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2013 Honda Gold Wing F6B Review

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I was pleasently surprised by them at the IMS, not a bad looking bike. Of course I didn't ride one but from outward looks I thought it was doable or at least competitive with the other stripped down baggers out there. Should be interesting to see how sales go with these, I think there's a market for them.
 

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I was pleasently surprised by them at the IMS, not a bad looking bike. Of course I didn't ride one but from outward looks I thought it was doable or at least competitive with the other stripped down baggers out there. Should be interesting to see how sales go with these, I think there's a market for them.
Yeah, it looks different enough from a Wing to give it a distinct character. I also think it'll see reasonably well.
 

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I own a 2009 Street Glide and am ready to move on. I only wish the F6B had cruise, ABS, and a decent back rest with a rack to hold a large T-Bag. I guess I'll wait till 2014 and then pounce!
 

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Nice!
I think it was a big mistake to cut the cruise control out. How much could that have saved on a $20,000 bike? 1%?
Yes these wings are awesome! Handle way better than something this size should. Very confidence inspiring. I can only imagine how much better they are 100# lighter!
 

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Not my cup of tea...

It just isn't. Just another big pig on the road, matters not to me how athletic it may be. Just another bike that is way out of the league of the target consumer in performance, girth and price and without the goodies that class of rider insists upon. Folks used to riding V-Twin bikes will like it for a while for its smoothness, then get board with its typical Goldwing lack of personality and get real tired of holding that throttle open (as virtually all other cruising tourers have some sort of throttle lock or cruise control). Man have I seen that a lot over the last few years. Virtually all end up on the brand they started with, and it was not Honda. Honda will never learn. By the 2nd or 3rd version they'll figure it out then discontinue it when the public at large finally embraces it - like they did with the Valk. They can make great bikes, but they tend to make their top of the line touring bikes a wee bit too sedate/smooth/quiet or vanilla and devoid of character. Really wanted to like this bike, but just don't.
 

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I think it was a big mistake to cut the cruise control out. How much could that have saved on a $20,000 bike? 1%?
Yes these wings are awesome! Handle way better than something this size should. Very confidence inspiring. I can only imagine how much better they are 100# lighter!
Agreed. Taking off CC was unwise. Once the system is designed and implemented on a bike, it costs next to nothing to leave it there. Honda wanted to add distinctions b/n the Wing and the F6B, but this is a short-sighted way to do it.
 

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Agreed. Taking off CC was unwise. Once the system is designed and implemented on a bike, it costs next to nothing to leave it there. Honda wanted to add distinctions b/n the Wing and the F6B, but this is a short-sighted way to do it.
Motorcycles built by committee instead of by actual motorcyclists?
 

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Flat sixes have kind of a cool sound with aftermarket pipes on them. A buddy of mine had a Valk with and exhaust on it, thing sounded like a Porsche.

Another point for the Honda, their flat six engine will never wear out or require more than nominal service in this lifetime. It is a great powerplant for people who put serious miles on their bikes.
 

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No Cruise, No ABS, No Buy. What was Honda thinking? Do they hate CC that much? Even the ST doesn't have it. Big oversight on both bikes.
 
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