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I’ve had the seat off 3 times in the 2890 miles that’s on my bike. This past time I removed the seT to install the show chrome rear seat tie downs, it was very dirty under there. Been around 1000 miles on this go around. The top of the fuel tank was especially thick in a fine sandy dust. I haven’t driven in the rain but have driven on slightly wet streets after a mild shower. I’m assuming all this dust is slinging up from the rear tire. If all this dust is coming from the front my air filter will be clogged in no time. I also have the show chrome front fender extension to prevent a lot of the sling up from the front and I do not ride on dirt roads. Is this pretty common for you high mileage riders?
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That is common, at least with my bike. I ride in a state where they use Magnesium-Cloride ( for ice melt). I take my seat off every month and blow everything off. The Mag Cloriide turns into a dust on the road after it has been driven on for a couple of days. Seeing how that crap will eat aluminum it can't be good for wireing , ect..
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Normal dust/dirt, I wipe my bike off after every ride but if didn't the painted surface would look like the dust/dirt under seat your seat. Kind of like the dirt underneath your appliances, where did it come from.
 

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Mine is pitch black with ultra-fine dust all over everything. It would take forever and a lot of water to clean off, and I don't really want to risk wetting all the connections under there.

Be careful with the front fender extension, they tend to break the fender.
 

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Just my observation.......
This seems to be very common on the Goldwing. I see it on my current 2019 and also my previous '01 and '09 Goldwings.
Not sure if there isn't enough tupperware to block the crap or what.

But, in comparison I had my 2014 BMW K1600 for 5-years and that bike never accumulated crud under the seat like my Goldwings.
Somehow it's protected better or debris flows differently and does not collect under the seat by all the electronics.

It is what it is.....I just use a damp towel every time I take the seat off to clean it up before working on anything.
 

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The rear wheel well traps dust, sand, and grit and it gets blown up under the seat from the turbulent air in the wheel well from the spinning wheel. On previous generation Wings, I have had some success at reducing the dust by blocking off all the openings to the rear wheel area with foam. It didn't totally eliminate it, but it definitely reduced it. I haven't taken the time to do this on the 2018, but I'm sure it would help.

 

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My previous bike a ctx700 stayed clean as a whistle but it did have a huge splash guard almost all the way around the rear tire under the seat
 

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You should see it after a 50Klm run down a dirt road the sealing around the rear guard is piss poor working on that will post pics if my idea works :) :)
 

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Yes it is normal. A ridden Goldwing gets filthy under the seat and shelter. I never saw a bike that pulled so much dust and road grime under there.
 

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I’ve had the seat off 3 times in the 2890 miles that’s on my bike. This past time I removed the seT to install the show chrome rear seat tie downs, it was very dirty under there. Been around 1000 miles on this go around. The top of the fuel tank was especially thick in a fine sandy dust. I haven’t driven in the rain but have driven on slightly wet streets after a mild shower. I’m assuming all this dust is slinging up from the rear tire. If all this dust is coming from the front my air filter will be clogged in no time. I also have the show chrome front fender extension to prevent a lot of the sling up from the front and I do not ride on dirt roads. Is this pretty common for you high mileage riders? View attachment 365349 View attachment 365350
Simple green 50/50 mix with water hose it off, works well
 

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Be careful with the front fender extension, they tend to break the fender.
My 2018 GWT6 has been ridden over 1,000 miles with the front fender extension, with no issues what-so-ever. After reading your post, I inspected the front fender and found no cracks or other issues...on my bike.
 

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Mine is pitch black with ultra-fine dust all over everything. It would take forever and a lot of water to clean off, and I don't really want to risk wetting all the connections under there.

Be careful with the front fender extension, they tend to break the fender.
The old wings had the fender issue. The new wings are made from a different kind of plastic. I have an extension on mine for 2 years. No issues and I love it.:)
 

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The old wings had the fender issue. The new wings are made from a different kind of plastic. I have an extension on mine for 2 years. No issues and I love it.:)
  • Yep...just another subtle upgrade over the old model...the rear front fender with the old model looked good but it was just too brittle and would crack around its mounting bosses far too easily..heck the rear fender on my old wing got crack when a rock stuck to the tire and it got between the tire and fender and it cracked my fender. I like this new setup much better with the new wing
 

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That looks pretty clean to me!

I can't be positive, but I'm pretty sure my front fender extension was behind the cracking on my front fender that I had to replace. Curses. Not a fan.

Interesting idea from Fred. Some foam. Hmmm...
 

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Whenever I remove my seat I use my EGO battery operated blower to remove almost all of the grime under there and other places on the bike too. Better than getting everything wet.

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Whenever I remove my seat I use my EGO battery operated blower to remove almost all of the grime under there and other places on the bike too. Better than getting everything wet.

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Agreed.

IMO, under the seat is not an area were you want to spray it down with Simple Green and hose it off with a water hose.
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This reminds me of when I bought my first Goldwing. A 1984 GL1200 Interstate. It was 5 years old in 1989 and had 59,000 miles on it.
Whenever I would remove the seat and do any work on it, I would get so dirty, I finally just took the bike out into the driveway and sprayed it with de-greaser and hosed it off.
I will have to check my bike, it is coming up on 16,000 miles and time for an air cleaner change. I will see how it is doing then.
 
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