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    I'm looking at getting a mid 80s big touring bike and have a few choices to look at and looking for comments from members who may have experience with them. Cavalcade, Goldwing 83-87 Royal Venture after 1987 and maybe Kawasaki. The big 4.No beemers or Harleys. First thing is I don't mind projects ln fact being retired I'd prefer one. They're always projects avaiable. I know y'all think I don't pay more than $1.49 for my bikes but for this I'll go to $1000. Found several goldwings in this range but I want to see whats out there.Rich

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    This is a GS site so a 1100GK is the obvious choice.

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    Rode a 1200 wing for years, tough!!
    Check charging system on potencials it
    was a problem area.
    '83 was the last of the 1100s.
    '84 1200 won't do 120mph!! (119 though haha)
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    I like Suzukis Cavalcade better.It would be my number one choice if I can find a nice one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by red1100 View Post
    I like Suzukis Cavalcade better.It would be my number one choice if I can find a nice one.
    Until you go to work on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by red1100 View Post
    I like Suzukis Cavalcade better.It would be my number one choice if I can find a nice one.
    Maybe you should go to a Cavalcade site and put up a WTB ad?

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    I'm quite happy with my current 1100 Goldwing, parts are a bit more pricey but easy enough to find with plenty of on-line resources for help. Had an 83 Venture and although parts where a bit cheaper they where a little more difficult to locate NEW, there IS a good resource in ventureriders.org for Q&A. I've seen a couple of Cavalcades over the years for sale but being somewhat rare I passed due to possible parts issues. All in all go with the Goldwing for ease or the Venture for price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by red1100 View Post
    ... looking for comments from members who may have experience with them. Cavalcade, Goldwing 83-87 Royal Venture after 1987 and maybe Kawasaki.
    Cavalcade. Generally loved by the motorcycle press and was praised at being better than the Goldwing. Like Rich said, "until you have to work on it." V-4 engines are no fun to work on, and there are also plenty of gizmos on the basic bike.

    Goldwing '83-'87. Not sure why you started at '83, it's the last of the 1100s. The GL1100 started in '80. It had a few refinements until '84, when the GL1200 came out. The 1200 was a much better touring bike than the 1100 or the 1000. Hydraulic lifters meant no more valve adjustments. Many other refinements, including different (better) luggage, more of a "packaged" look, rather than having things bolted on. ALL of the 4-cylinder Wings have a permanent magnet and stator charging system, much like a GS. There are just about as many failures, but to change the stator, you have to remove the engine from the frame.

    Yamaha Venture. My older son had an '83 Venture and an '86 Venture Royale. Much better handling than a Goldwing, at least as much power and almost as many creature comforts. If you want one as a project, there is one sitting in my garage. You come get it, it's yours. Note that this is also a V-4 engine.

    Kawasaki. The Voyager started in '83 as a 1300cc 6-cylinder. It was joined in '86 by the Voyager XII, a smaller 1200cc 4-cylinder. The 1300 Six was dropped after the '88 model year, the 1200 Four continued with minor updates through the 2003 model year. There were complaints from some that it was a bit top-heavy, but what big touring bike isn't? The '86 had problems with an ignitor that would make the engine backfire and break the starter chain, which required splitting the cases to fix. A new ignitor for '87 fixed that, that version was still used on the '03. A solid, reliable bike that has a decent following with a good forum.

    Personal experiences?
    I have seen a Cavalcade, even sat on one, but have never ridden one. I have talked with a few guys that have had one, they spoke well of them.

    I have never owned a four-cylinder Wing, but have ridden them. I have worked on a few.

    Venture: as mentioned, my son has had two. I have ridden and worked on both.

    Voyager: I had an '84 that was a Six. Mainly because I had had a KZ1300 many years previously and liked it. The Voyager did not disappoint, but it was HEAVY and thirsty. Parts are also getting hard to find, as they did not make very many bikes over the six years they were produced and did not make very many spares, either. As part of the Voyager Association, I met many guys that had the 4-cylinder 1200 and liked them. I never did get a chance to ride one.

    Hope some of that might help in your search.

    And, as Nessism suggests: what's wrong with a GS1100GK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by red1100 View Post
    I'm looking at getting a mid 80s big touring bike and have a few choices to look at and looking for comments from members who may have experience with them. Cavalcade, Goldwing 83-87 Royal Venture after 1987 and maybe Kawasaki. The big 4.No beemers or Harleys. First thing is I don't mind projects ln fact being retired I'd prefer one. They're always projects avaiable. I know y'all think I don't pay more than $1.49 for my bikes but for this I'll go to $1000. Found several goldwings in this range but I want to see whats out there.Rich

    I was just given a Venture yesterday. It's going to need work to get it running again, but is in pretty good shape. I just couldn't resist a FREE bike WITH a title.

    This is where it sat for two years

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/2kdwfXp]

    Stopped at a car wash on the way home and it cleaned up nicely.



    It has more bells and whistles than any bike I've ever owned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichDesmond View Post
    Until you go to work on it.
    GL1500s are the same. Half the day removing /refitting plastic for an hour's work on the bit you need to.
    My friend loved that part of the GW Owner Experience.
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