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Old 05-29-2013, 08:45 AM   #1
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Cool2 2012 Goldwing - Bagger Style

Finally got a couple decent pictures of my bike with the new sport kit from MBL Innovations installed. (Maurice is a top notch guy to work with, and I'd highly recommend his setup to anyone looking to get the bagger look on a Goldwing.) I've always like the Goldwings, but didn't want to go back to a full-dress bike after my Venture. When the F6B was announced, I was instantly interested, and ready to trade. Until, that is, I found out everything that was left off, and not even an option - cruise, centerstand, heated seat, etc. So, with a little bit of effort (and a bit more $$$ than an F6B would have cost me ), I have the bike I wanted with the look I wanted.

I'm loving it so far, and it was like show and tell at my local dealer. A couple of the salesmen and shop manager came out to take some pictures.

Now to get my hitch wiring sorted out, and hopefully hit the road a bit this summer!




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Old 05-29-2013, 09:02 AM   #2
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I like how you left the cover unpainted, that piece looks bad on their site when it's painted to match.


How long does it take to put the trunk back on?
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:10 AM   #3
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I like how you left the cover unpainted, that piece looks bad on their site when it's painted to match.
It's actually painted, but I used a textured, flat black paint that pretty much perfectly matches the lower half of the saddlebags and the engine covers.

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How long does it take to put the trunk back on?
I couldn't say for sure, as I haven't done it yet. I would guess easily a couple hours. It isn't that it would be hard to do, just tedious. There's a lot of wiring that has to be re-routed, and quite a few trunk components to be screwed back together. It's definitely not something I plan to do unless the wife and I plan a week long trip somewhere. For weekend duty, the backrest will work just fine, as that's all my BMW ever had and it worked for her. I pull a trailer, so storage isn't an issue.
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:15 AM   #4
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Oh ok, good match to the black Honda plastic!!


90% of my miles are solo, but we do two-up stuff on the weekend and my wife really likes the trunk...sounds like too much work for me to swap it on/off all the time.

Thanks for the info and nice job on your bike.


I don't think I could pull a trailer with a bike since the 55 mph speed limit here would drive me insane.
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:20 AM   #5
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No problem. I definitely wouldn't want to be swapping it on a regular basis. My wife liked the trunk, but her theory was, she wasn't spoiled by it yet. The bike only has a little over 1,000 miles on it. She knew what look I was after, and that she was always comfortable with a simple backrest before, so if I was going to do it I should do it quick. Heh. I don't argue when she gives me permission to spend money.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:03 AM   #6
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Love it, that's what I'd do in Nova Blue.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:16 AM   #7
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From Cerviperus > "I don't argue when she gives me permission to spend money."

I was going to comment, but I think I won't.

On another topic, fine looking ride you have there!
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:17 AM   #8
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That is indeed a gorgeous bike. You bought a new Wing and immediately modified it? Does sound expensive. As nice as that one looks, I'd still go for the base model FB6. The only thing it doesn't have that I would want is the centerstand, and I found out that it can be added. The more expensive model has it, and they have the same frame, complete with mounting points for it. Cruise control is nice in a car, when you just want to get somewhere with as little effort as possible, but I've never had any desire for it on a bike.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:47 AM   #9
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I was going to comment, but I think I won't.
It's all good. In fairness to my wife, it's usually me that's the tight-ass. More often than not she tells me to "just do it" so I quit driving her up the wall with my debates and pro & con lists.

As far as expense goes, I got a base model 2012, brand new, for about what a new F6B Deluxe would have cost me. And it came with all the options I wanted. I don't think I came out too bad. I'm also in the camp that can't live without cruise. I only have a 25 minute commute to work every day, and I use it all the way here, and all the way home. Hell, I'd ride my wife's Helix scooter more often if it had cruise!

The conversion kit was under $800, and all of the labor was done by my dad and me in his garage.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:11 PM   #10
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Much, much better than the F6B. That just looks right. I'd resist the install of the back rest, especially any time I was solo, but I like it. A lot.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:26 PM   #11
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I'd resist the install of the back rest, especially any time I was solo, but I like it. A lot.
Taking the backrest off is as easy as removing a couple of screws. It's actually a Utopia backrest. If you didn't plan to use it at all, you don't have to order it with the kit. Would save a good chuck of change, and you wouldn't have to mess with installing the mounting bracket.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:56 PM   #12
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Don't care for Goldwings, don't like baggers at all, the idea of a motorcycle+ trailer gives me the heeby jeebies, but heck if I don't think your bike is beauty looking.

You'll probably take some horrible offense at this (sincere apologies aforehand, none meant in any way shape or form ) but it's in the same strange place in my head where I dig the Yamaha Bolt bike thing, but can't abide bobbers, choppers, cruisers, hawgs, et al.

Who knows what curious tweaks make for "awesome!" versus "ewww!" eh?

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Old 05-30-2013, 02:35 AM   #13
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It's all good. In fairness to my wife, it's usually me that's the tight-ass. More often than not she tells me to "just do it" so I quit driving her up the wall with my debates and pro & con lists.

As far as expense goes, I got a base model 2012, brand new, for about what a new F6B Deluxe would have cost me. And it came with all the options I wanted. I don't think I came out too bad. I'm also in the camp that can't live without cruise. I only have a 25 minute commute to work every day, and I use it all the way here, and all the way home. Hell, I'd ride my wife's Helix scooter more often if it had cruise!

The conversion kit was under $800, and all of the labor was done by my dad and me in his garage.
Where'd you get the conversion kit?
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:49 AM   #14
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Where'd you get the conversion kit?
MBL Innovations - Call and talk to Maurice if you're interested. He's a super nice guy, and goes out of his way to answer any questions. Feel free to message me with any too, since I just put mine on I am familiar with the install.

DISCLAIMER: I am in no way affiliated with Maurice or MBL Innovations. I'm just a very satisfied customer.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:52 AM   #15
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