So a Goldwing was not in my head when we decided to do a cheap bike challenge. From Phoenix buying bikes for no more than $1000 and riding to California and back. I have had many bikes in the past and before this one still have six mainly Triumph 1050's and Kawasaki KLR 650's. So getting a Goldwing was totally new to me. I have a lot of thoughts about it and also some worries that you might be able to help me with.
Its a 1986 Aspencade with 101k on it. Everything works although i haven't figured out the cb radio but not really necessary. I am sure it isn't in the best of conditions but apart from the seat and the right foot board being broken everything else is goodish.
So my initial thoughts... its very very heavy but ok when you get out the parking lot. Its a blast riding along with the stereo blasting and i could ride all day which is nice compared to some of the more racy bikes i have had.
So to some concerns. Minor, the screen at night is not as clear as i would like. I guess this is just age?
The shaft drive clunks a bit when you let the clutch out in first. Is this at all normal or as i suspect it has been abused and needs work. So the question is having changed the gear oil will it do anything dangerous or will i have advanced warning? I cannot fix it for this challenge.
The cam belts are unknown as to their age etc. i have found some receipts but nothing about the belts. I think i can change them and it looks like you dont get any warning before they go. Any advice would be helpful.
Tires. The front is ok, the back is almost gone. Is the bike supposed to be scary on lines and grooves in the road? Usually this would be tires but since it is such a big bike i was wondering if it was just something i have to get used to.
Otherwise i am pleasantly surprised at how much i like it and i really think i could even buy a newer one in the future. Got to get this trip sorted first.
If anyone is in Phoenix, it would be good to hear from you. Thanks