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Don, you may want to look at a newer GW. My dad was in an acident with his GW a few years ago. Some idiot rear ended him. At age 76 he was not able to pick the bike up off the ground. He also has a basd back, and is all hunched over. He bought a 2005 GW and said it was like a different bike. He said when he comes to a stop, it is so well balanced that he almost doesn't have to put his feet down.
I just bought, (actually my wife boughtr for me!) a 1985 GW Limited Edition. I LOVE the fuel injection! If we got a carbuerated GW I was going to fuel inject it myself. We paid $3,700 for it with 60,612 miles on it. In the first 3 weeks I had it I put 900+ miles on it. That is about normal for me, as a bike is my main transportation. (and I live in Detroit!). Bike first, hot rod second, and mini van when the weather is bad.
So far as the cost of stators goes, go to http://www.usedgoldwingparts.com/stators.html and they run from $140 to $160
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Greetings Don!
I just bought, (actually wife bought for me!), a 1985 Limited Edition GW. It is a 1200 and is very easy to hold up. When I go to the ATM I do not put the kick stand down, I just let the bike balance under me, even when I have to stand to dig into my pocket for my wallet.
Putting the bike on the center stand is not too bad. I stand on the center stand and just have to give a little extra lift with one hand. Bear in mind that I am 51, 6'5" and 275 lbs. You may have a little more trouble. Getting the bike OFF the center stand is another story! It aint easy! My front walk has only a VERY slight sland to it, and I have to back in or I play hell getting the bike off the stand. Gas mileage is pretty good at around 45+ @ 70 MPH and around 35+ for my combine highway and city driving. These are actually conserative numbers, I expect the exact numbers to be slightly better. I have only put just over 1,000 miles on it, and for me that is not enough data for solid numbers.
Now, so far as my hot rod goes, it is a 62 Corvair with full computer engine management. You can see it at http://www.absolutetops.com/Corvair/Corvair_Frames.htm You can check out my "other" bike, (750 Honda) at http://www.absolutetops.com/750Four/bike.htm
I know what you mean about not being able to afford a new GW. Wish I could, but I am VERY happy with the gift from my lovely wife! Sort of makes it even better than a new one, just because it is from her.
Feel free to contact me anytime. Hope you find the bike that is just right for you.
Tom
 
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