Used Prices on GL 1500s in the toilet


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Hi Everybody, thought about selling my nice 89 Aspencade with only 9000 miles, I'm getting
older and it's all I can do to ride it, probably need a trike. Thought about triking this one,
but all THAT would do is put me even DEEPER in the hole, as it'll take about 15 grand for a nice trike kit installed

I'm seeing prices on nice GL1500s ranging from 1200-2000!
Guess no one riding as much, many giving it up entirely,
and older GLs aren't worth much. My 84 GL1200 stripper is worth 3 times as much
as this like new 89 GL1500! If anyone has any E85 ethanol gas to donate I damn well
MAY burn it before I take 1200 for it. What a shame.

BTW, I'm not "bikeless" in any case. This 113 Roadliner (Street Glide Copy) is the best balanced machine I've ever rode, and with the custom CA seat I can easily plant BOTH feet firmly on the ground (I'm 5 7 1/2) At my age this machine probably is a lot better for me






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I guess everyone agrees with me

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Location and time of year make a big difference in price.
Summer is a hard sell in hot areas. Spring and fall are top selling times almost everywhere and you can get a better price as a seller.

As for right now, there is a lot of financial uncertainty, so buying a motorcycle is not on the top of the list for many.
For most, it may be selling it, hence more bikes available and prices are driven down.

What are you asking (or expecting) for yours?
Many are turned off by a low mileage old bike. Not saying yours is, but there are many issues that come from a bike not being ridden for a long time.

I know around me, a running GL1500 in decent shape starts ~ $3,000, even for the first year models.
I got a deal on '94 @ $3,250 (decent mileage, running good, ready to ride and all maintenance done on it for mileage).
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I agree with much of what you said. My GL, however has been ridden regularly
in the 3 years I've had it, I bought it with the low miles and paid a little more because of it
I suppose I could wait until fall and see if any interest, but with covid and the election coming
up, I dont expect there'll be much interest in it at any price. It's just a bad time to sell
right now. I did, however, do very well on a a like new low mileage vintage 1973 350-Four. But a lot of prople
want one of them as they relive the bike they or their dad or mom had, so demand is there.

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Sorry to say, with '02-'03 GL1800's going for $5-$6K, with ABS, CB and fully loaded with farkles, clothes, helmets, and even trailers, it's unlikely that a 31 year old carbureted bike will sell for even $3K. A lot more riders are aging out and have the "everything must go" mentality, so you're competing with that.

I've owned my share of old cars, and loved fixing them up, but even with quality brands the plastic gets old and brittle, regardless of miles, and people don't want to mess with it. As you said, triking your current bike would put you "deeper in the hole", which implies it's a hole, and most people have enough holes already. And COVID just adds another one.

I do wish you the best of luck with the sale, it's a tough time, and it may only get worse as more and more used GL1800's come on the market.
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For sure it definitely seems like a buyers market right now. I recently purchased my ‘95 SE from a dozen possible choices so close to home I couldn’t believe it. I also think maintenance and the fact that dealers don’t want to service older bikes scares or deters the casual rider that has little time for that kind of stuff. I held firm on the price when selling my 2007 Venture for over a year until I found the perfect buyer who knew and appreciated what I had.
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Well, on the bright side, it's not like 2000-2500 (which is probably a realistic estimate in this current market)
is going to make or break me, I still have 3 cans of peas in the cabinet last I checked, so I'm good.
It WILL take a special buyer on this one, however he may be a while in coming.

The Harley market is no better off. I also have an 03 Road King 100th Anniversary (below) that is
also like new with only 7800 miles on it. Normally a bike like this would easily fetch 8000.
Not THIS year. I couldn't get an offer over 6K on it. There's 1000 Roadkings for sale, mostly higher miles
going for 6000-6500 that it's competing with. The harley thing is about at the end of days as well.
Old farts like me aren't going in and writing 25-28000 checks for new Ultras anymore, no one is buying them.
and millenials and kids can't afford or don't want them.
Their "core" market has just about dried up.





Unfortunately, I agree with everything's thats been said, but for 2000 or so I'll just keep it and
ride it enough so it doesn't get stoved up, we will be in this stagnant market for several years
IMO so that's what we deal with.

This 89 here is pretty much still like a new bike tho. I've seen a lot of $2000-$2500 GL15s
and they're mostly ratted out cosmetically with tons of miles and 4 or more owners by now.
I gotta believe this one is worth a little more than those rat arses
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Re: Used Prices on GL 1500s in the toilet

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Great_adVENTURE wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:47 am
I held firm on the price when selling my 2007 Venture for over a year until I found the perfect buyer who knew and appreciated what I had.
And that appears to be the key to getting any money for the older GL1500s. If you have a special one, you need to find that special person who wants it. Price it sensibly, and wait for the right buyer to come along. If it is meant to happen, it will. I have never lost money on a motorcycle sale to date, but I think I just might on my GL1800 when I get ready to sell it, as it is a pretty high mileage bike. If I want to ride, I have to accept that every mile takes money off the resale value. :o :lol: :o
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well,
yesterday I wrote up a long reply before anyone else had done so, but poof! it is gone to nowhere??

at this point, I can only reiterate what has already been said.

my 2002 gl1800 was worth the $7,000 that I paid for it 3 years ago.
Today? it might bring half of that if I am lucky.
but I won't be selling it, as my son wants it when my legs give out.

As I am now 78 y/o that point might get here sooner than I want.

The 1500s are now considered vintage bikes whether we like it or not, because we know that nice clean ones can easily go 300,000 miles and more with just attention to their needs.

Wish you well, but the current environment is killing resales on almost everything.
a local car dealer lot is empty today, I saw a sign in front of his business that mentioned he had moved to Adair, Oklahoma which has a population of 790, we have 1,200 here in Oologah, Oklahoma.
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Sorry to disagree with most, but to many buyers, the 1500 is the pick of the litter. The earlier 1800s had issues that many potential buyers have heard about. Many others place a higher value on the carrying capacities of the 1500s trunk and saddlebags. Still others value the more ample space for the rider and driver that the 1500s affords. Sure the 1800 has more farkles and gimmicks(to better distract the rider) and is quicker, but when touring down the highway -whether at 45 or 75-that is immaterial. I recently listed my '93-1500 that I've owned for 12 years. All maintenance was done by myself in that time, with a lot of help from this board. It had just under 70K miles, new battery, new tires. I listed it at $4500/b.o. and had three serious offers. It sold for $4300, in less than a week. I had bought it in the spring of 2008 with less than 5K miles for well under six thousand $. A well taken care of bike will always be worth extra to a buyer.

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I was thinking about doing that same thing, and see what happens.
I agree with you, and I still say my LOW miles and still looking and running like new has to be
worth more...we'll see

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minimac wrote:
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:37 am
Sorry to disagree with most, but to many buyers, the 1500 is the pick of the litter. The earlier 1800s had issues that many potential buyers have heard about. Many others place a higher value on the carrying capacities of the 1500s trunk and saddlebags. Still others value the more ample space for the rider and driver that the 1500s affords. Sure the 1800 has more farkles and gimmicks(to better distract the rider) and is quicker, but when touring down the highway -whether at 45 or 75-that is immaterial. I recently listed my '93-1500 that I've owned for 12 years. All maintenance was done by myself in that time, with a lot of help from this board. It had just under 70K miles, new battery, new tires. I listed it at $4500/b.o. and had three serious offers. It sold for $4300, in less than a week. I had bought it in the spring of 2008 with less than 5K miles for well under six thousand $. A well taken care of bike will always be worth extra to a buyer.
I have to agree with you...I bought my 2000 Aspencade in January of this year... I saw it listed on eBay in Florida and talk to the owner... he had all service records and receipts for the add-ons he made through the years... for a 20 year old Wing... it was flawless, the body panels were spotless... the engine was tight ... he sent pictures and video of it running and off ... I bought it while in California and paid him through PayPal ... when I got to my home in Arkansas I drove over a total 1600 miles to bring it home and I haven't looked back since .... been riding and smiling for I think I got a bargain ... I know I may step on a few toes saying this .... to me the 1500 is the best looking and the most comfortable Goldwing of them all bar none

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If no one wants to pay for a bike this nice I'll keep it
until things get better...all stock except for windshield
not ONE piece of aftermarket anything on it and 9444 miles
not going to give something like this away






















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wow!

that looks like it just came off the showroom floor.
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Just be patience my friend... someone will see it and want it due to the care and maintenance you have done ... it will happen for your Wing is in excellent condition

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Just curious, what are you asking for it?
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asking 4500 or BEST REASONABLE OFFER

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:o I would have paid that if I knew before I purchased my 95!
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Thanks for nice comments...after seeing pictures you can see now
why 3K just will not work for me on this one.
Whole different ball game a 9000 mi bike vs a 70-100000 mi bike
(and mine didn't just sit, it was serviced, loved on, polished, and rode regularly)
There's no way a 100K mi Wing will look and ride like this 9K one
That was my whole point, and why I paid up for this one as well
Miles are miles, even on a GL15

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Again, I think a big part of this is the economy, plus location and time of year in general.

$4500 is the high end (around here at least at this time of year), regardless of mileage.
If it was a '99 or '00 with that mileage you could get that pretty easily or more, but it is still a 31 year old bike, and that is what hurts it.
I agree though you should not take $2000 for it. You may have to come down some, but you did say reasonable offer.
If I saw that bike 3 months ago down here, I would have come at you with $3,750 cash in hand (and would have had another $250 in pocket if you said no).
I spent $3,250 on my '94 with 82,000 miles, only because the previous owner had meticulous records on it and everything had been done that needs to be done to an older higher mileage bike.
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Last week I looked at Craigslist Denver to see what the market looked like, there were no 1500's listed in Denver area at all. and only three 1500's in all of Colorado front range (from FT Collins to Pueblo). A nice '95 SE with 37k miles for about $5500, another nice '96SE with 130k for about $4500 and a rather natty looking '88, asking $2000. Additionally there was a Nice 1500 Lehman Trike, $15,000. These all had been posted almost a month.

Back in March of '17 when I was shopping for a 1500 I found over 20 bikes listed ranging in price from $2000 for junk to $7500, average $5000, and they were selling quickly. Some were already sold by the time I went to look at them. I bought my '93 Aspy with 44k Miles for $4800, but it had all the "SE" lighting added, progressive suspension front and rear, 90 amp alternator, CD changer, equalizer, big amplifier, Subwoofer and 6 speaker stereo upgrade. It has been totally trouble-free into it's fourth season with me.

So the market right now is NOTHING like it was 3 1/2 yrs ago. But this is late summer, not Spring. I think you'll have better luck moving your bike next Spring.
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If I saw that bike 3 months ago down here, I would have come at you with $3,750 cash in hand (and would have had another $250 in pocket if you said no)

...and if you were standing here with 4K 3 months ago you would have rode it home for that

This year is just a totally different market. Prices are down 1-2000 across the board I agree.
I'm probably better off selling next spring, altho if Biden gets in it may be even worse
Meanwhile I can still enjoy it occasionally

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It's not like I'll be "Wingless" if i sell the 1500.
Here's my "other" Goldwing, 1984 Standard
fitted with the 83 Hondaline fairing at the dealer in 1984
Honda couldn't sell the standards in the last 2 or 3 years made (82-84)
so some dealers fitted the Interstate fairing to them in order to get them out the door
(everyone wanted the Interstate or Aspencade)
84 was the LAST year of the standard and the FIRST year of the 1200
Only about 2-3000 were made
This wing fits me a lot better and one I'll keep forever



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Post by mudplug »

I am reading the comment on here regarding prices for the 1500 with my jaw hitting the floor, in the UK used prices are crazy like a 92 going for $8,500 and some are going for even more !! sure wish we had some of your low prices over here lol

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Forget the trike conversion put a side car on it...Much cooler looking.



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