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    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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    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
    GL1800= Mustang

    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:	56286I 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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    Default 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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ID:	56286I 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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ID:	56286I 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.
    I agree just would like a little more space but the 1500 was a great bike but as with all things the electronics were getting out dated, i would assume the 1800 will reach that stage as well

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    Absolutely...If I could get back the 1500 I lost, I would not hesitate. I had just got it set up the way I wanted it just before it was totaled. If not for that, I would still have it. The 1800 was not my choice, but there truly were no 1500's worth buying at the time and it just seemed like the next step to go with an 1800.
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    Was riding a 1500 when my son brought over his 1800 and told me to "take it for a short ride". One hour later I listed my 1500 and bought the 1800. Would never go back. Better power and better handling.
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    Whilst I enjoyed my 1500 ( '99 Aspencade) and it was certainly head and shoulders above anything else in the touring motorcycle market back then;

    I would not go back, mainly due to the Handling and ABS Brakes. I still reckon a 1500 is a more Handsome looking bike though!

    I don't like the style of the 1800 headlights and the big ugly 'bulbous' mirrors....but, as a 'ride' the 1800 is a big improvement!

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    Just the rear tire change on a 1500 will keep me away....LOL

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    Never had the 1500. Always felt to me like a log on wheels with a motor. Opted to keep my 1200 for 20 seasons until I road the 1800. Like the storage and comfort of the 1200 but like the handling and zip of the 1800. Comfort came with price tag to get the 1800 to my liking. Wouldn't go back now.
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    I agree with what has been said before.
    I had the 1200 then the 1500 then the 1800. I put at least 30,000 mile on each. Each bike was a vast improvrment from the previous. I can't imagine how Honda can make what they have that much better. The 1800 is not perfect, but it's the best of the 3 goldwings that I've had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocket1lf View Post
    Nope, but I would like the luggage space of a 1500 on an 1800.
    Definately more on the 1500 But I like the streamlined look of the 1800 and the EFI
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    GL1500= Cadillac
    GL1800= Mustang

    Any questions.

    I had both. And miss that Reliable 1500
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    Just the rear tire change on a 1500 will keep me away....LOL

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    Yes...I agree...that is a sport all of it's own...my wife has a 1500 and I hate tire time...

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    Bought a 1500 brand new 2000 Aspencade and love it for seven years. Traded it in 2007 for a new 1800.

    There is no comparison. The 1800 has it hands down over the 1500. I remember how blown away I was by the 1800 during my 60 mile ride home after taking delivery from the dealer. To make it better that was the opinion of my girlfriend also.

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    I never liked the 1500 wing to be honest. Poor ride compared to the 1800. Rear suspension was hard to dial in right and the seat was awful.
    Tires only lasted 8-9k and on the 1800 it's 25k front 45k rear. Everything about the 1800 is perfect - stock.
    No bike I have ever owned is as comfortable as the 1800 so I would have to say no way would I ever get another GL1500.

    Valkyrie is a whole different story. I will sell the wing before I sell the 1500 Valkyrie. Even if it wasn't a RT I still like the Valkyries the best.

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    I had about 14 years experience with the 1500. Have had an 1800 for almost a year. I would not mind going back to the 1500 if I had no choice, but, other than the smaller luggage capacity (which does hack me off), the 1800 is way better. But then I'm more sport-touring oriented and I appreciate the power and handling of the 1800 over the 1500.
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    I went from a 94 GL1500 to my 06 GL1800. The 1500 didn't handle as well (i.e., mushier). Being a fan of both handling and comfort, I wouldn't go back.

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    When my wife and I were in Vegas Oct.'10 we rented an 1800 for a day.I couldn't believe how much better it handled than the 1500,also seemed easier to handle when stopped and slow speed[I'm short-5'6''] But I think IMHO the 1500 is more comfortable[especially the stock seat,except for the heat on new seat]The 1500 definetly had more storage space.Like Rocky said 1500=Caddy,1800=Mustang.Would I go back?No, time to move up to the new technology.I'd like to have both,but then I'd like to have all the bikes I've owned thru the years.That being said there might be somebody in my household who disagrees
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    Quote Originally Posted by storm View Post
    I never liked the 1500 wing to be honest. Poor ride compared to the 1800. Rear suspension was hard to dial in right and the seat was awful.
    Tires only lasted 8-9k and on the 1800 it's 25k front 45k rear. Everything about the 1800 is perfect - stock.
    No bike I have ever owned is as comfortable as the 1800 so I would have to say no way would I ever get another GL1500.

    Valkyrie is a whole different story. I will sell the wing before I sell the 1500 Valkyrie. Even if it wasn't a RT I still like the Valkyries the best.

    You get 45 thousand miles on a rear tire on a GL1800? Please tell my how, the most I get if touring only is 11 thousand mile, much, much less if I spend a lot of time in the twisties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Dye View Post
    You get 45 thousand miles on a rear tire on a GL1800? Please tell my how, the most I get if touring only is 11 thousand mile, much, much less if I spend a lot of time in the twisties.
    I should have said over 45k as the last rear tire was pulled just before a trip and still could have gone 5k or so.
    I run a CT and do it right so that explains that - On the trikes I will probably see 60k or better.

    One can run a Ct on a 1500 but it's a lot smaller in diameter than the stock tires so there is quite a trade off.

    One good thing about the 1500's is they come stock with tour type tires where the 1800's have sportbike radials which do not work well for ride. Easy fix though and the cost savings are incredible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by storm View Post
    I should have said over 45k as the last rear tire was pulled just before a trip and still could have gone 5k or so.
    I run a CT and do it right so that explains that - On the trikes I will probably see 60k or better.

    One can run a Ct on a 1500 but it's a lot smaller in diameter than the stock tires so there is quite a trade off.

    One good thing about the 1500's is they come stock with tour type tires where the 1800's have sportbike radials which do not work well for ride. Easy fix though and the cost savings are incredible.

    OK, makes sense now. Most state they run a CT, didn't see anything about a CT in your first post.
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    I certainly don't want to turn this into a CT not CT rant but to be honest the ability to run bias and CT's on the 1800 is a tremendous choice factor for me.
    I also liked this option on the Valkyries (two and three wheeled) as the Valks run the same rim profile as the 1800 so a real CT of proper diameter is a viable option.
    And of course you can also run MT radials or bias on the rear so you have more options with the new bike vs the old.

    This may not be a fact at all if you are the stick with stock tires type but it can be a deciding factor for others like it is for me.

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    The one thing that the 1500 has over the 1800 is quiet. The timing belts vs chain makes the 1500 nice and quiet. Other than that, I don't think there's any comparison to the 1800. More power and better handling.
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