A few years back I purchased a 2007 GL1800 with out taking it for a ride. It was very cold with snow still on the ground and some icy spots on the streets, that's the reason for no ride. So last summer I find a 99 GL 1500 SE with quite low mileage and pick that up. Don't ever ride both back to back in the same day or the same roads! The 1800 is like a sports car, fast, awesome throttle response at lower rpm's and rides like a little sports car. Firm. GL 1500, luxury car like a older mid 70's Lincoln or Mercury. Smooth riding, a little soft but 416 Progressive suspension cured that. Good throttle response and still takes off if the grip is twisted far enough. Of course the 1800 gets a 'little better' fuel mileage, but I think the comfort of the ride is worth it on the 1500. The bike only had 26700 miles when I bought it, has almost 29000 now and it does get 'cool' here in ND in the winter.