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Offline Luvmystar

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Older Goldwings
« on: January 09, 2012, 06:40:53 pm »
I've been thinking lately(i know bad idea)about maybe trying to get a wing sometime this year.A few of you know my wife has problems with her neck so if we get her fixed I definitely will need something with better ride quality.With what our budget will be i'm thinking a 1200 possibly an 1100.Ok i've rambled enough.Is there any input any of you guys can give me.Pros and cons,stuff to look out for,that kind of thing.I know about the charging system stuff but i'm not afraid of the alternator mod so that don't scare me.Thanks.

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Offline gl1dinorider

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Re: Older Goldwings
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2012, 12:46:10 am »
you need to know when the timing belts were last changed, and if you do the belts, go ahead and do the water pump too. onboard air is nice, but there seems to be an issue with the front tire cupping on the air charged forks. im still learning the wings myself. as i learn, ill be more than happy to share. by the way, there are a couple on craigslist right now at a right price.
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Re: Re: Older Goldwings
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2012, 04:51:05 am »
Yeah the tire cupping has to do with the forks. Bad setup imo I would not go for one of thoe personally.  Old wings are very cool:21 I have wanted one for a while now. Just waiting on that special deal to spike my interest. Lol

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Re: Re: Older Goldwings
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2012, 06:40:26 am »
Yeah the tire cupping has to do with the forks. Bad setup imo I would not go for one of thoe personally.  Old wings are very cool:21 I have wanted one for a while now. Just waiting on that special deal to spike my interest. lol


ukm, dude, check craigslist, like now.
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Offline Luvmystar

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Re: Older Goldwings
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2012, 07:36:11 pm »
Thanks guys.I can deal with stuff like that was mainly concerned with anything big.She goes to her first appt. with specialist Thurs.Hopefully we'll have a better picture on things before to long.I just sit here and think alot and this has been on my mind.I thought an older one would work for starters since theyr not so expensive and the shocks could be adjusted easily.This monoshock stuff on the star sucks if you have extreme weight carry variations.She has already said she wants a trike in the future so I don't want alot in this thing.I'm probably at least 6 mths off.

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Re: Older Goldwings
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2012, 09:48:14 pm »
Thanks guys.I can deal with stuff like that was mainly concerned with anything big.She goes to her first appt. with specialist Thurs.Hopefully we'll have a better picture on things before to long.I just sit here and think alot and this has been on my mind.I thought an older one would work for starters since theyr not so expensive and the shocks could be adjusted easily.This monoshock stuff on the star sucks if you have extreme weight carry variations.She has already said she wants a trike in the future so I don't want alot in this thing.I'm probably at least 6 mths off.

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ive got the air ride on mine but no onboard air. the rear shocks handle the weight of myself (300lbs) the wife and a couple days gear really well. and when its just me, i just let them down a might. although im considering changing the front forks to get away from the air as they leak down over a few days anyway. ive got the adjustable rears on one of my "parts" bikes and another pair in a box but just dont see the need or want to change them. when you get that far along and need anything let me know as i may be able to help. parts for these things are hard to find and really pricey at the local parts yards, and craigslist is a good source also, but you have to be quick when you spot them as they usually get snatched up pretty quick. of course now that ive said that they will languish on cl for months.
1st gen are fast but geared higher, 2nd gen they changed the gearing in the trans to accomodate people dressing them out so they would handle the load better. so 2nd gen or newer would be what you want. not as high a top end but more lower end torque. and even at that it will run as fast as you would want to go, i know mine will run faster than i normally care to  run it, and it will still creep up to 95+ or so on the interstate if im not paying attention. we took ours over 441 to cherokee fully loaded with a ton of stuff and bunjee cords, and it pulled the mountain easily running 3rd and 4th gear.
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Offline Luvmystar

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Re: Older Goldwings
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2012, 10:36:50 pm »
Thanks a bunch Rick.Exactly what I needed to know.I know about the cost of older parts.My last bike was an 85 shadow and 120 a piece for carb diaphragms about gave me a stroke.I know a bit more know and have a few more connections and alot less fear of screwing something up.From what little research i've done and a lot of experience with the star the 2nd gen wing will probably be my best bang for the buck that will fit in my budget for the next year or more.I'm guessing I as tempting as it looks on the first glance I don't want one of the injected versions they had back then.carbs are too easy to work with the less fancy 80s electronics probably the better.I'll be bending your ear when the time comes.

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Re: Older Goldwings
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2012, 01:31:22 pm »
I've got a 76, 82 Aspencade and a 83 Interstate. 76 is faster, hotter cams, bigger carbs but geared lower, 82 is a Caddilac but 5th gear is overdrive on the 83s. Never saw a cupping problem and the front tire on the 83 is almost worn out. I would guess the problem is something besides air forks. Below are a few links:

http://www.sonic.net/~boyett/goldwing.htm
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/
http://classicwings.org/bbs/index.php
http://www.randakks.com/
http://www.goldwingowners.com/
http://www.northamericangoldwings.com/
http://www.goldwingworld.com/pages/index1.htm
http://goldwingdocs.com/index.asp
http://www.wingovations.com/
http://www.ngwclub.com/
http://www.gl1000.nl/
http://gl1000parts.com/
http://www.goldwingworld.com/pages/GL1000-service-manual.pdf
http://www.whiteys-classic-wings.com/
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Re: Older Goldwings
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2012, 03:37:24 pm »
Thanks.I was thinking one of these would be good for us for our 2 up riding sounds like i'm in good shape.
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