Buying A GL1500 1989


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Buying A GL1500 1989

Postby JohnCJK » Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:10 pm



I will pick up a GL1500 1989 this Satureday.
I bought it on ebay, but was able to have the seller close the auction early.
Price tag is $5000 with 55k miles on it.

I had a GL110 before, well a few years back and just sold my 95 Magna V45.

I read this forum in regards on what to look for..
I only put down $100, so, i always canchange my mind on Saturday if the GW is not as described.

I am not really concerned about the bike lookingat the pics i have, but the seller is a used car dealer, not the original owner.
It is a California model according to the VIN Number, so i will do some carb work ( not a problem for me as I sell those kits online)

The weather forecast looks pretty good for saturday and i intentto ride it back (+-3 hours).
I am not sure how to use the reverse. Can I use it with the engine running?
How do i test the reverse?



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Re: Buying A GL1500 1989

Postby HALBUDD » Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:41 pm

Welcome, To use the reverse pull the handle out and up with motor running and in neutral push the starter button the bike should start backing up. Dont run it for very long as it is hard on the starter and battery. Hope it works out for you its a nice looking bike. Hal
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Re: Buying A GL1500 1989

Postby JohnCJK » Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:06 pm

Thanks, That helped.

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Re: Buying A GL1500 1989

Postby Mag » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:34 pm

Nice deal. an 89 with 55k should last you a long time as long as previous owners did the same. Since most Goldwingers know how to take care of bikes, or keep them running decent, you should be ok. Going to be a nice change from what you were riding. Takes a little bit to get used to but once you do, turn the tunes up and enjoy! A 3 hour trip is enough to get to know the new ride.

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Re: Buying A GL1500 1989

Postby DougK109 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:13 am

To late now, (but to cover myself) I always ask a few questions about what I am buying. Large items I have to go pick up, then if something is not what I want or is not as they say, you do not have to take the item. The seller is responsible for not telling the truth then. I have only had to turn down one item doing that. The guy was a piece of crap, you know the type. Almost everyone I have met that I bought stuff off of were great people though.

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Re: Buying A GL1500 1989

Postby JohnCJK » Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:20 am

ended up not buying the GW.
Body was looking good, but there were some mechanical issues.

air compressor didn't work
was iddling at 2000 rpm and then at 1100rpm and then again at 2000 rpm with the engine warm
sounded also as if there was an exhaust leak at the headers

oil on body under the cylinders on the right side.

Told the seller i was not going to buy the GW and explained why.
Got my down payment refunded.


On the way back home i stopped at our Honda dealer to see if they had some Used GW for sale.
There was a very nice GL1500I 1994 with trailer hitch. It had floorboards and a Markland shifter.
Someone already put a down payment on it, but of only $120.
They didn;t think the guy had the money to buy the GW and he had untill Tuesday to come up with the rest of the money.
I told them i give you the Cash now, all of it.
So I ended up being the first backup buyer and will know tuesday evening if the GW is mine or not
oh yeah, Only 21000 miles on it and fully maintenanced with a new Battery
The price is a bit high at $7000, especially for the basic Interstate model.
But i rather pay a bit more knowing that it is 100% sound mechanicly.

Will post pics if i get it

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Re: Buying A GL1500 1989

Postby Mag » Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:43 am

18 year old bike with 20k? Just broken in, should get lotsa good miles out of that. Sounds like a better deal, even though you are talking $2k more. The confidence that it is already in riding condition means you do not have to put any more maintenance in it hopefully (fingers crossed, you should be ok). This means more $$ for fun stuff!




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