Buying. 88


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Buying. 88

Postby Uncle Fester » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:05 am



I may have found me a 1988 GL1500 to buy from someone here, but I need to know what things to check for, like:
1) this spot on the frame is prone to cracks
2) this item is prone to rust

Ect ect

I trust the seller fairly well, as much as I can for someone who I have not met face to face yet, and he is fairly active on here, but. . . .I do not trust ANYONE 100% due to a few bad purchases. Anyway, what do I need to look for, watch out for, ect? The bike lives in southern Texas, so I don't think rust should be a issue . . .


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Re: Buying. 88

Postby amsoilguy » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:20 am

Get a history of the bike and take it for a nice long test ride...through as much of a variety of riding conditions as you can. I made the mistake of NOT doing that and over a year later I'm still trying to get it to run correctly.
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby Fatwing Chris » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:05 am

The 15's never had a frame issue that I've ever heard of.I have heard of the swingarms rotting,but like you said "shouldn't be a problem in Texas".Maint. records or history on the bike is always a good thing.There were a few early Wings that had trans problems,but if it's working OK now then it most likely will never be an issue.The 88's and some 89's had a hesitation issue,but it's a good chance that this was resolved long ago.MY 89 was so slight that after a couple of rides I didn't even notice it anymore.Although there are lots of normal things to look at like tires etc...I would find out if the timing belts have been done and if there's any question about them I WOULD REPLACE THEM.
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby ct1500 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:53 pm

There are not many items you can check without pulling it apart.

Test charging voltage should be 13.6-14.3V at idle with no fans and no brake lights on, that it idles steady at 800RPM, reserve tank full of coolant and fans come on 2/3-3/4 of temp gauge and that it road tests smooth with no flat spots or bogging, oil level OK on dipstick, cruise control works.
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby Uncle Fester » Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:28 pm

Thanks for the info everyone. .

I got some pics of the bike, it is a grey, with one problem, the LCD is not working. How hard of a repair is this. . . . The owner says it appears to be just burnt out.

I also found out the owner is a Shriner/ Mason so I trust him much more now. . . .
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby ct1500 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:59 pm

A couple other things to check is that compressor for air shock works, reverse works and that the idiot lights all work when key is first turned on during bulb check.
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby liquineer » Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:27 am

If the LCD has indeed burnt out- it is a very expensive part to replace. I would have that checked by a qualified person to see if it is a connection or whatever that is at fault, and if it is really dead- I would turn it down as a purchase.
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby Uncle Fester » Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:18 pm

liquineer wrote:If the LCD has indeed burnt out- it is a very expensive part to replace. I would have that checked by a qualified person to see if it is a connection or whatever that is at fault, and if it is really dead- I would turn it down as a purchase.



Interesting information, what info is on that screen and if it is burnt or _____, does it effect ridability or performance of the bike until i can find a new one ?

I am finding LCD screens on E-Bay for between $100.00 -$375.00 , depending on if it has the whole gauge cluster or not.
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:20 pm

It shows the clock, suspension pressure, and radio status (frequency, tape, headphone status, ambience status, memory number and so on).

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Re: Buying. 88

Postby Uncle Fester » Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:49 pm

So except the air pressure, nothing real important. . . . Ok. I plan a aftermarket stereo, so no big deal there, new stereo has a clock, so good there.
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby liquineer » Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:57 pm

Perhaps it's me - If something is on the bike, then as far as I'm concerned it should be working- whatever you can get on e-bay may or may not be any better, but if you are happy not to have it, then I guess that is OK.
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby bstig60 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:22 pm

A nice long test ride under the conditions and speeds you ride in is good advice. There were some mods on the early bikes from factory recalls. They marked an X on the frame under the right side cover if they were done. Expect a good Clunk when you shift, the shifts are noisy. My biggest thing was getting used to the buffeting in a cross wind or behind a big truck. You think the front end is doing a dance, but it really isn't. You get used to it after a few rides.
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby Uncle Fester » Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:36 pm

Thank you all so much for the advice. . . . I am giving this van some serious thought.
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby OU812 » Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:23 pm

I picked up an 89' about a month ago.
The seller showed me how everything worked.
The only thing that doesn't (after purchase) is the compressor for the line to fill whatever.
On center stand it work's to adjust the rear shocks but not the hose.
Wish I could figure that out but....
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby bstig60 » Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:34 pm

I bought an 88 back in July. I have put about 5000 miles on it since and am very pleased with it. How many miles does your prospective bike have on it?
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby ct1500 » Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:37 pm

Push down on key and turn left to P (park) position to operate compressor fill function.
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby OU812 » Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:40 pm

ct1500 wrote:Push down on key and turn left to P (park) position to operate compressor fill function.

Thanks!
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby Uncle Fester » Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:10 pm

bstig60 wrote:I bought an 88 back in July. I have put about 5000 miles on it since and am very pleased with it. How many miles does your prospective bike have on it?


Looking at the pics he sent me, it shows 08620 , so i would guess 108620 . . .

When i had my last bike, a 1989 Yamaha Venture Royale 1300, I put 40K a year average over the three years I owned it. I have not had a bike for 5 years plus now, so I will not put that kind of mileage now, but I still see 25-30 K happening. . . . should I worry ?
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby bstig60 » Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:36 pm

You sure it isn't 086200? My odometer has 6 digits.........
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby Uncle Fester » Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:48 pm

this is the image I got. . . . .

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Re: Buying. 88

Postby bstig60 » Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:57 pm

Looks like 86207 to me....... Many of these bikes go + 150K miles.... As I understand it, many have gone over 200 K if given the proper care and service. I don't think I would concern myself too much about the mileage, but it would be nice to see some service records..... That's just me........
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby Uncle Fester » Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:43 pm

If I go with this bike, the deal will be done in late Feb, or early Mar ( tax season ), and the service records will be requested.
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:26 am

Here's my 1988 spedo.6 digits on top are actual miles.
The trip shows the tenths.
It has 57,897 miles on it,and 118.2 on the trip.

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Re: Buying. 88

Postby OU812 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:15 pm

bstig60 wrote:Looks like 86207 to me....... Many of these bikes go + 150K miles.... As I understand it, many have gone over 200 K if given the proper care and service. I don't think I would concern myself too much about the mileage, but it would be nice to see some service records..... That's just me........

My 89' just turned 48,000.
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Re: Buying. 88

Postby Soultaker » Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:55 pm

I bought an 88 about 5 months ago. Check tires for dry rot..(I had to replace mine) :cry: , pump front up and down and check for excessive fork oil..seal leakage..(I had to replace seals and bushings). :evil: .Hold clutch in and make sure it will start in gear...make sure front and rear break switches work on hand brake and foot brake.and breaks well front and back..check for oil leaks around shift lever, Make sure shifts well through all gears, they are noisy but should work well in all gears. Make sure it idles well and does not hesitate acceleration through all gears...Check cruise control on the road... Pull covers and check to make sure they are in good shape. Check body for cracks and new paint. ( Part of the right side of my fairings had been replaced and repainted , I did not notice until my first polish.) :roll: Make sure reverse works without having to hold it up while backing up. Check all electronics and electrics work. Open side cover and check battery area for leakage etc. Check windshield for clarity. Let run until it warms up and check front for any antifreeze leaks. Some things you just need to do after buying, fluids, timing belts, brake pads. :idea:




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