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Ok I posted earlier about a 1500se I was looking at now I was curious I test rode a 02 1800 and the bike rides like it is on rails handles just as good as the sports bike I had and I never in a million years expected that.

So my question is would a 95 1500 handle as well as the 02 1800?
 

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they say that 1800's handle better than 1500 wings and weigh about 40lbs less. early 1800's had issues with the frame. some frames were repaired some replaced. they say the bags are larger on a 1500
 

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To answer your question, "will a 1500 handle as well as a 1800", it depends on how you plan to ride. For crusing and long distance touring the 1500 is just as capable. If you want spirited performance and increased power and great touring, the 1800 wins hands down.

The are both touring machines, but vastly different in their design. The 1500 is a more traditional frame, the 1800 is alumn multi link frame much like a sports bike.

I've owned both, a 98 GL1500 SE and my 09 GL1800. I loved my 1500 but in the 3 months I've owned the 1800, I've come to really like its features and comfort.

The early 1800 had some cooling and frame issues. If the 1800 was properly maintained and all of the recalls were done, I would go for the 1800. JMHO.:)
 

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I've been watching this one because I'm looking to upgrade my '86 Aspy. So I'm convinced that the 1800 is better handling and certainly no less reliable. However, twice I've seen the comment that the early ones had problems with the frame and cooling. how new do I have to go in order to avoid these issues?
I believe both issues were resolved by 2006. Frames were welded or replaced on 1800,s prior to then. If you purchase a 2001-2005 make sure all of the recalls were performed and you should be all right.
 

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welcome to the forum roadie, i had forgotten about the overheating problem on the early 1800's
 

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I just faced this same issue. Decided to get a 1500. The various pre-2005 GL1800's I saw were suspect regarding the frame. The later model GL1800's got too pricey for me. So I went with the GL1500. I rented an 1800 and feel it is more capable in extreme twisties. However, running two-up and touring, the 1500 is at least as capable as the 1800. Its as stable on the hiway, still has tons of power, and is very comfortable. The difference in price is considerable between a 2005 and up GL1800 and a 1500. If you can afford it, go with the best. OR just get a Kawasaki sport bike AND a 1500, and probably spend less money and get the best of both worlds! (my son's liter-class kawa will clearly outrun and outhandle the GL1800).
 
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