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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-15-2007, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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I have just bought a used GL1800 (having had a couple of GL1200s for some years). I am disappointed at the quality and cheapness of the switches on the bike.

While deciding on which bike to buy, in a fit of madness I looked at a couple of BMW1200RTs (the dealer didnt have an LT) and a pal of mine has a R1150GS trailie.

I thought the RT was too top heavy and too small (!) but the built quality on all the BMW bikes I looked at was impressive, and the switches felt suitably industrial.

Some switches on my bike just dont work - they either jam in or don't "click" in the "on" position and are generally "plasticy"

So, Honda, please take a leaf out of BMWs book; tougher, more weatherproof and better quality switches!
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-09-2007, 12:56 PM
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Amen, agree.

I have worked on all kinds of equipment for close to 30 years - in the Army, as a Ham (Amateur Radio), and as a technology guy for a slew of Defense Contractors. Tactile feedback is important to most 'operators', a solid on/off switch or a 'click' on different settings is very important. A smooth working switch might be one thing, but to have the position of a switch (and the functionality) verified by not only visual but tactile cues is important.

When pressing a button on today's gas pumps I can easily press a worn-out keypad for my PIN, but sometimes they don't work as intended (lag or non-functional). The only verification I get that tells me when my input has been accepted is when the little asterisk appears on the screen, sometimes.

Therefore just flicking a switch is one thing, verification of position and functionality is another.

v/r Joel
2007 Silver GL 1800
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