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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by cabanza, Nov 12, 2012.
That was a big shock coming from you!
I love your site.
However, I wish you had an option to move back in the seat on all bikes and even further back on those bikes where you have that option.
Perhaps even being able to define the set back like you do with the seat heights and handle bars dimensions.
Probably not a big deal for average size folks, but for us bigger ones it would make the site more useful.
I would never sit on this bike (or really any bike) like this, I would be as far back as I could.
I guess I forgot to add the variable seat positions for that bike - fixed. They're in now. It may not look like the rider is sitting all the way back but that's probably more to do with the simplistic polygonal drawing than anything else.
That is a GREAT site and I have been using it alot this past year...!
in my very humble opinion the problem with the Gold Wing, and this version, is that the bottom of the fairing hits your shins if you bolt on highway pegs. There's simply no room to "stretch out" on the road. That's a nice thing to do while riding long distance, but it's also important for the Joe Cool factor, which drives so much of the bagger class. That sweet but super wide flat 6 and the fairing really lock in the rider in the Wing.
Part of what sells baggers is looking all laid-back and cool, and this position (while nice for riding the twisties) looks like the kid sitting in the front of the class in the new cardigan sweater.
I've seen plenty of this generation wings with good functional highway pegs. Not all people fit a bike the same way. Etc etc.
Also, some of us bigger folks love the riding position. :)
Really like the bike so far and was wondering when Honda was finally going to do something like this. One of the things I cannot figure out is you can get H-D's with ABS so what is honda's reasoning for not doing this. Just plain stupid for not including this - period- hopefully an oversight. Looking forward to riding one.
Have you ever ridden a Wing? The bottom of the fairing does not hit you in the shins. Also, highway pegs are actually quite functional on these bikes.
+1 Makes those 600+ mile days a breeze on zee' Goldwing.
First of all, I hate ABS (and anything else that takes any control away from the rider) and I'm not going to apologize for that. Controlling the bike is where most of the fun of riding comes from.
As for the FB6, yes Honda is cashing in on the "bagger" craze, they already have the chopper segment covered with the Fury. But I cannot see how anything that reverses the trend and actually simplifies the Goldwing can be a bad thing. Yes I prefer the old Interstates and Valkyries, but they are no longer available new. The Valkyrie Interstate was especially appealing, though it apparently it didn't sell well. And I have no idea why anyone thinks a motorcycle needs 6 cylinders. Honda did that decades with the CBX and it failed. Kawasaki tried it and failed. I don't know why it was successful on the Goldwing. The GL engine is basically a car engine. This bike is certainly not perfect, but I see it as being better than an even bigger, heavier, more complicated, and more expensive Goldwing.
I don't know. I mean where are you going to put the teddy bear?
Nothing new... There has been a company making replacement backs for Wings already and if you like the short windsheild get the electronic adjustable one from Firecreek (or cheap out and get the standard one).
Besides they took a huge step backwards by making the centerstand and the self canceling turn signals options and completely removing reverse, and the removed other options butthey did lower the price down to $20,000 instead of $24,000 (for the base model)
Here are more they have done up this way that you can look at if you want to
Yes, I have. My brother whom I often travel with has one, and we swap bikes. I should have clarified: the bottom edge of the fairing hits me in the calves/shin area when I put my feet on the highway pegs...which are attached to engine crash bars.
My brother has to wear high boots or his lower leg gets irritated by the rubbing agains the fairing.
And yes, the highway pegs are quite functional...but the width of the engine requires me to splay my legs waaay more than I like. That's all.
Oh man, a higher up backrest for the Mrs. and a huge rack to mount up one of those huge oversize trunks and or anything else...... I'm going to look into this for my fastest yellow 2010'
I thought about MBL when I saw the F6B. Much rather do this to an older Wing than buy Honda's version.
I like it but seldom buy new anyway.
OMG, there is even a Pgh. Steeler edition.
That in my opinion is Damn near the perfect bike if you do a lot of two up.
Love my FJR but that could get me to move to a bigger bike
Warning: For the sake of your wallet, do NOT sit on this bike.
Okay. I am a person who has always scoffed at the very idea of a Gold Wing, saying things like, "It's a car without a roof", and that sort of thing. I have always been opposed to the idea of a motorcycle as big and heavy as the Gold Wing.
But today at the motorcycle show, I got to see one in the flesh and sit on it. It looks great, and that seat is really extraordinary. The CB1100, with its standard sitting position, is comfortable, but this F6B is comfortable on an entirely different level. It feels like you are sitting on a fine rocket ship waiting for take-off. I would love to ride this bike, but would be afraid to because of the high risk of purchasing one.
I did not want to like it. In fact, I wanted to despise it and make fun of it. But it totally won me over. Honda has really done something radically wonderful here.
P.S. The bags open without a key, and appear big enough to be very useful. Still, they are side-loaders rather than top-loaders, which is going to limit what you can put in there.
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Parking in downtown Seattle could be amusing when I had an FLT. Sure glad I have reverse on my Ural
You can still back it in, even if you're on a hill.
Wait till the only spot you can find is on a one way street facing downhill on a 20% grade.......and cobble stone to boot. Areas of downtown Seattle can be amusing on a big bike.
I suppose the best solution is to have a bike suitable, and suitably equipped for you and your riding environment. I also suspect a full time rider would have different requirements from a recreational rider.