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seelyark1
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Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1998 GL1500 SE Totaled
1984 VT500C
1967 CB550-4

Convince me!

Postby seelyark1 » Thu May 01, 2014 7:41 pm



I loved my 98 1500, but it was totaled in a meeting with a car. A 1500 in the shape of mine costs more than Insurance wants to pay. My son, who has an 1800, is trying to talk me into an 1800 instead of a 1500. Help convince me of which way to go... Hate to let the old one go as the damage is to the right front and all else is fine. Buy back was less than $1500 with lots of good parts. Talk me, help me figure out which way to go.


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seelyark1
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1998 GL1500 SE Totaled
1984 VT500C
1967 CB550-4

Re: Convince me!

Postby seelyark1 » Thu May 01, 2014 7:58 pm

And yes, I have read the opinions of 1800 vs 1500. People are buying them so they can't be too bad...
Ride safe, and smart. Asphalt is like #1 grit sandpaper. Dave

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tfdeputydawg
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Location: Indianapolis, In.
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Re: Convince me!

Postby tfdeputydawg » Fri May 02, 2014 3:00 am

Sounds like your insurance company is the first thing that needs changed! Depending on your policy, your company or the company that has responsibilty in this accident is obigated to:
1. Provide a like value replacement vehicle that you approve of.
or
2. Provide a cash amount that is in line w/the market value of your vehicle prior to it being totaled.(less your deductable if your insurance is responsible.)
So, whom was at fault in the accident? Is your state a "No fault" state?

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brenniac
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Location: Rochester, NY
Motorcycle: 2006 GL1800

Re: Convince me!

Postby brenniac » Fri May 02, 2014 8:32 am

You can't make a bad decision. My experience with them is that I entered the 1500 world under the same approximate circumstances... a pickup truck driver decided that I no longer needed my GL1200 so he pulled in front of me. The bike got totaled but my wife and I walked away. This was in 1991 and I had previously ridden a GL1500 at out local dealer. The difference was not enough to make me want to upgrade. Now I had the chance, it made perfect sense to go with a newer model. I am partial to the beige/gold color so we had to find a new 1989 beige in 1991 (which we did) and had it delivered to my local dealer. I took me about 20,000 miles to get really used to the GL1500 because I was so attached to my 1200.

The GL1500 rides more like a mid-1980's Lincoln. It is big, roomy, cushy suspension, smooth power, plus low maintenance.

Jump ahead 150,000 miles to 2006 and I bought a gold GL1800. The first thing I noticed is that this thing is a sport bike in a tuxedo. It is very comfortable but not a luxurious as the 1500. It's more like a big European sedan in terms of handling with seemingly unlimited smooth power.

I have put over 100,000 miles on this one and I am very happy with it. Which one would I choose overall? I would go back to the 1200 in a heartbeat if I had the chance. If I had to decide between my 1500 and 1800, I believe the 1800 would win out because of the bigger engine and agility, but as I said, I would not be unhappy with either of them.

So my point is that you can't really make a bad choice between the GL1500 and GL1800 so pick a color.
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seelyark1
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Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1998 GL1500 SE Totaled
1984 VT500C
1967 CB550-4

Re: Convince me!

Postby seelyark1 » Mon May 05, 2014 8:50 am

The other party was sited for failure to yield the right of way resulting in accident with injurys. Insurance is covering the cost of the bike and the add ons. Plus my safety equipment that was damaged. And of course med bills etc. they also mentioned pain anf suffering. We'll see how that works out.
Have been debating long and hard about a 1500 or an 1800. Then I found a 2000 GL1500SE with 18000 miles without a scratch. Put a down payment and waiting for the check from the insurance company. Pictures later...
Ride safe, and smart. Asphalt is like #1 grit sandpaper. Dave

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brenniac
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Re: Convince me!

Postby brenniac » Mon May 05, 2014 2:32 pm

Good for you! Keep the old one for parts.


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