What to look for GL 1200


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What to look for GL 1200

Postby captaindan » Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:45 pm



Ran across an 86 SEI 1200 that shows 8600 miles. The odometer/speedometer don't work. What can I look for that may be a tell tale sign of the approximate miles on the bike. The present owner has owned the bike for a couple of years. I haven't seen it in person yet, but want some info before I look. Thanks in advance.



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Re: What to look for GL 1200

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:47 pm

With 8600 miles..I should NOT see...
Oil and dirt caked to the bottom of the engine.
deep ridges in the rotors
oil soaked front forks
Dripping antifreeze or oil from the water pump drain port
obvious wrenching marks on the nuts and bolts.
without a working odo,it's gonna be hard to determine mileage...a well maintained wing with 200k miles can look and run just as well as one with 20k miles.
Listen to the engine...they are reasonably quiet,little if any tappet noise,very smooth idle at 900 rpm.Test ride it if possible to check the clutch,brakes etc...look at the date code of the tires too...you really don't wanna ride on 5+ year old tires...As always..expect to have to do a complete service if you buy it...tires alone can be in excess of $350 for both...just for the tires..I can't remember a bike that I spent less than $500 to put back on the road.
Pull the battery cover off and have a gander at the 3 yellow wire plug from the stator...A lot of use usually ends up turning the connections black and melting the plug.

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Re: What to look for GL 1200

Postby captaindan » Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:42 pm

I guarantee it has more the 8600...but how many. All good points to look at. The present owner has put new tires on it. If it still had the date stamped tires prior that would be a good indicator. Are the mufflers on a 1200 similar to the 1100's? He didn't know if the stator had ever been replaced. He did say it always had a charge. I get the feeling by talking on the phone to him he didn't know a lot about wings.

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Re: What to look for GL 1200

Postby captaindan » Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:37 pm

Need some input...the bike seems to be mechanically sound....still no idea on miles....cosmetically it is pretty rough. A repaint is a no brainer, but what can a guy do to refurbish things like controls and the like that have been weathered.

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Re: What to look for GL 1200

Postby tbirdscott » Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:40 pm

Wanted to mention the clutch lever bushing, the brass bushing will wear against the lever and could be a tell on mileage.

As for the worn plastic controls you could try mothers back to black to spruce them up a bit but if they're bad a used set is probably the best bet.

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Re: What to look for GL 1200

Postby captaindan » Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:26 am

All the controls ie, panel on the false tank, controls on the handle bars etc are all weathered pretty badly. The ABS has clear coat coming off and chipped pinstriping etc. I was thinking to get the controls back looking good would be a replacement job.Not extremely familiar with the 1200. Can someone tell me about the OEM radio...was it in the left lower fairing like the 1100 or up by the gauges...remember this is an SEI....This particular bike has a panasonic setup by the gauges and a false panel on the lower left fairing. Is this an aftermarket setup?

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Re: What to look for GL 1200

Postby tprender » Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:47 pm

The radio on the 1200 is on the bottom of the dash. They are not in the lower dash like the 1100's. My 1200 only goes to 99,999 so it is hard to tell if it is 8,600 miles or 106,000. If you do go for a ride listen to see if the rear splines are good. When you take off from a stop you should not hear any sounds from the rear end. the splines are messing good together, not loose with play. Like was said look for dirt and oil on the underside. With 8,600 miles nothing should have been taken apart. I would think that it should still have the stock tires, unless they were just replaced. The tread on the tires should look like brand new. I don't like to buy a bike that the paint is all faded. The look and cost to paint for me is to much.

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Re: What to look for GL 1200

Postby captaindan » Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:52 am

I'm not concerned about the paint because I can handle that part of it. Of course I'm not sure about taking on ANOTHER project. The controls on the bars and on the false tank are faded and they are not black. The owners of the 86 SEI know what I am referring to. It's kind of like decals that are deteriorating. Again I think the bike is mechanically sound. I ran it through the gears but passed on a test drive for now. I would consider the bike for MUCH less than he is asking as it would take some bucks to get it looking good, but if I can't get the controls looking good than I wouldn't be happy.




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