95 Goldwing


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95 Goldwing

Post by go1dwing » Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:02 am



A person I know is selling his 1995 1500 with only 44,000 miles on it. I test drove it and it seems to run perfect. I was wondering if anyone has any input/opinion on buying a bike considering the age and mileage.



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Re: 95 Goldwing

Post by aholloway17 » Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:09 am

I bought my 94 interstate four years ago with 32k on the odometer. Today, 58k and not one ounce of trouble. Look for the typical things others will suggest here that might include signs of fluid leaks, heavy soot at the tailpipe, corrosion, how's the motor run and sound, and maybe a service history. If you takes it, have it serviced which includes the timing belt. Then, ride and wave, ride and wave 👋

Good luck!
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Re: 95 Goldwing

Post by go1dwing » Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:23 am

Awesome response. Thank you.

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Re: 95 Goldwing

Post by joeincalif » Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:20 pm

go1dwing wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:02 am
A person I know is selling his 1995 1500 with only 44,000 miles on it. I test drove it and it seems to run perfect. I was wondering if anyone has any input/opinion on buying a bike considering the age and mileage.
I think I saw that ad. Was it white? If it was the same one I saw it was a great deal. He was only asking $2300. Not much information in the ad about service, tires, timing belts ETC and only 1 picture of the bike but it is a good price. The ad is down so are you the one who bought it?
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Re: 95 Goldwing

Post by go1dwing » Wed Jan 29, 2020 4:26 pm

That was the one.I did test drive it. After 2 1800's I was not pleased with the performance. And no I did not buy it. About 5 years ago I similarly bought a '95 and even with low miles it started to deteriorate. All the cooling hoses started to burst/leak, then it lost 3rd gear. After that I ended up replacing the clutch. I then replaced the motor with a used one. It ran great but I sold it went to the 1800's. I know how to drive these machines, I think age has an effect on Goldwings. After test driving that bike I started to remember the nightmare. It did look nice though.

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Re: 95 Goldwing

Post by offcenter » Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:26 pm

My experience has been the opposite of yours.
My best buddy bought it new in '99. He gave it to me three years ago
with 70,000 on it. I've since put almost another 29,000 on it.
Runs perfect. No problems. It'll turn 100k when I take it out in the spring.
George in Jersey.
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Re: 95 Goldwing

Post by joeincalif » Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:27 pm

He had it posted on facebook market place but now I found it on craigslist. Nice looking bike, has several pictures of it, the only draw back I can see is he says the tires are 8 - 10 years old so they would have to be replaced now. That would be around $500. I would be tempted if he would take $2000.
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Re: 95 Goldwing

Post by CrystalPistol » Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:33 am

joeincalif wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:27 pm
He had it posted on facebook market place but now I found it on craigslist. Nice looking bike, has several pictures of it, the only draw back I can see is he says the tires are 8 - 10 years old so they would have to be replaced now. That would be around $500. I would be tempted if he would take $2000.
Prices really fell in the last few years, I know.

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Reminds me of when I offered my '85 GL1200 for sale back in April. One guy called, I told him all about it, he showed up next day with trailer, he started that "picking at the tires" crap after a few minutes of looking. I had already told him on the phone they had age on them and that I would replace them if riding it far if it were me meaning I had figured that in, but the bike was near perfect otherwise, a life in my basement, only ever sat out at night if at a motel and then with a cover. It had been mine 24 years. I just turned & started on into the house, told him the easy way to the highway so he didn't have problems with his trailer, thanked him for looking, went in the house & shut the door. I did offer him and his buddy a cold drink before when they first showed up. Call me rude but he drug that trailer an hour just to waste my time.
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Re: 95 Goldwing

Post by curtm » Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:14 am

I think one of the problem when buying a older bike is you have to be able to tinker you're self, i dont mean replacing engines etc, but removing pipes to replace exhaust gaskets etc, 5 yrs ago i bought a 91 with 132000 km's on it, the owner was one of those guys that like to put on stickers, cheap lights, etc, but the bike was dirty, and me being a clean freak, i have had almost every bolt out of the bike in the last 5 years and i pride myself on having older stuff where everything works like new and have no reservation on jumping on my bike and driving 600 miles. And i have fun working on stuff, if you dont enjoy playing with stuff like bikes it wont be enjoyable, and old and new bikes will break, i like to know how to fix em
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Re: 95 Goldwing

Post by go1dwing » Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:02 am

Thanks for that. I have to say "me too" but taking out that 1500 motor was a real challenge. At least I can say I did it. Honda did a good job on placing those water hoses where you can't get to them. They even had water hoses going through the carbs, what a mess! Not going to do that again. But seriously, that 95' I test drove the other day rode better than any 1500 I've owned. And only 44,000 miles? Very tempting. Have a great day.

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Re: 95 Goldwing

Post by joeincalif » Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:41 am

When I buy a used bike and I have bought about 8 wings and several other bikes, I always change the oil, fluids, plugs, and all filters. Not a big deal. I always ask about the tires because that adds to the total price I have in the bike. When I show up I'm ready to buy and ride it home, the seller stated that the tires needed to be replace due to age and so there would be no reason the pick at that when looking at the bike. I also had a guy show up to buy a bike I had for sale, when he started nit picking a a few little nicks in the wheels, and I mean minor nicks, I told him to have a good day and hope he found a bike that suited him and turned and walked away. . He bought my bike.
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Re: 95 Goldwing

Post by go1dwing » Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:43 pm

Tires are nothing. I do pay attention where it is parked and how long it has been parked there. I like it better when engine is cold then I can see if it leaks fluid. As far as the physical appearance, I have found most Goldwing owners take pride in their machines. Those are the easy things. What's going on inside the monster is where I don't always win. Even after a fantastic test drive, papers signed, it's yours, a nightmare can jump out at you. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose. But to hit the road, accept the challenge of riding with 2 wheels under me is worth it all.

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Re: 95 Goldwing

Post by Corkster52 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:23 am

I bought my current Wing from a guy on Craigslist and since it looked much nicer than the old 88 that I had sold, I mistakenly assumed that anything I saw on the outside was the extent of any issues the bike had. Yes, it ran fine but what I was to soon find out that almost anything that I took apart there would be lurking another "gotcha". Most of them were minor issues but I really wished I had removed the carpet glued to the bottom of the trunk to discover a 3" square chunk missing and numerous crack in it and the saddlebags. He had made one of the tabs on the side cover out of wood and painted over the screw holding it in place on the left side cover. The top of the right saddlebag had an orange-peel feel to it so I am having to redo the clear coat on it.

Long story short, open up anything you can when you are checking out the bike!



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