Goldwing F6B – a niche within a niche?

Honda takes on Harley

Posted: 15 November 2012
by Visordown News
Goldwing F6B ... Goldwing goes dirty

THE term “stripped out” isn't one that you'd imagine sitting happily with the conventional idea of a Honda Goldwing, but that's exactly how the firm refers to its new Goldwing F6B.

Aimed at the US market, and unlikely to be sold in the UK, the F6B is designed to fit into a growing market for baggers – bikes based on all-out tourers, but with their screens cut down and no top-boxes, just leaving the panniers. So that's what Honda has done to the Goldwing. To be fair, the side panels are also slightly different to the stock 'Wing versions, and there's less standard kit – riders will have to pay extra to get heated grips, for instance, or a centre stand.

In total, 28kg of kit has been stripped from the bike, leaving the F6B at a merely elephantine 385kg.



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What in the name of all the is holy...

Thanks VD. That is something that cannot be unseen.

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 14:55


G2
WHY?

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 15:39

Looks a lot less bulky than a standard Goldwing and better for it.

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 18:58

That's got to be the fugliest silencer around.

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 21:47

I'd love one! That great goldwing engine and a slightly streamlined look? Sign me up! (will they give me a good trade in on me 96' bandit?)

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 00:37

bobby! think about your soul!

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 03:36

Theres no saving those that don't wanna be saved mobus. It's built for the 'murican market. They think that hardly doodlespoons have a sport feel...........

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 08:25

Not that it was entirely necessary but yet another excuse not to buy a Harley!

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 09:31

Forgive me but I like it. That motor is a peach, be perfect for a day wafting about to nowhere in particular...

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 10:30

Wouldn't the similarly baggy Ducati Diavel Strada be much more interesting prospect?

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 14:53

I hear what you're saying but the Diavel's engine likes to be revved and it goes like stink when you wind it up a bit, but the Goldwing's lump is made to waft along.

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 15:18

Ben, ya weirdo. ;)

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 15:19

I've never had the pleasure of a good waft. A sheltered life obviously...

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 16:12

I take it back, it really is possible to create something even worse looking than the DN-01 :-O

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 13:00

Am I the only one who thinks it looks better than the abortion on wheels that is the 2013 CBR600?

Side on the front of the CBR looks like the Allen's head

Let's hope the new RC machine has a design team who don't need guide dogs...

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 14:10

I think it looks pretty cool, and think of the technological brilliance of honda, finding a material denser than the centre of a black hole in order to pack so much weight into such a compact object.

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 13:06

PLEASE NOTE HOW THE END OF THE EXHAUST HAS BEEN CUNNINGLY BEVELLED


SO IT WONT CATCH WHEN IN WHEELIE MODE

HONDA TECHNO BOFFINS DONT MISS MUCH.



OR IS IT ANOTHER CLEVER WEIGHT SAVER?

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 16:11

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