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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-10-2012, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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1500 vs 1800

Ok...ya'll who have had 1500's before you had an 1800...would you consider going back to one and why or why not?
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post #2 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-10-2012, 09:28 PM
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Nope, but I would like the luggage space of a 1500 on an 1800.

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Good question. I will be looking for the answers on this one. I have heard that the 1500 is a more comfortable ride.

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Went from a 1200 to the 1800. Never ever looked at the 1500. Can't bring myself to deal with the alternator problem so i got an 1800 and had to deal with the frame recall (passed) and other recalls instead

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GL1500= Cadillac
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Any questions.

I had both. And miss that Reliable 1500
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The 1500 has a better ride and does have more luggage space The 1800 is more powerful and so
much more fun to ride. I like both

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ID:	22803I like both. Would not consider going back to the 1500 after riding the 1800. I would feel short on power, handling and ground clearance. I have Ipod instead of casett player. I have fuel injection instead of carburation.

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I agree with Rocky,

would not want to return to the 1500 - the 1800 is way more fun
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post #9 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-10-2012, 10:56 PM
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have not been on a long ride yet

as I just got my 1800 in November. Early returns mirror those above...1500 has better storage. On long rides with touring seat (Diamond) I really liked my 1500.

The 1800 is definitely zippier, and the fuel injection makes easier starting. No judgement yet on the smaller storage; I have a trailer for runs of more than 3 days. the 1800 also seems to have a little better balance, and being about 100 pounds lighter is nice in traffic.

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Attachment 22803I like both. Would not consider going back to the 1500 after riding the 1800. I would feel short on power, handling and ground clearance. I have Ipod instead of casett player. I have fuel injection instead of carburation.
That pretty much sums it up for me too. We went from a 1200 to an 1800 also. I missed the step up to the 1500 before purchasing the 1800. So, after owning the 1800 for a couple of years, I found a neglected 1500 for a good price with 145,000 miles on it. I bought it and basically restored it with a ton of labor. It looked great when I was done. But, owning both at the same time, there's some serious power and handling differences. I did love the looks of the 1500 and it was still a fun bike to ride. I did not like the carburator(s) after owning fuel injection. That "choke" stuff is so yesteryear.

I will say one thing, when one looks for a nice 1500 now days, those things are still way up there in price. I don't know if the owners are getting what they're asking for them but, they're asking a lot in my opinion.

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