Value of a 78 GL1000


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Wirelic
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Value of a 78 GL1000

Post by Wirelic » Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:45 am



Gentlemen

I’m trying to get some idea of the value a 78 gl1000 I have opportunity to purchase. I’ll describe it as follows and hope someone can help establish an approximate value.

Carbs rebuilt, fuel tank clean, new fuel lines & filter. New timing belt, new points, condensers. New tires, wheel bearings, battery, radiator hoses, thermostat, radiator flushed & new coolant. New brakes lines, front & rear master cylinders rebuilt, brakes work good, Lester wheels (not spoke), new paint. It is naked and runs good. It has 53000 miles on it.

Please let me know what it’s reasonable worth.

I’m also looking at an 80 gl 1100 with 73000 miles, with fairing, bags & trunk. IT runs good, has new timing belt, battery, tires, carbs rebuilt, fuel system cleaned, new fuel lines & filter, wheel bearings and brake lines. New radiator hoses, new coolant & thermostat. Nice looking and running bike. Any idea what this one is worth. Trying to decide which to buy and what’s a fair value. Thanks for your guidance.



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Re: Value of a 78 GL1000

Post by SnoBrdr » Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:10 pm

Wirelic wrote:
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:45 am
Gentlemen

I’m trying to get some idea of the value a 78 gl1000 I have opportunity to purchase. I’ll describe it as follows and hope someone can help establish an approximate value.

Carbs rebuilt, fuel tank clean, new fuel lines & filter. New timing belt, new points, condensers. New tires, wheel bearings, battery, radiator hoses, thermostat, radiator flushed & new coolant. New brakes lines, front & rear master cylinders rebuilt, brakes work good, Lester wheels (not spoke), new paint. It is naked and runs good. It has 53000 miles on it.

Please let me know what it’s reasonable worth.

I’m also looking at an 80 gl 1100 with 73000 miles, with fairing, bags & trunk. IT runs good, has new timing belt, battery, tires, carbs rebuilt, fuel system cleaned, new fuel lines & filter, wheel bearings and brake lines. New radiator hoses, new coolant & thermostat. Nice looking and running bike. Any idea what this one is worth. Trying to decide which to buy and what’s a fair value. Thanks for your guidance.
With the 78, the Lester wheels double its value but w/o pictures it's tough.

No more than $1500 even with the wheels.

It's still 40 years old.

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Re: Value of a 78 GL1000

Post by Wirelic » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:22 am

Thanks for your input. I know the bikes are 40 years old, but thought in very good condition, they’d be worth more than $1500. I have a 40 year old Triumph worth about $5500 and a 50 year old Triumph worth around $7000. Apparently older Goldwing just don’t hold any value.

When searching used bikes for sale thru Cycle Trader or Craig’s List, $1500 doesn’t buy much other than junk. I’m thinking maybe your estimate is a little low?

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Re: Value of a 78 GL1000

Post by SnoBrdr » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:35 am

Wirelic wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:22 am
Thanks for your input. I know the bikes are 40 years old, but thought in very good condition, they’d be worth more than $1500. I have a 40 year old Triumph worth about $5500 and a 50 year old Triumph worth around $7000. Apparently older Goldwing just don’t hold any value.

When searching used bikes for sale thru Cycle Trader or Craig’s List, $1500 doesn’t buy much other than junk. I’m thinking maybe your estimate is a little low?
Apples/o5ranges.

The Triumphs are very collectable, the GLs are not.

For many reason but mostly as they made so many.

Only the 76 LTD is worth any real $$$ and then it really must be in showroom condition with all original equipment.

As far as my value being low, you can ASK whatever you want on EBay/CL, et al but what do they really sell for.

I see several perfect early GLs on the local CL but they have been there for months. Obviously they are not selling due to the cost.

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Re: Value of a 78 GL1000

Post by Maz » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:21 am

Value appears to be country dependent. Here, in the UK, a reasonable 40 year old GL1000 will set you back £3000 to £3500.
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Re: Value of a 78 GL1000

Post by Wirelic » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:27 am

Thanks, Snobdr, for your comments. Just so I have this correct, my inquiry was concerning a 78 GL1000. So, your 78 GL 1000 is only worth $1500? Wow! Here near Green Bay WI., $1500 buys nothing. A 1980 Yamaha 750 brings more than that. There are old 2 stroke dirt bikes from the 70s bringing that much. I’m not arguing, just making an observation. I guess I’d hate to have to sell a bike in Rhode Island.

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Re: Value of a 78 GL1000

Post by badandy » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:53 am

The early Gold Wings are not an in demand collectible, therefore the price of them is not through the roof and is reasonable if you are purchasing one. A low mileage museum piece is probably worth $5k? Anything ridable in very good condition should fetch $1,800 minimum.

As far as resale you usually don't get back what you have to put into them making it safe and dependable. I have about $1,500 in mine and could maybe get $1,800. Just no market for them unless you have a 1976 LTD model.

My 1982 Silver Wing is worth more than the 1977 Gold Wing I have.

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Re: Value of a 78 GL1000

Post by SnoBrdr » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:06 pm

Wirelic wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:27 am
Thanks, Snobdr, for your comments. Just so I have this correct, my inquiry was concerning a 78 GL1000. So, your 78 GL 1000 is only worth $1500? Wow! Here near Green Bay WI., $1500 buys nothing. A 1980 Yamaha 750 brings more than that. There are old 2 stroke dirt bikes from the 70s bringing that much. I’m not arguing, just making an observation. I guess I’d hate to have to sell a bike in Rhode Island.
And the reverse is true, I'd hate to have to buy one where you live.

Many see the GLs as having too many maintenance issues.

Carbs, belts and trying to find parts and/or a person to work on them.

Honda chose not to support their bikes unlike BMW which still makes parts for every BMW ever made or so I've read.

That helps hold down the price.

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Re: Value of a 78 GL1000

Post by dingdong » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:48 pm

NADA values for Green bay.

http://www.nadaguides.com/Motorcycles/1 ... ING/Values

Way over rated for there or here. You will be extremely lucky to get even $1500 to $1800 for yours.
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Re: Value of a 78 GL1000

Post by SlightlyJason » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:51 pm

I bought a 79' GL1000 in great shape with 53k miles for $700 last year for reference.



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