I hate Honda Dealers


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No1uno
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I hate Honda Dealers

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I wanted to take my 1993 Goldwing Aspencade into the shop for some minor service. I just moved back into Florida (Ocala) and called a few shops today and I got the same ole story from each.....
I am sorry your bike is too old, we don't work on this any motorcycle older than 2006...... What? I got tired of talking to them. When I was in AZ, any motorcycle shop would work on her and there was no age issues. What gives in Florida? Now I can take my Panhead in a any Harley shop and they fight over who is going to work on it, but with My Goldwing it is a different story. Where do you guys take your Goldwings into in Florida to get them fixed? Where age is not an issue?


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Fairly common for new franchise dealers (bike or car) to not work on antiques. Recognize that your bike is probably older than most of their technicians.

Goldwingrgreg is in FL but usually does GL1800. He can chime in on whether he works on GL1500s.

Otherwise, depending on your definition of minor work, you will need to find an old geezer shop or do it yourself. This site has articles on nearly everything you would ever need to do on a GL1500.
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Most private owned shops wo0rk on anything. Dealers don't want to work on older ones I think because if something would break while they are workings on it, could be because of age of what ever broke, they would have to front the cost of the repair to that item IF they could find it to replace it. I would say try and find a shop that is NOT a dealer but an independent shop.
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No1uno
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I just had the carbs redone in AZ and tuned to the area out there, when it idles now in Florida it does a little burble sound, nothing big but I notice it. Thought maybe it just needed a little carb adjustment, but it is like pulling teeth, you think I was riding a Model A type of bike.... If it is a Honda you would think a HONDA dealership would work on them still. I guess I expect too much from a dealership.
I was told they do that to push you in a 2006 or newer motorcycle. And another person said the techs do not know how to do real tech work. They just plug in the computer and fix what the computer says is broken... what a world we live in, LOL
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Dealerships don't work on older bikes because of liability. Dunno about now, I remember that Honda dealers back in the 1970s had no restrictions, but I wouldn't be surprised if AHM has imposed them somewhere along the way. A lot of parts are simply out of production, which puts a dealership and AHM behind the 8 ball if a customer says "Hey, that was working before you worked on it!"

You can get Harleys worked on because there is so little change over the years, and most are low-mileage anyhow.
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No1uno wrote: Thu Sep 02, 2021 10:10 pm I wanted to take my 1993 Goldwing Aspencade into the shop for some minor service. I just moved back into Florida (Ocala) and called a few shops today and I got the same ole story from each.....
I am sorry your bike is too old, we don't work on this any motorcycle older than 2006...... What? I got tired of talking to them. When I was in AZ, any motorcycle shop would work on her and there was no age issues. What gives in Florida? Now I can take my Panhead in a any Harley shop and they fight over who is going to work on it, but with My Goldwing it is a different story. Where do you guys take your Goldwings into in Florida to get them fixed? Where age is not an issue?
If still around in three years I am still shooting for Florida retirement at which time I will continue to work on 1500's and on-road/off-road equipment A/C service, see you then. :D
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No1uno wrote: Fri Sep 03, 2021 10:01 am I just had the carbs redone in AZ and tuned to the area out there, when it idles now in Florida it does a little burble sound, nothing big but I notice it. Thought maybe it just needed a little carb adjustment, but it is like pulling teeth, you think I was riding a Model A type of bike.... If it is a Honda you would think a HONDA dealership would work on them still. I guess I expect too much from a dealership.
I was told they do that to push you in a 2006 or newer motorcycle. And another person said the techs do not know how to do real tech work. They just plug in the computer and fix what the computer says is broken... what a world we live in, LOL
Generally speaking, it's the ten year rule, which means those of us with '01 - '17's will run into the problem about six or seven years from now.

Most regions probably do have a shop that'll work on your older bike; it's on you to find them.
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I had not even thought about it being a problem to get someone to work a 1500 wing until seeing the online stuff...I always did my own maint or whatever else I worked at a shop for years so if you ever in east tn and have a problem drop me a line and if I can help I will be glad to....be safe everybody...
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Just moved back to Florida, in the Ocala area, so if anyone know of a good wrench around here I would be so grateful
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last time i was in ocala was 2016 there was a shop called earls there have you been there?
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No I have not, at least not yet, I will check to see if they are still open
Thanks for the response!!


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