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What years had trouble with the cracking frames? I'm seeing folks here talk about them but I've never seen when the issue was corrected.
The 01-04 GL1800's are subject to the frame crack recall. It's resolved in 2005+ bikes.
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The 01-04 GL1800's are subject to the frame crack recall. It's resolved in 2005+ bikes.

I have a early '04 with 180,000 miles. Two up and part of the time a camp trailer. No cracks, breaks or other frame problems.

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Im not trying to be a smart arse or anything but have you considered something with 3 wheels.
Eventually for whatever reason I guess we will all have to consider the unavoidable that for various reasons another type of ride should be considered.

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Im not trying to be a smart arse or anything but have you considered something with 3 wheels.
Eventually for whatever reason I guess we will all have to consider the unavoidable that for various reasons another type of ride should be considered.
Every Goldwing trike I've seen has been out of my price range. I don't expect to have someone give me a cheap price because of my winsome smile and girlish figure. I've had older 'Wings and like the general quality and I definitely want reverse. I figure up to about $8000 I can afford. If someone wanted to give me a good trade value for my current bike, go a little higher. Dealers don't want to give me anything and most 'Wing riders won't be interested in a Sport Touring bike. Concours owners are more loyal than Goldwing owners but there are only so many of them.

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How do the GL1800 bikes handle with car tires on the rear? I called about one that had a Michelin run flat on the rear. I've heard of them before but I wondered how they handle in curves. I don't expect a Goldwing to handle like my Concours, but I do like curves on a nice day and good road. I'm just wondering about the flatter tread surface compared to a dedicated motorcycle tire.

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How do the GL1800 bikes handle with car tires on the rear? I called about one that had a Michelin run flat on the rear. I've heard of them before but I wondered how they handle in curves. I don't expect a Goldwing to handle like my Concours, but I do like curves on a nice day and good road. I'm just wondering about the flatter tread surface compared to a dedicated motorcycle tire.
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How do the GL1800 bikes handle with car tires on the rear? I called about one that had a Michelin run flat on the rear. I've heard of them before but I wondered how they handle in curves. I don't expect a Goldwing to handle like my Concours, but I do like curves on a nice day and good road. I'm just wondering about the flatter tread surface compared to a dedicated motorcycle tire.
FWIW I just came back from a week long trip to the Smokies (north Georgia, southeastern Tennessee, southwestern North Carolina). On one particular stretch of GA Hwy 197 I was chasing a friend on his '02 GL1800. He has a car tire on the back of his and it did not slow him down.

Up until then I was undecided. Now I have an extra rim on the way to put a car tire on for my next rear tire...

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Regarding the DS tire on a bike for sale, don't let that be a determining factor. Spare rear wheels are cheap and easy to come by (I have 3!) and replacing tires is just normal upkeep.

If the DS tire is good and you decide you don't care for the way it handles, somebody will buy it from you.

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Have you considered an F6B? There are many used ones at the $10K mark for 2013 models. The low speed handling and "top heavy" feeling are improved over a typical Wing in my experience. If you can find a dealer with one in stock I bet you can get a smoking deal.

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