Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Model: none at present
The 1800 seems very reliable, except for the electronics. I see lots of posts from 1800 owners complaining about the electronics. Yes, I see a lot of posts complaining about problems with the older 4 cylinder 'Wings too, but remember they are 30 years old. That is to be expected. Unfortunately I will never be able to afford an 1800. I found a number of 1500s in my price range, but they are all old enough now to have developed a lot of electronic problems, and being over 10 years old, they no longer have much dealer support. I'll just ride my 1200 until I completely wear the engine out, or it suffers a catastrophic engine failure, then see if I can find another 1200 or 1100. Having had mine down to the engine and frame, I'm pretty familiar with them now.
Remember the mid '70s Honda Civic? Great little car. Basic transportation, cute as a bug, reliable, got great gas mileage, and it was cheap, even for those days. But look at the Civic now. Has more options than a Lincoln, and costs about as much. I have been looking at the Fiat 500 Pop. It reminds me of a modern day '70s Honda Civic, unfortunately it is loaded with electronics, unlike the '70s Civic.
I will admit one thing about electronics. I probably owe my job to them. Ever since they started putting electronics in HVAC units, problems and service calls went way up. I'd say probably 70% of my service calls are electronics. I mean micro electronics, not electrics. The PC boards, with their tiny little relays, the piezo limit controls and rollout switches just don't hold up. But they are expensive, and we mark them up even more. Once in a while you find a bad fan motor, a low charge, or a blown compressor. None of those things have the quality they used to. Most customers with a blown compressor can be talked into replacing the entire unit, which really is in their best interest, unless the unit is still under warranty. If they have to pay for the compressor plus markup plus labor, the rest of the unit will not last long enough to make the investment worthwhile. Todays units, especially the crap they put on new houses, truly is designed to be disposable.
But it is sad they make motorcycles that way too. I seriously doubt Honda expected any of the 4 cylinder models to still be on the road today. But fortunately, due to the how many people love these bikes, and their incredible determination and persistence, many of these bikes are still out there, even without support from Honda. I wish the older Goldwings had half the aftermarket support as Harley, I could ride the same bike for the rest of my life.
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