I agree! I bought the first year model of GL1500 in 1988 and also had a '94 SE that I put 211,000 miles on. I don't remember hearing very many complaints about any of the 1500's. Right now if there were 2 brand new Gold Wings side-by-side, a GL1500 and a GL1800, I would pick the GL1500. With hindsight I would have only changed a few things about the GL1500.Start with the year 2000 and work your way back ?