2012 GL1800 trike maintenance


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2012 GL1800 trike maintenance

Postby nefty123 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:31 pm



I have a 2012 GL1800 with a Motor Trike kit. The bike was new in the crate when it was converted 7/2014. It now has 11800 miles. I wonder if the maintenance is any different than the Honda user manual depicts. I am getting ready to have the front brake pads replaced from wear. I know the pads wear based on your particular usage, but does the weight of the trike factor in as well? I do the yearly trike service maintenance at the dealer. That's to check the bolts, differential and lubrication. Should the trike get oil changes more often than a bike? I do as it's stated in the manual. I've already changed the oil for the 12k mileage. I've already had the front OEM tire replaced with a rear Bridgestone Battleax BT45.



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Re: 2012 GL1800 trike maintenance

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:27 pm

No doubt a trike weighs considerably more than a bike. That means you need to dissipate more energy when you brake. Some of that is supplied by the larger rear tires and dual rear brakes, but your front wheel does do a considerable amount of the braking, so you're going to use up the brake pads a bit faster on a trike.

I don't know that I would increase the oil change frequency because of the trike kit installation, but then I change my oil far more frequently than the maintenance schedule calls for anyway.

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Re: 2012 GL1800 trike maintenance

Postby tfdeputydawg » Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:59 pm

FYI, Even if one is "hard" on the front brakes, pads should should go a lot longer than 12K!!! The left side pads should wear approx. twice as fast as the right front(if the brakes are still linked on a Motor Trike?) I got 30K out of my lf pads.
Weight of a typical GL1800: Curb Weight*: 904 - 933 pounds, depending on option packages selected
Weight w/a MT Fastback is approx. 1,127 lbs
So increase is only appx 200#s and most of that is on the rear!
Service on the bike part remains the same
Service on the trike part should be listed in the info you got w/the conversion.
The problem comes in finding a dealer that is willing to and is equiped to work on a trike!
Most installers offer to do the bike service as well as the conversion part!
I also suggest you try 36psi in the BT45 and see what you think!

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Re: 2012 GL1800 trike maintenance

Postby nefty123 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:35 am

I appreciate both of your replies. I found that 36 psi on the BT45 was too soft and 41 psi is more manageable and comfortable for me. The rears I keep at 23 psi. The installer I use is a Honda dealership as well, Blue Ridge Powersports in Harrisonburg, VA. But they are 2 hours away, so I try maintaining whatever I can by myself or at RnR Cycles in Sterling, who I've used for my Magna and prior trike. Thursday I ordered the pads from RnR and expect them to install on Saturday 7/11.




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