OK, I must ask, why does one need a gear shift indicator anyway? If you are one with the bike and know how to ride, then you always know what gear you are in, correct?
I'm sure most all of us have been riding motorcycles for 35+ years. I have. Through those years we've all gone without a gear indicator and survived just fine.
We've also gone through the years with bikes without
fairings, windshields, cruise control, radios, reverse, heated grips & seats, gps, abs, electricly controled rear suspension, disc brakes, hydraulic clutches & brakes, and even centerstands. But we must agree that these technologic improvements sure are nice.
I never thought too much about a gear indicator until I purchased a 2008 Yamaha FJR1300 that had one. After riding the FJR for a while I noticed how positive & helpful it was to have an easy-to-read & always correct gear indicator. I grew to really enjoy it and would glance at it occasionally when ever there was any question of what gear I was in.
Sure, we all can survive and ride without one. But it sure is a nice gadget to have and I feel the Goldwing should come with one.