The Honda Goldwing has long been hailed as the big dog on the block when it comes to touring in comfort and convenience. Ever since its release the Wing has crushed the competition. Other motorcycles are known for being lighter or faster or having a rugged look; but nothing beats, nothing compares to the luxury of riding cross country on a Goldwing. Or is there?
Over the years some would say that Harley and Indian motorcycles have steadily closed the gap. In Rider Magazine’s August 2015 issue three bikes are compared and contrasted to find out who the real “King of Comfort” is. The rides that are compared? The 2015 Harley Electra Glide Ultra Limited (what a mouthful), 2015 Honda Goldwing and the 2015 Indian Roadmaster. These are the largest, most decadent touring bikes you can get your gloves on. These are the cream of the riding crop. So who will come out on top?
For this particular comparison – and for good measure – they rode all three bikes together for over 1,200 miles through different kinds of terrain and environments in WingStuff’s fair state of California. Deserts, mountains, valleys, cold and hot weather. Our favorite stint would have to be when they rode through Yosemite National Park. Such incredibly awe-inspiring views. Talk about feeling one with nature. Just seeing the beautifully captured image of Bridalveil, El Capitan and Half Dome in the distance definitely inspires us to make a trip out there (See photo directly below).
The article goes on to compare the three in detail, from windscreen capability to audio quality. Stock seating positions including legs and feet, luggage capacity, handlebar positioning and a lot, lot more. Suffice it to say that their comparison of these three “road kings” cover just about everything. Not only do they cover the strengths of each bike, they also touch on their shortcomings. For example, they note that the Goldwing’s stock windshield allows buffeting when in the lower position and the configuration of the handlebars and engine limit the riders mobility.
“So what’s the verdict,” you’re probably asking. Is the Goldwing still King of the luxury touring hill? Has Harley and Indian reached the crest as well? Could it be possible that one has taken over as the best touring bike? Check out the full article, Rider Comparo: 2015 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited | 2015 Honda Gold Wing | 2015 Indian Roadmaster, in Rider Magazine’s August 2015 issue to find out their conclusion. In the meantime, we’d love to know what YOU think? Of course, we’re all a little biased when it comes to our bikes of choice, but how do you rank these three rides?
Let us know what you think in the comments section below.