Broke my wing cherry on an F6B

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by jasonc32amg, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    Holy Crap!! If you get an opportunity to test ride one do it. You may not like it for the things it is or isn't, but damn the fat girl can boogie!!

    I've completely changed my mind on the ABS and Cruise. I really want one now.


    Anyone looking for a DL650 tastefully farkled?
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  2. Unleaded

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    Wannaklr -

    I'd love to hear a detailed ride report if you get time. I love the looks/idea of that bike. I've sat on both a black and a red one now, but still haven't ridden one.
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  3. Blakebird

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    I was in my local dealer today kicking tires....they had a couple of F6B's on the floor. Took a long sit, and the thing looked very familiar after having owned a GL1800 for a few years - but I did notice the additional room in the seating position.
    I put in several 1k mile days on the Wing, this looked like another nice place to spend some long days - though wind management might be an issue.
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  4. jasonc32amg

    jasonc32amg Hello Gubner

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    They've already got a tall screen option for it. :D
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  5. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    The one and only thing that could have gotten me to buy the 6 over the wing is the cruise control or at least having it as an accessory. 95% of the time I don't need the trunk space and I hate windshields.
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  6. Unleaded

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    I'm just talking hypothetically, because I'm nowhere near in the market, but having never owned a bike with cruise, I could get by with a throttle lock and never think another thing about it. The ABS thing is puzzling. Yeah, price point and all that, but most modern bikes are equipped with it these days, and an over-gadgeted, almost-900-pound interstate ship just screams for it.

    I know opinions are mixed and strongly-held on ABS, but I'll never own another bike without it.
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  7. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Now that I've had real cruise control where speed is held up and down hills, I have no idea how I ever lived without it. My life is soooo much better and the mpg's are better when the speed is held constant.

    ABS? You can have it. I took it off my GS. It bugs me on the wing, I like to hold rear brake when taking off from an extreme uphill stop and the pedal goes soft with weight pushing backwards against the brake application. Very unnerving on a 900 pound bike. I'd much prefer non-linked, non-ABS brakes. The only thing ABS gets me is a reduced insurance rate.
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  8. JBSmith

    JBSmith Ink-stained wretch

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    I've had throttle locks, and I've had cruise, and cruise is better.

    A TL maintains a set throttle opening, but doesn't compensate for changes in gradient, wind, and other factors that would otherwise cause you to open or close the throttle to maintain your speed.

    CC maintains a set speed, and does whatever it needs to do to keep you there, including opening or closing the throttle.

    A TL is okay if all you want to do is set it just long enough to wipe a bug off your face shield, or shake some feeling back into your throttle hand. For every other situation, CC kicks ass.

    I'm with you on the ABS. Whatever weight it adds is insignificant compared to the vast bulk of the Wing. I haven't needed it yet, but who knows about tomorrow?
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  9. Unleaded

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    Absolutely - there's no doubt in my mind about that. I only meant that the lack of cruise wouldn't stop me from buying the F6B. Lack of ABS definitely would.
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  10. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    Now that I've had a cruise control, I'd never buy a mid-sized or larger bike without it. It's that good.

    ABS I totally like, appreciate, and respect...but I it's not a deal breaker. I rode for a long time without it. However, I just don't get Honda's thinking on this at all.

    Can you imagine selling a car without ABS and Cruise control? This thing costs more than a Ford Fusion/Honda Civic..etc. Crazy.

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  11. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    I had a real long review of my test ride, but I lost it when I hit submit. :lol3

    To summarize that Pulitzer winning review now lost to history.

    I really liked it. The motor is amazing and the bike does not feel as big as it is. I've test ridden Victory's and Harley's and the F6B just feels and rides like a smaller bike. The motor is amazing. The torque is addicting. I was managing the gaps just to roll on the throttle. I'm smitten with that motor.

    Brakes are powerful and easily modulated. The bike squats when you hit the brakes, but it is all controlled and smooth. I would prefer ABS, but it isn't the deal killer I thought it would be.

    I would change out the windscreen. I've changed out windshields on every bike I've owned, so that isn't a big deal. I'd keep the blade for a hot summer day ride.

    The aftermarket will solve the cruise control issue, but until then I would use a throttle lock or go cruise to rest my hand.

    Didn't get her in the twisties. In this area of Iowa it is pretty much straight roads and 90 degreee turns. Our roads are tore up from the winter and the F6B handled them well. Smoothly riding around them when I could and taking the hit when I couldn't. I could commute easily on this bike. To be honest 90% of my riding is commuting or errands.

    I will take one more test ride with the wife on the back. I would like her opinion on the back rest. It seems low, but has passed the sitting in the dealer test.


    Let me know if you have any questions about the test ride. If you are looking for a 08 DL650 nicely farkled with 28,000 miles PM me. :lol3
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  12. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    I bought a used 2008 Volvo for my wife, no cruise...deal breaker for me, they had a kit that popped into the steering wheel using existing wiring and a simple PCM reflash got me cruise for $450.

    I was a little shocked when the Honda dealer said that it ain't gonna work like that for the F6B. No deal for me. Honda has always done this with cars, lower priced models without cruise or a right side mirror. They really need a dealer installed cruise control kit for the F6B to be successful, I would actually buy one to go with my Goldwing...if...it had cruise. :deal
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  13. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Aspiring advrider

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    Saw one yesterday at the dealership. Personally I like them better than the cruiser options. They appear very well made and the fit and finish is superb.
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  14. HornHonker

    HornHonker Been here awhile

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    Dealer is correct. Until Honda goes drive by wire (even Harley has this)
    easy cruise upgrades will remain difficult.
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  15. BlueSkyGuy

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    Is a great ride but as mentioned above too tupperware for me, I had a 83 GL1100i and it was a perfect fit. Working on the 1100 was simple until clutch and alternator repairs come along. I think the 1800 would be worse and even filter changes could be a issue. But that piggy really moves out when the cane is applied.
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  16. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    Seems Honda is behind the times. Yes, "even" Harley has been using drive-by-wire for five/six years.

    I toured the Harley engine plant outside of Milwaukee. Spotless. One of the guys in the tour was an engineer at Boeing. He said he wished his plant was as clean and high-tech as Harley's was.

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  17. scotty918

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    I had drive by wire on my 2006 Yamaha FZ-1. The throttle response was absolutely awful, borderline dangerous in a curve. It can be poorly implemented.
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  18. Unleaded

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    My VFR1200 is throttle by wire. Now I'm mad I don't have cruise. :lol3
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  19. DavidBanner

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    neat, honda made a road glide.
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  20. richarddacat

    richarddacat high on honeysuckle

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    Love the style and yes it's about time Honda but, I'm surprised http://mblinnovations.com/ hasn't been mentioned.

    For me I would go this route, buy older 07 model in blue or black, MBL kit, Traxxion upgrade, and start whittling as much weight off on one that I can, along with anything that resembles chrome.

    I would get my cruise, a reverse that I could have found handy a few times on my FJR and ditch the trunk which I hate on anybike anyway.
    The extra cockpit room probably would not be noticed since I'm 5'7'', though I haven't compared the two and that lower height might be raised a bit with a Traxxion mod as well.
    The sound system? Do they have an headphone jack? Otherwise I'd rather use my iPod with ear-phones

    I do like the bike but it would be fun to personalize one to my own tastes. :1drink
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