I have had both. One in the Goldwing and another in a Honda Odyssey. They appear exactly the same when looking at the unit itself, but it is the cable that is different. The connector from the auto's has a male plug in, while the Goldwing's is a female connector. This has been discussed for the last 5 years and no one to date has come up with an adaptor that would allow the much less expensive automobile's changer to be used in the Goldwing.