favorite of touring riders for almost four decades. The $19,999 F6B features a shorty windscreen, a shaved trunk area and a gunfighter-style seat for a decidedly bad-ass look. Then, Honda blacked-out all the usually shiny bits to really give the new machine a tough presence. This sure isn’t your dad’s ‘Wing.
Honda’s new Gold Wing bagger will have 1832cc of power provided by Honda’s horizontally opposed flat-six engine. The fuel-injected mill will be paired with a five-speed transmission complete with electric reverse. The trimmed down Gold Wing F6B sheds 62 pounds over its full-dressed counterpart, tripping the scales at a claimed 842 pounds.
Although the F6B looks devoid of the creature comforts that you’d expect on a Gold Wing, there is plenty of luxury under the meaner and leaner exterior. This includes a premium audio system that is MP3 or i-Pod compatible and linked to a multi-information screen that displays music information, clock, air temperature and odo/trip meters. The lockable, waterproof saddlebags have enough storage for a weekend trip on the open road, and a glovebox adds convenience. The
$20,999 Deluxe version adds a passenger backrest, centerstand, self-canceling turn signals and heated grips.
Having seen this bike in person last Thursday at a special unveiling at the Honda Museum, I would have to add that photos can’t do the Gold Wing F6B justice. Out of all the new machines Honda has released this year, this one may be the one that makes the most waves. Expect to see a whole new breed of ‘Wingers to grow from the introduction of the F6B.