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Older 1500

Post by go1dwing » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:06 am



I've been looking around for a second Goldwing especially since my 1800 is down having some work performed. My brother-in-law has a 1997, 1500 Goldwing with original 33,000 miles. Always garaged and maintained. I can have it but I live in CA and the bike is in NH-3,000 miles away. I don't want to trailer it. I welcome any thoughts on driving a bike that old for a 3,000 mile journey. Over the years I've taken that trip many times but not with a bike that old. This trip would be 1 up. He insists it runs factory perfect. The tires are about 2 years old with 500 miles on them. Also, being it is not from CA would emissions come into play registering it in CA? Appreciate any thoughts.



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Re: Older 1500

Post by DenverWinger » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:05 am

If maintained as he says I'd drive it 3000 miles in a heartbeat, even if it had 200k miles.

I've done many long trips on my '80 GL1100, some of them cross-country, 2-up and pulling a loaded camper trailer, too. Never an issue, totally trouble-free. and that's a 40 yr old bike, over 100k miles and still pulling trailer up until 3 yrs ago. Bought the '93 1500 three years ago and installed trailer hitch, now it gets the cross-country trailer pulling duty.

If the maintenance is up-to-snuff the only thing you'll have to do to the '97 on a cross-country trip is put fuel in it! :D 33K miles isn't worn-out, it's a GoldWing, hardly broke-in! :lol:

As to CA emissions, my guess is there's scads of non-CA vehicles purchased USED and registered in CA so I can't see that being an issue. But you should check with CA to be sure. I think "USED" vehicle is the key though.
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Re: Older 1500

Post by offcenter » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:28 am

As long as that bike has reasonably recent timing belts on it, I wouldn't think
twice about it. Just hop on and hit the road!!
Sheesh! 33,000 miles? That's a brand new bike!
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Re: Older 1500

Post by joeincalif » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:35 am

The bike has to have 7,500 miles on it to be registered in Calif because it is not a 50 state bike. When you take it to the DMV to get it registered , and you will have to take it to the DMV, they will want to look at it and you will need to show them the VIN and frame number and motor number. Back in 03 I bought an 02 wing in Oregon with 1,000 miles on it and brought it Ca. but the 1800 is a 50 state bike and the mileage requirements do not apply to that bike.
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Re: Older 1500

Post by joeincalif » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:38 am

Unless your getting a great price on it I would look around for one closer, lots of 1500 for sale in our area. Check craigslist. You have to consider the cost of the trip, going there and coming back to Ca. That would not be cheap.
This one has been for sale for awhile, you can probably get a good deal on it and it has has a lot or recent maintenance on it
https://bakersfield.craigslist.org/mcy/ ... 15029.html
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Re: Older 1500

Post by DenverWinger » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:03 am

By the sound of the original post, his brother-in-law's 1500 in New Hampshire is FREE, that would be worth a 3000 mile ride.
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Re: Older 1500

Post by DarthJ » Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:08 pm

As far a smog, you're good, motorcycles are exempt. The distance shouldn't be an issue and hell, plan the route right, and you may come across lots of us with 1500s and tools in case you have an issue.

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Re: Older 1500

Post by go1dwing » Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:36 pm

Thanks for all the helpful input. And yes it is free. He offered it to me a few years back when I was having serious issues with my 95 Goldwing. At that time I decided to buy a used 1800. I am now on my second 1800. This one appears to have ADG issues. So while it's down, and since he is giving it to me at no cost, considering the replies, I might take advantage of it. Also as a bonus it's been a few years since I've seen that part of the family-win win. I found a very good price on the air fare. Everything considered cost wise, it's less expensive taking him up on his offer as opposed buying one locally. Hey, thanks for all the responses.

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Re: Older 1500

Post by baumedagn » Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:34 pm

I don't know about California but, in a lot of other states if the vehicle is over 20 years old, you can register it as a historical vehicle and avoid much b/s.

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Re: Older 1500

Post by Happytrails » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:33 pm

Being maintained wouldnt worry about it. Do the typical pre trip checks and enjoy you nice trip. Do you have road assistance insurance?
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Re: Older 1500

Post by CrystalPistol » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:45 pm

go1dwing wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:06 am
I've been looking around for a second Goldwing especially since my 1800 is down having some work performed. My brother-in-law has a 1997, 1500 Goldwing with original 33,000 miles. Always garaged and maintained. I can have it but I live in CA and the bike is in NH-3,000 miles away. I don't want to trailer it. I welcome any thoughts on driving a bike that old for a 3,000 mile journey. Over the years I've taken that trip many times but not with a bike that old. This trip would be 1 up. He insists it runs factory perfect. The tires are about 2 years old with 500 miles on them. Also, being it is not from CA would emissions come into play registering it in CA? Appreciate any thoughts.
:lol: That "old" bike might well outlast your "not a lot newer" bike. 8-)

I know what "garaged" means but "maintained"? Only he & you know.

If your worried about riding it just 3,000 miles, let it be.

Hell, you might ride it cross country & throw rocks at that '05. ;)


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