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Hello.I am new to this forum and will be a future Goldwing owner.I test drove a new one but up here in Canada they are way more money.(Almost 10K more).I plan on selling my 03 Concours then will be shopping for an 01-04 Wing.They still run 13-17K up here.Are the 01s a good first year model or should I stick to the 03s or 04s?Any info would help.Thanks...Greg...
 

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I don't have a problem buying used GoldWings, but one has to be selective. The last one I bought came from a long-time rider who, because of age, decided to stop "riding with the big boys". He still rides a 650cc to go for daily coffee. It was a very good purchase.
The 2001's have been around long enough that if there is a sytemic problem with them, it will be splashed on the internet and won't be hard to find. If you google on "goldwing history", you will also see what the changes are for each year. Good luck eh!
 

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There are several recalls on 01 to 03, some on 04's give the VIN number to any Honda dealer and they can tell you if the recalls have been done, the big ones were frame re-weld, and EVM due to over heating, several others service bulletins on them but all in all they are great bikes. By 05 Honda had most of the bugs worked out and then again not all 01 to 04 were affected in the recalls.
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http://www.ownersite.com/RecallMain.cfm?action=years&make=HONDA&model=GL1800
 

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hello and welcome to GWOF browndogg
 

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It's my understanding that the 01-04 models had frame and heating problems. I believe those issues were corrected by recalls. There are a lot of 01-04 Wings out there with 100k or more miles, so obviously they are dependable. As was previously stated, before buy any of those years make sure the recalls have been done. Good luck and ride safe.
 
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