Good eye on your part!
This one certainly sounds a bit suspicious. I personally am not turned off by a salvage title especially on a 20 -25 year old bike But I would really ask a lot of questions and look things over closely. Also, are there any before pictures, parts receipts, teardown/rebuild pix? Some states will requires this for a title.
As much as I like Goldwings, I would be sad to have this guy's first experience be a bad one. You say he's retiring and if his plan is to do some longer journeys, maybe he should think of a newer bike. We who have experience with 1500s know what to do and how to get parts and fixes on the road but someone just getting on a 25 year old bike and heading out for someplace remote could easily have a breakdown and expensive service call. Looks like there are several 2001-2005 bikes in Ohio at fair money if he can up his budget somewhat.
2015 Goldwing, black
previously: GL1200 Standard, GL1200 Interstate GL1500 Wing, GL1500 Valkyrie Standard, 2000 Valkyrie Interstate and many other Hondas