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Old 03-03-2013, 02:28 AM   #1
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Anyone have a mid-80's GoldWing?

Hey, y'all.

I'm thinking about getting a touring bike. The Katana, though awesome, just doesn't have the luggage space or an upright-enough seating position for multi-day trips. I've ridden a lot of big bikes (including my brother's Honda VTX1800), but they're all very low-slung and chopper-ey. I want to see about getting a relatively low-mileage and well-maintained GoldWing (maybe a mid-80's Aspencade or Interstate).

Problem is - I'm a big guy and sensitive to ergonomics. Does anyone have one of these from the relevant time period that I could borrow for 20 minutes or so? Just to get the feel for the seat and what the highway wind protection is like for someone as tall as me? I'd go test drive one from the dealership but a GL1200 Aspencade probably bears little resemblance to the new GL1800s with their sportbike frame, large size, and electronic assists.

Anyone? Feel free to PM me if you don't want to out yourself as a 'Wing owner.
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I have 88 goldwing. I Can tell you if you ride it you WILL buy one!. Old but still great bikes.
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LMAO....Bet it gets great gas mileage though!
Does it have cruise control and stereo?
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I have 88 goldwing. I Can tell you if you ride it you WILL buy one!. Old but still great bikes.
Sweet. I'm trying to get a feel for the ergos (and the interwebs is giving me a lot of conflicting info) - are you fairly tall? Do you think it would be comfortable for someone 6'4" like me?

Too bad you're so far away. I'd come make a field trip to come see it and get your thoughts in person.

And, Scorpio - the Honda GoldCub is.... interesting.
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Here is one for sale on CL. If it is close enough for you, go and take a look at it

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/3656880617.html
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Cruise control, stereo, cb, reverse, adjustable air ride,....its a cool old bike.
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Sweet. I'm trying to get a feel for the ergos (and the interwebs is giving me a lot of conflicting info) - are you fairly tall? Do you think it would be comfortable for someone 6'4" like me?

Too bad you're so far away. I'd come make a field trip to come see it and get your thoughts in person.

And, Scorpio - the Honda GoldCub is.... interesting.
I`m 5,7..I`m not flat footed on the ground but close.. have a friend thats 6`4...275lbs. that has an 95 same bike that loves it. he says it just right for him.....just look for the 88s and up. 1500 6cyl bikes much easier to maintain.
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GL1500's are hard to find cheap enough for me. I've heard enough good things about the GL1200 in comparison to the GL1100 (more power, more torque, smoother delivery, more leg room, better luggage, etc...) that makes me think it might be the sweet spot in terms of $$.

I might just troll CL long enough to find a GL1500 for the right price. Hmmm.
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Well, as you can tell from my sig (and the last central meet), I pulled the trigger on an 1983 GoldWing Interstate. It's the 1100, of which I was initially wary, but after trying out the GL1200s, they seemed kinda boring - almost underpowered. The GL1100 likes to rev up like a sportbike engine and pulls pretty hard all the way to redline, which is pretty high.

As soon as I get some new tires on it I'll take it on a shake-down trip to Austin. Sure is comfy.
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I almost bought an 83 Aspencade (I think) this past summer when I rode my KLR to Alaska and the motor seized. The rear brake was sticking and the seller wasn't apt to fixing it before selling but looking back I wish I would have bought it and gotten it fixed.

It rode great for being 30 years old.

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