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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-11-2017, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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GL 1800 Storage Capacity

I'm a new member, and this question kind of got started in another thread, but I didn't want to completely hijack it.
Years ago I had a GL 1500, and I currently ride Harley Electra Glides. I've developed an interest in Goldwings again, and I've actually looked at a few.
I have a few questions which I could probably research but am too lazy to do so. So...
There appear to be two generations of 1800's with the earlier ones having greater storage capacity (maybe not); what was the year the newer generation began?
I've seem some Wings with trunk racks. What's the most stuff anyone has piled on that rack?
There seem to be other "carrier" sorts of things that connect to a trailer hitch. Any more info on this?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-12-2017, 04:37 AM
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Welcome to the GWOF from Pa. A common question and although I can't speak of the 1800 gen1/gen2 I will lend a thought of the rack/storage.

I keep the trunk rack bag weight at a minimal. Rain suits/Bike cover/Fleece, and a few loose items. Additionally they make a spacer/washer (star washers) that distributes some weight across the trunk. One of our members @Ron Roberston even fabricated two straps to do a better job of this.

Now as far as the trailer hitch rack/bag. We have a setup that we love and has served us well for the last 8 years. Here's a link to the items I use.


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In my opinion and experience the trunk lid will handle more weight than claimed. My rack bag often gets loaded with 30 or 40 lbs of stuff with no ill effects on the trunk or trunk lid. I have upgraded the mounting hardware for the rack to the 1 1/2 in. washers as well as after market brackets on the inside of the trunk.
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My use of the trunk bag is pretty limited. If I do put anything there it is light and want to get to quick stuff.

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I have a Kuryakin rack and they recommend no more than 5# load. I try and be very careful and have the larger feet on the mount points but I'm fair certain that I end up with close to 10# in there, but as Mark mentioned, all light and get to quick stuff. I have a Pakit Rack on the rear and luv the thing.
The trunk is exactly the same on all 1800s, and if there's a difference in the saddlebags on the 2012 and newer it's very minimal. The 1500 Wing had more volume for luggage.

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I have a Kuryakin rack and they recommend no more than 5# load. I try and be very careful and have the larger feet on the mount points but I'm fair certain that I end up with close to 10# in there, but as Mark mentioned, all light and get to quick stuff. I have a Pakit Rack on the rear and luv the thing.
The trunk is exactly the same on all 1800s, and if there's a difference in the saddlebags on the 2012 and newer it's very minimal. The 1500 Wing had more volume for luggage.

So did the 1200's

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Gen 1 up to 2010, Gen 2 starts at 2012. In 2011, Honda moved the factory back to Japan; hence no 2011 bikes.

As for the racks, search for Pakit Rak, Rag Backs etc. www.Wingstuff.com is a good place to start (http://wingstuff.com/shop/?keyword=hitch+bags).

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I appreciate all the responses and the links as well. Lots of good info. I'll continue my exploration.
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The right saddle bag on the 1800 is smaller than the left bag due to the drive shaft takes up part of it.
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In my opinion and experience the trunk lid will handle more weight than claimed. My rack bag often gets loaded with 30 or 40 lbs of stuff with no ill effects on the trunk or trunk lid. I have upgraded the mounting hardware for the rack to the 1 1/2 in. washers as well as after market brackets on the inside of the trunk.
Same here,I've been doing that for years starting with my 86 Venture.

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