What I sense throughout this posting is that the golden age of touring bikes and the Goldwing in particular is coming to an end. Prices are reaching stratospheric levels and the average joe can't afford a new one. Besides that, IF you can afford one, it will cost MORE than a fully loaded Honda Accord sedan! And what terrifies me even more is that I have a 2003 Goldwing and I am hearing more and more about Honda dealers refusing to work on them. One claimed the plastic is too brittle over 20 years and subject to breakage that they can't afford to work on them if they remove anything and it breaks.
So, what's a guy supposed to do?
Goldwings are not the only "time vs age" rolling stock that sometimes get shunned from dealerships etc. Motorhomes, some cars, trucks and more have seen avoidance from some dealerships. This is kind of or, sort of, a complex type problem. Not every one can afford a new car or a new bike or truck at todays prices. Things are getting and have been getting seriously high in cost for some years now. So, many of us keep what we have and for the most part keep it in the best shape we possibly can, at least to the best of our ability. When either the maintenance or repairs become TOO technical, many turn to a dealership for help.
It's kind of disheartening and in some cases, a feeling of hopelessness when we're told "sorry, it's just too old for any of our techs to work on". "So, what's a guy supposed to do?"
Well, this at least ONE reason why I started (and I think others have created the same type of thread) a thread quite a while ago asking for maybe some sort of list of what riders may think are qualified, helpful and dependable dealerships and or even private parties, individuals etc. that have established a name in good work on Goldwings specifically, and not just newer ones. A list definitely needs to be developed, posted and updated on a regular basis. A list like that is not only good for riders of Wings that live near some on or in the list but also for riders that are on the road or on trips and develop a need for a good Goldwing tech.