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Dave, im actually a retired auto tech. there's nothing on a car or truck I cant fix, but a bike is a whole 'nother story. the only reason I do what I can to this bike is being on s/s I can't afford to have someone else to do it for me lol. so far, everything that needed to be done to this bike I did myself with the exception of the front wheel bearing and 1 set of tire changes. the next major step to have worked on are the carbs, im gonna have to let my local bike shop along with the triple tree bearings. those im not going to do either. I don't have the proper equipment for them. I MIGHT try to tackle doing the clutch, but im unsure if I want to try in fear of getting stuck in the middle of it and having to have it towed to a bike shop for them to finish...........littlebeaver, yes, it is good to know and see that there are a lot of these older wings still alive and thriving. even some of the new-er wing owner come up to me and admire my 32 year old bike. now THATS saying something to the testament of these old bike, you treat them right, and they will last almost forever. mines at 100,000 miles and still going strong.

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I believe older wings are for sale cause. Most guys sacome to peer pressure from there buddies who ride Harleys or have 30 G to throw away on a new wing. I ride a 82 interstate GL1100. I Love This Bike! I put new belts new tire and brakes including rebuilding the calipers. My GL has taught me so much. The new wings have to many bells and whistles for me. I like things simple. To me my bike has it all.
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I agree with you Stuart and Beav i love my GL 1100 even at times it as me pulling my hair lol, mine only as 70,000 unfortunately i was just to scared to tackle the carbs so local bike guy is doing them for me for the price its on his time not mine lol cleaned with ultra sound cleaner thingie and rebuilding for less than $250 so in the mean time i have painted all the tin (stripped it off before taken bike to shop ) ready to go on when it comes back pics to follow!!!.
I ride with a bunch of HD owners and when we stop i get the most people coming around my 82 GoldWing lol and when we stop i got off still feeling good they are stretching there backs rubbing there butts lol. Its a shame new parts are getting harder to find but lucky that a lot are broken for parts I used a place up in Washington for lot of things i need (Spikes Cycle) also i have spent money on it to make it run and look good, but if it died tomorrow ( i mean being totaled) i believe it was worth every penny and time and enjoyment out of it.

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I'm in the process of restoring my '87 Interstate that I bought in Feb. of same year. I had considered selling it as it was sitting in the garage covered up and was no longer running because of neglect. I offered it to my son and told him that for probably $1000 he could get it running again. He opted to get a 2001 1100 Shadow and asked if I was comfortable riding it home from the dealer an hour away. Heck yeah. That got me interested again so I got a friend who I go to church with that works on bikes to get it back to running condition. I'm approaching that $1000 mark, but just in parts. Hopefully it will be ready the end of next week.
I'm getting excited again about riding, which I loved dearly back in the day. Seems like a lot of folks really like the older Wings so I'm glad I kept mine. For years I debated getting rid of it but just couldn't and now I'm glad I didn't.
My wife and I have talked about pulling it behind the motorhome in the fall on our travels to the Smokey Mountains. My fondest memories are trips up the Blue Ridge Parkway, with my son who was just 6 at the time. Maybe now that he's 34 we can make some more.

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WingAdmin wrote:If there's one thing I love about the old wings and the forums like this one that support them, it's that it allows people who financially couldn't otherwise afford to have/maintain/run a bike, to not only have a great bike, but be able to ride it all the time without paying a fortune to keep it running.
So true. i have always been one to purchase used vehicles. does not make any sense to buy a new vehicle of any kind, unless of course you can afford it, then you have the $$$$$$ to buy quite a few things fresh out of the factory.

Sleeping beauty's project taught me so much, and to me, i enjoyed the challenge and that's worth more than any price I think.

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Hi all
I have fiund that if you can work on carbs, you can find every kind of bike for little money. It seems to me that a lot of people buy bikes, and after just a little riding, park them in the garage. Then the ethanol turns to concrete. Now when that person decides they want to maybe take it out for a short ride, after it has been sitting parked for months, it won't crank. After calling the bike shop for an estimate of $80.00 per hour to "fix" it, it sits for some more time. After years of taking up space, the owner gazes at it, then figures they might as well sell it. Somebody gets a beautiful wing with low miles for cheap, and all it needs is the carbs cleaned ;) That's how I found my 87 1200.
If you have just a fair hand with mec-a-nicks :lol: you should be able to do this job yourself. Just take your time, and go through this site. There's a lot of help here, and people who are glad to help.
Whatever the reason, if you find an old wing for sale, grab it. These bikes last forever, and are more fun than a sports bike. I love my old wing, and wouldn't sell it for anything. Btw, I sold my Harley to buy my wing, and have had no regrets.
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Gl1100
Gl1100

Bought a 81 gw $ 1900. Drove it 3 hours to my homestead without a hitch. Someone added fairing and bags to look like an interstate but I guess it's a standard gw? Really not sure what else has been done. False tank actually hides halfway into fairing? bike looks good. I've had recent offers 2200. Almost 3900 miles. Needs valve clearances checked and timing belts. Thinking about letting it go. Might be a down payment on newer 1800. On my Second thought naw can't let it go.

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Not really. Folks always wants newest, bestest thing. It's human nature. As far as Goldwings go, you just can't beat the reliability of a Honda.
Myself and as far as older vehicles I like 62 thru 75 Cadillacs.

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love older caddy's. had a bunch of them.

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All I do is get on and ride this sucker anymore, It has no issues.... Maybe I will repaint it again,,,yah yah :lol:

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mine, im leaving well enough alone. all the repairs that it needed are done, and like you beave, i fill it with fuel and oil, then i get on it and ride to where ever the road takes me :P. anybody wanna buy a nice running 83 aspy with only 109,000 miles on it ? we can talk about the price.

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we can talk about the price.
Stuart,

That does not sound like a dialogue, more like a monologue. :roll:
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roadwanderer2 wrote:mine, im leaving well enough alone. ..... we can talk about the price.
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:lol:, that's funny right there.

stuart.

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What's your top asking price Stuart?

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whats my TOP asking price?, well i would have to take into account what it cost me in trade to get it alone with all that i've put into it in the last 2 years, (which i have every receipt for).......lets say $2,800.00 OBO to start with. below are a few pics of what it looks like right now with its fresh paint and stripes as it sits with the exception of the placement of the volt meter and light toggle switches which are in a stainless steel plate that's on the lower right side of the fairing, and a new marine stereo placed in the upper right fairing pocket that has a lock and key.

if anyone is interested in it, i can send more pictures and answer questions about it upon request.

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I got an 83 interstate. Been set for 4yr was cheek spark it fire up still had the 4yr old gas in it got it for 500 put other160 in it still have a bug or two to work out but a great bike

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you got lucky there mgoodn.

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My 79 Vetter GW gets all the looks, too. And my restoration was SeaFoam in 5 tanks of gas, and a 600 mile road trip. This winter, I'm outfitting a 300 lb teardrop trailer for next year. $2K barn find for me, just rolled 7500 orig kms.

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You know that they just love to run. BTW is there a post that lists the steps to Restore the bike, I;d like to do a workup on the things that are not so obvious over the winter.

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" Why are there Older Wings for sale" ?
Because there are a lot of "STOOPID" people out there .

Bought my first Wing used in "80". A 1979 GL-1000 with every bell and whistle you could "hang" on one back then . Vetter w/lowers ; Calfia bags and trunk and enough Markland to sink a PT boat... Previous owner went "clubbing" with his buddies and came home in a condition we all know he shouldn't have been riding anything in , and rolled it into the back wall of the garage . Bike didn't get hurt , except some scratched chrome on the Diamond-shaped crash bar , but the "genius" had a cast up to the hip on his left leg . Bad for him ; good for me . SIX HUNDRED and EIGHTY dollars later ; I owned my first Wing . He just wanted it gone , and I was happy to oblige .

This bike has eleven trips to the "Wall" ; and over 900,000 miles on it when I sold it to the Son of my "Ridin Partner" of thirty-five years for a $1,000 cash.
The "1,000" wore out at around 860,000 and I replaced it with a very nice 1100 motor from a 82-I , but kept the thousand heads on her for aesthetics and just good looks .
And when I took two of my younger "ridin bro's" to Sturgis in 08 ; they were on brand new Ultra's and guess what got all the attention , everywhere we stopped ? I loved every second of that trip .
Recently bought a 83 A-cade and I'm going thru it now . Motor was junk ; so it's already been switched , but I kept all the "good" parts off the bad motor .
Going to make my last "Run" to the "Wall" next year , and then , I'll be putting her up for sale at a reasonable price , for what I'll have in her . Keep ya'll posted . :lol:

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Having looked at a few and talked to the sellers, I'm going to go with 3 factors:

1: these things do tend to last forever, even if they are in a finicky stage of repair.
2: there are a LOT of riders who got wings when they were getting a bit older and are now selling them (sort of a baby boom thing?) due to age.
3: there is the wrenching factor. It's not a bare cb750. It can be a bit hard- or time consuming- to get at things to fix and maintain and there are just not a ton of experience honda mechanics who works on these, it seems.

The good news, regarding number 3, is that it's a cheap enough market that you can have 3 wings- one daily rider and one being worked on and one all fixed up and ready to sell so you can go looking for your next wing project.

I do think that a small part of point 3 is that every podunk town of 600 people has a harley mechanic. For whatever reason, despite the advantages of the UJM dressers overall, harleys are everywhere.

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have you ever taken your older, (pre '90) full dress wing to a honda dealership to have them change out the rear tire? OMG the labor rate is WAY over the top. my local dealership gets $185.00 labor just to remove the rear wheel, NOT including the cost of the tire, mounting and balancing, and a lot of dealerships have mechanics that are not capable of working on them. one tech at my local dealer said he's never seen a g/w,(1983) that old before.

that's crazy.

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I have had a few young guys give me a blank look when I said I ride a Goldwing,,, they never heard of one... :shock: I guess it's because I'm in KC and there are Harley plants here or something. :shock: .. Never heard of a Goldwing...What???? the bike that's made fun of because of all the buttons it has... I had a female tell me once she rode to Colorado with a dude on a Goldwing and said she loved every minute of it... Harley people love their Harley's and goldwingers love their Goldwings, I like smooth rides, thru the gears too.... Right now I own a 1100 as seen in photo and my 1200 Kawa voyager,, love that bike too... I happen to love the sound of the kawa....Very very very cool man.... :D :D :lol:


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i love my 83 aspy, but i think its time i step up to a newer/larger one, maybe a 84-90 1200 or 1500. i like the idea of the 1200 being almost the same in seat height and weight, but i also like the idea of a larger motor that's on the 1500 for interstate riding and the seat on the 1500 is about an inch lower than the ones on the 1100 and 1200. as for the weight of a 1500, i think its almost 260 pounds heaver than the 1100 and the 1200. that's the only thing that bothers me. im not sure if i can handle a bike that's almost 900 pounds, although mine is almost the same weight with everything i have on it.

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