1983 Aspencade help - VIN vs year


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1983 Aspencade help - VIN vs year

Post by bigrich8 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:41 am



Hi all,

I need your collective brains.

I have just bought number 2 Goldwing. It is a 1983 (as per the reg number) silver Aspencade. I have done a lot of research and something is not adding up. Not too fussed as I am going to turn it into a bagger but would still be nice to know.

Although it is a 1983 it has the 11 digit vin not the 17 (SC02) if this right for 1983. It is too 'right' to have had another frame fitted to me.

It has anti dive forks, vented discs, 2 pot calipers, digital dash and remote suspension adjust on the dash.

Strange parts....it has comstar wheels, and the ampmeter and clock are round not square not to mention the 11 digit vin. I didnt get the log book but I know the guy and the bike was MOTd in 2018 on the reg.

Did they do this model in any other years or did the 11 digit vin apply to other years.

I got it cheap as chips so not a huge problem, it is just bugging me



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Re: 1983 Aspencade help - VIN vs year

Post by roadwanderer2 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:17 pm

Does it look anything like the bike in this photo? THIS is an 83 GL1100 Aspencade. the correct color is "Nimbus Grey" with blue inserts. You are correct with all the digital display, wheels and anti-dive front forks, vented rotors and the other things you mentioned.

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Re: 1983 Aspencade help - VIN vs year

Post by bigrich8 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:09 am

Hi Stuart,

Yes it looks like that. Same colour but it has the comstar wheels.

Also the fairing clocks as round and analogue not digital although the main clocks are the digital ones.

I have to rebuild it and it is missing things like the regulator and spark pack so beginging to think someone was using it as a donor for another. Strange though as the front tyre is brand new with the label still on it.

Got some parts on order so it will be running next week and will know more.

Be interested to hear what the engine codes were for the 83 aspencade.

Rich

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:33 am

Let me see if I can find them from my documents folders and i'll get back to you with them. the wheel style was changed in 1983.

Stuart.

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Re: 1983 Aspencade help - VIN vs year

Post by roadwanderer2 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:57 am

Im sorry, but I don't have any of my GL1100 files anymore, so I did some searching and found these number online.....

the aspencade and interstate uses these 2 sets of engines.....Aspencade and Interstate.....SC002E/2318074 and this one, but I don't know what model bike this set of numbers are for.....SCO2E/2315195.

The person you might want to ask is Wingadmin about the correct numbers. He has more information than I do. When I sold my 83, I gave all the information/books, and files that I had about it to its new owner. sorry. A lot of things from that bike im recalling from memory. That photo I showed you is the bike when I first got it. This is what it looked like when I sold it after I repainted it with rattle cans and put on all new pinstriping following the factory lines.

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Re: 1983 Aspencade help - VIN vs year

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:58 am

If it is an Aspencade, and it has round gauges, then it is an 82, not an 83.

82 Aspencades had Comstar wheels and round, analog gauges. No linked brakes. Air suspension controls were on the false tank.

83 Aspencades had eleven-spoke aluminum wheels and digital gauges. It had linked brakes, and air suspension controls were on the handlebar bridge.

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Re: 1983 Aspencade help - VIN vs year

Post by newday777 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:06 am

It sounds like someone may have changed the wheels from an 82, which the 82 came with 18" front Comstar/16" rear.(80-81 had 19" Comstar front/17" rear).
The digital dash was 83 only.

Your description of 11 vs 17 vin number digits sounds odd. I had an 82 parts bike and it had the same number of vin digits as my 83 has.

Post a picture of the number plate on the steering neck.

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Re: 1983 Aspencade help - VIN vs year

Post by bigrich8 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:01 pm

Cheers for looking and the reply.

Starting to think I have an 82 Aspencade or it is right on the crossover year.

My engine numbers start SC02E-223

That's the other strange thing...frame numbers on steering head but no plate on it where my standard 80 has. Head scratcher!

I will post some pics shortly.

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Re: 1983 Aspencade help - VIN vs year

Post by bigrich8 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:11 pm

Frame has number has 11 digits

Starts SC02-63*****

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Re: 1983 Aspencade help - VIN vs year

Post by bigrich8 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:23 pm

Quick update;

I have done a full vehicle check

Registered March 1983

Reg matches VIN and engine number.

Must be an 82 model registered in 83.

Bit of a changeover year. 82 wheels with 83 digital clocks 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

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Re: 1983 Aspencade help - VIN vs year

Post by Rambozo » Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:17 pm

Then again, who's to say the wheels weren't changed sometime in it's life?

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Re: 1983 Aspencade help - VIN vs year

Post by bigrich8 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:20 pm

Very true, correct vented discs though 🤷‍♂️ for an 83

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Re: 1983 Aspencade help - VIN vs year

Post by newday777 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:43 pm

82 and 83 Aspencade had vented discs

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Re: 1983 Aspencade help - VIN vs year

Post by bigrich8 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:18 pm

Yup,

I am thinking it's an early 83 so had 82 parts and the digital dash etc. Right before the wheel update.

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Re: 1983 Aspencade help - VIN vs year

Post by Joneszy » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:24 pm

Just opinion but would be very surprised if Mr. Honda put out his pride and joy 1983 Aspencade with all the intended goodies like intercom, air suspension with on board settings , anti-dive etc. etc. and then put on the wrong gauges, wheels and so on. I think you have a bastardized bike and that many changes have been made by a PO. Mr. Honda never did things in a half assed way and I cannot believe that you have an 82 bike that was finished as an 83!



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