just finished changing the rear tire on my 1500 GW.....WHEW
blk93wing,Pulled off the whole rear trunk and bags as an assembly. Four bolts holding the seat down, disconnect a couple wiring harnesses under the seat, disconnect antenna cables, I had to take off mounting bracket for my trailer hitch at the front, loosen two bolts in the front of the bags (there are plastic caps in the holes - 14mm socket if I remember correctly) the frame for the rear assembly is slotted to permit removal, you can see the frame connections just in front of the shocks. On the bottom of the bags in the rear should be two bolts - 10mm socket if I remember, also unbolt the mufflers fom the frame and the whole thing should come off. At this point all that should remain is the wheel assembly with swing arm, shocks and mufflers. Back off that bolt that goes through the left shock and into the caliper, as removing this bolt is a pain to get back in with the load from the shock. installing the rear section is reverse of disassembly and it helps if you have at least two people to help lift it back on. One thing during install is that I take a small rachet strap around the tail pipes to draw them slightly together so they don't hang up on the frame.
In Australia, the workshops allow about three hours to change a rear tyre.They say you have to remove all the tupperware etc.etc.That video says differently. WOW that is great.I will get a spare rear wheel.The only thing that worries me is the angle the bike is on while you are doing all this.i.e oiling up the right hand side bank of the motor.Its virtually horizontal,so, couldn't that be a problem ? as somebody else said "I wouldn't like to let it lie there for too long"That was one big improvement Honda made on the 1800. It's easy to change the rear wheel without a lift.
Watch the video