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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 04-03-2017, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old 04-03-2017, 08:01 PM
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I notice, that you are still on the board, hopefully learning all you can by searching around. The obvious things are frame recall, brake recall, maintenance records. Add-on's. '02's and 03's are very similar so go with which ever one runs out the best to you. Listen carefully while test riding and compare the 2 to decide. Others will join in with more ideas. Welcome to the forum.
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I don't think you can go wrong with either one. Just make sure to run the (You or the dealer) VIN # to make sure the recall work has been done on the bike.

I bought a 02 last August with 92.000 miles on it & am loving it!

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Check to see what the price difference is between the 02,03 and a 2005 by then the corrected the frame issue. That's important you intend to ride2 up I would think it would matter solo as well. But look read through the threads here you will learn a lot about the Wing...
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I had today off so I spent some time making calls. Both bikes I was interested in were sold. They just forgot to remove the ads. 5 more the same thing. 2 more I can't get hold of anybody. My Concours rides just fine.

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When I ride 2-up (infrequently), I get on the bike and make sure it is entered with the side stand down but the bike is NOT on the side stand. Then I have the co-rider mount. The side stand is down as a safety precaution.
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I had today off so I spent some time making calls. Both bikes I was interested in were sold. They just forgot to remove the ads. 5 more the same thing. 2 more I can't get hold of anybody. My Concours rides just fine.
I concur with what others have said about the history and recall issues... for sure. One owner bikes might have a slight advantage.. but that of course depends.. I'll share and add here too, it took me a while to find the bike that was waiting for me. I looked at several, and made a few offers(very fair, it's part of doing biz..) and rode a few.. and it took 6 months once my wife and I were serious. So patience can pay off... and you'll meet some nice people along the way.

I started my search on the internet within about 50 miles, then branched out, and found something about 150 miles away.... even though we looked out to about 200 miles.. We planned a road trip... and we were ready for one... It was an adventure buying our bike... literally.. so just make it one if you can. These bikes are meant to travel... so if you have to travel a bit to get one... don't let that stop you if you can help it.

We bought a beautiful 2002 with 32,000 miles about 6yrs ago with a trailer, and it just took the right time, stars were aligned, and we knew it was meant to happen. If you can help it, just be patient... there's many Goldwings out there that are ready to go for just what you're looking for.. you'll find a very nice one too... It just might take a little time is all.
Good luck with your search....
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I've got a 2010 level 3 with ABS at a great price $9800 that's still available.
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As of right now, mine is still for sale: Yellow '01 for sale Looks like you're this far away: https://www.mapquest.com/directions/.../in/evansville

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I've got a 2010 level 3 with ABS at a great price $9800 that's still available.
That's a real good price on a 2010 level 3, the NADA value on your bike is 11,055 low end to 14,545 on the average sale price.


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