2020-2022 Honda Gold Wings with manual transmissions could stall

On June 23, 2022, American Honda Motor Company issued a safety recall for all 2020-2022 GL1800 Gold Wing motorcycles with manual transmissions, due to an incorrect ignition timing program. The ECU mapping on manual transmission bikes can delay timing if the clutch lever is pulled under certain circumstances, which could cause the engine to stall. This could cause an accident and/or injure the driver. DCT bikes are not affected by this recall.

An estimated 1,740 motorcycles in the United States are affected by the recall, according to American Honda. This represents 100% of the population. Honda Motor Corporation has been investigating this issue since November 2020, when it received the first report of a stall in these circumstances from a Japanese market Gold Wing.

As of June 16, 2022, Honda reports having received a total of seven warranty claims related to this issue in the US market. However, the OEM also states that no crashes or injuries were reported, just stall issues.

All registered owners of affected Gold Wings will be contacted by email, notified of the issue and instructed to take their ‘Wings to their local authorized Honda dealer for recall service. Dealers will then reprogram the ECU with the updated and corrected ignition timing control. This service will be provided free of charge. If any owners have already paid for such service to be performed prior to the issuance of this recall, they will be eligible for reimbursement with proper documentation.

Honda has issued a stop sale notice for all new and used 2020 through 2022 Gold Wings with manual transmissions until this recall issue can be resolved on these machines. Additionally, Honda adds that the ECU map with correct and corrected ignition timing can be found in all 2023 model year and newer Gold Wings.

Dealers were notified through the Honda Interactive Dealer Network on June 21, 2022. Honda will send notices to affected owners on August 20, 2022. Owners may contact American Honda Motor Company Customer Service at 1-866-784- 1870. Additionally, owners can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

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