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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Is this a good deal? '00 GL1500

Hey all. I'm new to the forum. Been riding motorcycles for about 20 years and have owned many different bikes–currently own a 2016 Yamaha Stryker.

I'm looking for something more comfortable that my wife and I can take on longer rides. I've been doing a bit of research on Goldwings, and it seems a used GL1500 is right up our alley.

There's a 2000 GL1500 Aspencade (pictured) for sale with 34k miles for $3500. Tires at 50%. Owner says bike's in good shape. I plan to test drive ASAP but hoping for some advice, as I'm new to Goldwings.
  1. Assuming nothing is wrong with the bike, this seems like a good price. Is it?
  2. When I inspect the bike I'll check the usual stuff: rattling, smoke, trouble starting, et cetera. I'll also pay attention to 4th gear. What else should I look for? How can I test the timing belt?
  3. I understand that 34k is low mileage for a GW and that they can go for several hundred K when maintained. Is that true?
  4. Anything else I should be aware of or consider?

Any help is much appreciated! Thanks in advance.


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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 05:29 PM
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Welcome to the forum John from Ontario Canada. Very nice looking ride (and the fastest color).....34 k is low for a Wing that old. Does the p.o. have any service records? Up my way, fair deal. I'm sure a few of the more informed folks will chime in. Good luck!
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Did 220,000 miles on my 2006 before it was totaled. First major problem was at about 132,000 miles which was covered under the 7 year extended warranty.
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If it has been well taken care of and runs well with no obvious problem it seem very fair.
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Welcome to the forum and good luck on your Wing search. There are a lot of great bikes out there, so be patient.

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First of all, welcome to the forum.

At almost twenty years old, I would plan on replacing the timing belts. My 1500 that only had about 40k miles had one of the timing belts that was about to shear off one of the teeth.

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Hello and welcome to the forum.
Looks nice and price is good.

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Welcome to GWOF from Down Under. Low miles doesn't mean that you will not have problems with this bike. But once you have fixed them up you could have a great bike for a long time.
Unless you have proof that the belts were change........................change them out.
Make sure that the tires are not too old.
change the brake and clutch fluid.
Give all of the switch a good spray of electrical cleaner and work the switch as you spray them.

When all else fails.......... use a hammer!
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Looks like you have received some great advice. I can add that you may want to pick up a shop manual of sorts, either Honda, Haynes, or what I have Clymers. It is a great thing to have to find all the items to take care of.

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You have some words of wisdom from our knowledgeable 1500 owners. All I can add is good luck with your search and welcome to you from Mississippi.

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