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buy 1500 or 1800

Postby kenp3363 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:29 am



I am looking for comments from members whom has experience of owning a 1500 and 1800. i am wanting to upgrade from 88-1500 (which i and the wife love) and have no problems with other than the audio is not very good, question is to upgrade the 1500 to a 99-2000 or looking at 1800 (2005-2008 top of budget).

i'm 6'2 -215lbs and really like the height the 1500 gives for me and have been reading that the 1800 is lower and that may be a problem for my size. My 1500 has 105,000 miles on it and with being 62, thinking may want one with 30-40k on it to last for rest of my riding years. Currently i do all my own maintenance other than major engine work( have not had any in the 6 years of owning). i mean i have taking all plastic off down to the frame, brakes, drive shaft, electrical repairs... etc.

Thanks for any advice



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Re: buy 1500 or 1800

Postby MikeB » Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:42 am

You might as well keep your 1500 and ride it. 105K is nothing when it comes to a wing. My '99 has over 150K and I don't see any reason to get rid of it even tough I own an 1800. I'm on 5'8" so I fit them both quite well. With your height, you may not like the 1800. Taller riders seem to complain about knee space.
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Re: buy 1500 or 1800

Postby spiralout » Sun Mar 13, 2016 2:05 am

Here's a couple of many existing threads on the subject
http://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=21284
http://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=22624
Keep in mind, an update and and upgrade are not necessarily the same thing.

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Re: buy 1500 or 1800

Postby joeincalif » Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:38 am

The 1800 is a little more cramped for the driver but has a little more room for the passenger. Most drivers over 6 FT complain about the cramped position but there re solutions, like wingsoft seats and mick o pegs. If it was me I would upgrade to a 98 or newer 1500 and keep riding
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Re: buy 1500 or 1800

Postby Happytrails » Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:57 am

The bikes audio is rather mediocre quality. Its comparable to audio in old convertables. Just one of those things we kind of live with. Depending on how much of a tech kind of person you are you might find bluetooth music better. At first I found bluetooth music/audio to be very flat. To be honest I was disappointed. Not sure what I was expecting but I thought it would be a lot better than what I was gettting. Then I played a little with my android phones mp3 audio and found settings much much better for bluetooth music. My phone is an old Galaxy S4 and has those audio settings for rock, jazz, concert, etc... Sort of discovered the difference by accident but now its pretty good sound. I still listen to the radio and then switch to bluetooth. Its a much better compromise. :D
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Re: buy 1500 or 1800

Postby harvey01 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:14 am

kenp3363,
Which bike is the most comfortable? Wow, that is a tough question.

I would urge you to go to a dealership and sit on the 1800 and see how it feels or at least sit on some buddies earlier model 2001--2010 Wing and see how it feels to you. Perhaps even get a ride to get a real feel for the 1800. I know folks with really long legs complain about lack of space. I am 6'1" and about 220 and I am very comfortable on my 04 1800.

You might also contact Eagle Rider and see about renting a Wing for a day or so---good reason to fly to Las Vegas for a short vacation or actually any area where they have Wings ready to rent.

As far as audio systems, is newer better, well there are so many variables and pages in the owners manual on how to operate, that I sometimes yearn for just a simple AM/FM with volume and dial to change stations. But technology has advanced beyond that.
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Re: buy 1500 or 1800

Postby detdrbuzzard » Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:22 am

if you can rent an 1800 for a day, that will answer all your questions. I plan on getting an 1800 in the next few years ( or sooner) I already know I don't want the stock seat I want one more comfortable and with the rise moved back an inch or so
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Re: buy 1500 or 1800

Postby Rednaxs60 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:38 am

Bought my '08 1800 in the fall of 2014. It had everything I wanted in a touring bike, but I did notice that I was being pinched between the shoulder blades. I am 6'2" and 200 lbs. Agree with the comments that with the OEM seat, you will have your knees real close to the side fairings. Had the seat adjusted for me, raised two inches and moved back two inches - used the OEM seat. Knees are now approximately 5 inches from the side fairings and I no longer get "pinched" between the shoulder blades. These ergonomic changes made a huge difference in the ride comfort. Also had the suspension upgraded to the Traxxion (full monty), also made a huge difference. The OEM suspension is adequate up to approximately 40,000 Kms, then it gets "soft". Other than these two issues for me, the bike is a great touring machine.

I have heard that the 1500 does not have these issues. Interestingly, the '85 LTD that I have with an aftermarket Corbin seat (came with it) does not have the issues I had with the 1800. The ergonomics on the '85 seem to be better than on the 1800. Something has to give when you fit more into a small space.

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Re: buy 1500 or 1800

Postby Bobsiler » Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:46 am

Im 6'2" and also ride an '88. Ive never ridden an 1800 but my 1500 at times felt a little cramped. I just put a new Hartco saddle on it and it change the feel quite a bit. The new saddle sits higher than stock and took a little of the bend out of my knees. As for the audio my bike is wired with an auxiliary input which i plug an mp3 player into. Front and rear speakers (which you can always upgrade) put great sound for me.

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Re: buy 1500 or 1800

Postby Mh434 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:50 pm

I'm 6'2" and 200 lbs also, but rather long-legged. I found that my knees were jammed up tight against the fairing on the 1800, which would be rather uncomfortable on anything but a short ride. The 1500 gives my legs loads of room. Audio-wise, IMHO there just isn't the room on a bike to put in a good system. You need amps, woofers, larger speakers, etc. to get great sound. It could be done, I suppose, but a good set of helmet speakers & MP3-in is as good as I need.

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Re: buy 1500 or 1800

Postby Fatwing Chris » Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:17 pm

IMHO going from an 89 to an 04 the 1500 riding position and ride itself are far,far better than the 1800 and I'm only 5"10'(mine came with a Corbin that moves me back quite a bit also).Before I did a bunch of work to my 1800 suspension I was thinking seriously about selling it and getting a 2000 SE.I agree that it would be a really good idea to put some miles on an 1800 before you make the jump.Me I just drank the Koolaide and believed that the 1800 was the best Wing ever.I did rife it about 10 miles before I brought it home,bur that's not enough.You need a few hours in the saddle.
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Re: buy 1500 or 1800

Postby OldZX11Rider » Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:16 pm

I'm 6'2" and about 235. My '94 has the factory seat with an added back rest. I wish I could slide my seat back just a little bit like I could on my '82 Aspencade.
So I'd probably be one of those that was a little uncomfortable on an 1800.
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Re: buy 1500 or 1800

Postby Wingsconsin » Fri Mar 18, 2016 1:25 pm

I have owned every model of Goldwing except the GL1000.
However MOST of my miles were done on a GL1500 -
I sold my GL1500 with 130,000 miles on it last year when I moved up to an GL1800.
After 10 years of ownership I had that bike set up perfect for me.
But I wanted something newer and better...

The 1800 is different - and better in a lot of ways
Rides better - handles better - accelerates faster - Fuel injection - better brakes - on and on.
Uses tires more quickly so prepare to change often if you ride a lot.
My Significant other likes the 1800 better to ride ...

In my opinion buy the most current model year you can afford.
There are plenty of great deals on LOW mileage 1800s out there.
Parts and knowledge are plentiful on these bikes - known problem areas have fixes .

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Re: buy 1500 or 1800

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:08 pm

Wingsconsin wrote:I have owned every model of Goldwing except the GL1000.
However MOST of my miles were done on a GL1500 -
I sold my GL1500 with 130,000 miles on it last year when I moved up to an GL1800.
After 10 years of ownership I had that bike set up perfect for me.
But I wanted something newer and better...

The 1800 is different - and better in a lot of ways
Rides better - handles better - accelerates faster - Fuel injection - better brakes - on and on.
Uses tires more quickly so prepare to change often if you ride a lot.
My Significant other likes the 1800 better to ride ...

In my opinion buy the most current model year you can afford.
There are plenty of great deals on LOW mileage 1800s out there.
Parts and knowledge are plentiful on these bikes - known problem areas have fixes .

Welcome to the 21st century :ugeek:



Have to disagree on the ride part.The ride of the 15 is far,far better stock for stock.


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