Honestly if Honada made a Silverwing or an ST1300 with similar features as the RT when I was first looking, I might have gone Honda. The GW is just WAY to big for me. Smooth as silk on the highway, but you can feel its weight on the backroads.
2011 R1200RT Ostra Gray 2006 R1200RT Piedmont Red (totaled) 2004 R1150 RT-P my first love (re-homed) FDNY-343. I will never forget.
Looks like between BMW taking a bite out on the performance side with the K1600 series and the Yamaha, Indian and now HD having similar power taking a bite out of the plush luxo-touring side of the Goldwing market segment, Honda had no alternative to bring the GW up a notch or two. Looks like they may have an interesting redo to this long lived platform that stays true to the original intent of the GW.
As for me the RT is at my limit on size and weight for a touring bike. Every time I get a ride on a land yacht class bike, I appreciate the supreme comfort but in the end when a motorcycle has a wheelbase much longer than 60" and weighs in at 800-1000 pounds they are just too damn big (IMOHO).
If the good old days were so damn good, why did we bother to invent modern times?