I'm a former Gold Wing Rider - in 1976.
There is just no comparison between my '76 wing and my '01 LT.
In a nutshell (comparing the current
Better handling at parking lot speeds, but that's about it.
Better for pulling HEAVY trailers.
Better for riders with short legs and wide butts.
Amazing low end torque.
More oriented toward the "older" end of the spectrum.
Poor gas mileage.
Just OK brakes and wind protection.
Ultimate superslab cruiser two up, period.
Super smooth motor and dead quiet at speed.
Dated look and ergonomics, controls.
Airbag optional, although this is about as dumb as the LT's hydraulic center stand that pees on the pavement frequently.
Gold Wing Road Riders Association Convention is amazing but boring, most members stand around kicking dirt all day.
Slight chance of frame failures causes unwarranted episodes of paranoid behavior.
Amazing handling for an 800 lb. tourer over
5 mph. None better.
Better suited overall to taller riders with more experience.
Kinda wimpy on the low end, but it sings between 60 to 110 mph.
Excellent gas mileage.
Best two up tourer for canyon carving.
Dated engine and powertrain.
Electrically adjustable windshield.
Limited dealer network can be an issue if you live in the boonies.
Curve Cowboy Reunion is amazing and always
exciting but frequently lonely around the hotel since everyone is always out RIDING
. Last year there was a kidnapping where one member was held at gunpoint for ransom. Really.
Slight chance of rear drive failure causes unwarranted episodes of paranoid behavior.
All depends what you are looking for - The wing is more of a Winnebago, the LT more of a Greyhound bus.