Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Victoria BC Canada
Model: 1985 GL1200 Limited Edition and 1995 GL1500 SE CDN Edition
I upgraded the suspension on my 1800 to the "full monty", front and rear. Was a considerable difference between the OEM softening suspension and a suspension worthy of the 1800. The 1800 is a wonderful bike and the OEM suspension is not designed to last forever, it gets soft. When I did my research regarding the 1800 for touring, two issues were always commented on, suspension and tires. The third one was the area in the cockpit for taller riders. Addressed the suspension issue with the upgrade, and the cockpit area ergonomics with a custom seat fitting. Tire longevity was addressed with the suspension upgrade and the use of beads and/or Ride On Tire sealant and balancing formula to balance the tires as the tire wears. Static weight balancing does not account for tire wear over time.
Suspension upgrades are not inexpensive and for this reason, I believe people do not do them; however, suspension is the only item on the bike that keeps the tires firmly planted on the road, enhances ride quality and performance and could be considered a safety issue.
You also have to have rode your bike with out any suspension upgrade to appreciate the difference, this goes for any bike. The other issue with suspension, or any other issue with your motorcycle is that a lot of people address the symptoms and not the issue. May be less expensive, but the underlying issue never goes away, but will get worse.
Thinking out loud.
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