Is This 93 SE Worth a Look?


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Is This 93 SE Worth a Look?

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Hasn't run in five years. Asking $1000.

Any particular things one would want to check out on a bike sitting for five years? I reckon I'd pull the plugs and squirt oil, let sit, before turning it over. Bring a battery charger and jumper cables as well.

I'd expect it wouldn't start without fresh plugs, fresh gas, then maybe a shot of starting fluid into the airbox. If it wouldn't start but turned over, and as long as I wasn't hearing major grinding or clunking, still worth maybe a purchase?

https://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/d/19 ... 88606.html

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I would go and have a look - for that price - maybe check the mileage - hook up a battery and see if all the electrics work. Push it in gear and see if it rolls easily before trying any further to start it. Probably only turn it over with the kill switch engaged- and even then I would maybe want to take a few spark plugs out - just in case it has fuel in the cylinders ?? Check the level of oil via dipstick and the smell - obvious signs for fuel in the oil...
General overall conditions plus any maintenance history - you will be spending a few dollars to get it all sorted..but I would go have a look - come back with any questions..

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Seems to be worth a "look-see", , about a 50 mi. trip one way??? I'm not very familiar with that part of the country. You might save a few gallons of gas though if you can call him and get an idea why he says it doesn't run. Its not worth $1k if it is TRULY a "parts bike". The phone call will also give you a "feel" of how firm he is on the price. A VERY positive phone call might make it worthwhile to take a battery and trailer along with ya.

If you go look, AND before any money is exchanged, ask if you can hook up a fully charged battery to check the electronics, , , and possibly "roll" it in 2nd (or 3rd) gear with NO POWER to get a feel of the engine turning over 10-15 feet.

BTW, , , this is the FIRST '93 SE I've ever seen with an "automatic" transmission, , , I got a chuckle on that one. This probably isn't the true owner, , , but that might be a good thing for you too.

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That was also going to be on my list of things to check - being an "automatic" would make it quite unique..

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Why are the saddle bags a different color?????

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I like the aftermarket seat, and the fact that it only has 50K miles on it. The different color saddlebags wouldn't be hard to fix. It obviously needs a new windshield, of course. If it will run, it's certainly worth well in excess of $1000, IMHO.

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I don't think it's an SE but that doesn't really affect anything except confirms the owner is unfamiliar with Goldwings.

If you don't mind a project, could be a great pickup. I would probably offer less. If you want a rider that you can use within a month you might want to keep looking.
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I would be very concerned as to why the bags have been replaced. More than likely collision damage. Probably been rear ended.

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Mh434 wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:06 am
I like the aftermarket seat, and the fact that it only has 50K miles on it. The different color saddlebags wouldn't be hard to fix. It obviously needs a new windshield, of course. If it will run, it's certainly worth well in excess of $1000, IMHO.
While true, still begs to ask, why are they different? Has the bike been wreaked or ......????

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Look at everything you might need/want to replace, and add up the costs.

Those costs, plus the cost of the bike, needs to be well below what you could buy a running one for.

I've done many "projects" over the years. Unless you have a connection for good deals on parts, OR, it's the bike of your dreams, you'll probably end up with more in it (parts and labor) than it's worth. In my near forty years of "projects", I can count on one finger where I came out ahead.

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Re: Is This 93 SE Worth a Look?

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JohnUSA wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:56 am
Look at everything you might need/want to replace, and add up the costs.

Those costs, plus the cost of the bike, needs to be well below what you could buy a running one for.

I've done many "projects" over the years. Unless you have a connection for good deals on parts, OR, it's the bike of your dreams, you'll probably end up with more in it (parts and labor) than it's worth. In my near forty years of "projects", I can count on one finger where I came out ahead.
This comment, plus the comment about "why does it have different color bags" have convinced me that this is a project bike FOR SOMEONE ELSE.

Thank you all.

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It's at least worth a phone call to get some more information on it- just to be sure you are not going to go ahead...more information means a more informed choice you can make - not just basing this on comments (and I know everyone is giving their best opinions on scenarios based on prior knowledge) of others....
At least you will have the information if you ask - and the current owner/seller is able to provide some information always helps- if they are vague or not sure - then you can make your informed choice :D

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Re: Is This 93 SE Worth a Look?

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Aussie81Interstate wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:56 pm
It's at least worth a phone call to get some more information on it- just to be sure you are not going to go ahead...more information means a more informed choice you can make - not just basing this on comments (and I know everyone is giving their best opinions on scenarios based on prior knowledge) of others....
At least you will have the information if you ask - and the current owner/seller is able to provide some information always helps- if they are vague or not sure - then you can make your informed choice :D

cheers
Agree with Aussi81.... A phone call can get a lot of information and may provide answers to what you are seeing. I would write down my questions otherwise you may forget to ask a question. Nothing worse than an after the fact question, buyers are generally good for one go around.

If you get the responses you want, put together a list of what you want to check.

Some items are tire dates - stamped on the sidewall - gives an indication if you will need tires immediately or can go a bit before changing. I would not worry about removing plugs (lots of items to remove to get at the plugs and could put the seller off) and putting oil in the cylinders, but would try to turn the engine over with the engine stop switch in the off position - if engine is free and turns over watch to see if the oil light goes off. At this time may want to see if it will start, but it may not because of stale fuel, and the carbs may need to be rebuilt because of sitting so long.

Put the bike on the centre stand and give the steering stem a good shake. Have a look underneath for signs of being dropped, not uncommon.

With power to the bike, check items such as the air compressor. Should have reverse, see if it goes into reverse and the reverse light comes on.

You probably won't be able to see the front brake pads, but should be able to see the rear pads. Would replace with new if bought.

If you were to decide to buy this bike a budget of $1000.00 for parts/items would not be out of the ordinary. I just purchased a '95 1500 SE CDN Edition end July and budgeted for $1500.00 even though it was on the road. I did upgrade the front/rear suspension with Progressive springs and air shocks that is included in this price - cost $700.00 CDN. I also do my own work. I have found items/issues that were not as I expected and I have corrected most to my satisfaction.

Even buying a 1500 that is on the road, looks in good condition, and is purported to have been maintained well is still no guarantee of a trouble free buy.

Just a few more thoughts to consider. Good luck
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If it will turn over and all electrical works with a hot battery, I might think about it and I would then offer $500 to see if they will come off the price.
In the Houston/South Texas area you can pick up a good running Goldwing for as much as you will spend fixing some of the items I see I would want to fix.
Also, with the different color saddle bags, I would make sure it had a blue title, not green (salvage title). Remember also, most of Houston was flooded a year ago from Hurricane Harvey and a lot of vehicles were under water.
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Re: Is This 93 SE Worth a Look?

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When considering costs of fixing this one up as opposed to buying a running bike I'd exclude the costs of maintenance items (brake pads, tires, fluid changes, belts, battery etc) from your consideration and just concentrate on costing the repair items (missing/broken plastic or other parts, electrics that don't work, carb rebuilds, bad starter etc) as the maintenance items are things that you will be doing to any/all bikes sooner or later regardless of purchase condition...

It's just that on this bike you'll likely be doing most of the standard maintenance items ALL AT ONCE to get it in running condition, but it will be a nice long time before you have to do any of them again....

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I contacted the owner. No flooding, he says. About 50,000 on the odometer. But he has no idea why the bike has different colored bags, nor does he have any idea of the history of the bike. To quote:
We got the bike 3 months ago. The man passed away and his wife sold it.
Definitely moving along now.

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Wise decision. Makes one wonder why he bought it and then why he is selling.

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There's well over 1k in parts. If it's a disaster it will make it's money back by parting it out.

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