Things to look for when buying a used GL1800


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Things to look for when buying a used GL1800

Post by RBGERSON » Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:44 pm



I currently own a 1500 and have had all the Gl's 75-83 and 95-98. Do all my own work.

So on the 1800's specifically 2007, 115,000 miles.. anything to watch for..check.. I haven't a clue.


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Re: THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A USED 1800

Post by AZgl1800 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:15 pm

when I bought my '02 which had 97,500ish miles on it, I just made sure that it was running smoothly, that all the functions were working, rode it around the dealer's lot to test the transmission and the steering, it all checked out.

if it has a CB, open the squelch wide open and see if it makes the typical roaring noise.
this requires that the CB button be pushed in and the 'CB' indicator shows up on the LCD panel.
Verified that the FM/AM radio were working... didn't have a comm set in my helmet so did not test the Intercom function to see if I could hear myself in the headset.

I ran thru all the push buttons, and all was well....

then I took it home.

It would be nice is you can obtain any prior documentation on maintenance of course.
In my case, I lucked out and had the PO's title in my hands, wrote him a letter and he sent me a full set of documentation on all of his PMs.. he turned out to be quite anal about such, I was very pleased.
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Re: THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A USED 1800

Post by themainviking » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:06 pm

Check if the brake recalls have been performed. If not, you can still take it into a dealership and have them done. If an Airbag model, there is a recall for that also. As AZgl1800 already mentioned, give it a ride and check transmission operation. Other than that, GL1800 bikes are as bulletproof as all the other Goldwings. Work good, last long time.
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Re: THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A USED 1800

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:09 am

Oh, on the FM/AM radio and also the CB

A short press will activate the function. A loooong press will turn it off.
a quick toggle press will flip flop it from Headphones to Dash Speakers....

and the AVC function on mine actually works.
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Re: THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A USED 1800

Post by Ghostman » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:55 am

Some 07s also had transmission issues with the ghost shifting issue. If you can get a test ride get the bike out and just see what its like shifting from 4th to 5th and see what its like when you open it up in 5th. This issue didnt affect a lot of the bikes but you dont want to get stuck with an expensive trans fix.

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Re: THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A USED 1800

Post by Happytrails » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:23 am

Ghostman wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:55 am
Some 07s also had transmission issues with the ghost shifting issue. If you can get a test ride get the bike out and just see what its like shifting from 4th to 5th and see what its like when you open it up in 5th. This issue didnt affect a lot of the bikes but you dont want to get stuck with an expensive trans fix.
Usually there is a short grace period you can return the bike like 60 days maybe so if you notice ghost shifting issues you can bring it back. Earlier 1800s had the frame recall. I think they made ABS versions all the way back to 2001 and I think Nav was introduced in 2007ish.
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Re: Things to look for when buying a used GL1800

Post by andybd69 » Tue May 01, 2018 11:43 am

Hi!
I just recently purchased my first Wing (last June). 2007 GL18HPN. Great price with 125,000 miles on it! Mine had some obvious things to replace, but I was surprised with the forks needing work. I wasn't comfortable with doing it myself. Between that and pads and rotors, my bill was almost $2,ooo. The good news is it rides like a new wing now! Love the cycle tho. I am never going back. Good luck!

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Re: Things to look for when buying a used GL1800

Post by captdecker » Tue May 01, 2018 7:00 pm

I got my 06 with 40000 miles on it. About 50000 drive line gave trouble, not for sure if drive shaft or diff, I got each from a trike shop with low miles for 50.00 each. Was drive shaft. The brake recall had not been done, first thing I had fixed.

Shock started leaking some, I found they had been worked on before. put Progress gas charged ones in...I figured even if they leaked would still work.

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Re: Things to look for when buying a used GL1800

Post by AZgl1800 » Tue May 01, 2018 11:46 pm

When I bought my 2002 with 77,500 miles on it, at a dealership.

I rode it around the lot and did figure 8s as tight as I could, inside two parking spaces....
when the manager saw me do that, he quit watching me and went back inside.

I rode it around the perimeter, check the tranny, throttle, listened for strange noises, starter motor was quick, lights all work, brakes were good, clutch worked like it should.

I paid for it and went home, never looked back.
since then, have put in two oil changes, 1 OEM air filter, 1 ECM ( left side spark knock sensor ),
1 new tire on the back, and just now bought a new tire for the front.


the extra stuff? GPS, dashcam, new helmet with EdSets comm speaker/mic.... none of that counts
114,000 miles and will live a lot longer than I do probably.
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Re: Things to look for when buying a used GL1800

Post by raygald » Sun May 27, 2018 12:28 am

Check all the fonctions, accessories and lightings that they operate properly; troubleshouting and fixing electric problems can be the hell with so much wiring running under the body...
Be aware that changing the air filter is a big job that an handyman can do after viewing videos and instructions to do it with method to make sure to not mix screws or break plastic pieces. But the spark plugs are easy to change, as opposed with 4-cylinders Sport bikes... Oil and filter changes are easy, without pulling out the lower cowl.
Will changing my air filter, I have constructed a grid with wires at the entrance of air horns, to avoid mices or elses to get in the air filter box during winter or long storage (some videos or tutorials show how to do it).
I have had trouble with road lignts (Hi beam) because the plastic connector has falled loose in the bottom of the fairing and rubbed on the Hi-beam command wire so much to loosen it in the connector. Just touching it and Hi-beam works! So I have bypassed the connector to address this issue and put back the connector in its holder, securing it with tiraps and tape. I suggest you to check that connectors are secured at their places when you pull down the pieces to replace the air filter.
I have experimented issue with the starting switch after a day riding in rain and a night parked under rain: the day after, the engine started well but the headlight were off. A biker pall suggest me to inject in the switch a penetrating dielectric lubricant (Prolab PL-100 in Canada) to eliminate dampness and it was successfull, headlights get on. I inject it yearly in switches to avoid future issues. It is a good idea to cover the bike while parking under rain, or just put plastic bags over the controls on the handles secured with elastics to avoid rain getting in them.



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