I have never owned a Goldwing, although I did test drive a used one once.
I have, however, owned two Shadows. One was a 1986 and one was a 1993. I found similar characteristics to both bikes as well as some changes, and both bikes were dependable
I haven't read through all the responses in this Thread, so I apologize if my response is somewhat redundant; but I would say that the GoldWing and Shadow models, (imho) have been the two flagship bikes for Honda for many years.
My experience with the two Shadows that I owned, agrees with what most people will say. "Honda builds dependable bikes." Period.
if I were to migrate away from the HD Road Glide that I currently own, to move over to a different brand of touring bike, the only one that I would seriously consider, would be a Goldwing, BECAUSE
I want maximum comfort and maximum accessories and I'm confident in the dependability of a Honda.
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