Build a lightweight 1100 Goldwing again. I don't want to spend 32,000 on an 1800cc bike.
Actually being a Honda you really don't have to buy a lot of parts for any of them.The waterpump for my 1100 and the stator for my 1200 were way more expensive than anything I've had to fix on the 1500.the money is far from all of my complaint. Its too heavy, too bulky and to complex. Oh sure I can fix it. With a Checkbook. No other tool will work. They are worse then HD, usually you can find a $50 part somewhere that will work. On the Goldwing its all $250. everything.
With a few simple additions, like riser kit for the bars and custom lowered seat, the ST's can become a comfortable tourer and that comes from someone who finds the Goldwing, sit up and beg position the only comfortable one to ride.The ST1100 and ST1300 were SPORT touring bikes, and I cannot handle the riding position. I absolutely have to have an upright riding position.
The NT700V might have been a winner at 1000cc and with a standard trunk, but it cost way to much for a 700cc bike, and 700cc is not enough to carry a passenger and luggage cross country. It also had an issue with the pegs being to far back. I need a 90 degree knee angle. The did come close. I would have been interested if it had come standard with the trunk, a standard riding position, and 1000cc. It was certainly priced high enough to have had those things.