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GL1800 Production Years

Given production of GL1800s has gone on basically unchanged since 2001 what years should used buyers look for and perhaps avoid? There were frame cracking issues, the ADG issue, transmission and suspension upgrades overtime but do any of these make buying a used wing a deal breaker based on the production year? I know many forum members don't like the new gen styling but I do .
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IMHO; the 2010 was the last of the best. That's the final year available for the Pearl Hot Rod Yellow
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for me the later the model the better. I prefer my plastic and rubber fresh. I prefer the style of the newer wings with the two and three color schemes.

I would avoid the frame recall years. Those years are a deal breaker for me.

There's is nothing that has been changed on wings that I wish wasn't.

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2010 and up have the better options and the majority of recalls have been addressed. Anyone buying used should buy as new as they can afford for resale purposes.

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for me the later the model the better. I prefer my plastic and rubber fresh. I prefer the style of the newer wings with the two and three color schemes.

I would avoid the frame recall years. Those years are a deal breaker for me.

There's is nothing that has been changed on wings that I wish wasn't.
Do you know of anyone that has had a frame recall related problem in the past 10 years or so? The recall is past history, and no longer an issue. All you have to do is check to make sure the work was done if it was one of the bikes that needed it. Pretty simple.

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You want a 2006 or newer nothing before 2006. Most of the important upgrades happened in 2006. Also no frame issues 2006 or newer.
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Do you know of anyone that has had a recall related problem in the past 10 years or so? The recall is past history, and no longer an issue. All you have to do is check to make sure the work was done if it was one of the bikes that needed it. Pretty simple.
The brake recall is within the last 10 years!
Durability of some of the paint coming from Japan on the 12's up is poor!
Any dealer and run the VIN for you to check what's been done or needs done
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Early releases (I had a 2001), have overheating issues. Plus a number of issues that should have been fixed under warranty (like the ripped up drive shaft boot). But, the Overheating issues were never fixed under warranty.
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The brake recall is within the last 10 years!
Durability of some of the paint coming from Japan on the 12's up is poor!
Any dealer and run the VIN for you to check what's been done or needs done
LOL. I was referring to his comment regarding the frame recall. My fault. I guess I should have been more specific. I edited my post.
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Do you know of anyone that has had a frame recall related problem in the past 10 years or so? The recall is past history, and no longer an issue. All you have to do is check to make sure the work was done if it was one of the bikes that needed it. Pretty simple.
Simple for someone thats owned a GW during that time period and/or knew about the recalls.
Friend bought an 02 a year or so ago and found a crack. He then found out about the recall when talking to a Dealer about it. Apparently the previous owner never took it to a Dealer to be checked out.

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