The Goldwing has a feet position much like sitting at a kitchen table. The CTX is more like sitting in a car but without the back support. But like you, my rides on the CTX were good for the first 20 minutes and then the foot position and back strain became very uncomfortable. Apparently, however, that riding position is well liked in the U.S. based on the number of cruisers sold. Honda is smart to go after that market.I almost got a CTX700T but after a 45 minute test ride I decided it wasn't for me. Primarily it was the peg & foot position I didnt like and found the seat hard on my lower back. It was balanced and low, handling was fine. I think Honda is thinking that this would be a good alternative 'goldwing' style bike when it is all tour packed up with hardcases etc for smaller riders and think they are catering to entry level & female riders with this bike. My friend has one with the hard cases & faring and it reminds me of a mini wing.