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Old 11-24-2008, 08:42 AM   #1
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Suzuki Cavalcade?

I've been eyeballing a long-range tourer for the summer (Goldwing, Concours, RT, etc). I stumbled across an 87 Suzuki Cavalcade with 18k miles on it in great shape for $2k. Any thoughts on these? 1400CC Shaft Drive, Hydraulic Lifter Luxo-Barge for dirt cheap.

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Old 11-24-2008, 09:32 AM   #2
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must not have been much of a long-range tourer. 18k in 21 years, that's 857 miles a year.
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:50 AM   #3
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They were decent bikes. Yamaha also made a big tourer that didn't last long, the Venture. Kawi made the Concours from 1986 to 2006, and the more Wing like Voyager up until 2003.

When you say "Great Shape" are you referring only to the cosmetic appearance? Most bikes that don't see much use suffer fuel system problems first. Age will also affect seals and other rubber parts regardless of miles.

If you aren't one, have a good mechanic check the bike over. If the mechanical condition really is in "great shape" then I'd say go for it. You could get that much use out of it in a couple of seasons.

The only possible downside I can see is parts availability. That's why I have a connie.
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:08 AM   #4
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They were decent bikes. Yamaha also made a big tourer that didn't last long, the Venture. Kawi made the Concours from 1986 to 2006, and the more Wing like Voyager up until 2003.

When you say "Great Shape" are you referring only to the cosmetic appearance? Most bikes that don't see much use suffer fuel system problems first. Age will also affect seals and other rubber parts regardless of miles.

If you aren't one, have a good mechanic check the bike over. If the mechanical condition really is in "great shape" then I'd say go for it. You could get that much use out of it in a couple of seasons.

The only possible downside I can see is parts availability. That's why I have a connie.
I have similar concerns. Aesthetically it is in great shape. Although, the used Connie market is appealing as well. I've seen late model Concours with 20k miles going for a little over 3k. The shaft drive and hydraulic lifters on the Cavalcade seems appealing for a low-maintenance bike.
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:06 AM   #5
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cast of the bow line matey....

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I've been eyeballing a long-range tourer for the summer (Goldwing, Concours, RT, etc). I stumbled across an 87 Suzuki Cavalcade with 18k miles on it in great shape for $2k. Any thoughts on these? 1400CC Shaft Drive, Hydraulic Lifter Luxo-Barge for dirt cheap.

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Have you ridden it?
For 2k, it would be hard to go wrong. Most of the old rice barges are pretty bulletproof, (because they are chiseled out of stone) but check w/your dealer on parts availability. That thing is old enough it could be an issue. It will most likely need some freshening of all it's many carbs, and even in prime fettle will still suck fuel like nobody's biz. Also, all the fluids will need purging, and if it's on the original rubber, it's toast. The steering head bearings might need a repack as well, due to age more than wear. None of that stuff should put you off of it though. You could still end up with a very nice, very capable retrolounger for excellent money! let us know how you go...



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Old 11-24-2008, 01:57 PM   #6
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They were really heavy. Just a monster but good trailer puller.
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:20 PM   #7
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I owed one. Wish I still had it. Check all the little plastic vents , doors in the fairing. The one big thing thay had a problem with was the shift shaft seals, leaked on the groung and let trans lube into the drive shaft. Thay do weigh a bit not to bad for a land yaght. I used to get 45 to 50 mpg. Did wabble when ya made a turn but only when your over 100 mph. Dealers still have parts. sounds like a good buy. Good luck
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:10 PM   #8
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If it looks good, and performs smoothly for that price, I'd not hesitate. Strong and reliable bikes in general.
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Old 11-25-2008, 03:00 AM   #9
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From past expierience if you spend the 2K and have that much more in your pocket to solve the age/lack of use issues you will have a good bike and then want to immediately upgrade and sell it for 2K.
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Old 11-25-2008, 03:23 PM   #10
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I have similar concerns. Aesthetically it is in great shape. Although, the used Connie market is appealing as well. I've seen late model Concours with 20k miles going for a little over 3k. The shaft drive and hydraulic lifters on the Cavalcade seems appealing for a low-maintenance bike.
The hydraulic lifters would be nice. The Voyager has them, the connie does not. But the connie does have the screw and locknut adjusters which make valve adjusts pretty easy to do. Pulling all the plastic off is a slight pain though. My valves settled in by 18k. I'm at 31k now and no changes since.

The connie technically falls into a different class than the Calvacade, sport touring versus touring. Just to keep apples to apples. You might look around for a Voyager, but I doubt you'll find one for 2k.

I say give the Calv a shot. Just don't sink in any big money in it besides the usual tires or battery.
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:03 PM   #11
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these guys did ok with their old Jap bikes

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=366117

and there is another RR (Amblin about North America?) where somebody spent 6 months touring on a $2000 Goldwing. I would say if the bike runs it is probably well worth $2k.

Let us know how it turns out!
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Old 11-26-2008, 02:23 AM   #12
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The Kawi Voyager was still being sold new up til a few years ago. If you find a used one it might not be that old.
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Old 11-26-2008, 03:18 AM   #13
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Kawasaki Voyager

Roger on the Kawasaki Voyager. Rock solid and dependable. Handles well if suspension is adjusted properly. Made new up till ~2003. Low miles examples available for ~3K. Good web page support at: http://www.voy.com/13854/

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Old 11-26-2008, 03:56 AM   #14
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these guys did ok with their old Jap bikes

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=366117

and there is another RR (Amblin about North America?) where somebody spent 6 months touring on a $2000 Goldwing. I would say if the bike runs it is probably well worth $2k.

Let us know how it turns out!
Great story, I enjoyed reading it.

Here is another link of a guy who did some long distance on some older bikes. Some good pictures and story. I love that old Yamaha Venture

http://www.pashnit.com/venture-wht.htm
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Old 11-26-2008, 03:58 AM   #15
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Roger on the Kawasaki Voyager. Rock solid and dependable. Handles well if suspension is adjusted properly. Made new up till ~2003. Low miles examples available for ~3K. Good web page support at: http://www.voy.com/13854/

This was my 1996:
I would like to find a good deal on one of those! If I could find a good one for $3,000.00 that would be nice.
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