A week or so ago, I commented on a thread and agreed the GL1800 did not have character/soul. After riding a couple thousand more kilometers on the bike, I take it back. The GL1800 does have character and soul - its own. What the GL1800 lacks are the annoying quirks or strange nuances that many other bikes have. The GL1800, despite its size, is an easy bike to ride. Like most Hondas, riding it is intuitiave - after 10 minutes (or less) you may think you've ridden the bike all your life. It is not top heavy, its acceleration is linear, it clutches well, it turns well and it holds a straight line despite the wind conditions. It is probably the most comfortable bike ever produced along with great weather protection. And it's not bad on hard packed gravel either. For a while I thought the bike was boring, then I realized that it wasn't the bike, it was the roads - same ones, too often. A different bike won't change that fact (although with a second bike, e.g., a dual sport or an adventure touring, I could spice up some of the roads I ride).