2002 GL1800 Owners check in !


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Stanswings
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2002 GL1800 Owners check in !

Post by Stanswings » Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:52 pm



Greetings,
Giving you the short version....... over the years I worked my way up from a GL1200, then GL1500 and eventually to a 2009 GL1800, when my 2 adult sons convinced me to go HD Ultra in 2012. At this point you're going EEeeeeeek!
My current stable now includes a 2015 Road Glide, but in the last 2 years picked up a clean 1982 GL1100 (27K actual with original matching Hondaline fairing) and alongside that more recently a clean 1991 GL1500. I have them both running like tops with all the carb work, water pumps etc done. At my advanced age of 59.5, the Gold Wing appreciation is back and they're getting more riding time that the HD.
The HD is paid for and I'll likely keep it, but I found a clean 2002 GL1800 and wondered what actual owners experience has been with the 2002 model year. Any weak points to be aware of?
Thinking I may sell the '82 and the '91, picking up this '02 along the way. Wife says I can't have 4 motorcycles.....(but maybe I could hide it somewhere LOL).
Anyway, comments on '02 ownership greatly appreciated.
Thanks !



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Re: 2002 GL1800 Owners check in !

Post by AZgl1800 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:01 pm

2002 here with 114,000 miles.
no issues currently,
did have one Knock Sensor problem, required the ECM to be replaced ( nearly always the case )

runs like new,
just wants to be on the road all the time.... ;)

Previous owner was meticulous with service, I have all the documentation from him.
~John

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Re: 2002 GL1800 Owners check in !

Post by MikeB » Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:16 pm

The 2001 through the 2005 have smaller radiators than the 2006 and later. This makes them prone to overheating on warm days when traveling at less than 25 MPH, particularly up hill or in stop and go traffic.
MikeB
Tacoma, WA, USA

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Re: 2002 GL1800 Owners check in !

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:43 pm

MikeB wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:16 pm
The 2001 through the 2005 have smaller radiators than the 2006 and later. This makes them prone to overheating on warm days when traveling at less than 25 MPH, particularly up hill or in stop and go traffic.
that has only bothered me one time, got caught in St. Louis once in a traffic jam, it got up almost to the red, but the fans cycled on and off, no problems.
~John

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Re: 2002 GL1800 Owners check in !

Post by Stanswings » Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:51 pm

Thank you for your comments thus far Gents ......

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Re: 2002 GL1800 Owners check in !

Post by Stanswings » Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:29 pm

Stanswings wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:51 pm
Thank you for your comments thus far Gents.
Any further 2002 comments? Seems like a good bet .........

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2002 GL1800 - Pearl Orange
2003 GL1800 - Illusion Blue
1983 Suzuki GS850GL - Blue & Black

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1996 GL1500 Aspencade - Pearl Blue
1992 GL1500 Aspencade -Candy Red
1980 GL1100 - Custom Cobalt Blue
1985 GL1200 Aspencade Brown
1983 CX500 Custom Red
1982 CX500 Custom Blue
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Re: 2002 GL1800 Owners check in !

Post by Wingsconsin » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:45 am

My '02 currently has 57,000 miles on it -
I have had no trouble with it since I got it a few years ago at 25K -
I anticipate it will be the last Goldwing I will ever own as I approach retirement and advancing age -
My son recently purchased a lightly used (37K) '03 which is nearly the exact same model with a new color.
No issues - check for the recalls to have been done through the vin number --
The frame crack check, brake service, and a few others - have them done and ride !
With so many other bikes in your stable you will likely not ride this one much anyway so wearing it out will not be your problem
I would think twice about riding myself of the 1100 -- that is one bike I HAD which I now MISS --
For some reason the 1100 was/is a great fun bike...
Just my 2¢

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Re: 2002 GL1800 Owners check in !

Post by joeincalif » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:28 am

Had an 02 and loved it.Never a problem. But there were a few recalls on them. frame re weld and over heating issues. S VIN run from a dealer can tell you if they have been done.




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