2013 Honda Gold Wing F6B First Look

November 12, 2012
Justin Dawes
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Raised on two wheels in the deserts of Nevada, the newest addition to the MotoUSA crew has been part of the industry for well over 15 years.Equal parts writer, photographer, and rider, "JDawg" is a jack of all trades and even a master of some.

Today Honda released details of a new 2013 Gold Wing model, but it’s not what anyone would have expected. The 2013 Gold Wing F6B and 2013 Gold Wing F6B Deluxe are stripped down versions of the full-dress machine that has been a
The 2013 Gold Wing F6B is long  low and mean.
The 2013 Gold Wing F6B is long, low and looks mean.

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

2013 Honda Gold Wing F6B Specs
The 2013 Gold Wing F6B is a new model for Honda.
Engine: Liquid-cooled 1853cc Flat-six, SOHC, 2 Valve per cylinder 
Bore and Stroke: 74 x 71mm
Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
Fuel Delivery: PGM-FI 
Transmission: Five-speed w/ electric reverse
Final Drive: Shaft
Frame: Twin spar aluminum
Front Suspension: 45mm Cartridge fork with anti-dive; 4.8 in. travel 
Rear Suspension: Pro Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link single shock with computer-controlled spring preload adjustment with two memory presets; 4.1 inches travel 
Front Brakes: Dual full-floating 296mm discs with CBS three-piston calipers; optional ABS 
Rear Brake: Single ventilated 316mm disc with CBS three-piston caliper; optional ABS 
Curb Weight: 842 lbs.
Wheelbase: 66.5 in.
Rake: 29.15 deg. Trail: 4.3 in.
Seat Height: 29.1 in.
Fuel Capacity: 6.7 gallons
MSRP: $19,999; $20,999 (Deluxe) 
Colors: Red; Black
Warranty: Transferable three-year limited warranty

$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.

The 2013 Gold Wing F6B is a bad-ass take on the iconic touring machine.
The 2013 Gold Wing F6B features a shorty windscreen, blacked-out components, and a gunfighter seat.

The 2013 Gold Wing F6B Deluxe includes heated grips  passenger backrest  and center stand.
The Deluxe Edition adds a passenger backrest, heated grips, and a centerstand for an extra $1000.

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