General advice needed PLEASE


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terryjoint
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General advice needed PLEASE

Postby terryjoint » Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:31 am



Totally new to Goldwings, just reaching retirement age and want to go travelling, only driven one GW a loooong time ago. Looking for a GL 1800 at the moment, any info or advice would be very much appreciated ( Very much !! )
As I live in Spain it is cheaper to buy a UK bike than to buy one here, also the UK service records etc are likely to be more accurate. One question I have, is there a way of converting the headlight from right to left hand manually on the bike ( as some luxury cars do ) or do I need to buy a new headlamp, in this case does anyone know the cost. The other question is that do the speedometers read in both Kms/hr and MPH on the 1800 GTW.
ANY and all adevice about these bikes would be welcome.

Terry



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Re: General advice needed PLEASE

Postby Red Ron » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:32 pm

If looking at a used wing, ask to see maintainence records. 100,000k miles (167,000kl if i remember my metric) doesn't really hurt a wing that has been properly maintained. I would look for a 2006 or above that should be less likely to have frame weld problems and has the bigger output alternator. The headlight comes on automatically with the key and the dimmer is already on the left (at least in the US) so I am not sure what you are asking.

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Re: General advice needed PLEASE

Postby thrasherg » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:42 pm

Terry,

there is no easy way to correct the headlight dipping the wrong way for you. If you get the bike from the UK, the easiest way is to buy the little stickers that they sell in England (From AA, RAC, Halfords, etc) that you stick on the headlight to stop UK residents blinding foreigners when driving abroad. It does not correct the wrong dip, but makes it okay for the other drivers. Once back in Spain I would be ringing Spanish motorcycle breakers and see if you can find a second hand light assembly (Wont be cheap!) and then change it out. That is the only way to make the lights dip correctly.

Gary

terryjoint
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Re: General advice needed PLEASE

Postby terryjoint » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:54 pm

Thanks Gary, that is what I needed to know, any Idea what a new headlight unit costs ?

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themainviking
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Re: General advice needed PLEASE

Postby themainviking » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:02 pm

United States or Canadian assemblies would work for you. Here is one such on ebay.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Clear-Headlight- ... 1070384144
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terryjoint
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Re: General advice needed PLEASE

Postby terryjoint » Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:46 am

Thanks again, so no problem getting the replacements then, Great I can start looking now.

Any more general advice would be welcomed

Terry

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cihilb
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Re: General advice needed PLEASE

Postby cihilb » Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:53 pm

Both headlights have manual vertical and horizontal adjustments. They are located on the headlight housings under the fairing.



Try this url, hope it works. Can't attach a picture.
If not, do a search for GL1800 headlight adjustment

terryjoint
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Re: General advice needed PLEASE

Postby terryjoint » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:20 am

Thanks again guys ( and gals )




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