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The question of "how waterproof are the elctronics on the Goldwing" has recently came up.
Now that I have the 06 with nav, I am curious.
I never really thought about it before.
I do a lot of riding in the rain.
Are these units waterproof / marine grade ??

Thanks for the info 8)
 

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Fred H. said:
As long as you keep it above the water line, you should be fine.

That's poetic.
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Biker John said:
[quote="Fred H.":3m9iz0vx]As long as you keep it above the water line, you should be fine.

That's poetic.
:clap2:[/quote:3m9iz0vx]True, but it doesn't answer the question.

And I HATE the word "should." Ever bring something back to a store and say the item doesn't work and the clerk says "well it should." Of course it should! That's why I'm there! :lol: Or ask somebody if a particular item will work for my application. "Well it should." If any words at all should be banned we should ban the word "should." :lol:
 

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Ok, let me try to explain this from another angle.

My Garmin GPS is submersible to 10 ft for 30 seconds without harming it. The GPS in your Goldwing is not submersible.

All kidding aside, don't worry about water intrusion. All the electronics on the bike are sufficiently protected and you should have no problems from riding in the rain. Just don't spray your switches on the handgrips or audio unit with high pressure water from a hose because that can force water into the switches themselves.
 

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Two of us, riding nearly identical 1800's, were forced to ride in record breaking rain for two days. It started 100 miles northwest of Denver and continued all the way home to St. Louis. Both of us lost everything related to our headsets on the second day. He had HJC and I had Autocom. I believe it was in the bike's wiring. We both lost our fog lights the second day. He lost his headlights and signals about two hundred miles from home. Mine went out just before we got home. But, all the mechanicals worked perfectly. The engine never skipped a beat.

Everything healed on its own with a few days to dry out. I parked mine in the garage and turned a fan on it.

This was a fairly extreme test. I even poured water out of my waterproof Cruiserworks boots.
 

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Two of us, riding nearly identical 1800's, were forced to ride in record breaking rain for two days. It started 100 miles northwest of Denver and continued all the way home to St. Louis. Both of us lost everything related to our headsets on the second day. He had HJC and I had Autocom. I believe it was in the bike's wiring. We both lost our fog lights the second day. He lost his headlights and signals about two hundred miles from home. Mine went out just before we got home. But, all the mechanicals worked perfectly. The engine never skipped a beat.

Everything healed on its own with a few days to dry out. I parked mine in the garage and turned a fan on it.

This was a fairly extreme test. I even poured water out of my waterproof Cruiserworks boots.
Who cares about all that Jim? What's important is...Did you enjoy the swim...uh...I mean ride? :lol: :lol:
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HardBall said:
Two of us, riding nearly identical 1800's, were forced to ride in record breaking rain for two days. It started 100 miles northwest of Denver and continued all the way home to St. Louis. Both of us lost everything related to our headsets on the second day. He had HJC and I had Autocom. I believe it was in the bike's wiring. We both lost our fog lights the second day. He lost his headlights and signals about two hundred miles from home. Mine went out just before we got home. But, all the mechanicals worked perfectly. The engine never skipped a beat.

Everything healed on its own with a few days to dry out. I parked mine in the garage and turned a fan on it.

This was a fairly extreme test. I even poured water out of my waterproof Cruiserworks boots.

I had finally convinced my wife to go for a nice day ride , 100 miles round trip. Everything was great until mile 50 when we got caught in a thunderstorm, I was determined not to let it spoil our fun....and being a junior weatherman I knew I could outrun it. Long story short water was up to my ankles and upon review of the satellite weather after we got home we were right under it for the WHOLE 50 mile ride back home!!! Soaked right down to the underware!!!! Bike never flickered!!!


Matt(Ashland,MA) :rain1: :rain1:
 
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Yellow Streak said:
The question of "how waterproof are the elctronics on the Goldwing" has recently came up.
Now that I have the 06 with nav, I am curious.
I never really thought about it before.
I do a lot of riding in the rain.
Are these units waterproof / marine grade ??

Thanks for the info 8)
This is a great question, and I always concern about this when someone post about a melfunction switch, static in the audio system, premature wearing on the seats, stuck gages, solenoids that don't work etc.etc.

I'm really peronoid about running a $20.000 plus bike cross country in a pouring rain, only to have Honda tell you: "Go ahead, it wouldn't hurt it" or
"It should work."

Extreme dampness prematurely deteriorates Goldwings fellows.

Now tell me again how much "FUN" it is riding in rain..... :no: :rain1: :cus:
 

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Used my wing as an escort for the ride through the keys charity for bicycles, raising money for make a wish foundation.
I got caught in a flood. Water was up to my boots and a downpour i never felt before. Bike still runs fine with no hiccups. Road like that for about a half an hour.
 

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I have been in many gully washers before. My fog lights seem to be the only thing that dont like heavy rains. Everything else seems to be just fine. Remember its only 12 volts and water. Let it dry out!
 

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I have ridden a GL1500 in three days of non-stop rain from Amarillo Texas to Chicago Illinois, on and off light and heavy rain. Not a problem with the bike or electrics whatsoever.

I would expect the same from an 1800 (Same experimental plastic bike of tommorrow design). I am quite surprised that the headlights, of all things, would go out on a "$20,000 piece of machinery". If they posted it must be true that long term heavy rain can creep in there under the fairing.

I will have to monitor that closely on long (2 day+) rain / inclement conditions. Wow? Thanks for the tip!
 

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Sorry to highjack but my left saddlebag lets in moister---- I get a musty smell but never see any water.
 

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The electronics themselves are not water proof or even water resistant. It is the design of the fairing protecting everything that keeps the water out. But moisture can eventually take its toll.

The external handlebar switches are not even close to being waterproof, although they do a pretty good job of handling it. Even though they will withstand a lot of water, they will eventually corrode if you expose them long enough. Look at all the posts on the GL1500 site and you will see all the electrical problems from corroded switches and connectors now that these bikes are getting older. Even some of the GL1800s are starting to show signs of corrosion as well.
 

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Yellow Streak said:
. . . I do a lot of riding in the rain. . . .
I know how you feel!

After many hours of 'wet' riding I have yet to have a HONDA electrical problem.

I do ride with home made tunnel fillers and that seems to keep a lot of wet from coming up under the dash area.
 

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Leaving work on my 2005 last year ran into a thunderstorm.
First the f1 light came on
Than then ABS light came on
Than the Speedo stop working
I though what next
Final I found a under pass to stop under, waited a while
Storm end and started up again.
About 15 minutes later thinks started coming back
By the time I got home all worked.
I should not have tried to drive in the storm
Could not see two foot in front of me
Have had the bike in all day rains and heavy and never had this problem again
 
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In South Florida we refer to this kind of moisture as "the storm of the century". But they seem to come every year or two lately.
 

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A year ago last June we rode through one of many "storms of the century" from Naples to Sweetwater Florida along the Tamiami about 100 miles. It rained so hard it filled up the pockets on my rain suit, I could have carried goldfish. Last year I went to Iowa and got caught in a rain storm in St. Louis that forced me to take an additional hour just to get through the city. This year we rode from Houston to Alaska and back. After Banff it was mostly rain, drizzle, rain. Days and days of this kind of rain.

Never in any of these rainstorms (the hardest being in Florida) were there any electrical problem other then the CB volume on transmit went to nothing in Florida. After it dried, everything was ok.
 

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Hal @ Honda Direct Line said:
In South Florida we refer to this kind of moisture as "the storm of the century". But they seem to come every year or two lately.
LOL Once you have a "storm of the century", shouldn't the next one be in about another another 100 years?

We also seem to have an SOTC about every year. It must be the latest buzzword to make the weather sound more dramatic. :roll:
 
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