Would You Pay $6900 (CDN $) for a 20 000 Km (12 000mi) 1989 Goldwing?


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Would You Pay $6900 (CDN $) for a 20 000 Km (12 000mi) 1989 Goldwing?

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Would You Pay $6900 (CDN $) for a 20 000 Km (12 000mi) 1989 Goldwing?

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Would you pay $6900.00 for a mint condition 1989 Goldwing with only 20 000 kms (12 000 miles) on it?

Assume everything is stock, but the tires have been replaced (at some point) and the rear brake pads and battery were done a few weeks ago. (Does a bike like this really go through rear brakes this quickly? - He did mention he would favour the rear brake over the front.)

And what if it is in EXCELLENT condition, but not "Mint"?

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There are too many newer GL1500's out there to pay that kind of money for a 1989. If you have to have a GL1500, look for a 1998 through 2000, preferably an SE model.
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I agree with MikeB about newer ones being available. Although many people are still riding their 1989s and 12K is not a lot of miles, sitting can be just as detrimental to a vehicle as overdriving it. As I have a GL1800, and have never even ridden a GL1500, my opinion is not as valid as the 1500 owners, but newer always seems to me to be preferable. A 1989 motorcycle where you live tho, is very attractive due to insurance breaks. You can save about 1200 a year over a newer bike. Be prepared, however to have to wrench on it more for a while till you get all the bugs out (and if lucky, no bugs at all). I am a bit surprised that a 1989 gets the antique insurance tho, as my 1987 does not qualify till it hits 30 in August of this year. (different province)
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Too much money for a 28 year old Wing. 2001 1800s are now being listed for $6000 / $7000 around here on Craigs List. (Mint???)
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Lomcevac...
Where on (your Location) EARTH would you find that questionable deal? :P
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The price is fairly high (though not out of line if you live, say, on Vancouver Island where prices for GoldWings are VERY high), and with mileage that low (provided it's running well), it could be an excellent purchase. I would definitely change the timing belts immediately, if they haven't been done very recently (and the change documented!), but that's the one, crucial maintenance matter.

There are places (like in the US, for example) where this would be too high a price. Some have mentioned newer bikes (like GL1800's) for sale for that money, but in my area, at least, even the cheapest 1800 would be 1 1/2 to 2 times that price. Given that a well-maintained GL1500 will probably outlast you, the price (amortized over the years you'll be enjoying it), the price really isn't bad...and if it's a "cherry", it might well be worth it!

When I bought mine, the price was similar (I bought my GL1500 about 3 years ago). At that time, the absolute cheapest (2001, well-worn, with a LOT of miles on it) GL1800 was just under $13,000 - a price I simply couldn't manage on my pension. If I had stuck with trying to get a GL1800 'Wing, I would simply have had to do without a bike. Thankfully, I prefer the GL1500 anyway, and I found one at a price I COULD manage.
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Mh434 wrote: Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:00 am The price is fairly high (though not out of line if you live, say, on Vancouver Island where prices for GoldWings are VERY high), and with mileage that low (provided it's running well), it could be an excellent purchase. I would definitely change the timing belts immediately, if they haven't been done very recently (and the change documented!), but that's the one, crucial maintenance matter.

There are places (like in the US, for example) where this would be too high a price. Some have mentioned newer bikes (like GL1800's) for sale for that money, but in my area, at least, even the cheapest 1800 would be 1 1/2 to 2 times that price. Given that a well-maintained GL1500 will probably outlast you, the price (amortized over the years you'll be enjoying it), the price really isn't bad...and if it's a "cherry", it might well be worth it!

When I bought mine, the price was similar (I bought my GL1500 about 3 years ago). At that time, the absolute cheapest (2001, well-worn, with a LOT of miles on it) GL1800 was just under $13,000 - a price I simply couldn't manage on my pension. If I had stuck with trying to get a GL1800 'Wing, I would simply have had to do without a bike. Thankfully, I prefer the GL1500 anyway, and I found one at a price I COULD manage.
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FM-USA wrote: Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:55 am Lomcevac...
Where on (your Location) EARTH would you find that questionable deal? :P
I've updated my location specifically for you, FM-USA. ;)
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All in extremely good to excellent condition on most of the aesthetics. The right saddle bag has a scratch along it (about 4" long), which it appears was then (poorly) sanded.

The bike sounded GREAT and showed no problems except that it burned a lot of oil on startup (it was on the side-stand for a long time). And before driving at all, it lurched forward when put into first gear (despite the clutch being pulled all the way to the grip) and stalled. This happened 2 or 3 times before I was able to drive it, and then it never happened again. I think the remedy is to flush the hydraulic clutch fluid, but I didn't check it at the time.
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That is a beautiful 1500. I wouldn't hesitate getting it if it runs well. There will most likely be some minor issues to tend to since it set a long time. I'm sure the engine is in great shape. Fluid changes and a good going over and you will be riding a nice bike for a long long time.
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If I were in Canada, and looking for a 1500 (which I prefer over an 1800), I couldn't get my wallet out fast enough. Sure, you may have to buy tires right away, do the timing belts, and do a total fluids change, but machines like that don't pop up every day. I wouldn't even think twice about it. Who cares how much you pay? It's no ones business. If your happy, and it's what you want -that's all that counts!
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It truly looks showroom fresh! The initial lurch you mentioned isn't uncommon for a bike that hasn't been moved in a while - the clutch plates can get a little stuck together, but as you've found, once you use it a bit, it frees up & goes back to normal. Ditto for the initial start-up oil smoke puff...nothing to worry about there.

Judging by the car in the background, etc., it's clear the bike has been well-kept. You should get decades of faithful service out of her!!
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Mh434 wrote: Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:37 am Judging by the car in the background, etc., it's clear the bike has been well-kept. You should get decades of faithful service out of her!!
Interesting all the responses here. Makes the decision SO much more difficult! 80% of respondents (from a pool of 10 responses, thus far) would be inclined to not buy the bike. Yet a LOT of the written responses are quite glowing!

But I wonder how many realize that $6900 CDN is $5300.00 USD?

As for your quote, here, Mh434, you would HOPE that would be the case, but in fact while I wouldn't want to call the bike 'neglected' (it was OBVIOUS it was stored inside all those years!); I would say it feels like it was forgotten. He did very little to the bike, not even knowing where the dipstick was. So I agree with whomever said ALL the fluids should be rejuvenated. While that Austin (apparently only one of just over 100 left running in the world) looks just as good in the picture as the bike does, it wouldn't jump out at me as being 'extremely well kept' to showroom condition.

By the way, I was able to get him down to $6400.00, which I think is MAYBE still $400 - $700 too much for the bike.
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It appears that your mind is made up. Yes, it looks good cosmetically. The last 1989 I had I paid $5000 for back in 2000, and it had the CB radio on it. It needed work cosmetically. I cleaned it up and sold it for $6000.

The 1988 and 1989 are different from all the rest. Many parts are specific to those years only, specifically the wheels and brakes.

If you have an inseam that is 29" or less, like me, you will be on your toes when sitting on it. From 1988 to 1994, they were about 40mm (1 - 1/2") taller than the later years.

I see that there is no CB radio. If you want to add one, it will be difficult to find all the parts needed. An SE model has the CB already installed from the factory.

Here are some changes that were made for 1990 and the changes continued as the model progressed through the years...
1990 saw some decent revisions, when the GL1500SE was placed alongside the GL1500. The SE had two-tone paint, trunk spoiler/light, windscreen vent, lighted handlebar switches, adjustable passenger footboards and foot warmer vents that looked better than they worked. All this extra kit on the SE could be yours for about 15% extra cash over the cost of the stock GL1500. Camshaft and carburetor modifications that year helped to eliminate chucking at trundling speed and the trunk and pannier lids were made to fit better in order to keep water out.
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IF I were your mechanic,...
1.) Others said, parts will be difficult due to only 2 years production.
2.) Tho it's garage kept and not run much, seals still deteriorate with age. (see 1.)
3.) IF this will be a daily rider, ride it until the wheels fall off and save for next bike.
4.) Riding part time due to Canada season. (see 1. + 2.)

ABOVE ALL, if you are a good WRENCH and shade-tree machinist, it's a good deal for you.

IF I were your spouse, spend that money on a newer model. ;)
Might have to add a few hundred $$ to your current budget but in the long run it is worth it.

GOOD LUCK ;)

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My Wing cost $5,000 and I've ridden it for 10 years. By the end of this year I'll have put almost 200,000 miles on it.
10 years avg. cost works out to about $10.00 per week, $40.00 month, $500 per year. Maintenance NOT inc..
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I might go with $4,000 I would have to test drive
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Nice looking bike. The owner has a thing for that colour. Here's my bottom line. Bikes are more expensive here in Canada and on the island then down south, hazards of where we are. If you like the ride, and it's what you want, buy it. Put together a budget for some maintenance items such as new tires, brake checks, bearing renewal, flushing of all fluids, and possible rebuilds of items such as clutch slave unit. From your description and if you do the wrenching, $500.00 (not including tires), should get you up and operating - maybe not even $500.00. After the initial buy, put together a maintenance work list, it will need it and do it over time.

As mh34 mentions, if you like it and it appeals to you, go for it. There isn't a used bike out there that will not need attention after being bought.

Tires, brakes, fluids, drive train taken apart and lubed, and bearings would be on my list for starters - bearings being a one to three year replacement starting with wheel bearings. Then ride it and have fun and enjoy.

One other issue that I would recommend is to take an advanced riding course to learn that you can do 20 foot circles, u-turns, figure eights, and the likes very easily on these bikes.

Looks good, only you can make the decision.

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Can anyone tell me what that knob/dial is between the handlebars (directly in line with the handle bars) on the left side of the centre console?

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Usually a speaker fader.
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FM-USA wrote: Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:07 am Usually a speaker fader.
Oh, ok. Thanks. Weird spot for it considering all the other controls are grouped together in the one location further down.
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Lomcevak wrote: Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:42 am Can anyone tell me what that knob/dial is between the handlebars (directly in line with the handle bars) on the left side of the centre console?
The GL1500 Aspencade's did not come with rear speakers. The speakers were stock on the SE models and the fader control was on the left handlebar control quadrant.
Honda marketed this accessory. It included speakers and that center console hump you see with the speaker fader control attached.
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I would do some general maintenance a ride I recently bought a 2008 caddy with 29k know 1owner an still looks ,smells an drives like new so yeah I would if that's what you like
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Brad - found this '93 1500 on Used Victoria. Must sell apparently. Here is site: http://www.usedvictoria.com/classified- ... g_29453834

178500 Kms and asking $4850.00. Engine Kms not an issue and qualifies for Collector plates next year. From what I have gleaned off threads/forums should get another 200,000 Kms without an issue. Take the saved money and keep it maintained.

Just a thought.

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Post by lionellisafeld »

Not likely Everyone is right there are a lot of newer 1500s out there. I own a 1992 Canadian SE and would sell it for around that price. Good luck and look around Lizzy


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