#2 – Honda Gold Wing


Old Goldie is an icon among touring motorcycles, boasting a superlative balance of luxury and performance that has proven appeal across several generations. The Wing is a comfort king, and with the balance and bottomless power of its flat-Six engine, has a surprising amount of performance. The GL1800 got even better with its revamped and refined 2012 Gold Wing, causing Duke to proclaim the Wing as “unrivaled” and “revitalized.”

He noted its passenger accommodations, with its wide seat and low floorboards, were superior to that of the BMW’s K1600GTL technological tour de force. The GL1800 isn’t the fastest, most technologically advanced, or quote-unquote coolest of touring machines, but it is among the most dependable and revered, and that’s enough for it to edge the Harley.