does anyone own a 2010 or newer GL1800


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Gl1800 questions

Postby chefkev121 » Thu Dec 18, 2014 5:05 pm



So I'm planning on buying my first brandy new 2015 gl1800 I've had 2 gl1500 both ran like freight trains {wouldn't expect anything else}. But I was talking to a friend of mine who owns a 04 gl1800 and he told me that Honda stopped U. S. production in 2010 which I knew which sucks but what can you do.. He said that since they have been building them overseas that the quality has gone down specifically there has been problems with the transmissions and paint has anyone had any issues? Thanks

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Re: Gl1800 questions

Postby Fatwing Chris » Thu Dec 18, 2014 5:51 pm

Well he's partially right.They're using different paint(water based) that's not standing up too good.Apparently it marks up pretty easilyThere's always been tranny problems with the 1800's.Do a search on the GL1800Riders.com for ghost shifting.Some tranny stuff was updated in 2014,but hard to say if it's better yet.As far as quality I'm sure they use far more robotics which eliminates a lot of humans getting their hands on it which usually means better quality.Robots don't have bad days.
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Re: does anyone own a 2010 or newer GL1800

Postby oilboy1162 » Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:01 am

BOUGHT MY SECOND 'WING IN LATE MARCH OF THIS YEAR, A CANDY APPLE RED 2013 LEVEL 2 (NO ABS OR AIRBAG). 8K MILES SO FAR AND NOTHING BAD TO REPORT. ALTHOUGH THE "PAINT" DIDNT HOLD UP WELL WHEN MY FRIEND BACKED HIS HARLEY INTO MY SADDLE BAG, BUT EVEN THEN I CAN BARELY SEE ANY MARK. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO MANY,MANY MORE MILES TO COME.
:lol: I know people say we spend too much money on our rides, but I can't hear them when I'm 1000 miles away! :roll:

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Re: does anyone own a 2010 or newer GL1800

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:17 am

There were complaints of "soft paint" on some of the early units from Japan.
Also the trannie problem, ie ghost shifting, seemed to 1st appear back in 06. Have not "heard" of any failures on the import Wings.
I would suggest buying the extended warranty, simply because it's good "insurance"!




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