If you were going to buy a GL1800......

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If you were going to buy a GL1800......

Post by Sally » Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:14 pm

I have and 02 GL1800 and will more than like stick with in because I love the thing. But if you were going to buy a GL1800 what year would you buy and why ? maybe because of color,options,upgrades ? why??? I know it wouldn't be newer than a 10 model because I want one built here..Sally :lol: :lol:

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Re: If you were going to buy a GL1800......

Post by snackpak » Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:29 pm

Maybe a 2009 or 10. Just because of the heated comfort that was not a standard item on the years before.

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Re: If you were going to buy a GL1800......

Post by themainviking » Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:12 pm

I have a 2009, and I am good with it, but was really pissed at Garmin and Honda for the B.S. with the electronics such as GPS and Stereo upgrades that the U.S. Models got that the rest of the world did not. I could have bought a 2006 and got everything on this 2009 that I wanted. I have the airbag, but they threw it in for free because I was not going to take the bike. I did not want airbag, or at least, I did not want to pay for airbag. I could care less if I have it or not. 2006 had built in GPS, and now that Garmin has lowered themselves to making it upgradable (as of Feb 2012) it would be every bit as much bike as my 2009, and I could have gotten it for a bunch of bucks less. Yep, 2006 would have been my choice. (a low mileage one of course... :lol: )
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Re: If you were going to buy a GL1800......

Post by thrasherg » Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:44 pm

I would want any model after 2006, they didn't have all the safety recalls, and did have the vents that allow you to duct warm air to your feet!!


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Re: If you were going to buy a GL1800......

Post by venture1 » Tue May 01, 2012 4:23 pm

Love my 2008 with Nav, comfort, ABS, premium sound, etc.
I live in Maine, ride year round, and love to take long trips.
I have done coast to coast on this bike and planning a trip from Maine to Alaska for this summer.
REALLY love this bike!

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Re: If you were going to buy a GL1800......

Post by gildco » Thu May 03, 2012 11:49 am

I agree with Themainviking about the GPS systems on earlier bikes (my bike is a 2008 Wing). The problem is that the older models like mine have a GPS that requires a CF card; later model Wings have a SD card that is programmable, meaning that you can design a route on your laptop or desktop that you want to take, download it onto your SD card, put the card back into your NAV system, and you're good to go. No can do with systems requiring the CF card.

My son has a Garmin Zumo for his BMW and really loves it. I have a 755T Garmin unit, but have not yet mounted it to my Wing because I like the bigger screen on the built-in GPS and its clarity. If a GPS is not that important to you, go with a standalone unit.

Outside of the GPS issue, my airbag model has all the features that I appreciate, and I would recommend the 2008. (I upgraded from a Kawa Vulcan 900 Classic LT). The Wing is a joy to ride.

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Re: If you were going to buy a GL1800......

Post by Bad Blake » Tue May 15, 2012 10:48 pm

I chose an 08 because I don't like the styling of the 12 model. It has all the comforts, heated seats, grips, navigation and a fantastic stereo system. I was looking for the Wing to add to my '99 Valkyrie Interstate and 2k Valkyrie Tourer, the Wing is a step or two ahead of the two Valkyries.

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