buying a gl1200


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buying a gl1200

Postby DAVIDM1164 » Mon May 10, 2010 7:28 am



New to goldwings always fancied one, am looking at a 1200 aspencade 1986 has been kept outside, so looks a little worn ie rust on bolt heads ets, bit of chipped paint here and there, plastics all seem ok, is taxed and mot'd, engine sounds good, rides really well, then found out it has 110.000 mls on the clock, not seen the history yet but as i say the engine sounds sweet, any advice, information, guidance would be appreciated, it is going for around £1600



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Re: buying a gl1200

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 10, 2010 8:59 am

Don't be put off by the mileage. These bikes can go 300,000 miles and more before needing an engine rebuild. If it's been taken good care of (maintenance wise), then you really don't have much to worry about, regardless of the physical appearance.

I'd ask how recently the timing belts were changed, and how often the rear drive splines have been lubricated. If they look at you quizzically and say "what's that?" then you may have a problem.

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Re: buying a gl1200

Postby DAVIDM1164 » Tue May 11, 2010 2:12 am

Thanks for the advice, have found out it has a full service history up to 400 miles ago, when the belts were changed, so think i will take the plunge .
Thanks again Dave.

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Re: buying a gl1200

Postby Right Winger » Tue May 18, 2010 6:59 am

Sounds like you found a diamond in the ruff. 110.000 is nothing as W.A. said ,if it runs good. sounds good and everything else is there! well you have a good foundation to build on . When I bought my 84 1200 9 yrs ago it was being sold as a mechanics special/parts bike :) It wasn't hard and it didn't take long to make it almost a show winner :P . The engine was intact it was all there just a little tlc here and there. Mostly needed maintence and cosmetic and of course cleaning ( which I am still doing ) and a good going over detail wise. Go for it you wont be sorry :)




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