NOT-For Sale 1982 Honda GL500 Silverwing (unless I can’t refuse your offer)

I am finally going to sell my brother’s bike. She has never been mine and I was always a little uncomfortable riding her-she was still his after all. She is a 1982 GL500 in pretty darn good shape for being 30 years old. She has never given me any problems starting. She most likely will need a new front tire for an inspection sticker. They usually do brakes at the same time, so keep that in mind. The horn does not work, I used a squeeky bike horn when I rode it last. I do not have the time to maintain the bike with 3 kids and a wife that works most nights. This bike is not perfect, however, given the years she has on her she is in really good shape. One could do a restore or make her a chopper quite easily. I just don’t have the time to ride anymore so she has to go. I hope she goes to someone who has the time to give her the attention this rare classic bike deserves. They say these engines will go and go then go some more so at less than 9,0000 miles on her, she has plenty of life left. While washing her, I snapped off one of the tabs on the side plastic cover behind the battery; the cover stays on but is loose.

Her blue book is: $1165 http://www.kbb.com/motorcycle/retail/1982/honda/gl500-silverwing/69202/

Her trade in value is: $720 http://www.kbb.com/motorcycle/trade-in/1982/honda/gl500-silverwing/69202/

I am asking $1,000 on her as is. Serious inquiries only, no tire kickers.

Being 31 years old, there are no guarantees. She would be a great candidate for a ground up restoration or put a few dollars into her and have a great old daily driver.
We have a clean title in hand.
I will be putting up my 1982 CB750 Nighthawk for sale soon.

Her photo shoot. Click for larger image.

This bike is considered a convertible. The trunk and a rear seat are interchangeable. They snap on and off with the helmet hanger levers.

Yes, she is liquid cooled.

Note dent in portion lower tank.

Actual miles. Note screw missing on fuse cover.

Nice shot of the transverse mounted twin engine. EVERYTHING on this bike is easy access, no taking off the seat to remove the battery even.

The other side of the engine.

She is shaft driven, no belt or chain to maintain and a smooth ride.

I usually rode it with the seat on. A very comfortable second seat, the seat back makes it feel safe too.

Tank dent was there when I got her.

Cracked rear fender.

Closeup of tank paint. A few small dings but in good shape.

Closeup of handlebar appurtenances.

Closeup of body.

Another closeup of the tank and handlebars.

Here is a video with sound of her running:

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22 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Canuckada on July 11, 2012 at 12:04 am

    There is no indication as to where you are? Do you have an email contact or phone number? Thanks in advance. Cheers!

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  2. I am on the southcoast of Massachusetts, USA. If you are still interested, comment again with email address and I will respond. Thanks!

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  3. Posted by kel on July 16, 2012 at 7:29 am

    do you still have this? We are in Southeastern Mass. My email is kelwes@verizon.net.

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  4. Posted by Ernie Saker on August 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Is this bike still available?

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  5. Posted by Steve on May 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I want it and have the cash

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    • I have her out of the shed and started her up no problem. She needs all fluids replaced and probably a rear tire for a sticker. A squeaky horn and you should be able to ride her. I am going to clean her up a little bit. But she is for sale. I have title in hand. I am in southcoast Massachusetts. Still interested?

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  6. This bike is no longer for sale, I am going to put some time into her and ride her.

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    • Posted by J. on July 7, 2013 at 1:49 am

      Are you still fixing up the bike? I’m on the south shore and have the same bike, only muse red color šŸ™‚

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      • Yes I am. I have the o-ring coming via mail. I plan on changing all the fluids, the plugs, and blowing out the air filter. Have any suggestions for reasonable air filter and oil filters? Hope to get it on the road and take it from there.

      • Posted by J. on July 7, 2013 at 3:39 pm

        What is your email address I got some good info I can send you and some places that still carry OEM parts for it, plus we can chat privately without having to go through the blog. I can offer you some help as I’m just finishing up doing a lot of work on mine. There are a few things that you should really know if you don’t know much about this series of bikes.

      • scottschluter@gmail.com

        Much appreciated! I am looking for a windshield, and perhaps a new airfilter box like a K&N and a battery box so I can leave off the plastic side cover pieces.

      • Posted by J. on July 7, 2013 at 8:40 pm

        email sent šŸ™‚

  7. Posted by john on November 11, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    is the bike still for sale?

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    • At this point, I just put her away for the winter, so unless there was a big incentive, she’ll stay packed away. I will bring her out in the spring and re-evaluate at that point. Honestly, I hope to get her back on the road and ride her next year. I’m really going to push for that. But like I said, if there were a big enough offer…money talks in these hard times.

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  8. Posted by Matt on November 12, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Do you happen to know whare to fiend oem parts? I have a 81 gl500 you can reach me at badideaspeedshop@gmail.com
    Thanks Matt

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  9. Posted by Gary McQuate on February 8, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    You anticipate getting it out in the spring and making a decision as to whether you’re going to Ride it or sell it?

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  10. Hi,
    Touched by the care you’ve demonstrated in that Silverwing, and while the effort to maintain an old bike can be significant, I think we could agree that it is satisfying. I own an identical Silverwing, except she has an engine from my first bike, a 1981 GL500. Maybe one day both will be on the road, but better to keep the wheels turning at least for one. I love those machines; the 1981 GL500 was a happenstance purchase, and it has taught me how to care for a tool like no other. Whether you’ve sold your Silverwing since or no, I’m heartened to read your post about it, as well as the newspaper article about your brother.
    All the best,
    Jeffrey
    VA

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    • Thanks Jeffrey,

      I wish she was in a little better shape. She has a front brake caliper that keeps freezing up and she needs her new sneakers put on. Time and money are tow things I do not have enough of. I will be sad if she falls apart due to lack of both. Hopefully someday I can get her back on the road or into the hands of someone who will.

      Regards,
      Scott S.

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