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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 12-25-2010, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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GL1500 vs. GL1800 ride

Hello All,

Just curious what anyone's thoughts are overall, that have owned a GL1500 previously and then purchased an GL1800 in regards to 'out of the box' ride comfort? We have talked about this around our 'safety meeting' here,and most all agree that on long 600-700 mile day rides the GL1500 gave a better ride overall than the GL1800 does.
I know no one wants to go 'back to the past' in regards to any vehicle,usually,but just kind of a puzzler how this happens.
I always just guessed,the little extra weight gave the GL1500 a little better 'float ride"?
But,,,what do I know...

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Ride an 1800 for 500 miles and you can answer your own question, you will never go back to a 1500.

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post #3 of 55 (permalink) Old 12-25-2010, 02:12 PM
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The 1500 was a somewhat softer, mushier ride that gave you a more relaxed ride if you didn't push it. The 1800 is more firm, spirited and sporty. It can be pushed.
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1500 was a fine machine for me, but the 1800 is the cats behind for me now.


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Originally Posted by stearman View Post
The 1500 was a somewhat softer, mushier ride that gave you a more relaxed ride if you didn't push it. The 1800 is more firm, spirited and sporty. It can be pushed.

Considering my other bike is an R1.....I prefer the more firm, spirited and sporty ride.
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post #6 of 55 (permalink) Old 12-25-2010, 02:41 PM
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I just recently purchase. a 2005 goldwing with ABS in October and having put almost. three thousand. miles on it I think it rides and handles much better than my 1500 which. I had. for three years and put on 33 thousand miles on it.Don't get me wrong. I loved. my 1500 but everything I heard about the 1800 was true I would never go back.Just my .02 cents

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Smile 1500 vs 1800 ride

A few months after I bought my first 1800 (01), I swapped bikes with my die-hard 1500 friend for a short ride. That was a miserable ride for me, after just dismounting an 1800. When I twisted the throttle on the 1500, it seemed the bike got slower. When applied the brakes, the bike seemed to go faster. When I made a turn, it seemed the bike would not make it. We arrived at Ron Ayers Motorsports in Greenville, NC, (My hang-out) and parked our bikes. In the meantime, as I was telling him about my horrible experience of riding his 1500,I looked up and he was nowhere around - he was inside, dealing for a new 1800. That's the way it really happened.

After that, I went to a Harley Ultra following knee surgery. Bought an "inexpensive" used 1500 later on, as a second bike to please my wife. Sold it and bought another used 1500, then triked it out. Sold that, bought a new 08 Wing/Champion trike, and then a used 05 Wing as a second bike.
At some point, I sold my Harley to a gentleman named Joe in Montana.

After all this: I would like to have another Ultra as a third bike, but not a 1500.

I know this is "too much information!" But, a possible answer to your question: ALL OF THE BIKES WERE COMFORTABLE TO ME!!!! For me, the 1800 HANDLES best; next is the Harley, last is the 1500. The 1800 trike gets more attention from the public (pretty ladies) than any other bike that I have owned.

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It's been several years since having owned a 1500. As one who tends to lean more (no pun intended) on the sport side of riding, I distinctly remember the frustration of being able to feel the handlebars flexing when making quick transitions in the twisties. I could only take that for a few months before trading to a sportier ride.

With the 1800 I feel like I am on the couch rocket I wished I had when I was on the 1500.

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post #9 of 55 (permalink) Old 12-25-2010, 05:16 PM
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Open road miles, I liked my 1500 more but I must admit the shorter sporty trips favor the 1800. This is a case where you can go back, 2 different bikes. Honda is looking to a different market. Trading long haul comfort for a more sporty bike, younger buyer.
Like with SUVs. Mud is the differance between a Sport Utility Vehicle and a Sally's Urban Vehicle. Most never see the offroad so they make them more girly for the buyers, less tough. A different market. Or trucks, shortbed double cab vs. longbed single cab. A shortbed is fine if you just run for groceries but if you have a big package........... 90% on the lot are shortbed double cab, it's the target market.

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I love all three of my bikes. I have 130,000 miles on my 1500 and have put 18,000 on my 1800 since May. I love them both on the long rides. I do find the 1800 to be more sporty and quicker responding. The main difference is that my wife prefers to do the long rides on the 1800. I'm an aggressive rider and am happy with the performance of all three bikes.

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