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2013 Honda F6B Motorcycle Review

14 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2013 Honda F6B Motorcycle Review

2013 Honda F6B Review: Riding Honda’s Stripped Down Gold Wing Bagger

On the Road: Low, Smooth, and More Long Distance Friendly Than You Might Expect

A cockpit view from the Honda F6B’s saddle; note the blank panels from the deleted Gold Wing features like cruise control.

Photo ©Basem Wasef

Climbing aboard the Honda F6B reveals a similar, but simpler view compared to its fully dressed Gold Wing stablemate. Its large analog gauges and big, fairing mounted buttons still makes the F6B feel oversized and almost car-like. But thanks to its lower profile and chopped windscreen, there’s also a slightly more streamlined, modern feeling to the cockpit—though the chunky buttons, which carry over from the GL. still feel dated by 2013 standards.

The six-cylinder engine starts with a quick whir, and settles into an almost imperceptibly smooth idle. With your feet at the mid-forward mounted pegs and a slow release of the medium effort clutch lever, the F6B eases forward with a strong tug. As with the standard Gold Wing, this bagger accelerates with effortless thrust, and the silky engine delivers strong torque from virtually any engine speed.

The F6B’s gearing, engine output, and suspension geometry are essentially unchanged from the Gold Wing application, and while it feels slightly quicker in a straight line thanks to its 62 pound weight loss, the more dynamically perceptible differences become apparent in the corners, where the F6B feels more hunkered down and maneuverable once its weight settles in. There’s still a bit of forethought needed when it comes to hustling the F6B’s nearly 900 pounds of mass, but this iteration feels more intuitive than its bigger-boned cousin. When you need to scrub off speed, the non-ABS equipped, rear-to-front linked brakes do an respectable job of slowing down this saddlebag equipped bike, especially considering its heft.

The hard cases at either side of the F6B’s tail hold just over a combined 50 liters, or 13.2 gallons—big enough to each hold a full-face helmet. Practicality is also aided by a glovebox just ahead of the fuel filler, and smaller compartments on both sides of the fairing. The built-in, two-speaker sound system uses an AM/FM tuner to produce decently loud tunes, and an iPod can be connected with controls via a trunk-mounted USB hookup, or an auxiliary mini RCA jack in the left storage compartment.

Longer distance rides reveal that the so-called Gunfighter seat isn’t as accommodating as the standard Gold Wing’s, but it’s not uncomfortable by any stretch of the imagination, either. One pleasant surprise is that the shorty windscreen didn’t create an annoying flow of turbulence across my helmet (I’m 5’11”); freeway riding produces more wind noise than a standard GL, but I found it quieter than expected. At 65 mph in top (fifth) gear, the F6B’s engine spins at around 3,000 rpm—higher than you’d think for such a torquey mill.

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