Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Victoria BC Canada
Model: 1985 GL1200 Limited Edition and 1995 GL1500 SE CDN Edition
Taking the jump to an 1800 is a good move, like fuel injected models. In your research look for one that has had the suspension upgraded to the Traxion System (full monty). The 1800s have an adequate suspension, but it goes soft in approximately 40,000 miles or even less. This was one of the issues that was always commented on, the other was tire longevity. Tires are an issue that has many 1800 riders going to the dark side. Dunlop has apparently stepped up to the plate and advertise the new E4s as being capable of some 30,000 miles. There are some threads on 1800 tires in the various forums.
If you are tall in stature, the 1800 cockpit doesn't have a lot of leg room. I'm 6'2" and initially had about 1" clearance between my knees and the front fairing. Had the seat adjusted at Rich's Custom Seat & Upholstery in Kingston, WA. He has been doing this for some 25 years. He sized me up and moved me up two inches and back 2 inches. The bike now fits me well. Rich is into bike ergonomics and it shows, lots of repeat customers.
Also put chrome rims on mine. Was tired of trying to keep the OEM rims clean.
Other than the above, 1800 is a great bike.
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