I like the thing. I have been asking for a simpler Goldwing for years. This is not exactly what I had in mind, but I do like cruisers, and have owned many. I would still prefer the Valkyrie, but that isn't going to happen. But at least it is not another Japanese v-twin. I could be happy riding one of these. MSRP is $20K, will be interesting to see what they actually sell for.
I think they nailed it.:bow: they have to compete and their biggest competition is the Harley Road Glide which is becoming Harley's most popular and as close to a sport touring bike that Harley has.
It looks like it could be a very nice 1 up tourer. time will tell. hopefully they took off the very out dated CB controls
I wasn't there, but I understand that they were at the AMA show in San Diego. I also believe that Honda of Russelville has the delux model advertised at $18,xxx. The lady that was in San Diego said she ordered one because she could flat-foot it with her 26" inseam.
It is undeniably a bagger, which will be a turnoff to some. At least it does not have a v-twin and a batwing fairing like the Kawasaki Vaquero, which is the most blatant Harley copy I have seen so far. I wish they had kept the trunk, and gotten rid of the fairing altogether and replaced it with a windshield. Storage space is needed on a touring bike, and it looks like a plain windshield would have offered as much protection as the fairing. My understanding is that it has very little in the way of gadgets, bit it does have a stereo, which I wouldn't want or need. They did put styling on top of functionality in many areas, but that type of thing sells. I personally would have preferred a very basic non cruiser type touring bike, ala the 1980 Interstate. Unfortunately that style is gone, and just like new cars no longer look like cars to me, most new motorcycles do not look like motorcycles anymore either. To me Honda's new 700X is the ugliest thing I have ever seen with 2 wheels.
I do like the new Honda CB1100 however. It to is not perfect, but looks more like a real motorcycle than anything else Honda has, and it can probably be set up for touring. I would like to see Triumph take a stab at building a "traditional" touring bike. With the exception of the tiny Suzuki TU250, their Bonneville is the only standard styled motorcycle sold in the U.S., and for some reason they call it "retro" To me it is just a motorcycle looking like what a motorcycle should look like.
I looked the F6B over closely at the International Motorcycle show in Long beach Calif. last weekend. They removed just enough features off of this to make it not compete with the Wing. Also it's presented so you cannot just put the Wing features on it and have the real McCoy.
I was surprised at all the people with Harly T-shirts that were checking it out. I do believe it will be going for the Harly market for a bagger cruiser.... and offer one that will go 200,00 miles without major problems. I think it will find it's market and al;so keep the Goldwing line going in sales with the down economy. Looks like a smart move for Honda.
But for me I like all that I have with my 2005 GL1800.
Back in the distant past, I owned a Suzuki GS1100 and a Yamaha XS1100. Both were set up for touring, with Windjammer fairings, trunk, and bags. The accessories did not match the color of the bikes, which is the one thing I did not like about them. Well that and by the time you added all the accessories, you didn't have much load capacity left, because the bikes were not designed for all that weight. I bought both of them set up like that. They did not have any other accessories, all the fairing had was pockets and compartments, and there was no light in the trunk. They were of course air cooled inline fours. I loved these bikes. I almost got killed on the Yamaha when I got sideswiped by a Suburban and went down hard. I foolishly sold the Suzuki for something I wanted more at the time. But these were my idea of what a perfect touring bike should be. No gadgets, just a basic motorcycle with wind protection and a place to carry stuff. I'm still having a hard time believing I'm the ONLY one in the whole world that wants a bike like this.
The GL engine was a major improvement over the air cooled engines for touring bikes. I never owned a GL1000 with aftermarket fairing, bags and trunk, but I'm pretty sure I would really have liked it.
I own a 79 1000 a 1100 and a 1500. I bought the 1000 as my first wing and realy my first bike 4 yrs ago. It was a standard. I have since put a vetter ss fairing on it. and the bags and trunk from the 1100 interstate on it.
It is simply the best motorcycle I own. I love the looks of it and mostly I love riding it.
The 1500 was probly a better deal as ive had it for 2 yrs and only changed oil and added gas.
I feel the 1500 is pretty much a Honda civic. and the 1000 is a motorcycle.
The 80 interstate was fully loaded when I got it and I feel Honda toke vetter's fairing and killed it. Way to much insulation from the wind and road. Bringing motorcycling to those who really weren't motorcyclist's but more civic types.
I would really love to have a new version of my 1000 with updated technology but same size and style.
Oh and the 1500 has a great stereo and speakers in the helmet and I use them all the time I ride the bike. I put a vetter stereo sound in the 1000 a time but toke it out as I hated to wreak a good bike ride listening to music! That's for the Civic oh I mean 1500!!