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Have been riding '96 honda ace 1100 for some time now and have decided to upgrade to a goldwing- have found 2 that I'm looking at but I need some input about goldwings. the first is a 1990 with about 40,000 miles very clean looking bike, the second is 2002 with about 130,000 miles on it, mostly highway miles- both are in the price rage I can afford, but I don't know about problems I may run into- not knowing the Goldwing- does anyone have any advice?????

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Both would be a nice step up, on the '02 1800...check if there is an "X" stamped on the frame after the vin#. I'm not sure,but, I "think" 02~03 & maybe some 04's had a recall on the frames..some were cracking and the "X" is a mark Honda put on the one's that were checked/repaired.
 

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First, welcome to the forum from Pennsylvania. Where do you call home?

Boy, talk about 2 different ends of the spectrum... One has years (21), with low miles. One has less years with more miles (130k). The 1990 was 3 years into the 1500 run of Goldwings. The 2002 was the second year of the 1800's. The 2002 had issues with frame cracks and radiator fans. (Both were taken care of by recalls, which you can check at any Honda dealer if you have the vehicle Vin#).

Some questions you have to ask,
1. How long do you intend to keep the bike.
2. how many miles do you expect to put on it in a year.
3. are you handy and able to do maint on the bike.


Have you taken either bike for a test ride? They are different handling and you should see which one you are most comfortable on. Depending on your riding style either bike can serve you well. Many Goldwings are on the road after 35 years and many go well over 200k miles.

Good luck on your decision...
 
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