Thank you for the warm welcome, advice and recommendations. I had considered that rally in Banner Elk, but my wife’s work schedule interfered. Probably a good thing anyway because I need more experience. This is not my first motorcycle, but it is my first road bike and admittedly I have not ridden a dirt bike in more than 35 years. I actively “cycle” and I do have extensive experience riding long distances (hundreds of miles trips, with 50-70 miles days) on a weighted down touring bicycle (~86lbs. including all gear, clothes and food) so.. my balance is pretty good and at 52 years of age I’m in pretty good shape athletically.
All that to say this. As far as handling the Goldwing YES it is the slow speeds where I need more practice specifically and the strength and balance I do have is no match for this beast. This is where I make what I think is a good analogy. I golf too... and I’ve had my eyes beat out by 80 year old men. That means my strength is no match for their skill. Same applies to this Goldwing. I’ve seen some fellas who look to be 80, small frame and not nearly as strong as I think I am, riding their Goldwings. Again, their knowledge and skill is the thing I lack and I hope to find someone who can mentor me so I don’t have to learn everything the hard way! 😜