This is my first Goldwing so I can’t compare it to older models. I have to say I was very impressed with the short 25 mile ride. It was mostly on twisties since I live in Hendersonville, NC. I just sold a 2010 VT1300 interstate and had a Valkyrie for ten years. There was no wobble in the front tire. It felt light and very easy to maneuver both in a parking lot and on the cures. It held the road on curves easily. It was much easier to handle and ride than my Valkyrie. No problem shifting at all. The suspension both front and back was excellent. The seat is better than most but I don’t think it was great. I am going to be getting a Tom Simmons seat. I was very happy in every respect with the bike during this short ride.