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New guy, just purchased first Goldwing (1984 Aspencade) - insignia100 - 10-12-2014

Hey guys, just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Chris from Tucson, AZ (new transplant to the Sonoran desert) and just picked up my first GW, a 1984 Aspencade. It is currently a project bike (my primary ride is a Bandit 1200). I replaced the fork seals and installed Progressive springs today, and still have the carbs to go through. I'll probably be replacing the shocks as well.

Lots of little things that need done but things seem to be progressing pretty well so far!

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RE: New guy, just purchased first Goldwing (1984 Aspencade) - Poorboy - 10-12-2014

Welcome to the site Chris. Unless you know how long it has been since the timing belts were changed you should change them. Poorboy


RE: New guy, just purchased first Goldwing (1984 Aspencade) - insignia100 - 10-13-2014

Oops, yep, forgot to mention that. Two brand new timing belts are sitting on my workbench right now as a matter of fact.


RE: New guy, just purchased first Goldwing (1984 Aspencade) - 85GL1200I - 10-15-2014

Great looking bike, welcome.....


RE: New guy, just purchased first Goldwing (1984 Aspencade) - jkrijt - 10-16-2014

Welcome to the site.
Your bike looks nice. You are lucky that is does not have all the Christmas Tree lights you see on some bikes so your wiring should not be messed with too much ;-)
Check the alternator wiith a voltmeter. Make sure it charges +/- 14 volt when the bike is running. If not, you have an expensive repair........
Solder the connector to the alternator if it is not already done.


RE: New guy, just purchased first Goldwing (1984 Aspencade) - insignia100 - 10-19-2014

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone.

jkrijt: I'm well aware of the alternator issues with these bikes and the soldering mod is definitely on my (long) list of things to do. I'm sure I'll be undertaking the Poorboy alternator conversion at some point as well. I'm resolved to NOT remove the engine to replace a defective part with another defective part, and luckily I think mods like that give these bikes a bit of charm. Wink

Today changed the timing belts, which turned out to be much easier than expected. The thermostat switch is buggered so I'll need to replace or repair that. I'll also go ahead and replace all the radiator hoses, etc while the radiator is off the bike.


RE: New guy, just purchased first Goldwing (1984 Aspencade) - jaycojman43 - 10-19-2014

Welcome to the site. The bike looks great, I have the same bike. How many miles on yours? mine has 110,000 miles


RE: New guy, just purchased first Goldwing (1984 Aspencade) - insignia100 - 10-20-2014

Just shy of 40,000. Hoping to put many more on it once I get it running.


RE: New guy, just purchased first Goldwing (1984 Aspencade) - triwing - 10-23-2014

Welcome to the site.Nice looking scoot,suspension upgrade front & rear is a must. Rear shocks can be upgraded to Progressives with spring & damper replacement in stock cans,save a bunch & get the same shock.Belts,water pump will need replaced if not done,every one of mine needed them,don't forget tires. Alternator is not a big deal,replace it,clutch spring,get rid of damper plate,replace with 2 metal plates,N G W tell's you how & why.Starter rebuild while motor is out & any bad clutch plates,this will get you started & you will have fun, Good Luck Triwing


RE: New guy, just purchased first Goldwing (1984 Aspencade) - trike lady - 10-30-2014

Hello and welcome to the forum.
Nice looking Wing, congrats.


RE: New guy, just purchased first Goldwing (1984 Aspencade) - steve84 - 11-02-2014

great looking 84. enjoy the forum