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I am still planing to buy another 1500 to ride while I have the 88 repaired.
Interested in a couple, not bought anything yet though, so still looking around.

Now I found a 2001 1800 for not much more than some people are asking for 1500's!
Supposed to be in great shape and maintained.
If I were interested in buying it, or checking it out for other members if I don't want it, what should I look for?
Any real problems with 2001 I should know about?

Says has 76K miles on it. Never been laid down.

I'm thinking although I want a 1500, perhaps if everything checks out good on this 1800 maybe I should try to get the 1800 instead for a bit more?

I'm thinking as tall as I am, I've read the 1500 has more room and more comfortable for tall people, would I feel right on long trips on an 1800? I ride allot of long trips.
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One thing to watch for is the cracked frame issue which some 2001-2004's were prone to. Do a search
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If you can ride that 1100 you can ride an 1800. I feel more cramped on my 1100 than my 1800 and I am about a head shorter than you. Some highway pegs and you are good to go. Maybe get the seat built up some too. My buddy Mike with the 2012 1800 had his built up 4".
The frame crack issue is all I know of on early 1800s and you can check if the recall has been done.

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Having only looked at the two, never sat on them or drove them, just what I have heard others say (which is what your saying), I would say if your comfortable on the 1500 then stick with what you know.

Now...... If your the type that like to ride a lot.......... I would go with the comfort aspect.... that seems to be the 1500. Based on your size, I would think that would make a huge difference as you are very tall.

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I had a 1500 for about 5 years before purchasing the 1800.

I was reminded of something about the 1500 after I test rode one the other day. I like the foot peg position on the 1800 better. Seems like I was having to get my legs up higher to get them on the pegs during the test ride,thanis necessary withthe 1800.That may just be me?

One thing for sure, to really tell the difference you will need to test ride the 1800. Then you will know for sure which one you are more comfortable on.





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Thanks.

I'll see what I can find about cracked frames and how to tell if the work was done.
I'm glad I asked, I had totally forgot about that issue and would not have checked it.

If it has not been done, is Honda still doing the recall work for free?

I may try to get down and check it out early this week, there is also another 1500 to check out in that area and maybe add to the list of maybe's LOL

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You and I met last year at Eureka Springs Chromo,


You would have no problem fitting on the 1800.Even if your legs do happen tofeel a bit cramped on thepegs, get yourself some highway pegs.

As far as the cracked frame recall, you can just call with the VIN # (you would have to find the #)or take the bike into Honda and they can tell you if it has had the frame inspected or not and also if the Brake recall inspection has been completed as well. Hmmm thinking about it, I may be wrong about calling it in, but some of the more knowledgable guys can confirm or correct me about that.

As for what else to look at, I would look at pretty much everything. Although even with 76K miles on it, that bike is good for a long time to come. And unless there is something major and obviously wrong with it, I would not hesitate to get it.



Since you're going to repair the 1500, may as well go with the 1800, that way you have the whole enchilada with the 1100,1500 and the 1800. Just my own .02 cents worth.



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I had a 2002 and had no problems with it. Sold it at 149,000 miles on it.



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