Today was my first day of extended riding on my new to me 1990 1500 SE. This morning it was a little cold to start, but after she warmed up, no problems starting the rest of the day. Started in town, and after riding a Virago 750, I felt like I was riding a tank through town. After awhile though, I started to feel more comfortable and less afraid of the monster I am now riding...haha. Next, it was time to test the twisties on U.S. Hwy 199 along the beautiful Smith River in extreme Northern Calif. I pushed her pretty hard. I wanted to see how she handled in the corners. I was pleasantly surprised. For such a big bike, she handled very well. probably will be even better when I gain more experience on the bike. Next, I hit 101. Very smooth, I felt like I was driving a car on two wheels. Plenty of power....power to spare. Gas milage was probably in the high 20s to low 30s. I attribute this to pushing it pretty hard on 199, and even on 101. Also, after the ride, I checked the tire pressure, and both tires were woefully under inflated (I know, I should have done this before the ride). I am pretty confident that as long as I ride the bike the way I should, like a touring bike, and not a sport bike, I will get somewhere in the mid 30s for mpg....maybe even better on long freeway and highway trips. I am happy with that. I did not buy this bike for the great mpg. One other problem I had is at slow speeds I had a tendancy to hit the bottom of the floor boards when executing a turn. Like I said above, I have been riding a Yahama Virago for sometime now, and I am used to being able to get a prettygood lean on that bike. Should I back off on that with the Goldwing? Any suggestions? Thankfully, it didn't seem to be a problem at the higher speeds. Overall, I am very satisfied. I enjoyed the day very much.