Should I buy a 2001 GL1800A ?


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Tazz063
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Should I buy a 2001 GL1800A ?

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Hi! I’m a new member with my first post. I’m looking at buying a 2001 GL1800A with under 50k miles on it. Any reason not to? Anything I should be aware of?


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Re: Should I buy a 2001 GL1800A ?

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Welcome to the forum.

The 2001 is a great bike. Bear in mind, it's 22 years old. Anything can go wrong at any time. Some dealers won't work on a bike that old. Hell, it's three years away from being an antique. If you are not a DIY owner or have an old gray beard mechanic up the road, I would suggest a newer bike.

I would try to find out how many previous owners and if there is a complete maintenance history. I would take the VIN to a Honda dealer and have the service dept. run it through their system. They can print a report of every visit to any Honda dealer including warranty and recall visits and any incomplete recalls. Don't use the online recall tool.
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Thanks. I’m currently riding an almost 18 year old 2005 Honda VT1100C2 Shadow Sabre. I know the Goldwing is much more complex but I’m pretty comfortable working on most anything except the engine (I am fine w/doing oil, coolant, electrical, etc). I have a Honda dealer about a mile away that still works on my Sabre.
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As that is in the range for the frame cracking recall, I would check that it has been done. Wouldn't hurt to inspect the welds.
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My 30s son on his cruiser and me on my 93 Aspencade have logged over 12,000 miles over the last 5 years. Regular routine maintenance namely, oil change, timing belt, relays, maybe a shifter support if your year needs one and replacement LEDs all around...I also replaced an alternator then rebuilt the old one as the brushes were worn...if you're ok with doing that stuff....

The only thing I would add....this site is like having a master mechanic looking over your shoulder. Never met anyone but the administrator has clearly set the tone of sharing his talent and making it easy for others to do the same....best site on the web!!
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I have a 2002 I bought just a few years ago. It has been fantastic. I don't put on thousands and thousands of miles(yet). But as mentioned, everything is 20 years old. Be gentle on the plastic. I for one am not afraid of a machine that has not been run much. These are fuel injected not carbureted.
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i ride a 03 the frame was not done on mine when i purchased an it took dealer 2 months here in east tn to get it done but have riden 50k since only minor and regular service since oh forgot ecm showed knock sensor they said kind of common on early 1800s love the ride !!
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Re: Should I buy a 2001 GL1800A ?

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As a dealer and builder my recommendation is. If you want the best bike for the money ignore the year as all 1800s are basically the same. The only thing you get with a newer model 8s a bigger invoice. Millage is also mostly unimportant as wings like cars are good for 300k. Look at the dike if its clean and looks well cared for. Negotiate a price and just buy it.
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I ride an '04 G1800 that I purchased from a dealer in 2013 which had 40,000 on the odo. Up until a couple of months ago, I usually put on about 9,000 miles a year. Due to health reasons I had the wing converted to a reverse trike a couple of months ago at 90,000 miles. My Honda dealer has had no problems working on a wing of this age or configuration. The best way to keep a wing going is to use it and change all the fluids according to the manufacture's recommendations. Plastic parts are still available if needed, but that supply might dry up in the near future. I expect to be well over 100,00 miles on the odo in 2023 and many years there after. I would suggest having a dealer check it over and if they like it, get it.
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what brand Reverse Trike ?
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I have read articles that say one should focus on 2006 and up models of the GL1800 as the best ones to buy. It was for various mechanical/electrical/reliability reasons...but it WAS from a legitimate source, for what it's worth.

I have an old, 1990 Gold Wing GL1500A. I LOVE how its got the most storage space (versus the GL1800s including the latest iterations which butcher cargo room). When I get a newer bike, I WILL stick with the GL1800s that have the largest luggage space. It is a crying shame that Honda doesn't offer that as an option at least! As a long distance rider: Between select parts, safety equipment, rain suit, and your general luggage YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH CARGO SPACE!

I would rather look a bit less "sporty", maybe even cut down my MPGs by 3/10ths of a percent, then to give up space to hold everything on a long distance trip! :( Anyway, I'd focus on at least a bit newer/better version of the GL1800 as I mention here...
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My advice, buy a 2005 or newer. Reason? Mother Honda installed larger radiators to fix an overheating issue on the 01 to 04 1800's. See my posts on overheating issues on my well maintained 03
wing and the associated costs that did not fix the issue. Good Luck
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I purchased my 2001 GL1800 in 2014 with 93,000 miles. It now has over 130,000 miles and is still running great without any major repairs. In 2019 I took a trip across the country, 28 days and 6,500 miles and a few days at 110 degrees and the Goldwing ran flawlessly the whole time. Have it checked out as others have mentioned. Don't let the age concern you. If the price is right jump on it. You'll never regret it.
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Re: Should I buy a 2001 GL1800A ?

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you are correct with the 05 and up do have larger fans and radiators (mosty the fans) and overheating is less of a concern I agree. I will add my first GL18 was sold with 169K and all I ever did to it was install a new alternator at 168K. I have purchased and sold at least 12 GL1800s and have yet to have any real issues with any of them

That red reverse trike #89 is quite handsome I must say :D
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You are both correct, but remember, Honda issued a short lived recall about overheating on the 01/03 models, which required replacing the wiring harness, the ecm and recalibrating the temp gauge , once the recall was over the owner was on their own. I purchased mine used from a Honda dealer and was ignorant of the recall. Only after mine started to peg the temp gauge did my knowligable Honda tech find out about the recall. To cut this short, I had all 18 hoses, temp gauge, water pump replaced, and the radiators cleaned out, the fan switch checked out, and it still would peg the temp gauge. I sold the 1800 to someone with full knowledge of what I had done to the 1800. I now own a 2010 Wing and the temp gauge stays in the normal/ Oh I forgot, I also had the radiator cap replaced. That is why I would stay away from an 01 to 04 Wing. Just be aware of that problem, Honda knew about it..I also own an 84 Wing which never overheats. Good luck on your choice.
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Correction to my previous thread. I did not replace the temp gauge, but the thermostat, which includes the water pump. Sorry about the mistake.
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As of two days ago my 2003 returned from the shop in Zephyrhills FL. Several items became readily apparent. 1. Time is not friendly to an older 1800 or for that matter any older bike. 2. Miles are of lesser importance if the maintenance was followed previously and according to Honda. 3. Some aftermarket items and accessories can be detrimental to the mechanical operation of the bike. 4. When these items are installed often times they are ill installed or defective from the get go. I have six pages of repair that can back up my allegations thanks to backyard mechanics and/or installers who should have known, when they installed major equipment, to pay attention to detail when installing. Goldwings are great bikes IF they are maintained to Honda specifications. And, any and all alterations with after market equipment and bling does not affect the proper operation of the bike as Honda has engineered it. As the old saying goes...if you can't stand the heat then get out of the kitchen. Maintenance is not cheap to keep them operating correctly.
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I bought a '02 about 22 months ago with 77K on the clock. I was told I was the 9th owner. The rear preload was not working and the head bearings needed changing. It now has 153K on it. That's about 3.5K miles a month. The starter and one of the solenoids went bad and I replaced them with a used starter and new solenoids. I replaced the rear shock, preload pump and the hydraulic hose with a braided one and installed a progressive spring while I had it apart. The universal joint failed two months ago while I was traveling out of state but I was able to find the sweet spot and I nursed it the 1K miles back home. I installed a used one taken of a bike that was turned into a trike. None of these jobs were hard and there are YouTube videos for each of them as well as the shop manual being online and downloadable. I still have to replace the Head Bearing and I'm going to install progressive springs in the front shocks at the same time.

The hardest part is keeping track of all the little screws that look alike but are not and where they go and in what order you need to install them. I refer to the exploded views and the parts list to make sure I have the correct screws etc. I have purchased an extra one of each and leave it in the bag with the part number as a reference. An insurance adjuster told me once that there are way more parts to a GL-1800 than for a Honda car.

I pull a trailer sometimes and I also have a smaller daily driver bike.
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I have found most goldwings suffer from a stuck ADV and I do mean most. Also for some reason the rear hydraulic shock adjuster is either low or vacant of any oil. My current 08 had little fluid and no evidence of leaks anywhere. I filled and it's perfect never leaking a drop. I am thinking Honda just does not fill them at the factory. My 01 and 03 where the same with the same no leak results. Interesting.
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Hi, When I was going to buy my 2007 with 100,000 miles on it, I was leery. THIS forum assured me that it was just getting broken in. I now have 150,000 and loving it! I'm in the Northeast so I am glad I got one with the comfort package (heated everything). Hope this helps
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This forum has been most helpful so far. I am very grateful for the advice I’ve gotten and can’t wait to be an active riding member.


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