Buying an 88 GL-1500, but what should I be looking out for?


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Buying an 88 GL-1500, but what should I be looking out for?

Postby PedroTQ » Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:03 am



G'day to All,

Hope the festive season was good to everyone.

I have been a member of this group for about 12 months now but only in the background, I am also a member of the NGW club and have my story there.

Condensed, i bought 5 GL-1000's with the intent to get two going well, one with a sidecar, one solo and enough parts to make up a Rat Bike.

I am getting impatient to get onto two wheels again and my projects are painfully slow but i want to do a good job on them.

Anyway I am very seariously contemplating buying a 1988 GL-1500 from a local dealer, but I know little of thiese machines so i am hoping that i can get some tips on what to look for when checking them out?

The bike in question is an import and has just over 42,000 mils on her.

Thank you all in advance,

Peter, Perth, Western Australia.
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#1 - 1975 GL-1000 - showroom
#2 - 1976 GL-1000 - sidecar
#3 - 1978 GL-1000 - parts
#4 - 1975 GL-1000 - parts, but had the sidecar
#5 - 1978 GL-1000 - project with grandson (secret parts source)
#6 - 1988 GL-1500 - Flagship!
#7 - 1998 GL-1500C - Valkyrie

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Re: Buying an 88 GL-1500, but what should I be looking out f

Postby wingpilot08 » Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:53 am

Since you are familiar with Goldwing's...the biggest question would be maintenance of the bike. Specifically the timing belts. Although it has only 43,000 miles on the do..it is a 1988 bike...27 years old...I would consider changing the belt regardless of what is stated. Other then that, its hardly broken in!! How much is being asked for the Wing??
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Re: Buying an 88 GL-1500, but what should I be looking out f

Postby PedroTQ » Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:49 pm

Thanks for the reply "wingpilot96", Yes the timing belts would be the first thing I do before I ride her (except for the short ride home).

I made a mistake in the odometer reading, it has 27,797 miles on her which is about 44,000 Km.

She is also a "Special Edition" whatever that means?

The yard is asking $8,900au for her which i think is not too bad as a rust bucket left out in the sun and rain for years with much more milage on it goes for $3-4,000au.

I am in Telfer at the moment and fly home late Monday night so I will check her out on Tuesday morning.

Best regards, Peter.
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#1 - 1975 GL-1000 - showroom
#2 - 1976 GL-1000 - sidecar
#3 - 1978 GL-1000 - parts
#4 - 1975 GL-1000 - parts, but had the sidecar
#5 - 1978 GL-1000 - project with grandson (secret parts source)
#6 - 1988 GL-1500 - Flagship!
#7 - 1998 GL-1500C - Valkyrie

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Re: Buying an 88 GL-1500, but what should I be looking out f

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:57 pm

Wow, an 88 with only 27,000 miles! That's an average of just barely over 1,000 miles a year. Has the bike been sitting for long periods of time without being ridden?

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Re: Buying an 88 GL-1500, but what should I be looking out f

Postby redial » Fri Jan 02, 2015 6:21 pm

The 88 models are popular to import, because they slip under the 1Jan89 cutoff date for manufacture, and do not have to comply with as many Australian Design Rules (ADR). Check with your insurance company, and see if they will insure a 'grey import' - some places will not. I would be putting some fuel conditioner, like Stabil, but try the boating shop for the marine version.

As mentioned, check the service history. When/If you take delivery, go over it with a fine tooth comb, including the rear drive. You will need the moly lubricant for this, and will mean pulling the bike's rear apart, but it will be better to know than to be sorry later. Also, put your order in for one of PepiLePew's gear changing assist, as I am sure you will enjoy that as well.

Enjoy your GW, and I trust you will have many happy miles of smiles.


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