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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-21-2019, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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GL-1800 Air Cleaner Change Interval?

The maintenance schedule on the 2013 GL-1800 says to replace the air cleaner every 12,000 miles. Remembering the pain I went through to change it once on my GL-1500 and remembering how clean that one was after many more miles than 12,000, I'm wondering if I can put off changing it on the 1800. I ride in a pretty clean environment - all paved roads and not much dust. What say, group? Can I stretch the change interval out a bit without worrying too much about it?

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I started out on my new 08 doing it at 24K, I then stretched it to 50K from the way it looked at 24. Been doing the same on my 2010 so I'm not yet to the second filter change. The feds don't dictate long maintenance intervals on motorcycles like they do on cars so Honda takes advantage.

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Likewise, I only change mine at 20k (based on the typically clean environment I ride in).


In contrast, on my truck I change it at 5k because the filter gets rather dirty when going off-road


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50k should be just fine on the 1800s.
I'm sure not going to look at it until it has that many miles on it.

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What conditions do you ride in/on. normal street riding your good for a lot more than what Honda says. If you ride dirt / gravel roads a lot (maybe you live off the main street and have to go on a dirt road to get home) than change it more often. Try about 30,000 to see what it looks like and than you have something to go by.


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This was taken from another post
This has probably been brought up before, so pardon me if it's a duplication of a past post. A friend and I were discussing inspection of his air filter (2002 Gold Wing) and all the work involved in getting to it. I recently changed the filter on my 2014 and know what a big job it can be, so to try something different than tearing it all down, I removed the left fairing pocket from my bike and inserted a small inspection camera (think cheapo proctoscope-like) into the intake tube and ran it down to the filter. I think I paid less than $20 for the camera setup, and it connects to my iphone via wifi, allowing me to view the results and take pictures. This would have been handy years ago when I bought a used 1500 that had been stored in an outside shed and finally got around to changing the filter. Turns out it was completely covered with acorns (damn squirrels!).
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