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I just found out today in aGold Wing newsletterthat GL1800's don't have onboard air compressors. Really? Probably due to the fact that I have only owned a GL1500 with an onboard air compressor, it never occurred to me that a GL1800 would have anything less. Shows you what I know. And here I've been telling all my Harley buddies I've helped out with flat tires, that all modern Goldwings have onboard air compressors.

Anyone know what the thinking was by Honda on this one? This is a very un-Japanese thing for manufacturing - they almost never remove a useful feature, once proven.
 

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The reason for the air compressors was for the air suspension on the rear of the 1100As, 1200s & 1500s. The 1500s could also be used to air up their tires. Since the rear suspension on the 1800 is hydraulic, a air compressor wasn't really thought as something that would be required on the new bike. Hope this answers your question.:)



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They put such great tires on them they will never go flat.:cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:
 

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The 1200 uses the compressor for the front suspension also.
On my 87 1200 Aspencade I have an outlet and a hose to air up the tires.
Just a point of INFO.

GLester wrote:
The reason for the air compressors was for the air suspension on the rear of the 1100As, 1200s & 1500s. The 1500s could also be used to air up their tires. Since the rear suspension on the 1800 is hydraulic, a air compressor wasn't really thought as something that would be required on the new bike. Hope this answers your question.:)



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GLester wrote:
The reason for the air compressors was for the air suspension on the rear of the 1100As, 1200s & 1500s. The 1500s could also be used to air up their tires. Since the rear suspension on the 1800 is hydraulic, a air compressor wasn't really thought as something that would be required on the new bike.
That's pretty much how I see it too. A compressor for emergency tire inflation is almost essential IMHO.
 

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The air compressor is a little bit disappointing in use. Unless you are really quick disconnecting it from the tire valve you will let out more air than you put in. It is ideal for pumping up the suspension.
I just use mine for the suspension and have a small 12v compressor which is with my manual in my top box. I just plug it into a 12v socket. They'll only set you back about $8 to $10.
 
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