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I noticed members of this site have been saying formany yearsthat they would like to buy an 1800 but the leg room makes it too uncomfortable to ride. Honda seems to be ignoring this and maybe they would reconsider if they could get an idea of how many more sales they might achieve if they brought out a bigger framed 1800 (possibly as an addition to the current model)

So please post here if you think you would buy an 1800 that had the same sort of frame dimensions as the 1500...



I, for one,would bea definite sale for them!!

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i have a 2012 im 6'2" not sure what you mean by leg room it seems fine to me, i installed highway ergo II pegs and if i need to lay my legs out i do with no problem, i love my wing seems ok to me!

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I'm talking about knees hitting the fairing and the bike feeling too small.

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You are definitely correct that this does happen John and that basically the distance from the rider's seat back to the fairing on an 1800 is less than on the 1500.
At 5'11" I made the transition without a thought, but a pal of mine Koxx4 ( Ian) from on this site, is approximately the same hight as me and his knees almost touch the fairing.
When I follow him down the road, I have mentioned to him that it is almost hysterical that I can only see his helmet over the top of the box and passenger back rest.
The fact is that he is very long in the leg and short in the body and so his legs would be the same length as those of someone well over 6' tall.
I do know other owners of 1800's who are a bit over 6' and their knees are not closer than mine to the fairing.

As regards Mother Honda getting the bike built longer, or in two length models, I doubt that will ever happen, but a good idea might be to encourage them to create an adjustable seat for the 1800's, much as they did for the earlier models. My SOH tells me she has more room on the 1800, so maybe with an adjustable seat she could give some more room over to me.
In terms of what an owner of an 1800 can do, it is possible to get the saddle re worked, so as to cut the foam away from the lumber area for the rider, thus putting him further back on the saddle and has been mentioned by Fireshine, cruiser pegs can be purchased to give an alternative foot position that helps relieve the "squidged" feeling.



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well im 6'2" and i rode today and my knees are no where close to the fairing??? i set back in the saddle and i just dont understand how you are hitting the front of your knees on the fairing.

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They try to build them for the average rider, problem is there are not many average riders. A lot also complain about not being able to "flat foot" it at stops. I can't with my suspension upgrades unless I slide forward and stand up but it doesn't bother me. I also, like most no matter their height, installed handlebar risers. An adjustable seat and handlebars would be a big help.

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Fireshine. I'm really pleased for you in that your bike fits you but if you look at other threads on this site you will see that there are others saying the 1800 is just too small for them. It's their message we wanted to get to Honda.

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Well I see that Fireshine rides the new 2012 model, so I wonder if this is something that Mother Honda have addressed in some way?
Maybe the rider's seat area is longer, or the fairing further from the knees?
Perhaps someone who has owned, or even does still, own both, could let us know if things have changed that way, on the new model?

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Good point Pete. It would be great to hear that taller riders can get into the 1800 market.

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Well, I would be a sale for sure. Im 6-4 and the 1800 is just too small for me and cramped. Ill stick with my 1500. of course if anyone has a 1500 that is all white , I would love take it off your hands so you can transition into the 1800.
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