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For you 1800 owners who have owned a 1500, is the 1800 that much larger or larger feeling than the 1500? The 1800 looks massive in the showroom. I've got a 1500 and it seems manageable and is no bigger than my Ultra Classic. The 1800 for some reason seems larger. I've never ridden an 1800 and, in fact, had never ridden a GW until acquiring my 1500. The only reason I waited so long to dip my foot into the GW waters was my perception of the 1800 as an extremely large bike. Is it?

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I've owned a 98 GL1500 and now my 09 1800. I loved the 1500 and it gave me 11 years of enjoyment and I had hesitation about moving to the 1800, but once I did I never looked back. As good as the 1500 was, the 1800 is that and much more. Both were great highway touring machines, but the 1800 is very nimble, especially through the twisties, and with the EFI much more responsive. JMHO.
 

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Yes, it is big. However, my pet name for one is "Obese Crotch Rocket"!
Very agile, handles well. Go test one, you'll be in the market then.
Which is exactly why I need to stay away from a test ride :) As soon as the jacks/kickstand for the Voyager trike kit come in, I plan to take off the kit and see how my GL1500 handles on its own.
 

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Physically, there is little dimensional difference in the two bikes, wheelbase is identical but the 1500 is substantially lighter (nearly 100lbs). However, the redesigned frame on the 1800 makes the added weigh almost disappear, and the seat on the 1800 is a full inch lower. Handling of the two is night and day, although many 1500 riders like the cushy feel of the 1500 better; the 1800 being a bit more taught in the suspension and way more athletic feeling. I loved my 1500, but I would never go back after having the 1800.
 

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Yes, it is big. However, my pet name for one is "Obese Crotch Rocket"!
Very agile, handles well. Go test one, you'll be in the market then.
The pet name pretty much sums in up on the GW. I was concerned about the size of the Wing since I also ride a Concours sport touring bike, but I've found the Wing handles very well. My slow speed riding skill isn't where it should be in comparison to the Connie, but it is getting better.

Even for the size of the 1800 GW, if it goes down :( it can easily be picked back up with the right technique. (parked in a KS wind!!) :mad:)
 

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The pet name pretty much sums in up on the GW. I was concerned about the size of the Wing since I also ride a Concours sport touring bike, but I've found the Wing handles very well. My slow speed riding skill isn't where it should be in comparison to the Connie, but it is getting better.

Even for the size of the 1800 GW, if it goes down :( it can easily be picked back up with the right technique. (parked in a KS wind!!) :mad:)
Sounds as if I should not have avoided a GW for as long as I did. And now, perhaps the GL1800 will be a future bike for me.
 

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Sounds as if I should not have avoided a GW for as long as I did. And now, perhaps the GL1800 will be a future bike for me.
Do it, if you are even remotely considering it, you owe yourself the pleasure that is riding a GL1800.
Nothing else compares!

You may not attract all the hot ladies but you will have the personal satisfaction of being on the finest two wheeled machine ever made.

The instant you release the clutch and roll on the throttle, all doubt will be removed.
 

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my 1500 felt much bigger, longer and heavier than the 1800 i test rode a few weeks ago
 

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OK, so what's your overall take on the 1800 detdr? Ya like it or what?
 

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OK, so what's your overall take on the 1800 detdr? Ya like it or what?
better brakes, more power, throttle response, less weight, and handles better than either of my wings. still don't care for the looks of the headlights
 
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