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It's been a while
hello all, it's been a long time since I have been here. I had to sell the 84 Aspencade as it was having serious engine problems that I didn't want to put money into. It was a beautiful machine and I miss it. But it was going to cost me more than it was worth to fix. I sold it to a guy that knows how to work on them and he is going to restore it. I did buy another Goldwing in 2010, it was a 2008 still in the crate. got it at a great deal. The wife and me love it.

But I still have memories of the 84 and still kept the pics of her. I also still have the Kawasaki nomad, it has 66,000 miles on it now. Below are pics of the old and new.

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!984 Goldwing Aspencade, 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad
#1 01-05-2015, 12:36 PM,
Well, it was fun while it lasted.
I hope the members here were able to be of some assistance with your 1200.

I know what you mean about whether or not to invest.....
When I brought my 'new to me' 84I home, I knew she was going to take some time and money to get her back to street worthy having sat, unused for 2 years.
After I had been riding her for a while, I unscientifically estimated the labor cost.
I used $75/hour (for ease of the calculation), and estimated $2100 in labor for a bike I paid $1500 for, whose then market value was approximately $3750.
Parts were a small fraction of labor, and some of that labor went into electrical upgrades.

Sometimes, you just have to do the math!

I am sure you and your wife will enjoy the new ride.

-Ride On
enjoying the view from the saddle....... due mainly to the people and information found within this site
#2 01-05-2015, 02:58 PM,
Thanks, both us love the new conveniences like heated seats and heater. also other things the 1200 didn't have, but we both agree the 1200 was a whole lot better looking bike. If I knew how to work on the engine I probably would have kept it. But it needed a lot of work engine work.
!984 Goldwing Aspencade, 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad
#3 01-05-2015, 08:10 PM,
Nice bikes, both old and new. Too bad you have to drag around those extra cylinders and pistons on your new bike that your old bike did not have. (just joking) The 1800 is a great bike, premium handling and power. Both the 1200 and the 1800 are the undisputed kings of the touring class of bikes. I just wish that Honda would have built the 1800 more user friendly like the 1200. Too many expensive tools needed for routine maintenance on the 1800, but, that's not a consideration if you have your bike fixed at a bike shop. Enjoy your beautiful bike.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
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