1985 Goldwing 1200 Aspencade


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1985 Goldwing 1200 Aspencade

Postby Country » Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:53 pm



Hello Friends,

I am considering a undertaking of restoring a 1985 Goldwing. My wife and I are both wanting something that will provide a comfortable ride and something classic. I am getting this Wing for a good price. The bikes been sitting for awhile so I know we will be needing timing belts, rubber lines replaced, brakes replaced, fuel tank cleaned and inspected, exhaust checked, carbs cleaned and inspected an synced. I typical get the response of get a Harley Davidson however, an Electra glide is super expensive and the maintenance is as well. I would ideally like to be able to keep this bike for a long time something for my wife and I to enjoy together.
Is my thoughts to ambitious?



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Re: 1985 Goldwing 1200 Aspencade

Postby twocams » Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:48 pm

I bought an 85 Aspencade from a friend for $1200. Been setting for 5 yrs. Did all that and she is as good as all that. :shock: I think the Harleys are over priced....that does not mean I dont like looking at some of them. As long as someone else owns them. :lol:


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Re: 1985 Goldwing 1200 Aspencade

Postby Country » Thu Jul 21, 2016 4:33 pm

Thank you so much for the quick reply. I agree I love the way they look but the cost of owning one makes it not appealing at all.

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Re: 1985 Goldwing 1200 Aspencade

Postby Rusty Bike » Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:47 pm

I am in the process of doing just as you say. For long term use, parts availability will be the big problem. Your carb diaphragms, rear final seal, and so forth are no longer available. Sad but true. You may be better off with a 1500. JMO...Rusty

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Re: 1985 Goldwing 1200 Aspencade

Postby twocams » Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:30 pm

The GL1200 will be around a long time. Same as the GL1000-1100 are still around. I replaced the coils with new. But one didnt fire right. So I went with the GL1500 coils...upgrade. Got used ones off ebay for $25 free shipping. New plugs and wires.Say they last longer and fire hotter? Ill see. Also replaced the pulse generator. Even tho they all check out OK. They are still 30 yrs old. This should take care of the ignition system pretty much. Tank and carbs had Gas in them for 5 yrs. Tank had to much rust for me. Got a good used one off ebay for $68. Probably cheaper than cleaning the old one. Rebuilt the carbs. Took about 8 months and $600-700 to get her where I want to be. Looks good rides nice. 30,000 miles. Should last for a while. :roll:


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Re: 1985 Goldwing 1200 Aspencade

Postby CrystalPistol » Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:24 pm

Curious .... how long was she sitting? How many miles on her? Was she stored out side in the weather or in a shed or in a heated basement?

I have a '85 I bought in 1995 with 26K on her odometer, she spent her prior life with two owners in garages when not ridden and the last 21 years in my heated / dehumidified basement when not ridden. She has near 80K now, runs like a top, I am gonna change brake hoses to SS braided ones and swap in a complete 1500 rear soon when tire time arrives, Progressive springs frt, 416 rear shocks, Corbin seat .... we love it.

You talk about those HDs .... nice bikes, great sound, huge following ..... but when you are on that hot highway running two up with bags packed and there's a really long steep climb ahead .... any one riding one of those HDs with you ..... are gonna drop back pretty quick so if they are friends ..... do them a favor ..... and slack off the throttle a little. One day a few years ago Wife and I were on my 1200 and were headed over to Hinton for a dinner, it was warm .... and down on the flats a group of 7-8 HDs caught up and a couple of them had to be "stupid" actors. I just kept my lane and then we hit Sandstone Mountain .... and I just "maintained" my speed .... they were specks in my mirrors when we topped out. They didn't come back either. :lol:
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Re: 1985 Goldwing 1200 Aspencade

Postby Saintjude33 » Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:48 am

I'm in the same boat as you- got ahold od an '86Aspencade last July and ripped her a new one. Game with a beautiful, matched California sidecar, and I paid $1300 for it. The guy wouldn't let anyone crank her over for fear of putting fuel into the carbs- apparently she sat for 10 years. Most difficult thing we had was trying to dismount the hack to fit it all on the trailer.

Got it home, stripped the carbs, got another set, stripped them, combined them and threw the best rack I could together. So far one or two oil changes, MMO and Star-tron in the tank, and she runs like a champ.

Watch for water in the clutch and break lines- I did the clutch, but the breaks are next, then front forks.

The best thing I have found is the respect I get from all riders about tooling around on a classic- it can be a head-turner. Find a HD with 100k on it. Ain't gonna happen. I've got one friend with 6 bikes- on '74 HD kicker, and 6 Brits, and another who only rides his rice-burner. The HD guy is jealous, and the rocketeer went to the Honda dealer to see if he could trade in for a 'Wing. Converts.

Tinker, try it out, rework it, and cobble it together. Nothing you do to that bike is gonna make you live her any less. I've even had to put a 5/8 inch bolt through the fram when I snapped the stud for the left rear upper shock mount. Cut, ground, drilled, painted, and it's good as new.

Have as much fun working that classic as you do riding it.

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Re: 1985 Goldwing 1200 Aspencade

Postby SilverDave » Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:07 am

I also LOVE my '85 Aspy .. Its still a head turner , when parked at a shopping plaza .
( and thats saying something , after 165,000 and 31 years !! )


The major difference between owning a new GL1800 , or new Kawi, or HD is
how creative you have to be " get parts !
Fer instance , brake pads are still available from Mother Honda, and other suppliers, but Disks are sorta hard to find .
And the radio/tape/ comm unit ... they are not making any more of those ... take very good care of THAT unit .

But there are lots of people parting out their wrecked GL1200's and if you are persistent, you can , eventually , find everything you might need.

And after all these years , it still rides like a super comfy chesterfield, mile after mile . I have several times put on 500 mile days , when going north to the midnight sun area ( where you can ride till 1:00 am if you want .

So welcome to the FCW club ! ( FCW = Four Cylinder Wing ) after you do all those maintenance things you are gonna love riding it


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Re: 1985 Goldwing 1200 Aspencade

Postby Country » Sun Jul 24, 2016 3:23 pm

CrystalPistol wrote:Curious .... how long was she sitting? How many miles on her? Was she stored out side in the weather or in a shed or in a heated basement?

I have a '85 I bought in 1995 with 26K on her odometer, she spent her prior life with two owners in garages when not ridden and the last 21 years in my heated / dehumidified basement when not ridden. She has near 80K now, runs like a top, I am gonna change brake hoses to SS braided ones and swap in a complete 1500 rear soon when tire time arrives, Progressive springs frt, 416 rear shocks, Corbin seat .... we love it.

You talk about those HDs .... nice bikes, great sound, huge following ..... but when you are on that hot highway running two up with bags packed and there's a really long steep climb ahead .... any one riding one of those HDs with you ..... are gonna drop back pretty quick so if they are friends ..... do them a favor ..... and slack off the throttle a little. One day a few years ago Wife and I were on my 1200 and were headed over to Hinton for a dinner, it was warm .... and down on the flats a group of 7-8 HDs caught up and a couple of them had to be "stupid" actors. I just kept my lane and then we hit Sandstone Mountain .... and I just "maintained" my speed .... they were specks in my mirrors when we topped out. They didn't come back either. :lol:


Thanks for asking. The Goldwing has been setting for I know at least 2 years. It's been stored in a garage the entire 2 years out of the weather. If memory serves me it has 22,245 miles on the odometer I'll know exactly on thursday when I go back to get better pictures of it. It comes with a extra set of 4 carbs. the previous owner had them rebuild didn't like them then kept them for more.

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Re: 1985 Goldwing 1200 Aspencade

Postby CrystalPistol » Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:28 pm

Country wrote: Thanks for asking. The Goldwing has been setting for I know at least 2 years. It's been stored in a garage the entire 2 years out of the weather. If memory serves me it has 22,245 miles on the odometer I'll know exactly on thursday when I go back to get better pictures of it. It comes with a extra set of 4 carbs. the previous owner had them rebuild didn't like them then kept them for more.


Sounds like a really nice find ..... :) ...... only 22K miles though, she's set a good time at some other stage in earlier life. Good it's been out of the weather ..... ;)

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Re: 1985 Goldwing 1200 Aspencade

Postby steve84 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:19 pm

i rode harleys for over 20 years. they are more or less driveway jewelry. sold my rode king and bought a goldwing there is no comparison. just my opinion.

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Re: 1985 Goldwing 1200 Aspencade

Postby paidemt » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:18 pm

I bought an 87 interstate with 19K miles on it. I have put over 5K on it with the only problem being air in the clutch fluid. I was told by the seller he bought it at an estate sale and the original owner got sick and could not ride. The bike was supposedly stored in the owner's basement and a neighbour rode it occasionally. Sitting for long periods of time are not good on vehicles, but a little maintenance and you can have an excellent classic MC. Don't forget to check age of the tires, mine were 10 years old, but looked new. If more that 4 or 5 years old, you want to change them.

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Re: 1985 Goldwing 1200 Aspencade

Postby Rednaxs60 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 3:36 pm

Lots of good information here for you. I am now enjoying the benefit of rebuilding my '85 LTD, and it is a great ride.

Seriously think of replacing the main bearings (wheel, swing arm, steering stem, and check the final drive bearings as well) as part of your maintenance plan. Do the various springs as well (ting belt tensioner springs, prop shaft, etc) as these weaken over time.

The suspension may also be "soft". Think about renewing as well.

As has been mentioned, you will/may have to get inventive to keep it going, but it will be worth it. As long as the engine doesn't use/burn oil all will be good.

Two up these 1200s will travel at 60-65 mph forever, and give a great ride.

Cheers


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