Zeroing in on the Venture
Just introduced myself over in the new guy area. I've been on a 2008 Roadliner for 9 yrs. now. Love that bike, and I might be on it for another nine but for three things: 1) want a sixth gear; 2) want ABS; 3) want cruise control. The wind and weather protection on the Venture is obviously a big improvement as well.
I sat on a 2018 GoldWing the other day and I have never had a more pronounced "on, not in" feeling on a motorcycle. My knees banged right into that fairing edge, too. Probably has something to do with me being 6'7", but that thing is an ergonomic nightmare for me. Hunched over and hemmed in. Ruled that one out quick.
I haven't test ridden a Venture yet but as much as I love the 'liner I can't imagine I wouldn't be pleased with it. I'm a believer in that Yamaha 113.
My concern with the Venture is this: aftermarket seats. I wasted several years riding less on my 'liner before I found my way to an Ultimate (w/ backrest), and I doubt I'll ever be able to settle for much less. In spending just a few minutes on the Venture, I know I'm not gonna like that seat. Doesn't look like there's much of an aftermarket for this bike yet, and I'm not sure there's ever going to be. That's my main concern about the Venture, and frankly, it might be enough to keep me away. Gotta be comfortable. I love the overall ergos on Yamaha's big bikes. They know how to make some room. The seats, though...I tend not to be a fan.
Anyhow, I've been reading all around about the Venture for many months, and I know--even from the beginning of the Venturerider.org days with the 2018--that those of you who are owners are pretty well universally happy with your purchase. I'll keep following you guys as you put the miles on, and maybe I'll be joining you in 2019.
Be safe out there!