Now here we go. I think your data may be correct, however I think the 1998's got a little heavier as well. Not a big deal but just conversation. As to options there are many for shorter riders. Here are a few:
Actually in 1995 Honda changed the seat and the side covers, The front of the seat was a little narrower and the side covers dipped in a little to give the rider a straight line to the ground when putting their feet down. In 1998 and 1999 Honda changed the passenger backrest and did 2 tone on the seat.
Welcome to the forum from Florida. Check out GoldWing history sites on Google. 2 i looked at mention the '95 change Joe spoke of. Also,in other threads here,you will find info. on shoes/boots that will aid you. Ride often and safe. '94SE
For a second I thought the tall men shoes thing was a joke. I'm definitely looking into that. I currently have a Bandit 1200 and I have lowered the suspension on that and then raised it back up. I would very much like to avoid lowering. I will be looking at a 1998 GL1500SE on Friday.