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Old 05-03-2012, 08:07 PM   #106
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how are the stock seats and suspension on early 1800s? I'm a big guy and usually go Russel and Ohlins. Is that needed?
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:18 PM   #107
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:26 PM   #108
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Seat and suspension not up to par?
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:44 AM   #109
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Seat and suspension not up to par?
Par describes it. They're ok.
If you're used to Russell and Ohlins, you'll want to upgrade the GW too.
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:40 PM   #110
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I'm 6' even and my knees hit the fairing sitting on the 1800's, ( IIRC it was an 02 and an 06 I test rode, both for a weekend) I found an older 1500 in good shape and bought it instead. Less than half the investment and a much more comfortable ride for me.
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:53 AM   #111
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much more comfortable ride for me.

That says it all.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:08 AM   #112
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I personally wouldn't pay more than $1 per cc of engine size. That one sounds like it will need a few hundred to get it going (at least that much, maybe over $1000).

If you're willing to do the work yourself, you could have a good project, and once it is going, you'll have a great bike.

Just a word of warning though, the Honda dealers will not touch a bike over 10 years old.
Yes I do most of my own work until it gets into the trans.
Yea the local Honda shop won't but one in the neighboring town will work on them though (family owned and operated).

Not sure if I want it yet. Still milling over the idea.

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Old 05-05-2012, 09:58 AM   #113
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All the 1500s have carbs right? I'd prefer FI but man, there are some deals to be had on 1500's.


I could buy a 1500 for touring 2 up and still keep the fjr.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:49 AM   #114
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All the 1500s have carbs right? I'd prefer FI but man, there are some deals to be had on 1500's.
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Yeah. FI didn't come standard until the 1800. 85/86 LTD models had FI, but they are kinda hard to find.

Goldwings are pretty easy for carbed bikes. By the time I get my helmet on, and jacket zipped up, I don't need the choke anymore.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:39 PM   #115
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All the 1500s have carbs right? I'd prefer FI but man, there are some deals to be had on 1500's.


I could buy a 1500 for touring 2 up and still keep the fjr.
That sounds like a great idea, more bikes is always better,
My buddy could easily afford an 1800 but prefers the 1500's roominess and increased luggage capacity over the 1800.
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:05 PM   #116
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The 1800's felt more like riding a dirt bike to me, very upright seating position and very responsive to every input

The 1500 feels like a recliner and that suits me on long rides
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:11 PM   #117
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none of the 1500's have abs?
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:26 PM   #118
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none of the 1500's have abs?
Nope. ABS is another one of those 1800 exclusive things.
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Old 05-08-2012, 03:40 PM   #119
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And what I found in the muffler after the trim job!b
Nice drill bit, but an odd place to store it! My guess would be a little one in the garage "helping" daddy

Thanks for the info on the paint and bars.

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Old 05-08-2012, 03:59 PM   #120
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My 1980 GL1100. Those aren't leaks. I just washed it.

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