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I'm a to be goldwing owner as of tomorrow afternoon, so i need prompt info, pro's & cons. I'm going to buy one of the following bikes, a 1990 1500 with 100,000 miles that hasn't been rode 4 15 months, short of a good cleaning outside i'm told its a great ride.
or a 1987 1200A with 37,000 miles with a puff of smoke on one side when starting, radio that plays when it wants to, needs rear brakes, clutch needs to be bleed, delay in starter a couple of times when used

1990 @ $1500.00
1987 @ $1800.00

educate me in a hurry !!!!!

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\welcome to the world of Wings. The 1500 , and for that price would be the way I would go. The 1200 and 1500 are two totally different bikes and the 1500 is still considered by many the best of all incl. the 1800. 100,000 miles is nothing if the bike has been taken care of , the 6cyl has plenty of power and is silky smooth compared to the 1200. I had an 1100 Asencade and hen bought my 94 1500SE and can't belive how much better it is, an my 1100 was a real nice bike. If there is anything specific you need to know , just ask , someone will be by with an ansewer for you.
 

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I'd go with the 1500, mileage really isn't a concern as I've heard reports of 200,000 miles plus. Unless your very mechanical, I'd walk away from the 1200 with the items you stated it needed. Seems like 1200 parts are coming harder to come by also.
 

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The 1500 is a great deal, go for it!
 

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Last September I bought a 1990 GL1500 with just over 49k on it that had only been ridden 5 miles in the previous 2 years. I had to have the carburetors rebuild, which was kind of expensive due to cracked diaphragms in both of them, but other than that issue its a great bike.

I agree that if the bike has been reasonably well taken care of that 100k is not a big deal for mileage. Personally I'd go for the Wing.
 

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For what it's worth I'd also take the 1500. The issues onthe 1200 could be more trouble than you need. The puff of smoke islikely on the left cylinder bank right? That's actually common and quite normal, but the other mechanical weaknesses make the 1500 a no brainer really
 
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