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post #51 of 69 (permalink) Old 12-18-2011, 11:41 AM
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I have a surprise for youins, Harley is no better for service on 20+ y.o.bikes than Honda,add to that,just walk up to the parts counter & ask for a part with an old part #!& watch the dumb looks you get.Last time I rode my OEM 82 superglide to one of those dealer sponsored "ride parties" one of the staff there says "time for a new bike"!
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I have owned Goldwings for almost 30 years. I love Goldwings BUT I almost NEVER taken them to a "Honda" dealer for service. Some of the best mechanices are backyard mechanices that LOVE bikes as much as I do, and work on them for the love of bikes not the money.
I now have a 2010 with 15000 km's on it. Since it left the dealer it has never been back. I do all the work I can on my own. I keep all receipts for oil and and work I do on it as it does have a 7 year warranty. Any work that is warranty I will have to take it to my dealer......... BUT if my other Wings are any indication I won't need to.
If your not real sure if you can do it yourself go to bike meets and rides ask other riders how to do it, bet you will meet guys that with a couple of cold beers out in the shop will help you get it done.

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My "local" Honda dealer will not work on a bike older than 10 yrs old. So just for grins I called a large dealer in Dallas. They laughed when I told them that my local dealer would not work on older bikes. He told me they work on all Honda bikes no matter what year as long as parts are available. I guess it's up to the dealer.

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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.
Yeah I agree with that and also they have good mechanics all around the state and probably in the world. New machines are getting better and better and so are the technicians who manage them.
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AspectOne think your self lucky the first 2 years of my warranty i wish they had turned me a way. because i used 3 different dealerships here in the uk and they all made a mess of it every time and when i wrote to honda uk to complain they might as well have sent me a letter saying pi** off we have had your money.
honda has lost the plot over the last few years. they don't care any more.just want your cash

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smasty wrote:
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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.
Yeah I agree with that and also they have good mechanics all around the state and probably in the world. New machines are getting better and better and so are the technicians who manage them.

Welcome to the Forum, smasty. Only 2 posts and already I'm thinking you may be in line for the next Forum Jester!


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Congratulations on your new Goldwing jschiner.
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i rode my bike to a shop not a honda shop but a bike shop just to buy tires,its called (Haritage cycle)ask the guy if he can get tires for my older bike,didnt tel him how old ,my 1973 honda cd175,he says let me go look ,so he walks outside looks at the bike and says no to old,turns arround and walks away,i said you cant get tires he says noooo and walks away really .look at the name of the shop,really,so i said f*** you and rode off into the sunset

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I have bought 27 brand new motorcycle in my lifetime, from all 4 Japanese manufacturers, and have NEVER found a dealer that I liked. They were better back in the old days, but I never found one that did not try to rip you off on either a new bike or service.

Dealers in my area are all huge multibrand powersports emporiums, their buildings, landscaping, etc are all way too big and fancy for a motorcycle dealer. When you go in to look at a new bike, they take the MSRP, then add about $1000-$1500 worth of bogus charges to it, then literally try to force you into buying an extended warranty and service contract for at least $1000 more.

None of the multibrand emporiums will work on or sell parts for a bike over 10 years old, they want to sell you a new bike. You could go to a dealer, buy a brand new Goldwing, pay all the bogus fees, putting the price well north of 30 grand, and 10 years later, they will want nothing to do with it. If I spent that kind of money on a motorcycle, I would expect it to last a lifetime.

I blame Edward Demming for the current state of the auto and motorcycle industry. Todays cars and bikes are designed from the ground up to be disposable, to be used up and scrapped, and not fixed. They are designed to make fixing them nearly impossible, both mechanically and financially.

I own 2 vintage American cars, built before Mr. Demmings influence hit Detroit, and they are wonderful. Easy to maintain, and cheap and easy to fix. And parts are available, and will likely to continue to be available, not from the manufacturer, but from the aftermarket. They are both Fords, and of course no Ford dealer will work on them. Right now I work on them myself. If that ever becomes impossible, I know a number of vintage car mechanics I would trust with them. I don't know a single mainstream mechanic I would trust.

Part of the thing with owning vintage vehicles is either working on them yourself, which I do, as a hobby, or having a good relationship with a specialist shop to work on them.

As for the tires, there are plenty of places online where you can get tires for that bike. A dealer or bike shop probably wouldn't sell them to you, because they would have to special order them, and there wouldn't be enough profit in it to make it worth their while.

One of the differences between vintage American cars, and vintage Japanese anything, is an almost complete lack of parts for vintage Japanese vehicles. They started building disposable vehicles long before American companies did. They do not stand behind what they built, and there is no aftermarket support. It's just a sad reality in todays "here today, gone tomorrow" world. Nobody makes anything intended to last anymore. As you can probably tell from my signature, I am a vintage vehicle enthusiast.

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My first car, would nowbe avintage, if not antique. Ditto my second and third car. They were a 1950 Chevrolet, 1952 Ford Victoria, and a 1957 MGA. Compared to modern cars they were gas burners, had short lived engines, lousy performance and handling and poor reliability. The 1950 Chevy was 9 years old with it's upholstery in bad shape, headliner half rotted out, rods knocking, no second gear, and 15,000 miles on it's odometer. That's why I could afford it. The Ford was a slush pumping, flat head V8 that would shift to it's second gear (only had two) on any slight rise in the road. When you floored it on the highway it didn't go much faster, just got a bit louder. The MGA was a really neat looking car but that's about as far as it went. It's 1500cc four banger was pretty anemic, the car's reliability was enhanced by the wonderful Lucas Electrical system that prevented the car from wearing out. Mainly by keeping it from running too much, and of course those two wonderful SU side draft carbs. Those cars were more of a mechanic's school for me than real transportation. American cars with a few exceptions were pretty much poorly built, lousy handling and short lived until the Japanese began to show them up. Same as they did to British and American motorcycles.

Anyone who thinks those old vintage cars were good never had to rely on them or drive very many miles in them. Modern cars don't require you to go down the road see sawing the steering wheel to keep it in a straight line, modern brakes don't disappear on a rainy day when they get wet, modern cars don't need a quart of oil with a fill up of gasoline, modern cars can stop in half the distance of those old barges and modern cars don't roll over unless really provoked, don't spear the driver with the steering column, etc. etc.

You can still get parts for Ford model As too. So what?

Oh yeah, with those old cars you never had, seat belts, air bags, ABS, power windows, power brakes, power steering, air conditioning, keyless entry, fancy audio systems, and all the stuff everyone wants now. Prices of those old cars weren't much different than they are now when you adjust for inflation. It takes a similar amount of man hours to earn the money to buy one as it did in the 50s. A $2500 dollar Dodge in 1955 was a very major purchase for my father back then. A similar level car nowadays would be around $25,000. My dad made about $4500 per year back then so someone to day making $45,000 would be in the sam situation buying a new car today.

Yep, I agree todays cars aren't at all like those great machines of the past. For that I am grateful.

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