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Not that I want to get in the middle of this discussion, but...

I think that everyone has to keep in mind that many of us here on this forum drive old machines (happily I might add) but we cannot expect the dealers to keep parts and or service people that are familiar with some of these old machines, many which could have antique tags. This is one of the challenges of having a motorcycle that last forever (almost).
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Interestingly the 1800s are coming up on ten years old soon now. These bikes are much more complicated than the older Goldwing models. So what are you 1800 owners going to do when your bike passes the 10 year mark? Funny isn't it, in two or three years an 1100 is going to be easier to keep going than an early 1800.

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Interestingly the 1800s are coming up on ten years old soon now. These bikes are much more complicated than the older Goldwing models. So what are you 1800 owners going to do when your bike passes the 10 year mark? Funny isn't it, in two or three years an 1100 is going to be easier to keep going than an early 1800.
I'm not worried about that since the 09's are still basically the same stock bike as the 02. I would say when they change the model like they did from the 1500 to the 1800 ten years after that getting parts or service may be in question but that's a long time away. For me I'm going to enjoy today and not worry about 10 years from now. I feel for ya on not being able to find parts or qualified mechanics to work on it but I also agree with the poster who said at some point the dealers and manufactuerer have to look to the future and to be supporting bikes that are vintage with parts and service may not be a reasonable expectation. I have a 62 ford convertible in the garage. I'm not taking that to my ford dealership expecting a mechanic there to know how to work on it. He's probably never worked on a car with a mechanical fuel pump and carbs. Let me tell you finding parts for that car ain't easy either.
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It isn't a matter of the model being the same for many years, many dealerships wouldn't work on an early 1500 when the last 1500s were under ten years old, so it's entirely possible a dealership may not be willing to work on a 2001 1800 in 2012. It doesn't matter to me since I don't rely on dealerships for anything, not even parts. That is a contrast with other makes of motorcycles I've been to a couple BMW shops that have no problem working on twenty five year old bikes. Ditto many Harley shops. Honda does not support Goldwings very well.

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starting in 1978.... I worked on my own bike
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Any dealership of anything can refuse to work on whatever it is after the warranty period is over but most service depts. can use the work. I don't know why Honda motorcycle dealers are so unified in their 10 year rule. One good thing about it is independents can use the business.
By the time my 1800 is 10 years old, provided I still have it, I should be able to work on it blindfolded. Not that I'm likely to take it to a dealer anyway, unless something fails during the warranty.
AspectOne, you should learn to service it yourself. A lot of members here who knew next to nothing about working on their own bike are now comfortable with doing almost anything and have found a lot of self satisfaction in doing it.

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Any dealership of anything can refuse to work on whatever it is after the warranty period is over but most service depts. can use the work. I don't know why Honda motorcycle dealers are so unified in their 10 year rule. One good thing about it is independents can use the business.
By the time my 1800 is 10 years old, provided I still have it, I should be able to work on it blindfolded. Not that I'm likely to take it to a dealer anyway, unless something fails during the warranty.
AspectOne, you should learn to service it yourself. A lot of members here who knew next to nothing about working on their own bike are now comfortable with doing almost anything and have found a lot of self satisfaction in doing it.
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The problem with Honda is their success. Honda dealers sell so many different products that their mechanics have to work on a huge spectrum of machinesfrom ATV, scooters, a whole menagerie of various bikes to the Goldwing. There is just too much to expect them to handle well.

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I had 1 dealer in town say they don't work on anything older than 20 years. So I called another dealer and they was glad to get the work.
We the customer can also choose where we buy our bikes, "Not from someone who doesn't service them".
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Something you might want to try and ask the dealer if one of the mechanics there does work on the side. My best friend has been a motorcycle mechanic for 30 years worked for kaw dealer honda dealer and now back at a kaw dealer. He does a ton of work on the side and will work on about any year or brand of motorcycle. I might add he is a very good mechanic.

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