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(Nearly) GL newbie

Postby Toogzweire » Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:26 pm



Hi!

Just wanted to say hello to everyone.

Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to ditch the 'nearly', as mentioned in the subject.
Depending on the price the dealer will give for my Beemr, hopefully I'll be riding a beautiful black 2004 GL1800 in a few days.

Although nearly 10 years of age, she still has a superb paintjob, straight fine rotorblades, ...

Any specific 2004-issues I should be aware of?

Ride safe!
T



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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby bustedwing » Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:37 pm

Hello Toog and welcome to the website from the U.P. of Michigan. I just looked at your picture and my daughter is due to hatch the end of. December and up till a few weeks ago I had her beat in the belly size contest but she passed me up and you are a solid second place. As far as the bike you are looking at;do you know anything about it, how many miles especially in the last few years, what has been done to it. Has it been sitting lately? I think I would have to know more about the bike, but generally these are great bikes .
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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby redial » Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:43 pm

Hello Toog, I hope your deal comes off.

Tell the dealer (aka Stealer), that you know they are a basket case, these GW, but if you exchange it for the right price, you would be willing to take on the challenges of these Hondas. Probably everyone in Belgium can fix a Beemer, but it takes real skill to fix a GW :lol: That may assist in bringing the price down.
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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby Happytrails » Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:52 am

Welcome aboard and here's hoping your deal work's out. Goldwings are a precision made sophisticated machines. When I asked my dealer if everything worked on my bike his reply was "we cant tell, the thing has more buttons than the space shuttle" :D
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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby bjatwood » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:13 am

I haven't heard of anything specific on the 1800's that would make me doubt them as being a great MC. I prefer the size of my 1500, which is a bit bigger and easy for my big behind to ride on...LOL Post up some pics when you "strike" your deal.. ;)

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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby Fatwing Chris » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:43 am

The earlier produced 04's were included in the frame recall.My 04 was a late year one so it wasn't included.The recalls(there were a couple of others) should have been done long ago,but it wouldn't hurt to verify this before signing any papers.Other than that maintenance records would be nice,but not a deal breaker.After that it's just the regular bike stuff...tires,brakes etc...
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby bjatwood » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:50 am

Fatwing, can you please elaborate on the frame recall for the early 1800's?

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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby Happytrails » Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:04 pm

I read something about that. Something to do with factory welds. I believe it was a recall issue.
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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby Toogzweire » Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:17 pm

Thanks for the welcoming, guys!

And I'm really excited and happy to let you all know that the deal came off!!!

Although 'redial's advise didn't quite catch the dealer's attention though... ;-) The man's a Pro!

We have agreed on the price, but I want to have a testride to finalize (never know).
Only our weather is rapidly changing to: NO GW-weather! The dealer has no beef to keep the bike until it's more GW-friendly and getting it out.
After all, it's still his bike and he has to clean it.

The bike's from 2004, black and has some 20k miles. Tires are ok, also has some extra LED+stoplight installed.
As soon as 'the Momba' is on premise, I 'll post some pics here.

I have read the recall's (but forgot to ask the dealer :oops: )

Ride safe!
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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby Fatwing Chris » Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:54 pm

If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby Sidcar » Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:20 pm

Welcome to the best Wing website around.
How old are the cam belts? If they're the originals they are too old.
Have fun.

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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby Fatwing Chris » Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:29 am

Sidcar wrote:Welcome to the best Wing website around.
How old are the cam belts? If they're the originals they are too old.
Have fun.

Sid


No belts on an 1800.Just a noisy chain.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby Sidcar » Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:25 pm

I went to the Motorcycle Show last Monday a new 1800 was just over £2400, for that money you'd expect a quiet timing chain.

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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby Fatwing Chris » Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:07 pm

Sidcar wrote:I went to the Motorcycle Show last Monday a new 1800 was just over £2400, for that money you'd expect a quiet timing chain.

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They're not that bad.The belts are definitely more quiet though.Most people probably wouldn't even notice.I have more of an issue with the ride of the 1800 compared to the 1500.By spring I will have spent a fair bit of money and labour time trying to make this thing ride like a big touring bike should and not an overgrown sportbike.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby brettchallenger » Fri Nov 29, 2013 6:41 am

Sidcar wrote:I went to the Motorcycle Show last Monday a new 1800 was just over £2400, for that money you'd expect a quiet timing chain.

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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby themainviking » Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:53 am

Sidcar wrote:I went to the Motorcycle Show last Monday a new 1800 was just over £24000, for that money you'd expect a quiet timing chain.

Sid


I put the extra zero into the equation. 1 pound sterling = $1.73 Cdn. So, 24,000 pounds = $41,500 Cdn or thereabouts. Our price for this bike here is about $31,500, so there is a definite inequity for you folks in the Isles. At that price, I would never have found out what these bikes are like, as I would not have bought a new one. I bought a Goldwing because a Harley of the comparable style was $45,199 here at the time. Otherwise I would still be trying to convince myself that the Harley was great. Wow, did I luck out. I test rode a bike identical to the Harley I did not buy, and the Goldwing is a far superior motorcycle, by a great margin. But at $41K+ I would never have discovered this.

To the subject - Congratulations on your new to you Goldwing GL1800, Toogsweire. You will not be disappointed. As was mentioned, the only recall on those era bikes was a reweld or weld update on the frames, and it was conducted in a most professional manner in accordance with an acquaintance of mine who had a 2003. If your 2004 was late year, you do not even have that to look for. Ride long and enjoy.
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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby Sidcar » Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:52 pm

£2400! Must have been a bit of wishful thinking.
A fully kitted out BMW RS1600 we sat on (I think it was an RS1600 we'd sat on so many bikes I was loosing track) would have lightened my wallet to the tune of £22000, the salesman seemed a bit put out when I said I wanted to put a sidecar on it. £22000 plus £6500 oh Lordy stick with the old GL1500 I think.

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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby brettchallenger » Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:39 pm

Here you are Sid - http://www.jawamotorcycles.co.uk/sidecar.html

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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby Sidcar » Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:04 pm

If I had to have a stink wheel I'd go for the MZ rather than a Jawa.
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You folks across the pond would look at a Bantam engine and say Hummer.

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Re: (Nearly) GL newbie

Postby bstig60 » Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:30 pm

Welcome...... Let us know the outcome of the negotiations.


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