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I have a 2002 GL1800 personally I love it but I have never driven any other GW. My brother is about to buy and he has heard that the 1500's are better by a guy with experience my dad also talked to a guy who drove 1500's and went to the 1800 and likes the 1500 so much that he is selling his 1800 and going back to the 1500. Does anybody share these sentiments and if so why.
 

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I've heard that sentiment - mostly from people selling me their 1500s. ;)

I love a 1500, but I'd be hard pressed to kick an 1800 outta the garage. I've spent time on both, and they're both great machines.
 

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I love a 1500, but I'd be hard pressed to kick an 1800 outta the garage. I've spent time on both, and they're both great machines.
I agree with Rusty. I have spent time on both of them and both of them are great machines. For me it depends on personal preference.

 

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You really need to ride both to decide... similar but different machines.... My impressions from riding both is the handling of the 1800 is far better, seems lighter, more nimble... The GL1500 is more comfortable and quieter...My 1500 is a 2000 model.. I don't think I would trade it even up for a 2001 1800.....
 

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I have had both. They are quite different machines. The 1500 is a better touring machine IMHO - you stay dryer in the rain, more storage, etc. but . . . .

The 1800 is by far a superior handling machine with a whack more power. It's purdier too ;)

I would not go back to a 1500.
 

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both are great machines, you should try each and decide urself. both are goldwings so you wont be disapointed!
 

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I owned a 1500 which I loved.

had a chance to ride an 1800 one day more than 250 miles through twisties and long straights.

I was impressed with the feeling of lightness, more nimble, seemingly more aggressive power. And holy smoley, those lights!!! I can see way down thar :waving: and the brakes are a lot better than the 1500.


Downside, my legs need a more forward position, and definitely have to add highway pegs like I have on the 1500.

Seats are different too, you must ride both, and then make up your mind. No two of us sit quite the same on a bike.
 

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This has been very interesting reading as I have considered the 1500 over my current 1100. This is mainly for the passenger comfort angle.

I love my 1100 and would have a very hard time letting her go. I think the 1500 seems to be the way I would go if that time comes as comfort is the major factor for me.

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I have been hauling my wife and both our gear around on our 1100 for a while now.... we bought the 1500 not only because it was a good deal but it was a matter of comfort and capacity versus sport and power.... 2 up all day riding the information I seem to get is that the 1500 is all around more suitable.

Buy a nice 1500, use the difference in price to take a LONG trip with it!
 

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I have to chime in here and say that I test drove an 1800 last year. And man-o-man was it a monster. Quick, nimble, smooth with a seemingly bottomless throttle. I told folks it was like riding a demonically possessed electric scooter. But if your like me and can't afford that sort of a price tag... 20K+... I started looking at used bikes that were within a comfortable range. This brought me to the 1500's. I got mine for less than 6K with about 32K miles.

Now that I have my 1500, I am VERY pleased. In my opinion, it's a bit more "stately" than the 1800's... while it does still have that smooth, quiet acceleration I love. Because my primary goal for touring is the photography... I find it carries my laptop, cameras, tripods and other goodies nicely. On the really long rides... none of my Harley ridin' buddies can ever hold there own. They're okay around town... but I can ride further, faster in more comfort than anyone I know who rides a Harley.

If you get a 1500... do three things. (1)Change the timing belts. (2)While your in there install a timing advance wheel. (3)Get a belly pan. It helps a lot! It's a totally different machine with the belly pan. It's the best $40 I ever spent on my machine.

They're like different children from the same mother.
 

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I love a 1500, but I'd be hard pressed to kick an 1800 outta the garage. I've spent time on both, and they're both great machines.
I've always been a 1500 fan. I've been told several times not to ride an 1800 unless I was ready to buy one, but I found it wasn't true. I rode one and I'm still happy with my 1500.



But, don't get me wrong. I'd love an 1800 just fine if I had one. It really is a great bike. It feels smaller and more nimble. (probablybecause it is. ) I could seriously enjoy one.



But all the things I like in my motorcycle are nicely met in my 1500.



When I first got back into motorcycling, I had a 550 with a small sport windshield. A friend of mine suggested that the bike would look better if I took the windshield off. I did, and within an hour I put it back on again.

I added some soft saddle bags so that I could carry some stuff with me when I rode.

I was limited in how many miles I could ride before I got too sore to ride.



I like a big comfortable touring bike that gives me some protection from the elements so that I can ride farther and in more weather conditions. I like big and comfortable. I like luxury. I like to be able to carry rain gear, warm weather clothing, cold weather clothing, spare clothing, and even some extra clothing for my passenger. I like to carry some tools for possible break down, (mine as well as someone else's).



I want to be able to go out and ride, and ride and ride and ride and possibly go for a couple of days or moreand be able to just settle in and enjoy it.



Comfort, I got music, I can carry food and drink, I can't think of much more.



I can do that very well on any of the Goldwings, but the 1500 is the biggest and most comfortable. That's why I like it best.
 

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I have had both.  They are quite different machines.  The 1500 is a better touring machine IMHO - you stay dryer in the rain, more storage, etc. but . . . .

The 1800 is by far a superior handling machine with a whack more power.  It's purdier too ;)

I would not go back to a 1500.
I have done the above and totally agree with the above.
 

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1500 for me all the way .I'm fairly tall (6ft 4in )and find I'm a bit cramped on the 1800 and the 1500 does all I want it to do ,I dont need to ride any faster or corner any harder afterall I'm out to enjoy myself.I also prefer the overall look of the 1500s

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I don't own a GL1800 but I have had a few test rides on them and I will grudginly admit that they are a dream to ride. Handling, acceleration and especially the brakes are a big improvement over my GL1500SE. The brakes are the really big difference and they really work as they should on the GL1800.

On the other hand, the GL1500 looks better, specially the SE. ;)
 

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I had a 1200 and now an 1800. I can't tell you about a 1500, but the 1800 is really great!!!!:)Very nimble and responsive!!!:waving:



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I think the 1800 is more like a Sport-touring than the 1500. Granted, it's no ST or FJR, but it is sportier than the 1500. However, I was just telling a co-worker today that if I were buying a bike in today's economy I would look for a good 1500. There are still a bunch of low-mileage 15s out there that have been babied and kept indoors, and they are one heck of a touring machine!
 

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If you get a 1500... do three things. (1)Change the timing belts. (2)While your in there install a timing advance wheel. (3)Get a belly pan. It helps a lot! It's a totally different machine with the belly pan. It's the best $40 I ever spent on my machine.

They're like different children from the same mother.

what purpose does the belly pan serve
 

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rhughes wrote:
us385south wrote:

If you get a 1500... do three things. (1)Change the timing belts. (2)While your in there install a timing advance wheel. (3)Get a belly pan. It helps a lot! It's a totally different machine with the belly pan. It's the best $40 I ever spent on my machine.

They're like different children from the same mother.

what purpose does the belly pan serve
The belly pan serves several purposes, keeps the bottom of the bike easier to clean, protects the bottom from the occasional speed hump, and helps the airflow under the bike at highway speeds. Is in my opinion worth the money.

I have owned the 1500 too, and I agree it is a great bike, with a great ride and a lot of storage. But since buying the 1800, I have fallen in love with the brakes, the handling, the lighter feel, and the better fuel ecomomy and brighter (but uglier) headlights. I think the 1500 looks more of what a true touring bike should look like, kinda like a Caddy Deville, wereas the 1800 is more like a CTS, a hair smaller, sportier and better performance, but still a Caddy.:)



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I have no problem admitting the 1800 is a superior motorcycle to the 1500 in most ways. No contest in handling and performance it's the hands down better bike. That being said the 1500 is a better bang for the buck to me. I've had mine for nearly six years now and still like it. On the recent trip to Montrose my 1500 got me there and back with no problems. It's never failed. I only have $7500 in it other than the usual maintenance costs and it still runs like new. Try that with an 1800. Six years and almost 90,000 miles of reliability since I got it. What more could I ask?
 
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