Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Evansville, Indiana
Looking to buy a GL1800, advice?
The lady friend wants to ride. Up to last summer, I planned to carry her on my ZG1000 Kawasaki Concours. I love these bikes but they are a top heavy son of a gun. (I'm on my third one with the first one retired at 110,000 miles.) I spent two weeks in the hospital and due to surgery, I no longer have the upper body strength to hold it up with her on it. We went by a bike shop and tried several bikes. The only ones I could get off the side stand with her on the back were Goldwings and Valkyries. I'd rather have a radio for solo rides along with reverse so a Goldwing it is. The 1800 isn't much more than the 1500's I've looked at and I prefer the looks of the 1800 as well as the ease to replace the rear tire.
So, I'm looking at two GL1800 bikes. One is a 2002 with 66,000 miles and the other is a 2003 with 84,000 miles. Any tips on what to look for? How long does the timing chain last on these bikes? Any electrical gremlins to watch out for? (I had a GL1200 and learned about their stators the hard way.) Handling quirks? I'm leaning towards the 2002 but the '03 is a few miles from my house.
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