UPGRADING TO 1800


Information and questions on GL1800 Goldwings (2001-Present)
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DocFrancois
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UPGRADING TO 1800

Postby DocFrancois » Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:54 am



I'm upgrading to the 1800. In my part of the world (South Africa) these bikes are very expensive and we are probably only able to afford the 2001 to 2005 series. Appart from milage, general way it has been looked after, and accessories, what is it I have to look out for when making a decision? I'm refering to technical quirks and the like. (Never mind colour, condition of the tires, paint etc.)

Please help?



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thrasherg
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Re: UPGRADING TO 1800

Postby thrasherg » Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:13 pm

There where several safety recalls ( i think 3 in total) on the earlier wings (pre 2005), the frame needed some additional welding, i forget the others but i am sure they are listed on this site and recently there was a recall for the front brake (anti dive plunger) to be checked as it could cause the brakes to bind. Make sure all the recalls have been done. You don't want the frame cracking on you.. I'm sure others will add comments. Good luck finding your wing.

Gary

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FlyBoy2121
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Re: UPGRADING TO 1800

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:54 am

I thrasherg

I totally agree with Gary, I discussed with my Dealer and 2005 and have more of an electrical problem, I have the 2003 recall have all been on the same brake recently, the only electrical problems button reverses the remaining paste, and micro south of the handlebar front brake. I fix it myself.

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Re: UPGRADING TO 1800

Postby Red Ron » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:06 am

With the ignition on make sure the cruise engages (lights up on the dash). Press the Hazard switch and make sure it doesn't stick and will turn off. Make sure the reverse actually engages and works. Take it for a test ride if allowed. Milage is not as inportant as on other bikes. But I would look for one under 100K (miles) if possible. Try to verify how it has been maintained.




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