I too had them on my 2001 and my 2010 with no problems. But apparently when the fairing changed in 2012, something ended up weaker where the air Wings bolt on. I really don't want to ride in hot weather without them, but don't want costly repairs. So I thought I should ask around to see if it's a common problem with newer models.I've have them on my 2006 for 130,000 miles with no damage. I had them on my 2001 for 90,000 miles with no damage. Loved them!
Thanks, but that's not the problem. Apparently some tabs break or something.If you are concerned that they will mar your paint when in a fully closed position, what I did was stick little rubber cabinet door bumpers on the fairing at the point of contact. They're only about 1/2 " in diameter and hardly noticeable if your bike is a dark color.
I can not think of any reason why the 2012-17 is more vulnerable to damage than the 2001-2010. Certainly if you whack the Air Wings on something, both they and fairing parts could be damaged. And, of course, the wings protrude outward more than the fairing (but not the mirrors) so there is some greater risk of of impact. Otherwise, if you liked them on two previous GL1800s, you should not have any greater worries.Thanks Andy. I was told by the guy I bought the 2012 from, and by my "backalley mechanic" who services lots of bikes. He told me he has seen 3 goldwings with damage (broken tabs?).
Are you familiar with the difference between the pre-2012 and the newer models that might affect this?