Well, truth be told, I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. The mags are way too quick to crown a new king based solely on power IMO.
Yes, it's a very nice looking bike. Yes, it has a completely amazing transmission. Yes, it has stopping power most riders dream of. Yes, Ken loved the dash readout that cycles through odometers, tire pressures, date and time and temp, battery voltage, and MPG and miles left. The powerlet on the dash is a nice touch too. The ride posture was very comfy and I'm certain it will eat a lot of miles very quickly.
But I wouldn't buy one for many reasons. It's as wide as a bus. It's 100 pounds heavier than my current steed, but feels even heavier. It handles nicely at speed but requires much more exertion to push the bars through the turns than I'm used to with the Bandit. It's a pig at slow speed. It's a real chore to back it up, I'd need to squat much more weight than I currently do to back this thing up with ease. The valve check job is $600 plus parts. The heat on my right leg was considerable, even at highway speed. I can understand why some refer to the C14 as an effective form of male birth control. It doesn't have as much usable power down low in the powerband as the Bandit (yes it will get up and go, but you have to wring it out pretty good to get that feeling in the pit of your stomach).
As I suspected, there isn't a gap in Ken's garage that this bike would fill. Maybe if there wasn't a big GL, it would be different. But the GL is a pure tourer. I would only get the C14 if I was contemplating replacing both the GL and the Bandit. There's too much overlap between the C14 and the Bandit for what I would use these bikes for. Considering the length of my riding season, I can't justify the cash outlay to move to a C14. And when I turned over the FOB for the C14 and jumped on the Bandit, I felt like Superman in the twisties. She said to me, "Welcome back".
2009 Honda Goldwing
Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.