I am in the process of adding a new touring bike to the stable. I'm about 2 months away from retiring from the Army after 28 yrs and want to give myself a retirement gift. I currently ride a Valkarie (without faring) and want a bike I can do 500-600 miles a day on without feeling "beat up" at the end. (I plan to keep the Valkarie just because I enjoy riding it up to about 300 miles a day). I have ridden Hondas (3), Yamahas (2), and a Harley. I test drove a Goldwing a couple of years ago and was impressed but would like some input from you out there who have had a Wing and a K1200LT. My priorites are comfort, then reliabilty (I will ride to Alaska next summer), and finally handling. I'm a little concerned with posting describing the K as "top heavy," also the front end shimmy and rear end problems. I consider myself an experienced rider and am 6'2" tall and weigh 195. Any insight you could provide would be greatly appreciated.