How do you know if it is time to sell your bike ?


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How do you know if it is time to sell your bike ?

Postby Wingsconsin » Thu May 22, 2014 2:59 pm



I will preface this by saying I LOVE my GL1500 Goldwing. Everything about it is set-up for me and it is in the best color ever.

But -- It is 18+ years old - 128,000 miles and counting.
And parts do wear out, although I make an effort to maintain it and replace things that need replacing.

But eventually I may need to move on to the 1800 --

If you have made this transition - how did it happen to you ? When ? What?

Share your experience ....


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Re: How do you know if it is time to sell your bike ?

Postby Uncle Fester » Thu May 22, 2014 3:28 pm

Personally, if it fit me that good, I wouldn't sell it, but thats just me.
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Re: How do you know if it is time to sell your bike ?

Postby virgilmobile » Thu May 22, 2014 3:30 pm

Like so many others,I've moved to another bike and kept the one I rode I till the new biked proved it could replace the other one.
I continued to ride my old faithful (alternating riding each one)until the new (used)one was better for me/us than the old one.
After 4 months of not being ridden,I finally parted with it.A very sad day.
The bike was a 83 with over 150k miles.The new owner was thrilled with it.

As a point of interest,a co-worker purchased a 2013 with 5k miles and an extended warranty.
After 3 months,some weird,never before happend,part came loose in the rocker arm.
6 weeks and no repairs,missing part somewhere in the engine.Many more delays needed.
He dumped the bike for a 2014.Cost him a couple grand.

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Re: How do you know if it is time to sell your bike ?

Postby Metal_Bob » Thu May 22, 2014 4:27 pm

If the repairs/blemishes are adding up but your love the 1500 have you considered finding a low mileage 2000?

Then you could transfer your seat and any addons you want onto the new bike and sell the old one once transfers are completed.

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Re: How do you know if it is time to sell your bike ?

Postby Fatwing Chris » Thu May 22, 2014 5:07 pm

I just went from the 15 to the 18 last summer.I actually had a really nice low mileage 2000 SE lined up(guy was holding it for me)when this 04 ABS popped up for the same price.Keep in mind I love the 1500 and really didn't have an interest in an 1800.I got to thinking that things were getting a bit harder to get for the 15(but not too bad) and because of being over 10 years old it's hard to find a shop to work on it if you get stuck on a trip.I do my own work at home,but on a trip you're at their mercy and I paid for it.I got caught a couple of years ago having trouble finding a shop just install a tire.So the long and short of it I went for the 18 without ever riding one because it was 4 years newer,same price and roughly the same miles as the 2000(approx 35 k miles).I really didn't care for the 18 when I first got it because of the rough choppy ride.I've since remedied most of the ride issues with a quite a bit of time and money,but it will never be a comfy as the 15.The 18 does handle better,but you pay for it a bit with the stiffer ride.It all depends on what you want to do with it I guess,but I'm here to tell that I thought seriously about hunting the guy down that had the 2000 SE to see if he still had it.I guess the best advice I could give you is to put some miles on an 18 before you make the jump if you're happy with the 15 because they are two completely different bikes IMHO.
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Re: How do you know if it is time to sell your bike ?

Postby RBGERSON » Thu May 22, 2014 5:31 pm

Keep the 1500 do some testing..compression, stator, etc. if that's all good keep riding it..you won't like the ride of the 1800..more power yes but not as comfy.

Change your belts, flush the radiators, maybe run some sea foam in the oil before your next oil change for a 50 miles and try to clean the slug out of the engine case??? Flush and replace the brake and clutch fluids, new rubber and you'll have a new bike...IMHO

125,000 is nothing to a Goldwing..when you hit 300,000 then talk new bike.
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Re: How do you know if it is time to sell your bike ?

Postby redial » Thu May 22, 2014 11:22 pm

125,000 is nothing to a Goldwing..when you hit 300,000 then talk new bike.


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Re: How do you know if it is time to sell your bike ?

Postby wingpilot08 » Fri May 23, 2014 6:03 am

I have 201,000 + on my 96'....no thoughts on selling her yet...it's running toooo good!!
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Re: How do you know if it is time to sell your bike ?

Postby Wingsconsin » Fri May 23, 2014 8:55 am

RBGERSON wrote:Keep the 1500 do some testing..compression, stator, etc. if that's all good keep riding it..you won't like the ride of the 1800..more power yes but not as comfy.

Change your belts, flush the radiators, maybe run some sea foam in the oil before your next oil change for a 50 miles and try to clean the slug out of the engine case??? Flush and replace the brake and clutch fluids, new rubber and you'll have a new bike...IMHO

125,000 is nothing to a Goldwing..when you hit 300,000 then talk new bike.


Actually - there is nothing wrong with my bike mechanically (that I know of).
It runs fine (not so much this year as I have it apart for some major maintenance) , delivers good fuel economy & power and fits me...
I will probably just work toward making it awesome and lasting another 75,000 miles...
Maybe the new goal should be 200,000 ....

After this round of maintenance updates all that I need to do soon is steering head bearings. They are getting 'notchy' and will need attention. I change oil regularly, the belts were done 25,000 miles ago, fluids I do every other year since I got it (due this year).

No reason to change other than some short term frustration with the alternator change (Compufire) and some needed brake caliper rebuilds (waiting on my workbench right now are the kits) ....

Just being wistful pensive and grumpy right now I suppose....

Thanks everyone - I think I will keep her... :D

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Re: How do you know if it is time to sell your bike ?

Postby Uncle Fester » Fri May 23, 2014 11:24 am

GLAD to hear it. . . . I think you will be much happier in the long run.

To help you decide for sure, go rent one for the weekend, see what you think of it.
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Re: How do you know if it is time to sell your bike ?

Postby Wingsconsin » Fri May 23, 2014 11:39 am

Read this thread to discover why I am so frustrated with my 1500...

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