It would be very interesting to hear your opinion vs the 18+ Goldwings. I'm looking at stepping up and I was surprised how nimble it was. Never rode a pre 18 so can't compare.
Well, I finally have the answer! Several have asked me my thoughts on comparing the 2018 Goldwing with the CTX700. Obviously, there is no true comparison because there is a lot of difference between a CTX700 and a Goldwing DCT. We all know that, but that isn't what people are asking - they asking how the bikes compare as far as maneuverability and ease of riding.
On November 9th, 2019, I found a great deal on one of the remaining 2018 Honda Goldwings. I traded in my 2016 Goldwing for this new one. As of today, February 4th, 2020, I have 10,045 miles on it (bought it new with 2 miles on it). I have ridden it in all sorts of weather and road conditions with the exception of hot weather. I rode it on one 6-hour trip where it rained the whole way. From straight highways to the Twisted Sisters around Leakey, TX, and Arkansas' sort of mountains. Since I now live in the Hill Country in Texas where some of the best curvy roads exist in Texas, and unfortunately, heavy traffic in Austin, I have a pretty good perspective over the last 10,000 miles in my view. It is just an opinion, but it is something for others to consider if they choose to hear.
The 2018 Honda Goldwing's DCT is utterly amazing, and I cannot compare the bike as a whole to the old Goldwing... the ride being so much better, it is like a different bike and not like riding a Goldwing. It is in its own class. Phenomenal maneuverability; doesn't feel like a passenger is on the back at all. Holy smokes! It is clear they dropped the weight really, really low. It glides around corners and curves, and is exceptionally easy to handle at slow speeds (less than 5 mph even) in parking lots. I am continually amazed at how I don't have to put a foot down until the bike is completely stopped, and I am not putting feet down at very low speeds when I maneuver in parking lots. There is plenty of power in Economy Mode, Touring Mode increases that power and is great for city riding in traffic, and rain mode is awesome in the rain! I do not like Sport mode - reminds me of riding a Hyabusa. Way too much power for me; just too dern aggressive.
Also, my wife didn't like the stock OEM seat, and I could only handle it for 3-4 hours. I replaced it with an Ultimate Seat (their seats are now plug and play for heat and work with original equipment). After replacing the seat, which was only a medium complaint for me, I have only one other complaint - that dern parking brake! It takes a while to get used to not taking off with the parking brake engaged and burning up the pad some. It is easily adjustable to tighten it back up and getting it to lock the bike in place, but it didn't take me long to do it again. Honda should have made it to where the bike could not be placed in drive if the parking brake was engaged. There is an aftermarket fix for it, I think for $60 or so, but just like you can't put it in gear if the kickstand is down, they should have disabled the transmission if the parking brake was on.
Well, I could go on for hours about what I am now convinced is the perfect bike. I no longer fear getting older to the point I won't be able to handle it. I am quite confident I will be able to - though I may be too weak at some point to pick it up if it does fall over! For now, I am still in good shape and shouldn't have to worry about that for 20 years hopefully. As for my old Goldwing... it did worry me that one day soon it would be too much to handle at slow speeds with a passenger.
So... what is my final answer?
I love my CTX700, but I have only ridden it one time since November 9th, and it was out of necessity. I love my CTX700 and wouldn't trade it for the world, but I am going to sell it. It has all the bells and whistles, Corbin seat, Monokey 47L trunk, saddlebags, and footboards. Probably everything but heated grips - and I love my CTX700. But now, with the 2018 Honda Goldwing, what is the point - I don't see a tremendous advantage in the handling, perhaps a slight advantage goes to the CTX700 for its light weight, but all of the power and goodies (like Apple CarPlay so everything, including opening the garage door, is by voice command), makes up for it. There isn't a big enough difference to me.
Final answer - I love my CTX700 but I see no advantage over the 2018 Goldwing as far as handling... perhaps a slight one, but everything else on the Goldwing that adds to the ride makes up for the slight advantage the CTX700 can give.
Just the opinion of one rider, age 50 in relatively great health, and unfortunately, always "on call", so the Goldwing's AppleCarplay allowing me to read (well, listen to text messages), reply to them, or send and receive new text messages by voice alone adds another crucial aspect. But the question will be the handling or maneuverability as compared to the CTX. I have found no significant advantage. The 2018+ Goldwings are not the Goldwings of the past.
Oh, and I am averaging 44.5 or 45 MPG consistently... that isn't as good as the CTX, but it ain't bad either. The only other complaint I have about the 2018 Goldwing - I can't stay off the thing!!! Haha, great problem to have.