New to Goldwing's, and this site so hopefully this went in the correct spot. It's my 6th bike and just now my wife said aren't those things dangerous? I bought a 1997 GL 1500, red and very sharp looking for fun as I near retirement. A friend did my pre-buy inspection and test drive. All seemed exactly as advertised and I should have it home tomorrow. I was away from motorcycles for 9 years so I'll take it slow getting back in the saddle. Now my wife wants me to take her out for ice-cream on the bike once I am comfortable with it. High risk Ice cream? I don't go fast... anymore.