Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Athabasca, Alberta, short season & huge bugs
Welcome Jason. First things first, you are not "too young" to ride a Goldwing. I bought my (brand new) 1984 Interstate the spring before I turned 27 and I'm 60 going on 27 now. I had been riding CB750's, a 450 Hawk and a Norton Commando prior to then. I have owned several sport bikes (including my current '03 RC51 track bike) as well as my Goldwings from '84 to '94 when I had a weak brain moment and went briefly to that US brand from the Lakeside State. While it's true the Wing is a couch, even the older ones are surprisingly agile once you get the feel for them. I often actively pursue sport riders in the hills just to see their reaction as they really push it to leave me behind (and her when we're two up) in the twisties.
Take my cohort's advice and see if you can garner a ride on one, you won't be disappointed. They'll drag some hard parts, but mostly it's the pegs/boards and they fold up quite a ways when riding aggressively so enjoy the sparks. Only thing I've found is the tang on the left side of the centerstand can get a bit em, exciting if you happen to encounter a big dip in the road when heeled over.
grab all the kicks you can baby, you only make this scene once!
current rides: '09 GL1800AD "SENSHI"; 2003 RVT1000r (RC51) track bike... certified m/c addict. IDMWT #12. GWRRA #028890