Hi to all of you who know what the LONG ride is about! Been riding for 30 + years. Had a Benelli age 18. HD Sportster. Magna 700, elite scooter (when kids were really small), Interstate '84 (used), new '91 ST 1100 with ABS, BMW R1100RS, BMW K12LT(05, bought in '06), HD softail, traded both for awesome VTX 1800 N with lots of options. I love it for the short hauls, wife hates the ride PERIOD. This week am getting an '08 Pearl White, and am very excited that she will go for the long hauls again. From all I've read, the ride should be better than the K12LT ! My salute to you all that learned a long time ago what the ride could be on a GW1800!