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I have an 08, I'm 55, it should be the last bike I'll ever own.
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I used to think the GL1800 engine would last forever, but after trading in my 02 with 125K miles on it on a new 2009, I quickly realized how much power my bike had slowly lost over the years. Either that, or else the new bikes have more power, but my guess is that the compression on the 02 had slowly gone down hill, despite being very well maintained with fresh filters plugs and oil. The other very real possibility is that the cam chain had stretched beyond limits and needed to be replaced and the spark plug wires and coils needed to be replaced with fresh ones. But whatever the cause, the power increase on the 2009 was quite noticable. Not that the 2002 couldn't have easily gone another 100K miles or more without a major failure, but it certainly wasn't going to provide the same power it did when new. I also seemed to notice a LOT more pinging on the 02 at low rpms under heavy load, where the 09 has NONE. Makes me wonder if there was a lot of carbon build up on the pistons and heads of the old bike.

This was taken a couple years ago of Dick Meyer's bike (my hero). I have no idea how many miles it has on it now. If I remember right, he finally got a new Wing. Not sure what he did with the old one.


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Just met Paul Duffy [great name!] down here at New Smyrna Beach. He used to ride for Honda for a living. Had over 600,000 on his 1500 with all original equipment. He now has on 02 with over 400,000...all original.
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I used to think the GL1800 engine would last forever, but after trading in my 02 with 125K miles on it on a new 2009, I quickly realized how much power my bike had slowly lost over the years.
I know exactly what you mean...When I wash and wax the bike, finally scrub the rear wheel clean and Armor All the black plastic around the top shelter, mine runs better too. And when I change the oil? Holy Cow! I gotta hang on tight!

I can only imagine how fast a new motorcycle would be!

Seriously, It would have been nice to do a leak down test and compression test on the old engine before you traded it in...Just for grins...

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Seriously, It would have been nice to do a leak down test and compression test on the old engine before you traded it in...Just for grins...
If I had known the 09 was going to have so much more power, I probably would have done just that.

It may have simply been carbon build up, a stretched out cam chain, and tired old spark plug wires and coils.

Other folks I have talked to that have traded in high mileage bikes for new ones have told me they also noticed an increase in power on the new bike. I'm starting to wonder if Verdayne and Red don't have the right idea by trading in every couple of years.

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I can't figure out why anyone would even think about putting more then 30K on a Wing before trading ?? (2K for a Harley) What you all don't seem to realize is we live in a "throw away" culture and that keeping a Bike beyond a year or two is the reason our economy is hurting. For heaven's sake, wise up and trade those Old hackers in. Or better yet, just ride them to the junk yard and get them out of circulation. They shoot horses don't they?

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I can't figure out why anyone would even think about putting more then 30K on a Wing before trading ?? (2K for a Harley) What you all don't seem to realize is we live in a "throw away" culture and that keeping a Bike beyond a year or two is the reason our economy is hurting. For heaven's sake, wise up and trade those Old hackers in. Or better yet, just ride them to the junk yard and get them out of circulation. They shoot horses don't they?
Roadking, tell you what, I will throw mine away if you will buy me a new one .. You may live in a throw away culture, but I live in a keep it as long as possible culture. No Dinero !!

FWIW, I sold my Harley when it had 700 miles on it

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I think mine has lost some power over time. It used to pull so hard that my belly button would touch my back bone, But now it only get to with in 3 inches of the back bone. Maybe in the 8 years I have owned it, I may have gotten more stomach strength.

I also would like to do a compression and leak down but am afraid to.


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Is the 01 and 09 engine identical or is it possible that Honda tweaked it over the years for better performance?

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If you take care of it should last about 250 -300 you may have ato do a little work but not much , nothing like a comolete overhaul,
I know several who have 250K and they still run excellent
pretty good condidering the Harley NEWER engine is about a 70 K motor
the last one I took heads off (wing) and re-did them had 125K on it and compression check was excellent but the guy wanted a valve job and rinngs as he toured a lot, it was about 1 1/2 thousands out of round (just excellent) compared to Harleys I've done with 20K on them that were 6-9 thousands out of round on the jugs, the valves in the wing were excellent

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