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Hi all and thanks for taking the time to look at my post.

I just bought a 2002 Goldwing from a lady who's husband died and she is finally letting it go. It only has 8,900 and it has sat for a year or more or at leat enough to need a new battery. She had one of his friends come over and wash it , install the battery and ride it around a bit before we got there so I don't know if it was hard to start or not. It was deffinately taken care when he was around but I don't know if she ever let anyone borrow it or start it up from time to time. My question is what to do now? Oil change is for sure but does the brake fluid need to be changed, any other fluids, adjustments or services needed? If I just take it to the Honda dealer, what do I need to tell them to do?
 

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change oil check tires for flat spots. what color is the brake fluid? the lighter the color is the better
 

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Change the oil and filter. I would change the clutch, brake and coolant fluids as well. New tires may be a good investment especially if they are 8 year old. There should be a MFG date on the side wall. I would also take the VIN # to a honda dealer to see if the bike was affected by the frame recall and if so was it done.
 

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The recall was for a cracked frame and it is a big deal, especiall if it breaks loose while riding. I don't know if there is a time restriction to the recall, only the Honda dealer can tell you, but the notice does say it is in effect until all units are checked/corrected. Here is the notice about the recall..


http://www.ridersrally.com/sb/sb14.pdf
 

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KBB lists resale value at $10,950 without options. Seems like that one has quite a few options, but what one person would put on their bike, another would not. So options are personal choices and you may or may not like what is on there.

About the recalls, except for the frame and the cooling system, many of the Goldwings were not affected by the recalls. Even if yours was affected by the recall, after they are fixed they were fine. There are a lot of 2002 Goldwings out there with 100k's miles on them and still going strong. If you have doubts have the bike checked by the dealer. Once he gives you his assessment, then make your choice. You will love the Wing, but you have to be comfortable with your purchase. Good luck and let us know how it works out...
 
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