Hello, all. I am not a Goldwing owner, yet. I am a 47 year old teacher who took the MSF course last summer and bought a 2006 Rebel 250, which I have ridden every day since I bought it almost a year ago. I realize going to a Goldwing is a big jump, but I have test ridden a late-model Yamaha Vstar 950 and both loved it and found it comfortable to operate, so I have a little experience with a bigger ride. While my 250 is great for around town, it is worthless on the freeways, which makes it very limiting here in the L.A. Area. Plus, I have summers free so I really want to do some touring around the Western states (at least to start). I am starting to research and look at mid-80's 1100 and 1200 GLs, as this would be a good size to start, and more pragmatically fits my budget ($2000-$4500) for the initial purchase. I'll make a separate post about advice on buying my first Goldwing and what to look for in what I'm looking for, but I wanted y'all to know where I was coming from. Any and all help/advice is always welcome, and I thank you who respond in advance. I am grateful this forum exists and it's good to be here.