Honda Recalls Goldwing 1800s

Sean Alexander
by Sean Alexander
Honda sent the following bulletin to its dealers last week. We called a local dealer to verify this recall --MO.

American Honda is conducting an important SAFETY RECALL on 2002 and 2003 GL1800/A Gold Wing motorcycles per the VIN ranges listed below. The recall procedure will be to add additional TIG welding to the frame where the lower cross member meets the side rails. Under certain conditions, some existing un-reinforced welds can crack, or fail.

Effective immediately, YOU MUST NOT SELL any affected GL1800/A in your inventory until the required repairs have been completed. Please make sure ALL DEPARTMENTS in your dealership, Parts, Sales, and Service, are made aware of this action. Any sales of an affected motorcycle after receiving this notice and prior to repair is a violation of Federal law.

The Service Bulletin for this recall will be mailed to your dealership the week of September 29, 2003. The bulletin will contain all instructions necessary to complete the repair along with a copy of the Customer Notification Letter that will be sent to all registered owners of affected GL1800/A motorcycles.

The services of a competent and qualified welder to perform TIG welding on aluminum will be required. Please confirm that you have access to such a welder. If you need assistance locating a qualified welder, contact either American Honda's Techline or your District Service Manager.

A kit containing required items that will assist the welder in performing the additional welds for this recall will be included with the Service Bulletin mailed to your dealership. AHM will provide flooring assistance on affected units effective 9-12-03.

If you have recently sold a GL1800/A, please submit the warranty registration information. This recall does not affect the 2004 model GL1800/A, or 2002/2003 GL1800/A's not included in the VIN range listed below.

Thank you for your cooperation.
American Honda Motor Co.., Inc.
Motorcycle Division

Bulletin 03-0481

Please contact your Honda dealer to verify if your bike is affected.


2002 Model:
Non ABS Model: From VIN: 1HFSC470X2A111803 Thru VIN: 1HFSC47082A113582

ABS Model: From VIN : 1HFSC47432A102394 Thru VIN: 1HFSC47402A102823

2003 Model:
Non ABS Model: From VIN: 1HFSC47013A200001 Thru VIN: 1HFSC47033A204860

ABS Model: From VIN : 1HFSC47483A200001 Thru VIN: 1HFSC47403A20112

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