I have been on this chat site for years, but only as a passive lurker. Recently I found it neccessary to educate myself about cracked welds on the 1800. I want to thank everyone for their comments on this site, I have found them helpful. My 2001 Wing with 56300 miles passed the inspection for welds several years ago. Thanks to Fred's DVDs I have gotten serious over the years about maintaining the Wing. In my work a week ago, I discovered a crack in a frame weld. The crack is located in the middle of a weld and extends about 1.5". The crack is at the junction of a tubular protubance of the main frame and tubular support for the motorcycle seat. The tubular support is on the left side of the seat. I have filed a consumer complaint with NHTSA. I have contacted America Honda in California and they suggested I take the bike to a local Honda dealer. I have taken the bike to Fox Valley Honda in Aurora, Il. The service manager has requested the district manager look at the bike and give his disposition and Honda's stand on this problem. Any suggestions or comments are appreciated. I want to be sure I have as much knowledge from people that have had this misfortune. Not only do I not know all the answers, I want to make sure I know all the questions to resolve this issue with a favorable outcome. Thanks ahead of time for any imput.