I canít compare because I donít have experience with a GoldWing. I can tell you that the XCT is a capable tourer. My experience includes multi-hour rides going back to 1978 (started riding in 1977). My 2012 XCT has taken me from South Carolina to Indianapolis to Victorville, California and back, plus other shorter multi-hour rides. It is very good to be able to change foot positions. On the California trip, I rode four twelve-hour days going there and the same coming back, still comfortable at the end of each day, and that was two years after surgery for a broken vertebra in my lower back.
As an earlier poster said, the XCT has the most storage space in the industry. That is good not only for long touring, but also for commuting.
XCT comes with heated grips and heated seat, as well as a lot of upper and lower wind shielding. I own a heated jacket liner and heated gloves, so I added a jack to plug those in. I commute to work in mid- to upper-teen temperatures (*F) comfortably. The charging system never notices the heated gear, even with 50-watt halogen driving lamps on.
I wish the radio reception were better. I live in a rural area and work in a more rural area, so I lose my radio station half way to work, then I switch to my iPhone for podcasts or iTunes music.
I have 63,000 miles on mine. Other than regular maintenance, I had to replace the starter, but learned how to start the bike in a way that puts less strain on the starter. Also, the ABS brakes have not worked for some time, but regular brakes do work fine. Other than that, the bike has been trouble-free.
Iím sorry that I canít compare with a GoldWing, but I hope that this information about how well the XCT works for touring and commuting will help you.
2012 XCT (Blackbird)
Forged bars & JTD lowers
Stage 1 flash & Tri-ovals
LLoydz ATS @+6*, Air filter, Drop-in cams
VFCIII tuned by KevinX
Madstad with 13-inch shield
Tri-city Performance floorboard footrests
Corbin saddle & backrest
Cee Bailey's bag liners
Wolo Badboy horn
KuryAkyn Sabertooth lights