New Purchase of 1989 GL1500


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denniszephyrhills
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New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby denniszephyrhills » Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:12 pm



Hello,just bought a 57000 mile 1500 which has been sitting for app.10 months.I know nothing about diss assembly to check out plugs fuel system or any other potential problems.Would appreciate any info on helping with my new project,Warm weather is coming soon to florida and i would like to get ready.thanx :?



machinehead
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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby machinehead » Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:11 pm

First question is , how did you find a 21 year old wing with only 57000 on it ?
Second question is , what is stopping you from finding all the answeres you need in a shop manual ?

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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:52 pm

Oh, they're out there...when I got my 1982, it was 25 years old, and had 42,000 miles on it!

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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby detdrbuzzard » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:45 pm

hello and welcome to GWD denniszephyrhills. my '84 1200 wing had 42,5xx when i got it in '07 and my '93 had 39,7xx when i got it in '08
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giturgun
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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby giturgun » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:52 pm

Just picked up my 88 with all the bells and whistles 44,600.
Had a 1991 with 13,500 on it for a very good price at a shop in Florida . It had carb problems andd I was buying to ride home . Price on it out the door was 6500.
[b]The Phantom gray is not the fastest wing color , But it has been known to slip by quickly and appear in front of faster colors at times[/b]

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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby bikersmurff » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:52 pm

it makes me cry to see the prices you guys pay i only wish we payed those here in australia a gl1500 starts at 10000 and can go as high 20000 on some jap inports .I bought mine from my neighbour for 7500 he needed money desperatly and i was happy to pay that its a 92 gl1500 in baby blue never seen anouther one like that with all the bling plus cb radio and 51000 miles arm rests and back rests also ,what i have noticed is that we have a lot of jap imports with less than 20000kays one had 2000ks only for $20000 but there relibablity is not good.They have little niggly problems i know of 3 guys who used to own jap imports and sold them and bought mid milage USA ones and no problems???..

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giturgun
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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby giturgun » Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:41 pm

The 6500 was for the 91 , looked almost cherry , Had the light cream color . Paid somewhat less for my 88 model. If the 91 had rev onboard air and cb I would have picked it up . Problem was in the carbs and I was told it was an aspencade with rev. The sales man was taking it out the door when the bike died 2 or 3 times. He had a mechanic look at it and they wanted to clean the carbs . Called the next morning and they said it would be 2 to 3 weeks for parts .
He did say that they could put it together enough for a test ride and He would come waay down on the price . I passed because I wanted to ride it home is about 400 miles to my house from there.
[b]The Phantom gray is not the fastest wing color , But it has been known to slip by quickly and appear in front of faster colors at times[/b]

burdicda
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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby burdicda » Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:52 pm

I found an 88 GL1500 with 25k miles on it setting under a carport
I'm riding it daily now...
That was last year 2011

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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby wrightwing » Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:27 pm

Well, while were bragin, I bought an 87 Interstaste last Jan. with 57,000 mi. for $2,800, and honestly it looks brand new. My first bike in twenty years. One of these days, I'll get my daughter to help me post some pic's.
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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby xamper » Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:38 pm

denniszephyrhills wrote:...Would appreciate any info on helping with my new project...


i hear you man, i just got my 96 SE with 33,500. did a lot of maintenance last weekend. most of the answers were found here under the "How-TO Articles section". also found two other useful pages
- http://goldwingtech.info/guides.htm
- http://www.goldwingfacts.com/bikersworkshopmenu.htm


following those sites, last weekend i did
- oil / oil filter
- air filter
- timing belts
- spark plugs
- anti-freeze

next weekend, i will
- shaft lube
- bleed brakes
- bleed clutch
- final drive fluid

good luck, denniszephyrhills!

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GWesslau
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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby GWesslau » Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:24 am

Bought my 1500 SE this Christmas. Model -98 and 45000km (28500 miles). The problem is the price for a used GW in Sweden. Paid roughly 11000 USD for a 14 year old bike :evil:

//Göran

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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby dingdong » Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:02 pm

denniszephyrhills wrote:Hello,just bought a 57000 mile 1500 which has been sitting for app.10 months.I know nothing about diss assembly to check out plugs fuel system or any other potential problems.Would appreciate any info on helping with my new project,Warm weather is coming soon to florida and i would like to get ready.thanx :?


I do believe something is being overlooked here. :o :lol: ^^^^^
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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby furnacedoc » Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:20 am

Bought my 97 GL1500se in 2010 for $5000 and it had 42000 miles. My wife and I love it and have put 16,000 miles on it since we bought it , See ya on the road

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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:01 pm

dingdong wrote:
denniszephyrhills wrote:Hello,just bought a 57000 mile 1500 which has been sitting for app.10 months.I know nothing about diss assembly to check out plugs fuel system or any other potential problems.Would appreciate any info on helping with my new project,Warm weather is coming soon to florida and i would like to get ready.thanx :?


I do believe something is being overlooked here. :o :lol: ^^^^^


Well just fine...I'll address your post.
Anytime that I've bought a used vehicle I always do a complete service on it before I take it on a ride.
This included my new 88 gl1500
The very first thing...Download the manual or at least look at the "how-to " section to be familiar on how to remove the plastics and do general fixing.
1 replace the timing belts..period...I don't care if they look or said to be brand new,there only $45 or so.
2 change the oil and filter and look at the tires.
3 tires are date coded.check them.
4 pull the covers off the lower to access the plugs and at least inspect them or replace them.
5 Use a can of Sea Foam in the fuel for the first tank.
6 test the brakes,front and rear.lift the wheel and be sure the calipers release the wheel and it doesn't seize.
7 start the bike and watch for oil,water and fuel leaks.
If all is well test run it close to home for a few miles.
test all the buttons...cruise,radio,lights,horn,etc.
After the test run,you will get a idea of anything else that needs tending to.

On my 88,not run in 10 months,I've found and repaired or replaced these items
timing belts
all 3 calipers cleaned and fluid flushed(they seized the front wheel)
oil change..engine,forks and differential
drive shaft removed and greased
vacuum cutoff valve replaced(leaking next to the gas cap)
3 vacuum lines replaced(weekend at the 90* bend)

All this info can be gleaned from this site.This in fact your one stop we have it location. :D

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The Bus Driver
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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby The Bus Driver » Thu Apr 02, 2015 3:57 pm

I sold my '97 back in 2012 and I was soon sorry I did. I started looking again early in 2014, I looked at lots of Goldwings on e-bay,etc,and I was ready to go looking there,then I found a 1998 SE at a dealer that he had taken in on consignment .The bike was fully serviced and the dealer let me take it for an afternoon.It had 35k miles.No problems on the test-ride,so I now own it.Just did oil/filter change,and air filter,cruise and sub filters are next. Tony--

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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby Happytrails » Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:09 pm

24yr. old 1991 SE bought 18 months ago with 28,000 miles. Runs like new and has not given me any issues at all. I dont' know enough about Goldwings to know if they is just the way Wings are or if I just got lucky and my bike was ridden 1000 miles or so each year. Rescued my wing from a HD dealer down south and paid $5,000. Dealer took it on trade for an HD and it sat in there showroom for quite some time. Was getting close to October so they wanted to move it out of inventory I guess. Had it shipped up here and remember the truck delivery guy sort of laughing at my bike while unloading it for me. It needed a bath and detailing. The shield was scratched, hazed and looked like POS. The foam grips were falling off. It needed a loads of tlc. Now when I am stopped some place I usually get many comments about how nice the bike looks and shocked when I tell them its a 24yr old bike.

As for taking plastics off bike to reach the plugs for maintenance there is "how too" guides on the forums to help you the first time thru. It can be annoyance to always have to take many tupperware off to work on bike but after awhile you wont think much about it. Depending on how well your bike was taken care of there may be many things you could do. Enjoy your new Wing :D
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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby spiralout » Fri Apr 03, 2015 12:48 am

Happytrails wrote:As for taking plastics off bike to reach the plugs for maintenance there is "how too" guides on the forums to help you the first time thru. It can be annoyance to always have to take many tupperware off to work on bike but after awhile you wont think much about it. Depending on how well your bike was taken care of there may be many things you could do. Enjoy your new Wing :D

OP's post is 5+ years old. Poster above you necro'd a thread started 5 years ago and hadn't been posted to in 3 :P :P :P

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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby rottiman » Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:31 am

WingAdmin wrote:Oh, they're out there...when I got my 1982, it was 25 years old, and had 42,000 miles on it!


Your so right, I've got a 88' (third owner) with 63,000 miles on it. It is pristine as the first owner bought it new and used it as a garage queen/fair weather rider. Have all the service records from the beginning. Looks like it was also have another quiet year as I was lucky enough to take a flip on the ice last week and shatter my left elbow.

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Re: New Purchase of 1989 GL1500

Postby raven41951 » Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:13 pm

My 94SE which I bought one year ago this month had 2,300 certified miles on it.




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