Honda Gold Wing F6B

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by cabanza, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Deuce

    Deuce Crazy Canuck

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    Tried one out a couple weeks ago. One day in the sun and the next day in the pouring rain. Rainy day was two up with the Missus. Great bike, love the power and handling. The Missus loved all the room back there. Canadian bikes come with ABS as standard equipment. I could do without the radio though. :1drink
  2. UnsureFooting

    UnsureFooting Title of User Here

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    Yeah, GFY. Elitist piece of shit. You don't like ABS? Don't buy it. This shitty "back in my day..." attitude is stupid as fuck. What are you gonna bitch about next? Front brakes? Rear suspension? Multiple cylinders?
  3. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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  4. MrFurious

    MrFurious Been here awhile

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    I have no problem with ABS brakes, but what I can't stand is linked brakes which are becoming more and more commonplace for some dumb reason.
  5. UnsureFooting

    UnsureFooting Title of User Here

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    They're becoming more common for the same reason as ABS... safety. You always heard "always use both brakes", right? Now, you will. :D

    My understanding is that some of the better systems are linked in a way that allows you to only use the rear, but not only use the front. Is that true? Or a proportioning valve that only links them under "high squeeze" conditions?
  6. Cerviperus

    Cerviperus '12 Bagger Wing

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    Here's a decent overview on the GL1800riders Forum: Link

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  7. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    In slow speed maneuvers I drag the rear brake. I think I can feel the linked front brake drag as well and it does take some getting used to. This really is a much bigger bike than I've ridden. I came off a DL650.

    I'm used to it now and it hasn't been a big deal for me.
  8. Davo-55

    Davo-55 Long timer

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    I really like the looks of the F6B. Goldwing on steroids. Any opinions? Never wanted a GoldWing, have considered a Kawasaki Concours, or a BMW inline six, but the Honda sure has a look about it. Not ready for a big rolling couch just yet, but when I do retire and have time to take that epic ride, the F6B looks like it would be a great choice
  9. vicvegas

    vicvegas eager beaver

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    That F6B does look good for a goldwing and cudos to Honda for continually being able to refresh the big wing to keep people interested but for god sakes, i sure hope they add cruise control to this bike or atleast offer it as an option asap! A "touring bike" without cruise, to me just seems annoying while racking up the miles.
  10. rick danger

    rick danger Off the wagon

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    I have always wanted to do something similar to this, but with a big luggage rack and a solo seat. I thought I would find a take off seat on fleabay and hack it up. Maybe get some of those flat gas cans that are meant for the back of a jeep and have them lay flat with a rack on top for your tent/sleeping bag etc. Nice to get another 5 gallons of range. I haven't looked or searched this thread, does anyone know of something someones done like that?
  11. NuckaMan

    NuckaMan Space Available

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    Just for shits and giggles, I test rode both the F6B and the standard Goldwing. That was a mistake. I liked them both too much and I'm only 38.

    Although I currently own some big motorcycles, the sheer size and bulk both styles of Goldwings was a little bit concerning to me, especially the standard version with couch attached to the back-end....until I actually sat on it. And once under way, it was like a Jedi-mind trick...."this is not the wieght you were looking for".

    For me personally, if I were in the market for one, I would go all in and get the grand-daddy, standard Goldwing.

    Both were impressive machines....borderline, cars.
  12. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    Check out MBL Innovations Sport Kit. Shouldn't be to hard to add a rack after that. Get an older GL1800 and turn it into the F6B the add what you want. If I had it to do over again I would have went that route instead of buying the F6.
  13. lost_too

    lost_too Been here awhile

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    I pulled the trigger about a month ago. I am enjoying it. It is a mile muncher and does quite well in the twisties. Love the torque and very comfortable. Still have the DL650 but that is being neglected as of late.
  14. Unleaded

    Unleaded Unit Train

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    Are you liking it less than you hoped, Wannaklr? I still think its a great bike on paper and in the showroom, but haven't ridden one. What are your thoughts now?
  15. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    On paper and the test ride it was everything I could have wanted. I had a Valkyrie that I loved.

    I have about 3200 miles on it and I just haven't gelled with it. Some of it is stuff I should have known about and some of it is things I glossed over and now pisses me off. I love the MOTOR, but that is about all I like about it at this time. I've tried two windshields and am just going to have to bite the bullet on a either a tall Honda shield or the Baggershield 19" with vent. I also still feel a stuttering or hesitation around 2500 rpms. Others have ridden it and don't notice any issue, I'm starting to think its in my head. I also can't seem to shift it correctly. I'll catch 2-3 false neutrals on almost every ride.

    I have it half assed for sale in the ADV Flea Market and the F6B Riders forum.

    After I put mine up for sale I got a email from a new owner that bought their Deluxe OTD (without tax) for $16,500. Since the Deluxe retails for $20,999 they are already being moved out with a $4500 discount. I can take a hit on selling it, but not that big a hit.
  16. Cakeeater

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    Said it before, I'll say it again: No cruise, no ABS on a new 850 lb $20,000 cruiser?

    It doesn't matter how nice the engine is (and it is nice), Honda just struck out on this one.

    Cakeeater
  17. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    I completely agree and I'm going to have to live with it or take approx. a $5,000 dollar hit. I guess I'll need to lower the selling price to around $16,000 to even get any nibbles.

    I really do feel stupid. I knew both of those things you mention going in, but I glossed over their perceived value to me. I really thought the aftermarket guys could get a CC that would be a simple install. There is a cc, but you have to be a machinist to make some brackets for a couple of pieces on the motor and then you end up with a ugly looking switch on the handle bar.

    I do think If I had gelled with the bike those issues wouldn't bother me, but I haven't and they do.
  18. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Long timer

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    Three years ago I would have thought: Cruise control? Silly!

    Then I bought a bike with it. ... not just a throttle lock...but electronic cruise control. Fantastic. Up hills, down hills, same speed. I don't have to worry about going too fast and getting nailed by accident in a speed trap, I can rest my right wrist, it kicks off in a heartbeat when I touch the brakes or the clutch.

    It makes long distance traveling so much more pleasant, and safer, me thinks.

    And ABS: my very experienced brother crashed his non-abs vstrom to avoid a deer. Too much brake in a panic, down he went. Broken ribs in the middle of a cross country trip. People can debate all they want, but the system helps.

    That Honda skipped these two is just...strange.

    Cakeeater
  19. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    I agree and wish I hadn't spent the 20 to figure that out. :lol3
  20. Rabon

    Rabon Been here awhile

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    Is this a Joke ?