I am an inexperienced rider, maybe 4000 lifetime miles, over past two years have put 1000 on a Helix, then 1500 on a Kawasaki Voyager XII. Longest trip has been about a hundres miles.QUOTE]
IMHO, If you've never ridden a Goldwing, I highly recommend that you find a place that rents wings and rent 1 for a day or two to get used to the bike. I feel in your case, it may be money well spent. You have recieved good information in the posts above. YMMV
Good idea. Where do I look? Couple local places I know only do Harleys/choppers. Not my cup of tea.