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It has been 7 years since the last time I rode a bike. My fist one was at the age of 14 in 1965, and there were 24 bikes i have owned since the first. Now at the young age of 68 I have decided I have missed riding to much to spend the rest of my life wishing I could. Looking for a GL 1200 in good shape, but they have been kind of hard to find. Hope to find the right one soon. I'll be around here often.
Oh, I live in Alabama between Linden, and Thomasville if any of you know where that is.
 

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Welcome from Northern Virginia. Good luck on your hunt but I’m curious why you’re restricting the quest to GL 1200s. Lots of other GWs out there right now.

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Good morning (it's a tad earlier here than in the east) and welcome. I have to agree with Steve's opinion on the 1200 quest. There are lots of viable options in the used Wing market. All older bikes will have some issues with available parts and such, but keep the scope wide enough to allow a solid running choice. The 1500 does have a size and heft disadvantage in some ways over the 1200, but even the 1100 is a decent choice if taken care of. The real Achilles heel of the 1200 is the charging system and that can be a royal pain in the posterior. Not insurmountable but real. Good luck and ask any questions you feel necessary, we're here to help.
 

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I agree with the above, I'd look for a good 1500. Might want to think about starting with something a little smaller and lighter at first, a gold wing can be a little intimidating if you haven't ridden in a while. Good luck on your search and I hope your are riding soon. I'd start out doing lots of Parking lot practice. Might check and see if the state offers a riding course.
 

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Welcome from Northern Virginia. Good luck on your hunt but I’m curious why you’re restricting the quest to GL 1200s. Lots of other GWs out there right now.

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Steve, The reason I am looking for a 1200 is I have owned three in the past. Always loved the bikes, and I guess you can say at 68 I am also trying to go back to a bike I really enjoyed riding. As far as looking for something smaller I don't think so. Actually the 1200 isn't a big bike compared to the last bike I had which was a Electra Glide Ultra which was always top heavy to me. After thinking about it for awhile I made up my nind that I am going with the 1200. My wife isn't going to be riding with me since she thinks I am far to old to be doing something silly like this.
 

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At 68 your still a KID, I'm 78 and still riding when I get the chance.
Too bad your not close, I'm storing s 1200 for a friend that'
s been thinking about selling, I hasn't been ridden over two years.
 

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Yup, while "age" does have some caveats that go along with it, most can be overcome and things just keep rolling along. Heck, I still love blasting around the race track and I'm over 60 (with lots of personal "mileage" to boot) in comparison to most of them "pups" that frequent that venue.

I really enjoyed my 1200i for a lot of years and a whack of long miles. Sure it had it's stator issues, but I got through it and that was well before we knew about the better repairs and prevention's that we have now.
 

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Well, I plan on being around here, and other places, for a long time. Thanks to all for the greetings, so now I guess I will do a little reading and catch up on all the new stuff I have missed. Need to do some yard work, but it is 98 down here right now with a heat index of 107.
 

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Steve, The reason I am looking for a 1200 is I have owned three in the past. Always loved the bikes, and I guess you can say at 68 I am also trying to go back to a bike I really enjoyed riding. As far as looking for something smaller I don't think so. Actually the 1200 isn't a big bike compared to the last bike I had which was a Electra Glide Ultra which was always top heavy to me. After thinking about it for awhile I made up my nind that I am going with the 1200. My wife isn't going to be riding with me since she thinks I am far to old to be doing something silly like this.
Since you've owned 3 of them I'm sure you are well aware of the good, the bad and the ugly of the 1200. The reason I asked is that with the model changes of the new DCT 2018 and newer there are a lot of GL 1800 with reasonable mileage at a good price on the market now. Maybe you should add that as a potential option also? I now I love my 2015 1800.

Good luck on the search.

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Welcome to GWOF from Down Under. I have done a lot of miles on both 1200 and 1500 Goldwings. The 1500 is a better Two Up bike but the 1200 is a sweet ride. The stator is a pain and it is not a case of if it is going to go west but a case of when is it going to go west.
 

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Welcome to the forum.

67 here. I would look for a 1500 or newer. I sold my 80 gl1100 and went to a 2004 1800. I dont miss the 1100 at all. The newer design is much more of a pleasure to ride.
I was amazed at how little engine heat you can feel, since the radiators ship the heat out to the sides instead of across your legs.
I realize that you may have a sentimental attachment to a 1200, but I would go for comfort and performance. It is nice to have all that torque, most corners you can roll in 4th gear, 3rd works to almost a stop. 1800 is lighter than my 1100 was, even with the tourpack very nimble.

Happy riding any way you go.
 

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Welcome to you from Mississippi. Good luck on your search for a bike. Hope you find one in the fastest color. I have never ridden a 1200 or 1500, but have sure enjoyed my 1800 for almost 10 years now.

Oh, I live in Alabama between Linden, and Thomasville if any of you know where that is.
I do, you live in LA...………………………...….Lower Alabama. I have a sister-in-law that lives in Morvin.
 

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hello and welcome to GWOF Southernoutlaw. my first wing was a '84 aspencade and sometimes I think of getting another 1200 wing. I had my 1200 and 1500 for a few years but decided to give my niece the 1200. I liked that the 1500 had more room in the saddle for me, I didn't feel cramped. when the stator went out on my 1200 a friend did an alternator conversion for me, I didn't get to help much. when the alternator went out on my 1500 I had the old one out and a new one in, took about 40 minutes. a 1200 has a candle compared to the headlights on a 1500 wing, if I get another 1200 wing I see not only an alternator conversion but an LED headlight
 

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Welcome from the northern tier of PA. Enjoy the forum and ride safe.
 

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Welcome to the forum, Outlaw.

Getting another 1200 will be like moving into a different house in the old neighborhood.

You can tell your wife, a few years ago, we had a thread that asked each member his/her age. I think average was about 66. I ride with two guys over 80. And it seems like one of our members here is over 80. And that 78 yr old kid, Ron, still takes long distance, multi-day trips WITH HIS WIFE!!!
 

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You have been scolded about the 1200 and I would agree with some of it. I am 67. Have a 2015 that I have put 50k miles on since feb of 2017. However, I have also a 75 first year 1000. Not running yet. Since I just got back from just short of 11k to Alaska on my 1800 I don’t think you are too old. If you want a 1200 look around but go get an 1800 and start riding. Time is short and Lord know how much time we have.
 

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Welcome back to 2 wheels and the GWOF. Enjoy the forum and hope you find your perfect Wing..
 
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