Buying a 1988--What to look for?


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Buying a 1988--What to look for?

Postby suvcw04 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:31 pm



I'm looking at a 1988 Aspencade. It has 28000 miles on it. The carbs were rebuilt 600 miles (two years!!) ago. Aside from the timing belts, what else should be looking at, or expect to become a problem? Any seals or other rubber bits that are especially prone to leaking at the age of 23 years? What do I look for on the test ride?
The asking price is $6000, but the owner might come down a LITTLE.



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Re: Buying a 1988--What to look for?

Postby tmilam » Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:22 am

Timing belts should be good.

Has been ridden very much since carb rebuild? If not the carbs may need to be gone threw again.

Check tires for weather cracks and tread depth. Ride it. Listen for any unusual noises. After the ride inspect for leaks of any sort and check the fork seals for leaks.

Blue book on an 89 in excellent condition is only $4200. If everything is in good condition, I would offer about $3700. If it need tires I would offer $3200.

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Re: Buying a 1988--What to look for?

Postby suvcw04 » Sun Apr 10, 2011 3:51 pm

Are you saying the belts will be OK no matter the age? My concern about the timing belts is the 8 year or 80000 recommended change interval. The first thing I'm going to want from the owner is proof that those belts are less than 8 years old.

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Re: Buying a 1988--What to look for?

Postby robb » Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:40 pm

How well equiped and condition of tires and seat are determining factors. Check both cluth and brake lever for leakage, check sightglass for low fluid, pull dipstick and see if it is low or appears dirty. Turn on all thee lights (high beam), turn signals to check turning lamps, radio and CB, anything that consumes power, even try the air pump numerous times for 5 minutes; then try to crank engine with everything still on. Battery is $50 at walmart but alternator is couple hundred.

Bought a 89 Aspencade last july for $5300 knowing it needed an alternator and batteryfrom setting 2 years after he passed away. Loaded with all I wanted and more and only missing an emblem on right side. No hitch so it the elderly owner did'nt hurt it. Markland footboards, Travelcade gel seat with backrest, 2 new nolan helmets with intercoms, large shield, luggage rack and spoiler, CB, cruise, air suspersion, arm rests, reverse, new tires and brakes.

If it makes you happy buy it, but be prepared to live with it if you find out you paid too much.

There is a bigger risk to a belt setting for 23 years with light riding than one that has seen high miles. $50-60 for a pair of belts.

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Re: Buying a 1988--What to look for?

Postby tmilam » Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:04 pm

suvcw04 wrote:Are you saying the belts will be OK no matter the age? My concern about the timing belts is the 8 year or 80000 recommended change interval. The first thing I'm going to want from the owner is proof that those belts are less than 8 years old.


I have an 89 with 78000 on it. YES it is still running the factory belts.

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Re: Buying a 1988--What to look for?

Postby burdicda » Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:56 pm

I got an 88 GL1500 given to me for free that had been setting for years outside under a carport
The ONLY thing I INSISTED on after reading through hundreds of forums was whether it needed it or not
replace the timing belts.....

It runs like a new one after about $2k into it...but I'm fickle and so is my mechanic
All new tires
All fluids, hoses, cables, brakes, clutch, flushed everything everywhere and tuned up carbs (rebuild)
I'm done...
Unless I win the lotto this one has found a home for life....

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Re: Buying a 1988--What to look for?

Postby gordonv » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:39 pm

Maybe in 88' the recommendation for the GL1500 was replace the belts at that interval. But today in the Valkyrie GL1500, it is to inspect the belt at 100K miles, not even replace.

However, Yes, for $50 for a pair of belts, and the ability to replace them myself, I would spend the 1-2 hours (for a Valk) and replace them either at 100K miles or 10 year intervals.




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