2002 gl1800 towing package suggestions? - Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums

 8Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 03:50 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Reno, Nevada, USA
Posts: 10
Send a message via Yahoo to weatherly1957
Question 2002 gl1800 towing package suggestions?

I just bought a 2002 gl1800. I had been riding a 95 gl1500, but the transmission blew up on it and I decided to move up to the 1800. My wife and I have a tent trailer that we towed on the 95, but my new bike doesn’t have a hitch. Can anybody suggest a good one to buy that won’t break the bank, and is hopefully relatively easy to install?

Thanks!

What would we do without hypothetical questions?
weatherly1957 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 04:20 AM
Keeper of the Bookmarks / Moderator
 
AZgl1800's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Oologah, Indian Territory, USA...
Year: 2002
Make: Honda
Model: GL1800 Hot Rod Yellow
Posts: 56,810
Garage
make sure it is the solid steel frame members that bolt clear up to the seat/trunk.
Mine looks like an 'H' frame, has the vertical receiver.

Nothing about it is wimpy, dunno the brand, it was there when I bought the bike.

it is solid as a rock, the trailer becomes "invisible" behind me as to "feeling it".
have to look in the mirrors to be sure it is still there.

pulled it thru the tightest twisties without even feeling that it is there.

can't find my pictures of it right now, on a new laptop.

~ John


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
AZgl1800 is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 05:57 AM
mod-erator
 
DaveO430's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Amity, Arkansas, USA
Model: 2010 GL1800
Posts: 23,993
Garage
This is a case where the cheapest option is the best option IMO. https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1...r_hitch/76/703 Easier to install and as strong as it needs to be.
flylow, noviwinger and Tex-Ed like this.

With no God over the state, the state then becomes not the defender of liberty but the definer of liberty.


NRA endowment life member
Wild Rhino Arkansas chapter
2010 1800 pearl yellow

If I disagree with you it's simply because you're wrong.
DaveO430 is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 10:00 AM
Senior Member
 
joe in calif's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Fresno, Calif
Posts: 1,372
Garage
Before you start putting any more stress on that 02 make sure the frame recall and the over heating issue has been completed
Bike...and Dennis likes this.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


IF YOU'RE BORN ONCE YOU WILL DIE TWICE
IF YOU'RE BORN TWICE YOU WILL DIE ONCE
A NEW START ON 1/20/2017
joe in calif is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 10:10 AM
Keeper of the Bookmarks / Moderator
 
AZgl1800's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Oologah, Indian Territory, USA...
Year: 2002
Make: Honda
Model: GL1800 Hot Rod Yellow
Posts: 56,810
Garage
mine is an '02 and never been a problem.

at this point in time, all of the "problems" that would show up with the Gen 1 bikes would have already shown up.

~ John


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
AZgl1800 is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 07:57 PM
Senior Member
 
DBohrer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Model: '99 Gold Wing SE
Posts: 3,195
We have installed a couple of the "Add-ON" hitches on GL1800's.....!!
DBohrer is online now  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 11:41 PM
Member
 
Pastot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Mt Home, ID
Model: GL1800
Posts: 134
Garage
I have an Add-On hitch also and have had no issue with probably 20k miles trailering. I've hauled as much as 550 lbs and no problems. This hitch has 6 connection points, uses a vertical receiver so you needn't cut any tupperware. While you're at this you'll probably need a 5 to 4 wire converter for your trailer, assuming it's a flat four connection. Most would also advise a trailer isolator. With a bit of planning you could have both a 4 and 5 wire trailer connections for flexibility. I also added a connection for an electric cooler power through a relay triggered of the auxiliary power so it shuts off with the key to save your battery. Probably 3 hours work and your done.

Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
AZgl1800 and DenverWinger like this.

Tom, in Mountain Home, Idaho
2002 GL1800 (Illusion Red) Non-ABS, 128k miles
Retired Air Force

"Audentes Fortuna Juvat"
Pastot is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-27-2019, 05:44 AM
Member
 
DenverWinger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Denver CO
Year: 1993
Make: Honda
Model: GL1500 Aspencade 1980 GL1100 STD Vetter
Posts: 477
+1 on the Trailer Isolator, -1 on the 5-to-4 converters.

The Isolator saves putting extra load on your turnsignal / brake / running light circuits, it's a little relay bank that's triggered by the lighting circuits but sends power direct from the battery to your trailer lights instead of loading the circuits directly. Cyclemax has them, they are plug-and-play install.

https://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail...ess/120/418532

My experience with 5-4 wire converters is less than stellar, while they DO work, the internal voltage drops in combining the brake and turnsignal lines resulted in brake/turn light on the trailer that wasn't that much brighter than the running light. I figure visibility on the bike to be of paramount importance so I ditched the converter, and added separate bright amber turnsignal fixtures to the trailer on a separate plug, leaving the original 4 wire plug intact so I can still use the trailer on my Jeep which has only 4 wire plug. So two plugs to connect trailer to bike, only use the 4 wire plug on the Jeep. Works perfect.

1972 CL-350 (1980-1988) sold
1978 Suzuki GS-550 (1985-2005) sold
1977 GL1000 (2002-2006) sold
1980 GL1100 STD Vetter (2005-)
1993 GL1500 Aspencade (2017-)
1983 Trav-Lite Camper (2010-)
DenverWinger is online now  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-27-2019, 09:02 AM
Senior Member
 
joe in calif's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Fresno, Calif
Posts: 1,372
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by AZgl1800 View Post
mine is an '02 and never been a problem.

at this point in time, all of the "problems" that would show up with the Gen 1 bikes would have already shown up.

If the bike is low miles the frame cracks might not have shown up yet. I agree that most owners of the early wings have had the recalls completed but there are still out there that have not had it completed.
Here are a few places that cracks have appeared, some are not covered under Honda re weld program
There are other areas that are known to crack on pre 05 models.

Here is a picture of where to look. The most common is right behind the passenger footrest. You will have to remove the passenger floor board and silver cover. You may also be able to see it from underneath the bike.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


IF YOU'RE BORN ONCE YOU WILL DIE TWICE
IF YOU'RE BORN TWICE YOU WILL DIE ONCE
A NEW START ON 1/20/2017
joe in calif is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-27-2019, 09:29 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Collinsville, Oklahoma, USA
Year: 2008
Make: Honda
Model: GL1800
Posts: 1,266
True, the isolator will reduce electrical loads on the bike circuits. However, I feel the best reason to use one is to protect the bike wiring. If the trailer develops a short circuit then the fuse (located close to the battery) for the isolator circuit will protect the trailer and isolator wires. If this fuse opens, you will still have all the bike's normal lighting intact.
Pastot likes this.

Charlie
flylow is offline  
Reply

  Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums > Forums > General Motorcycle Discussion Forum

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome