Yes, they are all the same............I have owned a 2002, 2008, and now a 2012 and they all feel the same to me. I am 6'1" and don't have any problems. You really need to ride one for yourself to see but I have several tall friends who own 1800's as well and they love their bikes.
Rob, Like Flyone posts above... They're all the same frame/peg/bar locations, but the best way to "know" is to rent/ride/borrow/steal one to figure for yourself.
Long legs seem to be more uncomfortable than a longer torso, and since there's several ways to get to 6'4" it'd be best to "try one on for size".
It'll help to bring along a larger towel that you can fold and sit on to see if something as simple as a taller-cut seat will get you fitted to the bike. Remember too that the bars do adjust (like a "real" bike) so there can be some remedy there as well.
ah yes -- and I believe that someone may have already welcomed you to the best form for GL knowledge ... If not, welcom on Rob !
Thhe first 1800 I sat on in 2001 I thought my knees were awfully close to the plastic shelter housing. I am 5` 10" Sat on one of the newer ones and it wasn`t a problem. Have to sit on one yourself to judge.
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One of the only fixes that I have heard about is: Honda gave an extra 3 inches to your passenger in the seat. So you can buy a custom seat that will give you those 3 inches back. That helps most tall people with the 1800 the rest of us buy 1500's they are OK for tall people.
I'm 6'5" and test rode an 1800 but found it a little cramped so will stay with a 1500. It's a shame as I do like the 1800 and wish it was slightly bigger or I was slightly smaller. I hope Honda read these forums and you never know, with any luck, they might think of us taller folk with their next designs.