I am lucky to get into the Goldwing world and it is a 31 year old 1100. If I could afford more I would but this one I can and loving it. I love the Goldwings and any one the models is fun. enjoy your 1800 and get out on the road. you never know we may see each other some day.
I bought a 1500 a few months ago for $7000 would love to have bought a 1800 but i did not want the payments and i had $7000 cash. when my 1500 runs great and trouble free and paid for. With only 62000 miles I should get many years carefree miles. Replaced timing belt, coolant, tires, brake fluid and changed oil to Amzoil. Getting 41 mpg and I like the looks of the 1500 over 1800
I bought a 95 GL1500 Aspencade last week for $1,000, basically other than some really minor issues its in great running shape, Po thought with its usual road rash, mileage and age it was of no use to him anymore, he basically discarded it. I ride it occasionally, it has great smooth pulling power but I have to admit I like riding my 89 Venture Royale more.
I switched from my '84 Aspencade, fully dressed, to the 1800 only because it was getting to hard to find mechanics who would work on my older bike. Since then I have owned a 2003 and now traded up to the 2012.
The amazing part of the story is that on both the older bikes I rode them for many years and tens of thousands of miles, then sold them for about what I purchased them for. So I am presently a very happy rider. But, each time I see an older GW I think back to how I miss my first bike.
I started on a '77 GL1000 about six years ago, but decided to grab the 2004-GL1800 (ABS) for a deal I couldn't pass up. I'm 5'8" and the 1800 is a little lower. For that, and many other reasons, I am happier with the newer model. However, the original gave me a lasting impression that I will never forget.