The verdict is in...
I bought the Goldwing! It's a good news/bad news scenario.
Good news-It's is in absolutely amazing shape. I think I found 2 scratches on the fairing that are relatively superficial. Would love advice on how to eliminate them.
It is in such good shape that if I didn't know how old it was I wouldn't have been surprised to see it in a showroom. Granted, I'm a newbie but I've included photos to show what I mean. He has 'Avon' tires on them, I'm not familiar with them. He said it's a softer tire and listed the benefits. I expected the front panel between the handlebars to look weathered but it didn't. Nothing looked weathered.
My husband rode it around, I rode it around. Such a smooth ride. I have to admit I was pretty intimidated by it at first. It's been almost 20 years since I drove a Goldwing and this one had a lot more to it than the old one I used. But, I bit the bullet and it was great. I just have to be careful when I slow down. The guy then took it around the block and the thing is so quiet I didn't even hear him coming back. That motor positively purrs. I don't know what a loaded 1500 has but this seemed to have everything. Radio with back speakers, vents down below that blow warm air on your legs, hook up for helmets with headphones, cubbies where I didn't expect them and I'm sure there is more.
All the maintenance is up to date, the time belt was replaced, literally anything that could have been changed had been according to his records.
Bad news-his decision to sell only the motorcycle had morphed since I spoke to him on the phone. When we got there he was pretty adamant that he wanted the trailer to go too. I asked him what kind of mileage he got pulling it loaded and he said he gets 36mpg whether he is pulling or not. Of that, I'm a bit skeptical. What kind of mileage do 1500's normally get? His perception of what he would knock off the price for not taking the trailer and mine were vastly different. The man had a garage full of expensive gadgets, tools and even one of those enclosed machines that you can travel over snow. Apparently, they use it to access their cabin up in the mountain. So, he wanted the trailer gone and out of his shed. It was kind of like buying a nice car and having someone throw in a free kitten. In the long run, I have no doubt that $3K was a very reasonable price for just the motorcycle so we ended up taking the trailer too. I've decided to paint the little bugger taxi yellow so I'm more visible when I use it.
I'm attaching some photos, it got good and dusty on the way home, especially when we had to go through part of the gravel road to our home that our neighbor keeps flooding with his irrigation sprinkler.