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Was at my local shop today getting an inspection, the lead Tech had an 02 1800 on the rack stripping it to the bone. A little trivial talk with him and I found out the the bike had a broken frame, he showed me where the lower crossmember had failed, the bike is getting a new frame which means he's doing a factory (re)build on this machine, man I don't envy that guy! Seems the current owner bought it from the PO in Las Vegas, the PO never had it checked, the new owner never registered it with Honda, and lived in 2 states since, he appearenly never knew about the recall. Thank the motorcycle gods this didn't happen out on the road, but in the driveway of his home. I read about this on the board all the time, but never knew the gravity. That owner needs to become a member here! I had know idea there was that much under the body of these bikes! WOW! :eek:
 

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That happens more than you know. A lot of guys on other GL1800 boards have had that happen. I always worried about that when I had my 02. I had the re-weld done but some of the frames are breaking in spots that were not covered by the recall and those guys had to fight Honda to get them replaced. If you have an 01 to 03 GL 1800 inspect the frame regularly. What looks like a scratch in the paint can be a crack, A lot of them were cracking behind the left passenger floor board. Here is some good reading for you


Service bulletin
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/1800 Service Bulletins/1800SB17.pdf

http://www.motorcycle.com/news/news1403.html
 

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As mentioned a dealer can check your VIN number or you can email Honda USA with the VIN number and they will tell you if it has had the fixes and updates. First thing I did when I bought my 03 wing. Big sigh of relief to find everything had been done.. I didn't know about the recals until after I bought the bike and started joing a few Wing WEB sites..

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I think we all get spoiled by the classy looks of a Goldwing and forget that under all that tupperware is a machine with lots of parts that can from time to time break down or need attention. A good reminder to check our bikes often for problems. There is more to caring for a Wing than just a good washing. Ride safe and enjoy the road..
 

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IF the frame has been re welded there will be an X punched on the lower right corner of the VIN plate which you can see by looking down the left side of the neck.
Check this out, it is the recall service bulletin and it tells you about it and where to find the "X"
http://www.goldwinginfo.com/pdf/18/sb17.pdf
 

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I'll e-mail my Honda tech-line friend about the '04 and see what he says. It seems to me that the '04s were'nt included in the recall but I'll check tomorrow. The other thing you can do is call your dealer with your vin or HondaUSA can search it for you as Joe mentioned.
 

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The '04s were definitely affected, but I only have the VINs of the Canadian afflicted units, not those released in the US. As mentioned prior, there should be a mark stamped ('x' in the US but only a punch mark in Canada) on the lower RH corner of the VIN plate (as you look at the bike from the left/shifter side) once the repair has been completed. A VIN search will only show if your bike is affected not whether or not it has been completed. Only the mark tells that. This is a safety recall and is in effect until all affected units are repaired regardless of time of purchase. Note to trike and side-car unit owners, the recall does NOT apply to your units (at least here in Canada). If youy need any more info, feel free to PM me.
 

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With the 01 to mid 04 model the real frame issue is cracks in the rear triangle frame tube behind the left passenger floorboard. Honda redesigned the frame to correct this issue starting with bikes made in June of 2004. If you own a GL1800 made before June of 2004 you should inspect the frame often and use a magnifying glass as the cracks can be faint at first and hard to see with just your eyes.



Here's the same area of the frame with the 2001 to mid 2004 model



Here's the redesigned frame in the mid 04 and up models.The frame casting were made longer and beefier in the weak area of the frame. Honda also lengthen the rest of the frame lugs in the frame to better spread out the loads put into the frame tubes

 
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