Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: , Washington, USA
I don’t disagree with you. For what ever reason, motorcycles don’t have the support service cars do. You can bet, however, there are a lot more hot water heaters ‘out there’ than there are Gold Wings.
I don’t need to go to a dealer for tires or plugs for the Jeep. There are other places to get them. Even so, when the main seal went out on the Jeep I had to get it shipped down from the dealer, in Tacoma. The one here didn’t have it. No the dealer was not doing the work.
I too, would like to see more of the most commonly need Gold Wing parts ‘on the shelf’ at Honda motorcycle dealers. I asked the dealer, here, why they don’t have anything. The answer, I got, was their ‘bread and butter’ is dirt bikes and ATV’s. So, that is who they cater too. Right now, the scooter market is taking off. The demand is so great, Honda can’t keep up with it. So they have started selling small Chinese made scooters. Probably don’t have any parts for that either.
I’ve run into the same thing with firearms. Loose some stinking little spring or pin and you screwed. So I got in the habit of keeping spare part for all my fire arms. There have been a few times gunsmiths, I know, have called me looking for a part they have needed.
Like it or not, for the most part, we have evolved into and ‘on demand’ society. The days of warehouses, closely located, full of parts and products are long gone. Everything is ordered on demand. Usually from some distributor that is nothing more than an internet conduit for over seas manufactures. All the machine shops, I used to get my engines worked on, are gone too. Everything is ‘throw away’ now. Rebuilding something and keeping it for a long time, has become a thing of the past.
I’ve done a little looking around, on the internet. The only parts I have come up with, for the GL1800, are ‘bolt on goodies’. You know cup holders, chrome parts, heated seats, GPS, sound systems, blah blah blah……..jewelry. There are tires (please not tire debate!), not much more.
If you were in my AO (or other way around) I’d be one of your steady customers. That is the solution, GoldWing stores/shops. I don’t see this happening anytime soon though.