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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Post by FM-USA » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:18 pm



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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Post by oldwing73 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:08 pm

just picked this one up.
1984 aspencade 35kmi
a runner no carbs to clean (thank god) but the normal nightmare wiring from the (more lights than vegas). so it apart and stripped of its wiring nono's, removed the crap cruise control, and pitching/upgrading the radio
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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Post by lovat » Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:01 pm

My '86 was for sale by an 81 year old guy who rode it last year, but was giving it up this year.

My wife sat on the back of it, when I was looking at it and whispered in my ear... "Honey, this is comfy."

SOLD! I yelled.
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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Post by brianinpa » Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:12 pm

I don't care why they are for sale, I am just happy to buy them. I paid $500 for my 87 Interstate and the guy said he was selling it so cheap because the breaks were so hard to bleed. Took me 10 minutes. That was the best $500 I ever spent!
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Post by roadwanderer2 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:58 pm

This "gem" i saved and resurrected from from a junk yard. The owner said the pulse crank sensors were shot and he couldn't get it to fire up. He was asking $500.00 for it and i talked him down to $300 bucks. I towed it home on a friends flat bed trailer, went to my other friends motorcycle salvage yard where he had about 30 Goldwings dating from the late 70's to current years. Thankfully he had an 85 GL1200 LE just like rednax's. So i did some wire searching and found where the pulse crank sensors were located and followed the wires up to the main harness where it was plugged into. Of course i bought the sensor from him for $5.00.

I went back to my house, traced the wires up to the harness and found that it was unplugged so i plugged it back together, turned the key on, crossed my fingers and the bike fired up after it was sitting for almost 7 months. it spitted, backfired, and belched out a whole lot of black smoke lol and after letting it run for about 10 minutes the smoke stopped and it idled down to a nice even 1100 rpm.

I have since put almost $2,500 into it and it runs great. I've put almost 8,000 miles on it in the last 3 years of owning it and I wouldn't sell it unless someone offered me well over 4 grand.

when i first bought it none of the plastics were on it, IE: lower fairings cornering lights, and side panels. I've put on floorboards, heel toe shifter, OEM color upper and lower trunk,(found on eBay), f&r tires, new f&r brake pads, timing belts, belt tensioners, starter clutch, starter, stator, alternator, rear engine cover, temperature sensor and a few other odds and ends. Oh yeah, and about $1000.00 in electrical work.

here is a few pics of what it looks like after all the work was put into it.

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Post by jdt3469 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:31 am

Awesome resto. Nice work! You mentioned your friend has many older bikes as parts bikes. Do you think he might have one that's got the aftermarket aux fuel tanks that replace the side covers on the GL1000s? Thanks.



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Post by roadwanderer2 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:58 am

Good morning jdt. Thanks for the compliment on my bike. As for your question about the aux fuel tanks, im not sure. I have another friend that stocks much older bikes at another salvage yard. let me try to call him and i'll see if he has them. Be forewarned though, he's not cheap.

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Post by stevemoore344 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:42 pm

a friend gave me a 1977 gl1000 I put about 900 into it. runs like new

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Post by MamaBoo » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:03 pm

I have a 1983 1100 interstate she is in beautiful shape. Hubby had a 2008 GL 1800. Mine had a conversion kit on it cause of a really bad knee and I don't care. Did I forget when he bought it for me it had 40,000 orginal miles on it. Must have been driven once a year. I ride just so proud as he does and when we do benefits I usually win the trophy for the oldest bike😁

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Post by JohnUSA » Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:35 am

I just picked up a 1993 Aspencade. I looked at many before making this purchase, and the trend I was seeing was true Wing lovers who simply couldn't ride anymore due to age and/or health conditions. My prior owner was pushing 70 with degenerative spine disease, getting ready to undergo a second fusion of the spine. I also encountered a couple guys who were moving up to the 1800 due to lower seat height. They had owned their Wings for 150, 200k miles, and were also in an older age bracket.

I won't own mine more than five years, or so, six tops, then it will be for sale. I'll be retiring, and then on the road in a motorhome. We're looking at rig with a basement for a motorcycle, and have discussed keeping the wife's CTX 700, so she can still ride on her own...the Wing is too big for her.

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Post by shayme98 » Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:34 am

History: Past 13 years since starting motorcycles I've had a 92 CBR 600, 03 Yamaha FZ1, both those are gone. FZ was great and very solid/reliable. Just not comfortable for days on end touring. Now I have a 94 DR350 which is such a little badass and fun taking on the trails.

Wife and I used to motorcycle camp on the FZ1. Been wanting to ride together again and always said I'd get a goldwing when I'm old. Well now I'm old I guess (38). Went on a mission last week and drove three hours to buy this 1981 GL1100 Interstate. 115k miles. Salvage title. Seemed fairly straight. The new tires and strong smooth engine was worth $600 to me, even if I had to do some repairs. Trailered it home and rode the bike for a week around town and on the highway daily. 130 miles and I now have it tore apart a bit to do the following:

-Rear wheel groaning, final drive flange cleaned and awaiting lube reassembly.
-Used very good shape driveshaft u-joint got on ebay. Will replace if need be once I get old one out.
-Boot was gone so I ordered a used drive boot as well.
-Exhausteak discovered (breathing fumes shooting up into my face no good!!) on right side on crimp weld. Boh Exhaust are at welders for repair and may sandblast it as well.
-Previous owners did a lot to it for maintenance. Timing belts have leas that. 10 k and I believe it. I pulled covers, looked solid and I believe they had the month and date stamped on the belts (2015).
-Seema to be eating a bit of oil but nothing crazy. 38 mpg in city riding on first tank.

I really love this bike. Feels like the perfect size. Intest rode a F6B a few years ago and it was just too much. Too big. Too smooth. Too heavy. This bike is perfect and I look forward to keeping it on the road. Kids seen it and said meh, it's old. Then when I took them to school on it later that day they said it was awesome and comfy, etc. Now they love it. Hahahaha. I'm surprised I actually love riding this bike so much, it's so old. But feels great especially above 50mph, just smooth as hell, amd wants to go fast. It really must have been something when it first came out back in 1981. High tech and smooth back then no doubt.

The profile pic is my new bike! I think the previous owner sold it because he didn't want to do the drive boot r&r and thought the driveshaft could be shot. I think it's still good from what I've seen. Circ pliers coming Wednesday so I can tear the u joint out soon and have a look. Either way, I'm going to ride this thing into the ground.

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Re: Ever thought about why older wings are for sale

Post by dakotanator » Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:19 pm

shayme98.....GREAT FIND..!! Nice bike. I have an '83 Aspencade. Just got done doing a TON of maintenance on it to get it back on the road. Profile pic is mine also.
I've said on the forums before.....ALL bikes are great......but these older ones just have a style that's unmatched IMHO.
I bought mine 4 years ago, drove it around that first season, then parked it and started collecting all the parts to "restore" it. The list of replaced, rebuilt, cleaned, and maintenanced parts are as long as the Empire State Bldg is high, but it was SOOO worth it. Runs like a dream. It's basically a new bike........just with a little "patina".
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Post by winguyjo » Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:59 pm

in the middle of this summer i bought THREE gl1100's for $700 canadian. the seller had listed them as "parts bikes" even though 2 were complete (the third was maybe 85% complete and i decided that i would strip that one for parts). the seller had all kinds of time and didn't mind letting us crawl around them, checking for spark, etc. when we got one of them to run right there i quickly paid his asking price and took them home.
funny thing is, had i brought a compression gauge with me, i probably would have walked away because the compression was so poor on the non-runners and even the runner wasn't particularly good.
i have since learned what most of you already know ... when these bikes sit, the rings stick and compression can look VERY bad. compression on both remaining bikes is EXCELLENT now, and after thinking that i would be lucky to get 1 decent bike out of the 3, i now know that i will get TWO.
me and my brother spent quite a few hours doing the necessary stuff to bring Wing1 back to life and Wing2 now awaits our attention over the fall/winter. i could have bought a VERY decent gl1100 for $1500 - $2500 but what i have learned during this resurrection process has made it very worthwhile. in fact, i think my new retirement hobby is resurrecting 80's and 90's bikes.

p.s. : i was a little intimidated by the massiveness of these things and i took 3 days to get up the courage to take Wing1 for a test ride. finally took it around the block a few times, gaining a bit of confidence with each lap. what a machine ! :o :D :shock: :lol: :!: :D

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Post by dakotanator » Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:57 pm

winguyjo.........It only gets better..!!
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Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:08 pm

It comes down to Finances, pure and simple.

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Post by dakotanator » Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:17 pm

AZ, you're not kidding. Up here in Montana there are TONS of HD's up for sale. There are a few GW's, but it's a 30:1 ratio on the market.
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Post by Mikesell » Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:30 am

Maybe it's because the riders who bought them years ago are getting older. I am 74 and have a 95 GL1500 but after recent heart problem it is getting heavier by the year. I still love it but there may come a time when it may have to go. Just a thought.

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Post by dakotanator » Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:56 pm

That's a very good possibility........aging riders. I would think that there would be more trikes at some point, but only see about 2-3 in any given year.
LOTS of little "zippers" rippin' around though. And those damn annoying exhaust systems. You can hear them 4-6 mi. away. (Train is approx. 5 mi. from my place, but sounds like it's in the back yard.) State Troopers LOVE those little "zippers". They can hear them and track them right up until they pull them over. Easy money.

All part of growin' up though. Mini-bikes, dirt bikes, crotch-rockets, cruisers, tourers.......then back to cruisers, and finally wheelchairs..!! hahaha
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Post by Rednaxs60 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:11 pm

Goldwings are unique bikes, can be touring or downright sporty. The 1800 (pre-2018) is 925 lbs, the 1500 is purported to be 880, and the 1200 n the 770 range. Then you get into the 1100 and 1000 models weighing even less. There's a GW for everyone.
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Post by shayme98 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:47 pm

Thanks guys. The functionality is amazing. I think I want an aspencade next, mid to late 80's. If/when I get around to it. I find it hard to part with bikes that I have labored on as I know so much about them and have 'bonded' with them.

I got the driveshaft/ U-joint out just right now. Pretty wore out! Bike has 115k miles. The new/used replacement I bought has ZERO play on the u joint. Must have been a clean and low mileage bike. It's going to be ready to rock for many more miles. Gotta clean out the drive shaft swing arm, lube up it all up and start putting this bad boy back together.

Hopefully by this weekend for sure unless something new crops up.

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Post by Hammhammer » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:56 am

Hello, I'm Richard and I have just joined your group. This site is amazing and contains great info on DIY stuff. Which also leads me to this thread. It seems that the older the bikes get, this less shops want to take them in and work on them. Kind of disheartening for people who have limited wrenching abilities to be able to maintain an older ride. There are some many wonderful older bikes out there for very reasonable prices. I just purchased a 1980 Goldwing Standard gl1100. Been sitting for 15 years in a garage, covered, but forgotten. The price was right, but, the throttles were stuck, gas tank and sending unit, rusty, all the calipers and master cylinders needed rebuilding, new tires, coolant leak. So much to do, but a labor of love none the less. So just being retired and having some time on my hands, I decided to take it on. Your site has just been great with the info I needed to accomplish most of this already. Replacing the gas tank was fun, salvaging the sending unit with vinegar.......rebuilding the carbs. Still dealing with an idle surge issue and throttle response to return to 1000 rpm is slow. May need a carb sync.
Have not decided to keep it when I'm done or sell it. But this best part about this Goldwing is it only has 5000 original miles [/b]on it and it looks like new. So I will be back, time and time again through my resurrection process. Hopefully I can replace the original tires, and get all the work completed and still be under my goal of $1500. Any idea what this Goldwing may be worth in the end fixed up and running well? Any feedback would be helpful. I will get some pics when I can.

Thanks Much!

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Post by dakotanator » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:28 am

HammHammer........wish I was close enough to you to throw in a hand to help. I just rebuilt my '83 Aspencade, and have been through just about everything except the engine. Mine has 47,877 on it today.........will be a few more tomorrow. (Supposed to be nice weather).

It was pretty great tearing into each component, rebuilding it by hand, and watching it slowly come back to life again. Makes me want to pick up another one and repeat the process. About the best "therapy" there is to those in our field of interest.

Looking for forward to your pics of the resurrection. It will be neat to watch the progress, even though we're not there to lend a hand.

OH.....and I don't consider myself ANY FORM of "mechanic", but I was able to do just about EVERYTHING using the knowledge and articles by others on this site.
I give much of the credit to the other members here.
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Post by Hammhammer » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:17 am

thanks for the reply.
I have fair experience in working on cars and bikes, mostly because I never had the money to pay someone else. So far, this has been fun to do, I'm retired so I have some time on my hands. I could not bring myself to "part out" a vintage motorcycle with 5000 miles on it, it would just be a sin. But I am trying to keep the rebuild expenses under or at what the bike is worth. Don't want to put 3 or 4 thousand into a bike that's worth $1000 and I'm really not sure what its worth running and in good shape. There are a lot of cheap bikes for sale, but there are a lot that have a fair amount of problems like no titles, not running, needs everything. We will see!
I will keep you posted.
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Post by dakotanator » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:48 pm

It's not WHAT you ride......it's THAT you ride.

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Post by shayme98 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:08 pm

Just got the bike back together and running well. Smoother. Had to replace the swingarm bearings so waited on parts. Had the exhaust pipes welded at cracks on the top header area on both sides, much better. GETTING READY FOR A TRIP DOWN THR PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY NEXT MONTH!



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