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post #31 of 40 (permalink) Old 06-16-2018, 04:19 PM
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No reverse on 1200's.
Not too long ago on the New Mexico craigslist I found a GL1500 for $800.00 it need work. I'd have bought it but when I lived in Deming there was no place to work on it. Something that needs a little work in a 1500, but not a basket-case. If you don't mind traveling out of state for one, there's a good deal out there.



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post #32 of 40 (permalink) Old 06-18-2018, 04:25 AM
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This is my 89 GL 1500 that I bought with 121k miles on it, i think the owner was asking $2850 for it and I bought it for $2500. Runs like a charm and I had to replace the alternator and battery this spring more than likely because of all the extra lights that are on it. I replace the stock alternator with a high-output alternator and an AGM battery. Just last week the bike turned over 138k and she has never missed a beat. I put new Dunlop E4s on front and rear last year and she rides and handles great

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Just FYI, that last link was not an 84 1200. Best guess is it's an 81-83 1100.

For comparison, I paid $1100 for my 84 GL1200, then spent over $1k getting it road ready. I bought it knowing I'd have to do the work.
If you find something in Western Montana is be happy to look it over for you.

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Actually, that last one looks like a 1200 Standard that somebody put older bags and fairing on.

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Huh, would you look at that. I just looked at the fairing, and knew that wasn't 1200 vintage. I'm on my phone so the pic isn't clear enough to see the engine markings.


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Goldwing '83 1100 are the last pictures 34K miles. $1,400 Looks like I have the same pic twice there, oh well.
The older the Wing the more money you have to prepared to kick in. Motors will last forever on virtually any year Wing, but it's the other stuff that can kill you. The 1500 is a superb bike, lots of power and comfort. My '91 runs like a top but it costs to maintain a bike that has more moving parts than a Chevy Nova.
Parts are getting harder to find for pre 1500 Wings.
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I'm going to look at 4 motorcycles in the next week. The '83 1100 that I posted photos of here, a KZ Kawasaki 750 (which I fully expect will not afford the comfort I'm looking for), a rough '84 1200 that would require a lot of work but is going for only $1K and lastly, the '89 1500. I'm going to post some pictures of the 1200 here and yes, the owner said the radio is missing. He says he rides it several times a week (gotta say, it doesn't look that way from the amount of dust on it in the photos)
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I'm going to look at 4 motorcycles in the next week. The '83 1100 that I posted photos of here, a KZ Kawasaki 750 (which I fully expect will not afford the comfort I'm looking for), a rough '84 1200 that would require a lot of work but is going for only $1K and lastly, the '89 1500. I'm going to post some pictures of the 1200 here and yes, the owner said the radio is missing. He says he rides it several times a week (gotta say, it doesn't look that way from the amount of dust on it in the photos)
Sorry but that 1200 doesn't get ridden several times a week and look like that. I personally would run away from that bike. My bike gets dusty and I live on a white chat gravel road and it doesn't look that bad. If I don't wash it once a week it would be white instead of red. That is set in grime on that bike.

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Sorry but that 1200 doesn't get ridden several times a week and look like that. I personally would run away from that bike. My bike gets dusty and I live on a white chat gravel road and it doesn't look that bad. If I don't wash it once a week it would be white instead of red. That is set in grime on that bike.
Yes, that was my thought too. I generally have a one strike and you're out policy for people lying to me.
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Look at Yamaha VStar or Roadstar. I have owned both bikes and they served me/us well.
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