2018 GL1800 Center stand


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2018 GL1800 Center stand

Post by doxbike » Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:22 pm



It really pisses me off when........................
your new gazillion $ bike doesn't come with a centerstand :cry:

but the "bagger" wing doesn't come with one, so if you want it, you have to put it on by yourself or have the dealer do it for you.

Having just put one on, let me save you 2 hours. If you follow the directions, you have to remove the left exhaust pipe cover (virtually impossible to not scratch it in the process) which takes quite awhile to figure out how that's done, and retrieve the dropped bolts and rubber pieces, remove the hoses and hose clamp, install the centerstand from the left side, figure out how to put the damn pipe cover back on, which requires putting it up on the installed centerstand (without the spring 'cuz you haven't done that yet), retrieve the bolts and rubber bits once more and button it all back up. I'm quite handy mechanically and it still took me nearly 2 hours, and a lot of scratches in the clear coat on the cover :evil:

Or you can leave everything in place and install the center stand from the right side, leaving the bike on the sidestand, which requires removal of NOTHING!!! The cotter pin and the washer will be on the left rather than on the right. 10-15 minute job, maximum.

In either case, you then have to install the spring. Unless you have the Hulk as a partner, you're not gonna get that spring on. Unless you use your head and $5.75 worth of quarters. Stick one end of the spring in your vice and bend it away from you, inserting a quarter between every coil. Turn it around and repeat on the other side. There'll be a few quarters left, double them up between coils where possible. Hook the top hook on the bike, lift the centerstand to its highest point and just push the lower hook over the pin on the centerstand. Then push the centerstand down until the left arm hits the ground to stretch the spring and retrieve your quarters-done!

Bike is as it shoulda come from the factory!



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Re: centerstand

Post by mterraci » Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:28 pm

Can't believe they wouldn't put a center stand on at the factory. We've always needed one, if nothing else to check the oil level. I put the bike on the center stand to change the oil and filter too.

Do the new Goldwings still require the bike to be level to check the oil???

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Re: centerstand

Post by doxbike » Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:34 pm

yep, has to be level. Or you can check it once when level and see where the level is when on side stand.
Tour comes with centerstand

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Re: centerstand

Post by joeincalif » Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:35 am

The F6B didn't come with a center stand unless you bought the F6B Delux.
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Re: centerstand

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:27 am

Maybe I'm cheap, but I use pennies instead of quarters. :) Also, use needle-nose pliers to insert them:

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Re: centerstand

Post by doxbike » Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:12 pm

I tried dimes first, then pennies, finally needed quarters to get the spread necessary. ;)

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Re: centerstand

Post by GoldWingrGreg » Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:30 pm

The Tour model comes with a center stand.

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Re: centerstand

Post by seniorbiker » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:32 am

I just bought a 2018 tour model. Have not yet put it up on the centerstand. It looks like there is no good place to grab the bike with your right hand because the new grab handles for the passenger are almost impossible to grab. On my 2015 I did it just like the you tube video said.....and it worked fine (after a couple of tries). Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks :D

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Re: centerstand

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:09 am

seniorbiker wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:32 am
I just bought a 2018 tour model. Have not yet put it up on the centerstand. It looks like there is no good place to grab the bike with your right hand because the new grab handles for the passenger are almost impossible to grab. On my 2015 I did it just like the you tube video said.....and it worked fine (after a couple of tries). Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks :D
When I did it, I used the little tiny grab handles, and was able to do it without much difficulty. It might just be me, but I found the new 2018 model easier to put up on the center stand than previous Goldwings.

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Re: centerstand

Post by doxbike » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:11 pm

ball of your right foot on the CS, right hand on the grab rail, left hand on the left grip. Tip the bike up with continued pressure on the CS until both legs are in contact with the ground. Lift with right hand, pull back with left hand, step down on the CS and it'll pop right up. Goes up easier than the prior gl1800 or gl1500

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Re: centerstand

Post by seniorbiker » Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:25 am

Thanks guys..........just didn't think much of those tiny grab handles.

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Re: 2018 GL1800 Center stand

Post by RoughRider1 » Tue May 01, 2018 10:08 am

I Guess I am really CHEAP

I use washers

I learned to be cheap from Honda

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Re: 2018 GL1800 Center stand

Post by dalpol57 » Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:54 pm

Thanks for the info on the centerstand. followed you advice and it went on fast and easy.

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Re: 2018 GL1800 Center stand

Post by doxbike » Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:24 pm

dalpol57 wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:54 pm
Thanks for the info on the centerstand. followed you advice and it went on fast and easy.
You'd think those factory engineers would have figured that out, huh?

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Re: 2018 GL1800 Center stand

Post by ferdrock » Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:25 pm

Hi: I tried the right side install method. The shoulder hits the right exhaust pipe cover! Dang I was supposed to be done by now lol.

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Re: 2018 GL1800 Center stand

Post by doxbike » Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:34 pm

Don't know what's different for you? Several others have done it from the right side with no issue. Is yours a 2019 or 2018? Maybe they changed something?

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Re: 2018 GL1800 Center stand

Post by ferdrock » Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:05 pm

It's a 2018. It scratched just a small bit on the bottom of the guard. Less damage than I would have done removing the guard.

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Re: 2018 GL1800 Center stand

Post by doxbike » Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:08 pm

maybe the angle of the muffler to the pipe can be off just a little between bikes? Oh, well, you got it on.

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Re: 2018 GL1800 Center stand

Post by Redwing822 » Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:32 pm

Thank you, for your insight into this procedure. I just ordered a centerstand for my “stripper” model, and will certainly appreciate your installation tips.

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Re: 2018 GL1800 Center stand

Post by doxbike » Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:04 pm

Unless you are riding 2 up all the time and need the extra storage, you'll find that the base GW will give you everything you need. I've never adjusted the rear shock setting since it's just me and my duffle bag if necessary. It's not a stripper-but a bagger!. enjoy

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Re: 2018 GL1800 Center stand

Post by Redwing822 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:34 pm

Well alrighty!

Got my new stand and installed it tonight. Slid the axle in on the right side as suggested here and there’s truly no need to mess with the muffler cover as per the instructions. I put a piece of cardboard on the flanged end of the axle, then tapped it into position; the axle deflects the cover a bit but doesn’t bend it, and the cardboard prevents scratches. I placed nickels/washers between the coils of the spring to expand it, then put it into place without much trouble (reminds me of reinstalling brake springs when doing a drum brake job). Done in less than a half hour.

The hardest part? Getting the son of a b*tch up on the center stand!! 🤣

Hopefully it will get a little easier with practice and an acquired technique- before I drop it.

Cheers and thanks for the tips.



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