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Honda Gold Wing F6B Review

Despite it’s 66.5″ (1,690 mm) wheelbase the Gold Wing handles relatively well once at speed. Honda has given the Gold Wing family low and forward leaning engine placement to help handling and maneuverability. Unfortunately at parking lot speed the F6B shows her size. Walking her backwards is an exercise in patience, and navigating her on your tip toes through a gravel parking lot will make you wish you had drank more milk and done more stretches when you were younger.

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While the fairing keeps cold breezes from the rider’s hands and chest, the hacked-down-to-nothin’ wind screen creates wind noise. A lot of wind noise. Sure, it’s great to look over a windscreen, rather than through one, but the effect definitely takes away from the patented Gold Wing couch-on-wheels experience.

Fuel economy was about 37 to 40 US-MPG (6.4 to 5.9 lt/100 km). A 25 litre tank should get you a cruising range of over 375 km before you’ll want to make sure you’re pulling over at the next sign for a gas station. When I’m travelling, I like to pull over every hour or two anyway just to stretch and have some water, so I never came near running low on gas on the F6B.

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Conclusions

The F6B is Honda’s Bagger, promising “Gold Wing comfort and performance, with a clean hot rod style.” While it does live up to the hype, the thousands of dollars saved versus the cost of purchasing the traditional Gold Wing do bring with them the absence of the bigger Gold Wing’s amenities. The Bagger is up against the Yamaha V-Star 1300 Deluxe, Harley-Davidson’s Street Glide and Road Glide, and Kawasaki’s Vaqueros. Many of these competitors can be had for significantly less. Some of these competitors arguably offer a lot of bang-for-your-buck in comparison, specifically the V-Star 1300 Deluxe which retails for $9,000 CAD less in Canada, and comes with GPS, 220 lbs less weight, and a 1.3″ lower seat height.

The F6B is stylish and when riding it at speed it becomes clear that this bike is an offshoot of Honda’s flagship motorcycle. It offers more in the way of technology and development than its competitors, but it weighs in heavy, and short to average riders will be conscientious of this whenever they put their feet down.

Wind noise does draw away from the traditional Gold Wing comfort, but the F6B makes an excellent bagger. If you don’t need all of the extras, the motor is so remarkably smooth and quiet, you’ll almost forget that a better Gold Wing exists.

MSRP in Canada is $23,499 CAD, and $20,499 USD in the United States.

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Adrian is the YouMotorcycle Editor. He never planned on becoming a blogger, but liked the idea of sharing his passion and encouraging others to get out and ride. He believes that anyone thinking about buying a motorcycle should hurry up and buy one, and that everyone who already owns a motorcycles should ride more. He likes V-Twins, scooters, and breaking social norms. He occasionally wears a suit and high-top sneakers when he rides to work. Sometimes he takes out his tools and everything goes from bad to worse. Sometimes everything just falls into his lap. Whatever the case he stays grateful and always tries to learn. If you feel motorcycling is a lifestyle, follow him via social media.

9 comments

  1. Adrian @YouMotorcycle gives us a thorough review of the @HondaPowerCA Gold Wing #F6B http://t.co/plQ7oTDGXa

  2. Only two comments…….well, three.

    First, great review! (That’s the one I almost forgot! Good job, Adrian!)

    Second, that shot of the saddle bag with it’s lid open just screams of the potential for “spillage” every time it’s opened. (I can almost hear my 40 pounder of Johnny Walker smashing on the concrete in the Days Inn parking lot! Ouch!!)

    Lastly, the final photo of the bike, with the farmer’s fields in the distance…..doesn’t it look like the centre of gravity of this bike must be about 2 feet UNDERGROUND?!?! That is one low-slung, hot-rod mother-looking cruiser. But, strangely, it also looks like the passenger seat is altogether missing!

    Given Jay Leno’s vehicle acquisition budget…….this baby would definitely be on my list!

    • Thanks Michael. The saddle bag lids open slowly and we had nothing fall out violently, but a little attentiveness is necessary. On the plus side, everything is accessible, even what’s on the bottom, which isn’t the case with top opening saddlebags. Need to take the good with the bad.

      As mentioned, Honda does a lot to keep the center of gravity down low, but I still found the bike uncomfortable in parking lot speeds. On the highway though, man, pure smoothness.

    • Your bottle would only fall into the open lid of the saddlebag.

  3. Awesome review. I’m a Hondaphile so will overlook the few short comings of this Rocketship. Took one out for a test ride — felt like I was riding an arrow just shot out of a bow !

  4. Love my F6B! I have fallen for the HD marketing too long! No more numbing vibration or defening noise.
    F6B is way ahead of any “bagger”! No looking back for me…. because there is nothing in my MIRRORS!
    Thanks HONDA!

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