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1200 vs 1500
my local Honda dealer had a demo day on Wednesday.
I took an 1800 for a and it rode nice and smooth but I really don't think it was any smoother then my 1200 LTD,
being 6'1" tall I think I have better leg room on my 1200, Deb came with me and she also said that the 1200 is just as smooth,
the seat was really nice on the 1800 and my seat looks to be the original on my 1200 so I am looking for a really comfy seat for my 1200,
I read somewhere on here that Diamond make a really nice seat for our 1200s.
Deb also said that the 1200 has a lot more character and I agree, I really like my 1200 LTD and have no plans on getting rid of it anytime soon..
Johan
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#76 08-12-2011, 10:47 AM,
firstwing85 Wrote:my local Honda dealer had a demo day on Wednesday.
I took an 1800 for a and it rode nice and smooth but I really don't think it was any smoother then my 1200 LTD,
being 6'1" tall I think I have better leg room on my 1200, Deb came with me and she also said that the 1200 is just as smooth,
the seat was really nice on the 1800 and my seat looks to be the original on my 1200 so I am looking for a really comfy seat for my 1200,
I read somewhere on here that Diamond make a really nice seat for our 1200s.
Deb also said that the 1200 has a lot more character and I agree, I really like my 1200 LTD and have no plans on getting rid of it anytime soon..
all wings are smooth running bikes and what it comes down to is what you are looking for in your wing. do you need or want the power that the 1800 has? like the looks or handling more than your 1200 wing? i found the stock seat on the 1800 to be uncomfortable too but my 1200 wing has a markland seat and my 1500 wing has a saddleman, both with a driver backrest. i like the extra torque that the 1800 has but i'm not ready to make the payments to owne one
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#77 08-15-2011, 08:14 AM,
The styling (and much lower price) that originally drew me to the GL1000 and then the GL1200 is the EXPOSED horizontal four cylinder engine (first seen as a horizontal twin in the BMW R60 series).
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Very elegant.

But then HONDA decided to integrate the outer surface of the engine into the fairing surface, making it look more like an expensive vacuum cleaner than a horizontal engine.
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Go figure.
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#78 08-15-2011, 02:03 PM,
i don't care for the looks of those 1800 wings either granpah but what a motor and brakes :!:
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#79 08-17-2011, 04:27 AM,
I hated the look of the 1800 when they first came out. Over time they have sort of grown on me. Some of the 1500s are gawjus. However, I still have the trusty 1200 for several reasons. (Primary one is economic) I don't have any bike or car payments and I hope to keep it that way. The 1200 is such a good machine that I may not need anything more in my lifetime. :d
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#80 08-17-2011, 04:27 PM,
I feel much the same way about my 1200 bill. It does everything it's supposed to do very well and I am very comfortable and proud when riding it. I'm not sure that I'd even replace it if I won a big lottery because it sure does make me happy riding it as it is. I guess it's true love. LOL
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#81 08-17-2011, 05:43 PM,
Very true Vic. I suppose that if I had the money I would add a 1500 and 1800 trike but I think I would still hang onto the 1200. Sort of like having a sedan, a truck and a sports car. :d :d :d :d
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#82 08-17-2011, 06:05 PM,
admin Wrote:I feel much the same way about my 1200 bill. It does everything it's supposed to do very well and I am very comfortable and proud when riding it. I'm not sure that I'd even replace it if I won a big lottery because it sure does make me happy riding it as it is. I guess it's true love. LOL

Hear ! Hear ! :YMAPPLAUSE: :YMAPPLAUSE: :YMAPPLAUSE: :YMAPPLAUSE:
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#83 08-18-2011, 11:18 AM,
detdrbuzzard Wrote:
firstwing85 Wrote:my local Honda dealer had a demo day on Wednesday.
I took an 1800 for a and it rode nice and smooth but I really don't think it was any smoother then my 1200 LTD,
being 6'1" tall I think I have better leg room on my 1200, Deb came with me and she also said that the 1200 is just as smooth,
the seat was really nice on the 1800 and my seat looks to be the original on my 1200 so I am looking for a really comfy seat for my 1200,
I read somewhere on here that Diamond make a really nice seat for our 1200s.
Deb also said that the 1200 has a lot more character and I agree, I really like my 1200 LTD and have no plans on getting rid of it anytime soon..
all wings are smooth running bikes and what it comes down to is what you are looking for in your wing. do you need or want the power that the 1800 has? like the looks or handling more than your 1200 wing? i found the stock seat on the 1800 to be uncomfortable too but my 1200 wing has a markland seat and my 1500 wing has a saddleman, both with a driver backrest. i like the extra torque that the 1800 has but i'm not ready to make the payments to owne one

the 1800 had a very nice seat on it but it was not the hard factory seat they come with.
I like the looks of my 1200 better and for the Power? well my 1200 has enough power for me and I am very happy with it.
but it was nice to just try it out and I am very happy with my 1200..
Johan
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#84 08-18-2011, 11:51 AM,
admin Wrote:It depends on what gear you're in. 1500 rpm in 5th gear in any of these bikes is a struggle depending on throttle input but the larger engines will handle it better, if you nurse the throttle along until the revs build, because of the larger displacement . Full throttle, in 5th gear, from 2500 rpm in all 3 bikes will leave the 1200 far behind, but, full throttle, in 1st gear, at 3500 rpm will leave all 3 bikes running about equal and the 1200 will actually pull slightly ahead for a distance because the 1500 and 1800 must shift at about 5000 rpm whereas the 1200 doesn't have to shift until about 7000 rpm. Suprisingly all GL's come out about equal in acceleration, even the 1000, but they just, each, do it differently and very surprisingly gas mileage comes out about the same as well. Really amazing.
at 35 mph in 5th gear i'm turning 1500 rpm and still have darn good acceleration and no lugging or need to downshift unless the rpm's are lower than that
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#85 08-23-2011, 03:32 AM,
admin Wrote:at 35 mph in 5th gear i'm turning 1500 rpm and still have darn good acceleratioes n and no lugging or need to downshift unless the rpm's are lower than that

That's been my GL1200 experience on level ground. But for city driving I'm most often at 35 mph in 4th gear at about 3,000 rpm because of sudden speed changes in traffic (which also eats more fuel :evil: ),
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#86 08-23-2011, 04:06 AM,
Have you considered only riding downhill roads Granpah? If you plan your routes carefully this can be done but, of course, your wife may wonder where you got off to after several days of not seeing you.LOL
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#87 08-23-2011, 05:30 AM,
same here granpah, on the 1200 wing i'm in 4th gear until i'm going about 45 - 50mph
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#88 08-24-2011, 04:47 AM,
I have a LTD 1200 Trike and I would not trade it for a 1500. The LTD rides good and I have right at 150,00 miles on it with no trouble yet. I just made a trip on it 2238 miles over all and I got between 30 and 34 mpg on it running 70 and 75. Love the 1200.
Jerry Driggers
1985 LTD Trike
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#89 08-06-2012, 09:31 AM,
I think that like most GL1200 riders with a set of wrenches and screw drivers, ever since I bought mine 3-4 years ago I kept changing and adding this-and-that [floor boards, heel/toe shifter, air horns, ALL kinds of LED and fog lights front and back, EVEN a super bright illuminated instrument panel, etc., etc.] until I had EXACTLY what I wanted to ride. If I ever fell on my head, raided my retirement fund, and bought a new GL1800, I kind of don't think I'd dare to change anything. It was supposedly "perfect" the day it was wheeled out of the assembly plant.

So far as my GL1200 is concerned ... which I made "perfect" ... at least for ME :d ... the ONLY thing I miss is a gear indicator, telling me which gear I am in. Sometimes in city traffic with lots of short bursts of gear changing, I forget if I'm in #3 or #4 and get a surprise when shifting up or down and get the wrong torque :oops: . So my absolute LAST improvement would be attaching a gear indicator, if there were such a thing usable on a GL1200. Otherwise, like the ancient Egyptian pharaohs did, my bike will be buried with me :lol: :lol: :lol: because it's perfect.
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