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Title explanation --> My first touring bike was a first gen Venture. Just prior to moving to Idaho, I traded it off (limited riding weather in Idaho, right?) and as soon as I got settled in Idaho, immediately regretted it. After a brief spell on an old Voyager, I traded up to a second gen Venture. After 9 years and 70K miles, I was lured away by a 2008 Goldwing (it had navigation and NO cassette deck).
This year I saw that a 2018 re-designed Venture had been released, but wasn't enthusiastic about belt drive and twin cylinders after having owned water cooled 4 and 6 cylinder bikes all my life (heat). Then the new Goldwing came out. I made the mistake of looking at one in person. Then riding one. While I could regurgitate all of the plus's and minus's of the new wing, my decision that the bike was not for me boiled down to one thing - my legs are too short to comfortably ride it.
But... The new bike bug had bitten me - HARD. I looked at all the touring bikes available, and test rode some of the locally available bikes, however there wasn't a Venture nearby. I finally rode about 100 miles away to see one in person. That of course lead to a test ride. And THAT lead to a new bike. So - I have owned a first, second and now own a third generation Venture.
I look forward to viewing the comments in these forums, and maybe even occasionally posting one of my own.