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Looking into an 1800 most likely in the 2001 to 2003 range...Any positives or negative years in that range?? or stay with a 1500?? Thanks in advance!
 

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I would suggest getting a test ride. Power, braking, and handling are much better, but many report lack of leg room:waving:
 

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Make sure the recalls were taken care of for 2001-2003 GL1800's
This is a list of the recalls/SB.
Honda Goldwing GL1800 2001-2012 Brake Recall (97 KB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB01 2001 Coolant Temperature Gauge Improvement (1.2 MB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB02 2001 Engine Stop Switch (710 KB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB03 2001 Crankshaft Pulse Rotor (324 KB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB04 2001 Radio Muting Improvement (880 KB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB05 2002 Reverse Cable Inspection and Adjustment (154 KB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB06 2001 to 2002 Rear Tire Inspection (187 KB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB07 2001 Oxygen Sensor Replacement (209 KB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB08 2001 Speedometer Replacement (205 KB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB09 2001 to 2002 ABS Speed Sensor Wire Clamp Location (152 KB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB10 2001 to 2002 CB Radio Replacement (1.0 MB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB11 2001 to 2002 CD Changer Replacement (214 KB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB12 2002 to 2003 Bank Angle Sensor Mounting Screws (152 KB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB13 2001 to 2003 ECM Replacement and Cooling System Product Improvement (501 KB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB14 2002 to 2003 Frame Weld Inspection Recall (287 KB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB15 2001 to 2008 Trunk Opener Unit (471 KB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB16 2002 to 2004 Brake Leakage Recall (383 KB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB17 2001 to 2002 Frame Weld Inspection Recall (473 KB)
Honda Goldwing GL1800 SB18 2003 to 2004 Frame Weld Inspection (194 KB)

If your GL1500 has been dependable and given you flawless service, I'd keep it.
 

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We love ours but yes if your tall over 6 ft maybe a little short.I'm 6'2 But we bought a new seat so it can be made to be more comfortable. Plenty of poop to get you where you want to go, great brakes. You are probably aware of a recall on 2002 models for a frame crack. It is easy to check at a dealer with the vin to make sure its been inspected. Had ours in for a recall on the brake master cylinder ours is an 03. Other than that ours has been a great bike. We own a 1200 also nite and day. All I've done is sat on a 1500 never drove one. More trunk room on the 1500, but that doesn't bother us. Good luck in your decision.
 

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We love ours but yes if your tall over 6 ft maybe a little short.I'm 6'2 But we bought a new seat so it can be made to be more comfortable.
I'll second the tall issue. I'm 6'4" and I find that my knees are bent at an uncomfortable angle if I have to ride for more than a few hours. My Knee's come within 1/4 in of the fairing so I cannot scoot forwards at all. I added in some Kury foot pets on the engine bars but the fairing hits the sides of my legs if I put them forwards, and my legs are to high if I put them towards the back. So I usually end up moving one leg at a time and resting the back of my leg on the peg in order to give the knee a break.

I love the bike, it beat my Motoguzzi in power, handling, stopping etc. but I have to admit that my Motoguzzi was a much better ergonomic fit than the wing.

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I'm looking into a 1500. 1800 is still well out of my price range. I would be more concerned about the frame cracks than anything else. The mechanical and electrical stuff can be fixed, but I would not spend a lot of money on a bike that had had it's frame repaired. I would never be happy with it. I have no idea how Honda handled that situation, but doing a patch weld on a new and very expensive motorcycle just isn't right. If I had bought one of those, I'd want a new bike.
 

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I bought a high mileage 2001 (138000) miles all recalls done with complete up to date recites for work done ...love the Bike.. the only issue I have is seat hight and my short butt (29") inseam ..am installing a 1" lowering kit this winter
 

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I'll second the tall issue. I'm 6'4" and I find that my knees are bent at an uncomfortable angle if I have to ride for more than a few hours. My Knee's come within 1/4 in of the fairing so I cannot scoot forwards at all. I added in some Kury foot pets on the engine bars but the fairing hits the sides of my legs if I put them forwards, and my legs are to high if I put them towards the back. So I usually end up moving one leg at a time and resting the back of my leg on the peg in order to give the knee a break.

I love the bike, it beat my Motoguzzi in power, handling, stopping etc. but I have to admit that my Motoguzzi was a much better ergonomic fit than the wing.

Henry
What is your inseam? Might be a good thing to include to help those thinking of that, especially if long legged. Some have long legs, some it's in the torso that makes them tall.
 

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Looking into an 1800 most likely in the 2001 to 2003 range...Any positives or negative years in that range?? or stay with a 1500?? Thanks in advance!
If your 1500 has been good to you, stay with it. Much better touring bike then the 1800 for many reasons. Honda took the best touring bike ever made and mucked it up with the 1800. I own both an 1800 and a 1500.
 

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I've noticed it with my 32" inseam when I ride an 1800. I have to move around alot on my 1500 too. Not enough stretch room with the cylinder heads where they are.
 

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If your 1500 has been good to you, stay with it. Much better touring bike then the 1800 for many reasons. Honda took the best touring bike ever made and mucked it up with the 1800. I own both an 1800 and a 1500.

No offense to 1800 owners, but I have to agree. I have ridden both the 1500 and the 1800 because my former boss has owned both. If I needed a bike to take a long trip on, it would be the 1500 hands down, and my main reason would be comfort. Handling just isn't that important to me out on the interstate. But even the 1800 is way more comfortable than that BMW 1600 whatever. I wonder if BMW has EVER made a comfortable bike.
 

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You tall fellas, I got one phrase for you MOP (Mik O Pegs).

Your legs will love you for them.





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If your 1500 has been good to you, stay with it. Much better touring bike then the 1800 for many reasons. Honda took the best touring bike ever made and mucked it up with the 1800. I own both an 1800 and a 1500.
The 1800 is a superior bike over the 1500 in every way except storage and comfort on a long journey, the 1800 has brilliant brakes, handling, and power if needed the list goes on, i two have an 1800 and a 1500 guess which bike i will jump on when i want a spin, but i love my 1500 as well for some reason, just my two cents ,everybody is entitled to there view.
 

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I only have an 1800 and have never ridden a 1500 so I can only talk about my 1800 experience as a tall rider.

Your right the bike has great handling capabilities for a large cruiser. It would be a great fit for someone in the 5'8" to 6' range. When you get outside that range then the ergonomics start to impact the riders comfort (tall guys) or ability to reach the ground(short guys).

Even given that it is by far my favorite bike of the ones I've owned. The MotoGuzzi I had was more comfortable and handled well. The wing out runs it, out brakes it and you can throw it into the corners easier than the Guzzi. There was more clearance in the corners on the Guzzi however. The Guzzi got better mileage but that is to be expected since the wing is almost 1,000 cc's larger. The wing goes through tires like my wife does shoes. While the guzzi's tires wore like a set of old boots that you wore all the time and they just kept going and going. There is only 150lb weight difference between the bikes.

Two up towing a trailer the wing has no competition from the Guzzi. I sometimes wish I had the Guzzi back since it was quite fun to ride and I could lay it down further in the corners than I can the 1800.

Until a better/more reliable cruiser comes along I'll stick with the 1800 and just make more stops to stretch my legs. Makes for more picture opportunities that way.
 

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It took me about a year to bend my body to fit the 1800.. 1500 was much more comfortable, greater ground clearance and has more storage.. But the 1800 has a louder horn.....
 

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The 1800 is a superior bike over the 1500 in every way except storage and comfort on a long journey, the 1800 has brilliant brakes, handling, and power if needed the list goes on, i two have an 1800 and a 1500 guess which bike i will jump on when i want a spin, but i love my 1500 as well for some reason, just my two cents ,everybody is entitled to there view.
Yup, you are entitled to your view. Glad you like your 1800. I am not saying I don't like the 1800, just that the 1500 is a far superior touring bike in every way other then handling. The 1500 has always had enough power even pulling a kwik kamp trailer all over the mountains of the west.
 

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what makes the 1500 more comfortable? i would think handling would desirable.
 

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All of these answers and I don't think anyone has mentioned fuel injection. One of the bigger differences. I only have a 29" inseam and lately the back of the cuff on my pants has been dragging, but I do what I can to raise the front suspension for ground clearence. I simply roll forward on the seat when I stop. If I'm going for a long ride, I also add a pad to the seat to ease the pain in the knees. I also have had Mick-O-pegs, and they do help with the knees too. I rode a 1500 before and I didn't notice it having more ground clearence, but again, it may have more to do with suspension improvements than how they are set up stock. There are differences in the 2 bikes, but there are more similarities, I think.

Richard
 
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