All wings are good wings.....just depends on the condition the owner kept it in and it depends on your budget and mechanical abilities. The information contained herein is from my own experience.
You will find the 1200 and up wings rather "bulky" at first, especially when most of your riding experience is with an un-faired bike. I started my "Wing" experience with an '851200LTD (I bought it in Nov.2006) and it took me a little while to get the hang of it. But after a good bit of practice, it was as easy to handle as many of the smaller bikes I have ridden.
The 1100 didn't fit me as I am 6'1" and rather heavy. I have a 34" inseam and I felt cramped on the 1100 (Test rode one for my brother, who bought a 120
I now have a 1500 and LOVE IT!! Going from a 1200 to a 1500 was about a 30 minute adjustment as it is a little bigger and alot more comfy for both my wife and I.
I have no experience with the 1800's or the 1000's.
Depending on the condition the Previous Owner (herein known as the PO) kept the bike in, will play a large part in the enjoyment for you. Wings like to be ridden, high mileage is a good thing most of the time. Regular maint is a must to keep them happy. Personally, I like the "needs a little TLC" kind of wing as I am a tinkerer. My 1200 was neglected for 2yrs and needed some things done to get her road worthy. I stole it for the price I paid! She ran great and was in rather decent shape cosmetically. Low mileage for an 85 (I think it was 18k) so it was a seasonal rider but the PO had owned it since 1988. I had it for 2 1/4 years and put 18k on her.
Bought my '90 1500SE (her name is Pearl) in Feb '09. 70k miles on her with minor problems. As stated before, I like to tinker and enjoy getting toknow my bike.I now have almost 80k on her and she runs great. She is a daily rider.
So I would say buy what your budget/mechanical skills allow and one that you don't feel cramped when riding. If you plan on 2up riding, I suggest a 1200 or 1500 (lean more toward the 1500 now that I have one
On a side note, I told the wife...."One day, I will be able to afford a Wing I DON'T have to work on". She replied..."Yeah right, you will have it toreapart within the first week!"
I do believe sheknows me pretty well!
OH...I forgot to add "Welcome To The World's Best Goldwing Forum!!"
Also I am sure there is a member close toyou that canhelp you out when you findone your interested in.