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How long have your owned your 1200?
One year. Bought it from a guy who got it from his dad, the original owner. Had the entire history written in the manual. Very lucky, I guess.
1986 GL1200 Aspencade
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"I ride too far, too fast, too often to own a Harley!"
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#16 09-13-2007, 10:25 PM,
one year fourth owner, found it in the back of a garage, missing a few parts.
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#17 09-14-2007, 04:53 AM,
fly5465 Wrote:
tricky Wrote:Purchased new in 85

WOW Confusedhock: WOW Confusedhock: I'm impressed!

That is cool! How many miles have you put on it?

205,000 K, had a few years where I didnt ride very much and winters here kind of put a dent in the riding season

Other than tires, brake shoes, oil and filter here is a list of stuff that has gone wrong.

first or second year Speed sensor, replaced under warranty.

Alternator 70,000k approx
Alternator 120,00k approx

200,000 added external before the next one goes.

Fork seals (about 10 ears ago) and last year along with the bushings.

Rubber dust seals on the brake calipers (perished)

Other than that the things I did really didnt NEED to be done but I did.

Progressive front springs, Progressive rear suspension.

Replaced windshield with large Tulsa with vent ( best thing I ever did)
The only stupid questions are the one's that are not asked.

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#18 09-14-2007, 05:33 AM,
I got mine from my Dad in February 2002. He was the second owner and I am the third. She is showing 165786 miles, but has more than that. I rode for over a year with a broken speedometer/odometer.
Remember, No matter where you go...There you are!

Here is where I have ridden my 1984 GL1200I
I completed the lower 48 states in August 2009, riding the whole way with my Dad

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#19 09-14-2007, 05:43 AM,
I bought mine new in 1985. Put 7K miles on pretty quickly, then it ended up getting parked for 10 years while I got married, built a house, started a family etc. When I finally drug it out of storage, it was a mess, I could have cried. It ran, but barely. Fuel pump shot, fork seals shot, tires shot, brake calipers seized, chrome rusted. I truly should have been hung from the nearest tree. 8 weeks in the shop and $1000 got us back on the road, and the rest is history. Currently at a whopping 22K on the odometer......most of that in the past 3 years. Looking forward to many years and many more miles. The only thing that may part us is to pass on the 1200 to my wife if she wants it someday. At that point I'd probably look for a 1500. But rest assured Big Blue is in my garage to stay.

Big Grin Big Grin
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#20 09-14-2007, 07:12 AM,
Bought new (1st owner) in September of 1986 (leftover...good price). Same color (hard to find light blue) as "tricky". :wink: Still have it!!!

Don't have near the mileage as "tricky"(only 60,000 miles)... I've had other bikes to ride in the garage (CB750's, V-4 Sabre's, currently some 1100 Shadows). It is my 2nd Gold Wing as I also bought "new" a 1980, 1100 Gold Wing Interstate in Febuary of 1980 and put over 70,000 miles on that before I bought the 1985. :wink:

Very few accessories:

Trunk Rake
Upper or top bag guards
Throttle lock
Trailer Hitch
No other chrome stuff, like the stock apperance.

Still have original stator in this bike ( Confusedhock: ) and have done normal service with no major problems. This year I'm having some problems with dirty gummed-up carbs (my fault) since I had little chance to ride any bikes with the wifes medical problems(she rides/owns her own bike as well). But it's coming around with more running time, carb cleaner. More than likely I'll take the carbs apart for cleaning over the winter months.

Not sure how much longer I'll keep the Wing. I'm getting shorter/weaker with age and the one option I'm looking at is to strip it down to a "naked" 1200. :twisted: Then I'd have to really think about selling the Shadow as well. OR, build me a front-wheel drive Trike (Honda (auto) powered if possible). :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :wink:

Bullzeyet
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#21 09-14-2007, 07:16 AM,
5 years, second owner. Except for the failed stator, no problems. Still only 29k original miles, so I don't get to ride as much as I'd like. Hopefully when I move to the desert next year I'll get more time in the saddle. :lol:
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#22 09-14-2007, 08:07 AM,
Quote:She is showing 165786 miles, but has more than that. I rode for over a year with a broken speedometer/odometer.

Wow it certainly is great to hear stuff like this!!!!

Quote:Hopefully when I move to the desert next year I'll get more time in the saddle.

Year ROUND!!!!
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#23 09-14-2007, 11:26 AM,
Yep, where my new home is we have about 360 days of good weather per year. When I used to work Vegas and Reno, I rode almost every day there. :lol:
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#24 09-14-2007, 01:40 PM,
3rd Owner, 4 months, 'till it dies...

Always wanted a wing, now I have her...
Tom
1984 GL1200I (Milla) "SOLD"
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#25 09-14-2007, 03:28 PM,
me too 3rd owner 6 months and lovin every minute of it 8)
Tim
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#26 09-14-2007, 04:48 PM,
I'm very surprised (and impressed) to read there is this many of you that bought your bike new. I think that's great!! May all of you continue to enjoy it. Big Grin
Dale
Mesa, Arizona
1985 Aspencade
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#27 09-14-2007, 05:35 PM,
tricky Wrote:
fly5465 Wrote:
tricky Wrote:Purchased new in 85

WOW Confusedhock: WOW Confusedhock: I'm impressed!

That is cool! How many miles have you put on it?

205,000 K, had a few years where I didnt ride very much and winters here kind of put a dent in the riding season

Other than tires, brake shoes, oil and filter here is a list of stuff that has gone wrong.

first or second year Speed sensor, replaced under warranty.

Alternator 70,000k approx
Alternator 120,00k approx

200,000 added external before the next one goes.

Fork seals (about 10 ears ago) and last year along with the bushings.

Rubber dust seals on the brake calipers (perished)

Other than that the things I did really didnt NEED to be done but I did.

Progressive front springs, Progressive rear suspension.

Replaced windshield with large Tulsa with vent ( best thing I ever did)

Wow, that is something. You have not had to change your timing belts?

This is my first bike and I will be 64 next month. Had it now one month and I am the third owner and the bike has around 43,000 on her. The PO said the only thing he did was change oil and filter and he had bike for 8 years. I know I will get use to the bike but starting to think I should have gotton a smaller bike to start with. I did take the motorcycle corse classes and passed but that was on a Honda 250.
John & Linda
1985 GL1200 LTD
Mayfield, Ky.
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#28 09-15-2007, 05:19 AM,
Sorry yes of course probably several times, each time I take the old ones off I wonder why the heck I am changing them they seem to be in such good condition but at the price for Gates belts it is a feel good thing.
Come to think of it I also changed the temperature sending unit and thermostat this year.
This winter I shall be changing the brake and clutch flexible lines

They are a big bike, I am not sure I would like to start out with a Goldwing as my first bike, many do of course and they are great bikes, not as maneuverable as the new models at low speeds.
I rode my first bike when I was 16 now after 51 years on two wheels not looking forward to hanging up the gloves but I know it's around the corner Smile
I know people will say that they know others who are years older than I who still ride but they are like the older people who run marathons and climb mountains, thats why they make the news, the rest just grow old gracefully Smile
The only stupid questions are the one's that are not asked.

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#29 09-15-2007, 05:52 AM,
Quote:after 51 years on two wheels not looking forward to hanging up the gloves but I know it's around the corner

My neighbor tried out his Ultra Glide due to knee issues, now he is happy as a lark.....would you conisder that option?
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#30 09-15-2007, 06:09 AM,


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