I bought a Butler in 2004 for my GL1800. I had never had a holder before. I thought it worked great but did not have anything to compare it to. After an accident on the bike my Butler was destroyed. When I bought my new GL1800 (2005), I purchased one of those fold-up compact drink holders. Now, I know the difference. The fold up holder just does not hold drinks without letting them fall. Six months later I could not take it anymore and purchased another Butler.They can’t be beat.