Moving to an 1800 a good idea?


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Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by Haskinhale » Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:01 pm



Hi guys after agonizing over what to do with my 1500 my wife and I have decided to sell the 1500 for something a little more equipped. I asked my wife if she enjoyed riding she said she does. I told her it was going to cost some money to make her comfortable
. And buy the time I get my 1500 where we want it . I think it makes more sense to just get a newer bike. I was looking at 2006 to 2010 1800. I'm a big boy at 6ft 2in. And was wondering how the 1800 would fit me. Sounds like they are good bikes but there are some nice 1500s out there also. Just looking for some veteran experience. Ty



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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by Happytrails » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:03 pm

I've heard of riders taller than you riding 1800's. Sounds like kneespace becomes a bit tighter on them. But you could probably sit on one and get a better idea pretty quickly. 1500s are said to have a softer touring ride while 1800s are more sporty. Either way would expect you'd be comfortable on them. Have seen some gripes about 1800 suspensions. And then there is your budget which only you know. Saw this one on michigan CL, $13,995 and 37,220 miles. Looks like a nice bike.

https://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/mcy/5991114981.html


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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by Lumberrunner » Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:58 pm

Thanks, seen a few appealing deals but I will find one and see how it feels. Right now I've got cabin fever in a bad way. Trying to find the cure.

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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by Viking » Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:48 am

I am 5'8" and I still find the standard seating position on my GL1800 a tiny bit tight, but then it is what I was used to in the past that dictates this. I put highway pegs on, and I am good to go. I also put an expensive custom seat on, because I hated the stock seat, as did my plus one, so she got a new backrest as well, which she says is far superior to Honda's stock one. At 6'2", if most of it is leg, you are going to be even more aware of the tight fit. This can be overcome with accessories. The two main differences that I am aware of between the 1500 and the 1800 are comfort to the 1500 and performance to the 1800. Choose one, and then make the bike fit you. The 1500s have adequate performance and lots of comfort. The 1800s have adequate comfort and lots of performance. Either way, it is gonna cost ya. :lol:

The GL1500s are getting long in the tooth, but there are still 1000, 1100 and 1200 wings out there performing well, so..... just sayin'
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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by joeincalif » Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:00 am

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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by welmack » Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:24 pm

My wife and I had a 2005 with a CSC IRS kit which we enjoyed a great deal. We sold it due to health reasons which we are over now. We went back with a 98 1500 with a Motor Trike solid axle kit. I must say that I am much more pleased with the 1500 than I was with the 1800. It seems to me to have more room (I am 5'10) and rides better. I could never get the 1800 suspension right. I really worried about the solid axle ride but found my worries never surfaced. My wife has also commented on the better ride so it isn't just in my mind. This is our second 1500. This is just MHO so read it for what it is worth. :D

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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by Lumberrunner » Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:33 pm

Thanks for all the input. Just so many ways to go that it makes me dizzy. Love my 1500 but the creature comforts like heated seats for my wife and who am I kidding me also that come on some of the 1800s plus cruise is big for me. I can't afford jumping around bike to bike so I'm kinda looking for my forever bike. I'm almost 47 so until I retire a big mileage year would be 20000 miles for me maybe more occasionally. Again I appreciate all you're help and I will keep looking for my unicorn. Lol

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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by spiralout » Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:30 pm

themainviking wrote: The 1500s have adequate performance and lots of comfort. The 1800s have adequate comfort and lots of performance.
I think out of all the 1500 vs 1800 threads I've read, this one sentence best sums it up.



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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by welmack » Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:28 pm

The 1500s have adequate performance and lots of comfort. The 1800s have adequate comfort and lots of performance.
I think out of all the 1500 vs 1800 threads I've read, this one sentence best sums it up.
It just boils down to whatever floats your boat.

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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by spiralout » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:25 am

welmack wrote: It just boils down to whatever floats your boat.
Exactly.

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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by Viking » Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:18 am

Lumberrunner wrote: I'm almost 47 so until I retire a big mileage year would be 20000 miles for me maybe more occasionally.
You may have just answered your own question right there. At 60, either a 1500 or an 1800 would have been modifiable for me. When I was 47, I absolutely wanted to be carving corners and zippin' along and only the GL1800 or another brand would have been it. I definitely think you should go to a GL1800 at your age. It would not even be beyond saying that you should get either a brand new one, or at least a 2012. If it needs to last you into retirement, the newer the better to start.
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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by Charlie1Horse » Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:44 pm

The 1500 and the 1800 are very similar but if you are concerned with options like heated seats and handlebar grips, they can be added to the 1500 and the Aspencade and SE have cruise control, maybe even the later Interstates. (not sure). IMHO the 1500 has more 'personality', and, it is a few pounds heavier than the 1800. With proper maintenance the 1500 probably would last as long. At 65 I am perfectly happy with my 92 1500 Interstate. One thing, I would like to have cruise but I just use an aftermarket throttle lock which seems to work fine. The only thing I have even considered is to upgrade to a later 1500 Aspencade or SE but, I really like the 1500s better.
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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by Lumberrunner » Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:17 pm

Well,been looking online at 1500se's and have found some low mileage loaded bikes. Was thinking the 99 or 2000 model to get as new as I can. Riding to Mt, pleasant tomorrow just to sit on an 1800 and see if I think a new seat would be enough of an improvement or not . Gives me a good reason to ride. We don't get many February's in michigan where you can even think about riding. Going to take advantage.

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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by toanogreen » Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:27 am

I moved to the 1800 and I'm still deciding if I made the right move. I had two 1500's and LOVED them. I just purchased a 1800 last Thanksgiving. I've only put about 1200 miles on it, and that's only local riding. I could tell the difference immediately, but I can't say which I like better.
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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by Lumberrunner » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:25 am

Thanks for the reply. My comfort is top priority for me, so I have decided to find an se model. Have 1 picked out and going to look at it next weekend. So hopefully by the time I put 800000 miles on it there will be an equal option when it comes fore replacement. Lol

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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by toanogreen » Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:02 pm

Lumberrunner,
I had a 99 SE and the comfort level was outstanding. I added an Ultimate Seat and it was even better. As a matter of fact, the first upgrade I made on my 1800 was another Ultimate Seat. They are pricey, but it will make a BIG difference. I did not like the stock seat on the 1800 at all. the stock 1500 seat is good/okay. Other upgrades may help, but seating makes a comfort difference on every bike.

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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by gwegener » Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:26 pm

I bought a used 2006 in 2010, selling my 94 Aspencade, which I had since 2005. I am 6-1; no concerns about fit on the 1800. I absolutely love it. Best aspects were fuel injection and the HEADLIGHTS. (I felt my 1500 wasn't safe on the road at night; but the 1800 really, really throws the light down the road.)

My 1800 came with highway pegs, and I don't like them/removed them. Obviously no concerns about comfort for a taller rider. I have logged alot of long days-traversed the US several times, Alaska once, and did Russia on it in 2014: 7000 miles in 30 days (18 being travel days). All the Wings are great highway bikes, and I can't really tell alot of difference in power (from my first '84 Interstate, to an '84 Interstate, to the 94 Aspencade, to the '06 1800, to my current '10 1800. Love them all; mainly move up because I am a little leery of putting alot of miles two up on older, used bikes where I don't know for sure how they have been cared for (maybe that is just a rationalization for a newer bike).

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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by niko747 » Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:23 pm

themainviking wrote:I am 5'8" and I still find the standard seating position on my GL1800 a tiny bit tight, but then it is what I was used to in the past that dictates this. I put highway pegs on, and I am good to go. I also put an expensive custom seat on, because I hated the stock seat, as did my plus one, so she got a new backrest as well, which she says is far superior to Honda's stock one. At 6'2", if most of it is leg, you are going to be even more aware of the tight fit. This can be overcome with accessories. The two main differences that I am aware of between the 1500 and the 1800 are comfort to the 1500 and performance to the 1800. Choose one, and then make the bike fit you. The 1500s have adequate performance and lots of comfort. The 1800s have adequate comfort and lots of performance. Either way, it is gonna cost ya. :lol:

The GL1500s are getting long in the tooth, but there are still 1000, 1100 and 1200 wings out there performing well, so..... just sayin'
Would appreciate finding out where you created the map of places biked that shows up at the bottom of your post.
Thanks,
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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by gwegener » Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:22 pm

Nick, I have no clue what you are referring to on the map of places biked, at the bottom of my earlier post today. I don't see it on my screen of the thread. I have never put anything like that together. When I went across Russia, I had an InReach gps locator,with satelite text capability. It generated a tracking map that was continually updated on the internet. But I wouldn't know how to include it in a post here...

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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by Nealschoen » Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:55 pm

He was talking to the main viking! :)

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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by Nealschoen » Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:57 pm

:mrgreen: Actually reading this thread is making me green with envy. I am fixing up a 1980 1100 so might be a while before we upgrade. Love the bike though. ☺

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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by billbob » Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:30 pm

Odd man hear,I moved from 1800 to 1500 and never looked back.GL 1500 just seems to fit me better.A 1800 is a great bike but I always like the looks of 1500 better.

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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by Happytrails » Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:49 pm

billbob wrote:Odd man hear,I moved from 1800 to 1500 and never looked back.GL 1500 just seems to fit me better.A 1800 is a great bike but I always like the looks of 1500 better.
I'm partial to the looks of the 1500 as well although I think the 2012s+ look really good. The price of one of those bikes is borderline what I'd like to spend on a bike but ABS/heated seat & grips would be much appreciated. Honda made the 1500s so well that a well maintained bike is a dependable tourer. When I see a newer wing that looks great and ask myself is it really worth that much more cash the answer is always a maybe. I've seen low mile 2010 lvl 3s for a nice price this spring but think its worth it to me to wait just a little longer (but not too much longer cus I'm getting older quickly!). :D
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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by Jcarbone2366 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:13 pm

Each bike has its advantages.....that's why I have one of each......now job is deciding which one to ride!
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Re: Moving to an 1800 a good idea?

Post by Haskinhale » Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:48 am

Good to have options. That would be the best of both worlds. But I gotta be 1 bike does it all kind of guy. Nice looking rides.



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