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Year: 1987
Model: Interstate
Eng Size: 1200
Pipes: Stock OEM
Seat: Stock OEM
Wheels: Stock OEM
Accessories: Shown on Website
The Story:
On a cool spring day while driving to work, I noticed this sand color goldwing on the lawn in my neighborhood with a for sale sign on the windshield. I continued down the street thing if I should turn around. I have always wanted a goldwing, however I thought that it might be closer in time when I would retire. I also noticed that it was an older bike and I have always been interested in older bikes, this one really caught my eye. Well needless to say I turned around and went back to see the bike. It was just as I expected, the bike was still in good shape. Now here is where it gets interesting, I have not owned a bike before much less a goldwing and I have never rode a goldwing before. I have been on smaller bike, but until now never a bike this big. Now it is time to give this bike a test ride and I am not sure I really want to do this with no experience. So I did the best thing I knew, I phoned a friend (WOW sounds like an episode of “Do you want to be a Millionaire”) to go on this test ride. Well the rest is history, the bike rode just fine. I asked the gentleman who owned the bike, why was he selling the bike. He told me he could not handle the bike anymore. I am glad he decided to sell because I really feel I was buying a real nice bike. The bike did need work and I had nothing but time to complete this rebuild.
I purchased the bike on April 3, 2002. The bike had 14,300 original miles on it. The bike was garage kept by the previous owner and well serviced.

After taking a riding course I now enjoy riding as much as I thought I would. I have had many day rides and even enjoy overnight rides too. Some of my most memorable rides has been through the Smoky Mountain National Park. On a trip in October of 2005 to North Carolina-Tennessee I was able to ride the more famous roads of the Smoky’s and make those memory happen again. I was also able to ride many of the more popular road of Tennessee and North Carolina. Including The Tail of the Dragon and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
I also traveled to Natchez Mississippi to do some hiking and biking on the Natchez Trace. The Trace is one of those place where the follage is so thick you can believe you are in the mountains somewhere.
Since my purchase in 2002 I have started the long road of restoring the bike. These older parts are getting harder to find. Some parts even Honda stopped making, so you have to look for these parts on the Internet. Ebay has helped me to find many of those parts that the local dealer could not get or did not have in stock. I have been able to find and add many parts to the bike to give it a little flare. I have added chrome to the engine, but yet trying to keep from over doing it. I have changed almost all the lights to LED's on the bike to help give a little relief to the alternator.
Since 1975 I have enjoyed showing cars, trucks and traveling to some of these shows in other states as well. In 2004 I decided to start entering my bike in local shows as well as Goldwing District Rallies bike shows too. I have had a good time at these shows meeting people and making new friends.

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Here is the website with many pictures http://members.cox.net/goldwingrider
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thats one clean and beautiful wing goldwingrider
 

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Tony, It is apparent that you are very passionate about your Wing, as well you should be with such a fine ride.

Side note, wingstuff.com still carries many accessories for 1100/1200 Wings in case you didn't know.
 

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Tony, It is apparent that you are very passionate about your Wing, as well you should be with such a fine ride.

Side note, wingstuff.com still carries many accessories for 1100/1200 Wings in case you didn't know.
Hey Bill, thanks very much for saying that. I do business with wingstuff. It is where I do find many things that I can't seem to find. Passionate is a great description about the way I feel about the classic goldwings. I am very close to full Restoration. It is hard to find parts for the GL1200 so with I can I buy parts for stock. I find great comfort in the restoration of my bike and I really enjoy see what other classics look like and the amount of time people put into their bikes. Bill that for your help.
 

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Really nice ride. Congrats..
 

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Great looking bike!! I like older bikes that are kept in good shape. I ride a 98 1500SE and my riding buddy rides a 87 yamaha venture royal. We enjoy the comments we get on them. Your bike looks like it just came off showroom floor. Good riding--
 

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Tony you didn't know it but I took tht trip along with you by just sitting here in my chair on this cold Sunday morning.Beautiful pictures on a 22 " monitor I even had to go get the wife to show her.

It just makes us want to get over this long winter sooner and get back to riding.Thanks for sharing those pictures with us.
Happy Holidays!!
WA9FWT Phil
 

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Tony you didn't know it but I took tht trip along with you by just sitting here in my chair on this cold Sunday morning.Beautiful pictures on a 22 " monitor I even had to go get the wife to show her.

It just makes us want to get over this long winter sooner and get back to riding.Thanks for sharing those pictures with us.
Happy Holidays!!
WA9FWT Phil
Thank you Phil and Taco I love the older bikes myself and there are so many nice bikes that I have seen and competed against over the years. It sure is nice to see the older bikes still around.

Phil I see that you are a Ham Operator, so am I, WB5SSD and I was very active chasing countries over the years. After contacting all the countries on the current list, I am not as active as I was back then, however it still is one of my favorite hobbies. Now the bike has become my next hobby, go figure!

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Thank you Phil and Taco I love the older bikes myself and there are so many nice bikes that I have seen and competed against over the years. It sure is nice to see the older bikes still around.

Phil I see that you are a Ham Operator, so am I, WB5SSD and I was very active chasing countries over the years. After contacting all the countries on the current list, I am not as active as I was back then, however it still is one of my favorite hobbies. Now the bike has become my next hobby, go figure!

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Tony,
Beautiful bike. I just purchased an '87 GW Interstate and if you don't mind, I'd like to ask you a question.

You mention that you replaced the lights with LEDs. Were you able to replace the entire unit with an LED version or did you use LED bulbs in the original fixtures? In either case, where did you find whatever you used? Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

Continue to enjoy your ride.

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"A picture is worth a thousand words" as the saying goes Tony.Thanks for sharing
your story and Photos with guys that have a passion for their rides just like you do.
I'm thinking one day I'll likely get a newer generation GW and still keep my 85 LTD,
it has class. People still stop,look and talk every time I fuel up, but more important,
"It suits this old retired Heavy Equipment Operator" :) Your story is a classic in itself, but
quite typical in these parts amoungst GW owners like yourself.Thanks and Happy Holidays
VE7EAB here Tony

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Nice spam there jenifer25, you should go straigh to he!!
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What a Great Story Tony and MAN!!! what a Nice Ride. It is Sad to hear how difficult the parts are to acquire for the older Wings, we will soon find them fewer and fewer on the highways due to the difficulty of finding parts and a Very Limited Few will somehow find the way to keep them up for the rest of us to enjoy viewing here and there. I suppose that just enforces the old sayin..."All Good Things Must End....You have something there to be Proud of and I am Proud right along with you.
 

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Walter there should be no need for a Conversion Process. Simply adding Regular grade Fuel should be sufficient. If you get Valve Ping under acceleration, it is possible a timing adjustment could take care of it or Carb Synchronization. In My Opinion, I prefer the Premium Fuel since it does include additional Cleaning Additives that help your Carbs and Valve train remain Clean thus reducing the need for additional Fuel Conditioners on a regular basis. Personally I use Premium Fuel in ALL of my vehicles and find in over 30 years I never have a Fuel Related Problem, I call the Premium Fuel Cheap Insurance against Carburetor, Fuel Injector and Valve train Failure. I typically put 200,000-300,000 miles on any vehicle I own and it has worked for years for me. People often ask me how I do that, my reply is always the same, I use High Grade Engine Oil, High Grade Air Filtration and Premium Fuel...Typically I Purchase my vehicles New and have never had a Major Engine Failure, in fact I can't remember ever needing to put one of my automobiles in the Garage Period except for my 92 Mercury Cougar that had over 280,000 miles on it for a Transmission Rebuild. I still own my 97 Ford F-150 with the Odometer showing over 225,000 miles and it has never been in a repair shop for Engine Failure of any kind. Say what you will but I never have any mechanical trouble and let's face it, a person can't possibly be that LUCKY. I hope this Helps.
 

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nice bike!i wish there was a bike of the month,i would vote for it!
 

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I really appreciate the kind words
I spent this Sunday morning looking at all your pictures.Just great to have you share with us with all the places you have visisted in the great south on that nice bike. Too cold to go out and ride here this morning, we had frost again here in WIS.So I ride with great pictures like you posted. Have a great season again, hope too see more pictures again.
WA9FWT Phil
 

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hi from gi1jhq radio ham in ireland . i have a gl1200.goldwing iam going to put a d-star radio , in the goldwing soon .
Hi Joe
I checked your call on QRZ.Welcome to a great bunch of Gals & Guys on this site. Good luck with the installation D-star radio on the bike.At times I run a two meter rig my self using HT's ...73

WA9FWT Phil
 

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That's one gorgeous machine.
 
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