GL1200 with Water in the head

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GL1200 with Water in the head

Post by ssteph1984 » Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:31 am

I have the opportunity to pick up an 85 aspencade with 84,000 miles for 500.00. Battery was dead when I went to look at it so I could not hear it turn over - guy selling it said it's been sitting a month and that timing belt was changed at 50K. He said there is water in one of the heads. Do you all think it would be worth buying. I have strong mechanical skills so if its a blown head gasket I'm sure I could have the head resurfaced and replace the gasket. Just don't know if it's too much of gamble or not. It's been out in the weather not garaged and he keeps a cover on it.

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Re: GL1200 with Water in the head

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:10 pm

Sheesh...for another $500 you could replace the whole motor and still be under its running value.
Water in the cylinder is most likley the gasket.Do both sides.
Look at the 3 yellow wires( plug ) next to be battery too for repaired or overheating.
Expect to drop at least $500 in a brake job,battery,tires etc.
Every bike I bought that was like this one always took twice what I thought it would to get it back great.
Either way you go,when all is done and driving it,the toll on your pocket will be $1000-$1500 bucks.
Still a cheap wing.

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Re: GL1200 with Water in the head

Post by plumbermullins » Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:32 pm

two years ago I bought an 86 1200 aspencade sei for $500 was told the brain was dead. A little help from this site it turned out to be a blown fuse. Head gaskets ,belts tires hoses and thermostat and I have a bike worth $4000 runs like a dream for $2000. Sweat equity is not a bad thing and you get to boast about your hard work. Good Luck

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Re: GL1200 with Water in the head

Post by Damgaard » Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:36 am

Well i just did it... YES do both sides and get the Heads milled and use ONLY HONDA OEM HEAD GASKETS !!!
I have tried non OEM gaskets.... cheap at first... then leaking...and double Work.... USE OEM Part No: 12251MG9306.

Bought my 1985 Aspy 2 years ago with a lot of Work to do... Price in Denmark as a junkbike: USD 4100,-

Rebuild price around: USD 2500,- Worth price in Denmark 2014 around: USD 10.000,-

Have to mention that Denmark has a very high TAX on vehicles !!!
Danish vehicle TAX formula: Vihicle price from factory + 180% TAX = Costumer Price.

Did a lot of Work, welded and painted the rusty frame, new swingarm and steering head bearings, new 416 shocks, front shocks rebuild, 3 new brake discs, rebuilded calipers.... new waterpump, new stator, starter clutch, starter motor, cams and rockers exchanged, valves grinded, oil seals replaced, new belts & tensioners.... ect....

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