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New GW owner. - Buyer's remorse

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If you go all the way back to the first gl riders forum, you will find plenty of comments about the trunk rattling along with the side covers flying off.


The 2001 GL1800 had tons of issues. Sometimes the trunk wouldn't open sometimes you couldn't close it. The original trunk latch assembly was built from recycled beer cans. lol...

Owners were chasing speaker covers and sidecovers down the highway early on. That was usually the fault of the owners. lol...

The early 1800's must have had 25-30 recalls and service bulletins. Our 01's were at the dealership on a too regular basis. Very unlike Honda! I'll never buy a first year model from Honda again.
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post #112 of 205 (permalink) Old 05-11-2017, 08:21 PM
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I'm thinking sell the Wing, go buy the K1600.. You're never gonna be satisfied riding that Wing and wonder what you're missing on the BMW. It will be an expensive lesson.
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The 2001 GL1800 had tons of issues. Sometimes the trunk wouldn't open sometimes you couldn't close it. The original trunk latch assembly was built from recycled beer cans. lol...
Red, recycled beer cans? That's hilarious! Thanks for the laugh.
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Red, recycled beer cans? That's hilarious! Thanks for the laugh.


I'm actually serious! The whole assembly would flex when you used it. I remember some of us would leave the cover off of the latch assembly so we could reach in and physically pull on the cable to open the left bag. The lever flexed too much to open the bag. They replaced a bunch of the originals with a newer stronger version assembly.

Another example. There was a bar that ran across the latch assembly that would bind and not allow the lid to latch. Honda sent a service bulletin to the shops that said to pry the rivets holding the bar with a screwdriver until it moved freely. WTH...
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My not so stock RG will wallop the wing when ringing out the RPMs. It is no contest below 3k. Can the KTL get up off it's ass, or do you have to run it at 6000 rpm to get anything out of it?
I am assuming that was a typo and you meant GTL.

The answer is yes, it can get up and go. The biggest complaint in a comparison between the Wing and the old K1200LT was the engine ran more like a sport bike engine than a touring engine. It could go, but you had to rev the snot out of it to get it to do anything. Not a good trait to have in a touring bike when you are out for a relaxing ride with the wife IMO.

I have not ridden the GTL, but the dyno graphs of the torque look nearly identical to that of the Wing. The K1600 was the first bike to give the Wing a run for its money in that department. Stump pulling low end torque on a touring bike no longer belongs exclusively to the Wing.
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Good lookin' ride brother!
Like someone else here said, shift in the 4k range & you'll like it alittle better,
& look into some ZDDP additive to help with the clunky shifting.
I'd also seriously recommend suspension upgrade & ADV delete. OEM is horribly undersprung.
Last but not least, DarkSide for improved ride, handling, & grip.
Lots of good technical info on this site for these things.
Hope you & the misses enjoy it, God Bless.
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Well, I'm late to the party as usual. ghostrider1krr, the only thing that really matters in this discussion is whether or not YOU are happy with your purchase. Your money, your ride. That said, ride the wing some more and see if it works for you and if not, sell it and buy what you want. I don't care if you get a moped, I'll ride with ya!
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The best way to know if the GW is for you is to go ride 12+ hours in one day just stopping for gas and to eat once. Speed is great that's why your other bike is a sport bike, dirt bike etc. The wing does what it does well, 90 or so on the wing is good enough, it handles well if you fiddle with it a little, race tech font end, maybe a traxion tree, and and updated rear shock it will ride really well through the twisties for the bike it is, but cruise along in the open country and wide open spaces for a solid day and appreciate it for what it does well, sit back enjoy, you own the whole **** road 😎😎😎

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Here's the non-existent GW in question. Just expressing my opinion of my bike. Thanks to those with constructive replies. Sorry to the few of you sensitive-types who are offended by hearing anything but stellar feedback.

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I have the exact same bike, as others have said, give it some time and miles. I smacked my throttle yesterday to get away from a texting teen encroaching on my space and it felt like a different bike than the week before.
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Well, at least you didn't get the yellow one.

They're lazy

All they ever do is hang around in the garage and sleep all day.

Reminds me of Leroy, our lazy-azz tom cat.
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No matter where you go, there you are.
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