Up until this spring we rode Goldwings have had 4 - 83, 92, 06. My wife wss having trouble getting on and off so we traded it on the Summit. Since 07 we have been down to only 1 bike prior to the I always hsd a smaller bike to run around on. Started in1958 anf have had one almost continually. Do I miss the bikes yes and no. All the years of riding only 1 accident so I feel very lucky, always used proper riding gear.
When I was younger, my fathers friend had a gold wing. Man, just a couch on 2 wheels. And as for riding with gear, why take chances. Always with the right gear.