Hey so it turns out that rev-ing it higher makes it better. Went out for a ride today and kept the bike between 2500-4000 rpms and it was a lot more fun. It seems like the bikes likes it better around 3k. Will update you guys more about this. Thanks.There is a reason you get a surge of power at 80. That is where you are into the meat of the power-band in 5th gear. The GL1800 is a sport tourer, not a cruiser. OD is OverDrive, which I think of as the gear for the best gas mileage when taking it easy at 55-70. But if you want power, you need to be at 3500-4000 rpms before you get any real oomph. The bike is made for riding well into the 5000 range without any damage to the engine which is why it redlines at 6000. Only the gas mileage will suffer. Ride her hard a little and feel what she can do.