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Information and questions on GL1800 Goldwings (2001-Present)
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Postby captrik2 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:32 am

I have just reviewed this site and find it very informative and a resource I will probably use daily. I bought a 2003 Goldwing 1800 with a 2012 California Side Car Trike Kit (I have to bad knees and back and cannot hold up a bikecycle no less a large motorcycle) with 8,500 miles on it on December 22, 2012 and have put on 5K miles so far (the bike now has a total of 13K) mostly riding from North Port, FL to Key West monthly and of course Bike Week in Daytona. Since I am retired and divorced my wife last week I plan to do a lot of travelling in the coming months including a trip to Wing Ding in SC.

My question is that I need to change the high beam bulb on my bike and am looking for an easy way (if there is one) to get to the bulb, I have taken out the left pocket, but just cannot seem to get my hand to the bulb with enough strength to remove the connection. Any ideas.

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Postby themainviking » Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:53 am

Welcome to the site. I hope you get many miles of enjoyment from your "new to you" trike. It sounds like it was almost new when you got it anyway, with only 8500 miles on it. Wow, what a find.

Now to your question. Others may correct me if I am wrong about the earlier model GL1800s but I do not believe there is an easy way to change a high beam bulb. On 2006 and newer, if it has cruise, you need to remove something - for the right bulb, the module, for the left bulb, the controls. My manuals do not cover earlier than 2006, so sorry I could not be more help.
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Postby littlebeaver » Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:45 pm

Welcome to the site, I hope you enjoy your stay....I really am sorry things didn't pan out with the Mrs...but I'm not prying into your personal life...Maybe I'll run into you there at the Wing ding thingy...I'll be the guy with the very large eyeballs... :D

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Postby WA9FWT » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:59 am

Welcome to this great site from Sheboygan Wis.
I can't help you with your lite problem, your cycle is way to new for me to answer. But I'm sure some one on here will answer soon. Any way good luck, and send up some of that warm weather so we can ride.
Only 38 F here this morning Brrrrr... still.

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Postby thrasherg » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:38 pm

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I have a 2004 model and recently fitted headlight modulators. To fit them you have to get access to the high beam bulbs and it was a complete PITA (Pain in the A**E), if you are flexible enough to be able to reach the bulb after removing the glove boxes (left and right hand side) or can find someone that can do it for you then do it!! I couldn't reach the bulbs and ended up removing the entire facia over the speedo & vents, then the false tank cover to finally gain access to the bulbs. It took me 2+ hours to remove the bodywork, change the bulbs and put it all back together!!

It would be worth giving a flexible someone $40 to fit the bulbs via the glovebox opening!! if you can find someone!!


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