This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda Gold Wing GL1800, otherwise known as the “5th gen” Gold Wing.
The Honda Gold Wing GL1800 was a huge update to the earlier Gold Wing, the GL1500. Obviously the capacity increased from 1520cc to 1832cc, alongside . The engine also got fuel injection and more power thanks to the increased displacement.
But the Gold Wing GL1800 bears the same spirit as the most recent previous GL1500 generation, being powered by a gentle but willing flat six motor pushing through a shaft drive, and being a rather large motorcycle that is clearly oriented towards comfort over long distances.
Over its long lifetime between 2001 and 2017, the GL1800 of course has had many improvements. There were actually a few distinct phases.
- 2001-2005: The first version, as above. Produced in the USA with fuel injection and optional ABS, and CD player (replacing a tape deck) with a good sound system. Produced concurrently with the Honda Valkyrie Rune.
- 2006-2010: Larger radiator and fans, and a 200-watt-more-powerful 1,300 watt alternator. Additional options of an airbag (for the first time on a motorcycle), in-dash GPS with speakers and headset connections, heated grips, heated seat, and adjustable engine-air vents. Better speakers in the audio. This model was still produced in the US; there was a pause in manufacturing in 2011 as it was relocated to Japan.
- 2012-2017: First Gold Wings built in Japan. These came with an exterior redesign with more flowing bodywork (a “diagonal backwards” accent), larger capacity luggage, an improved built-in GPS with iPod/MP3 player support, and revised suspension.
In 2018, Gold wing released its sixth generation Gold Wing GL1800. The engine was re-tuned, but the motorcycle was massively re-styled.
However over the course of its long lifetime, the Gold Wing’s engine remained the same, so its maintenance schedule did, too.
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Honda Gold Wing GL1800 Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda Gold Wing GL1800. Gold Wing owners are a passionate bunch and many like to do their own service, especially on the older models.
The core of maintaining a Honda Gold Wing is:
- Keeping the drive shaft maintained
- Regularly replacing the fluids — including clutch fluid, brake fluid, and coolant.
Here’s what you need to service your Honda Gold Wing GL1800.
|Part||Honda Gold Wing GL1800 spec|
|Oil||Honda recommends SAE 10W-30 motorcycle oil that conforms with the JASO T 903 standard MA specification or API SJ, and specifically not API SH or higher oils that are “energy conserving” (as these may affect lubrication or clutch performance). Honda recommends Pro Honda GN4 10W-30, but you can use any high-performance oil — Motul 7100 is a popular choice. Use a torque wrench to tighten the engine drain bolt to 30 Nm (22 lb-ft).|
|Oil filter||Honda’s standard part number for the oil filter is 15410-MFJ-D01 (used on many Hondas). You can also use Hiflopro HF204RC for the oil filter. Use a torque wrench to tighten it to 26 Nm (19 lb-ft).|
|Air filter (OEM)||The OEM air filter part is 17210-MCA-A60. Two common replacements are the K&N air filter HA-1801, or ideally the Hiflofiltro air filter HFA1921.|
|Spark plugs||Honda recommends three spark plugs, all NGK or Denso.|
* Standard: BKR6E-11 or K20PR-U11
* Cold climate (below 5 Censius or 41 F, argh!): BKR5E-11
* Extended high speed riding (are you a cop?): BKR7E-11
The gap should be 1-1.1mm (use a gapping tool), and torqued appropriately (new NGK gaps are turned 3/4 after they seat, and new Denso plugs 1/2 turn after they seat).
|Drive shaft oil||Honda recommends SAE 80 hypoid gear oil. Pro Honda Shaft Drive Oil is a good fix.|
|Brake fluid||You can use any DOT 4 oil, but Honda recommends Honda DOT 4.|
|Brake pads (front and rear)||OEM front brake pads are part number 06456-MCA-016 (front) and 06435-MCA-026 (rear). A popular replacement are EBC double sintered brake pads, using part number FA261/2HH for the front and rear (so you need three pairs). The part FA261HH works as well.|
|Coolant||Use Honda Long-life Coolant, which is based on ethylene glycol. Or Valvoline Zerex G05, very popular.|
|Grease||Stock up on lithium soap-based grease and silicone grease to keep pivots and moving parts lubricated and protected.|
Honda’s manuals like to give clues as to the difficulty of each service item. They recommend dealers service things like wheels/tyres and steering that can have critical impact on motorcycle safety.
When in doubt, use the official Honda Service Manual for the Gold Wing for the correct procedures.
- I: Inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
- C: Clean
- A: Adjust
- L: Lubricate
- R: Replace
- At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
- There is no break-in interval (and the time has passed anyway)
|x 1000 mi||4||8||12||16||20||24|
|x 1000 km||6.4||12.8||19.2||25.6||32||38.4||Notes|
|Air Cleaner (HFA1921)||R||R||Service more often if ridden in wet/dust|
|Crankcase Breather||C||C||C||C||C||C||Service more often if ridden in rain or at full throttle|
|Spark Plugs (usually BKR6E-11)||R|
|Valve Clearance||* Every 32K mi (51.2K km): I/A|
*Service earlier if noisy.
|Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4 10W-40)||R||R||R||Replace every 8000 mi (12800 km) or 12 months|
|Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)||R||R||R|
|Engine Idle Speed||I||I||I|
|Radiator Coolant (Honda Long-life Coolant)||I||I||R||Every 2 years: R|
|Secondary Air Supply System||I||I||I|
|Evaporative Emission Control System||I||I|
|Final Drive Oil (Pro Honda Shaft Drive Oil)||I||I||R|
|Brake Fluid (Honda DOT 4)||I||I||R||I||I||R||Every 2 years: R|
|Brake Pads Wear (FA261/2HH)||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Brake Light Switch||I||I||I|
|Clutch Fluid (Honda DOT 4)||I||I||R||I||I||R||Every 2 years: R|
|Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners||I||I||I|
|Steering Head Bearings||I||I||I|
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda Gold Wing GL1800
The Honda Gold Wing GL1800 has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard, and ships with Bridgestone G709/G704 touring tyres.
|Wheel||Tire size||Recommended pressure|
|Front||130/70R18M/C 63H||36 psi (250 kPa, 2.50 bar)|
|Rear||180/60R16M/C 74H||41 psi (280 kPa , 2.80 bar )|
About the Honda Gold Wing GL1800
The Honda Gold Wing is a motorcycle that has completely dominated the touring bike world for decades. It’s a fantastic bike for long distances.
Apart from the new model year’s remote adjustable preload on the rear suspension for even greater long-distance comfort, the chassis remains pretty much the same.
Remote adjustable preload on the rear suspension for even greater long-distance comfort, the chassis remains pretty much the same. The symbol of motorcycle touring is now even safer because it get C-ABS and airbags.
With a very comfortable seat positioned just 29.1 inches from the ground and an infinite number of goodies such as a CD-player, integrated navigation system, and multi-function display, just to name a few, the Honda Gold Wing is synonymous to open road cruising in complete luxury and relaxation.
The same 1,832cc, liquid-cooled, six-cylinder boxer engine with single cams and two valves per cylinder. As much as we’d expect more from Honda, we also have to admit that ever since this engine powers this two-wheeled limousine.
It features Honda’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system and develops 118 hp at 5500 rpm and 167 Nm at 4000 rpm. Also, the Gold Wing engine is coupled to the same five-speed gearbox with overdrive and electric reverse, and power is still sent to the rear wheel through a shaft final drive.
Manual for the Honda Gold Wing GL1800
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2012-2017 Honda Gold Wing. Obviously the manual changed over time as more features were changed or added (or removed), but the maintenance part remained roughly the same.
See these other two screenshots from the 2005 and 2010 versions of the Gold Wing’s manual, for example.