about removing the Stator...
mine was giving all sorts of strange electrical quirks, speed alternating between 20 and 250 (!) and temp high and low ...
but it passed the three part test...

Hard soldering /triple shrink wrap, and the Electrical connection 1200 harness cured all of that .]

Happy riding !!

SilverDave



where is :replace
the dogbone fuse with an in line blade fuse holder and 40 amp fuse ..
where is dogbone fuse and i dont know what is line blade fuse

THANKS :D :D

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Re: 86 Aspencade low miles- Value/Tips?

Postby bwagner6 » Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:47 am

What a nice deal you are getting.... Don't think you can go wrong on this one. I got my 86 this Spring with 5000 miles on her! Follow the above stated preventitive maintenance and you will have a great bike you can enjoy for years to come... Not many finds like we got around anymore.




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