Honda has launched a stripped-back version of its ever-green Goldwing 1800 series, called the F6B.
It’s expected to arrive in local showrooms in April 2013 at $25,000.
The bike fills a significant hole in the corporate line-up – left vacant since the 1500 Valkyrie series went out of production several years ago.
Basics such as the 1832cc injected powerplant,the twin-spar chassis and the linked braking system (with ABS) remain much the same as big brother. Weight is down by around 30 kilos, for a claimed 382kg.
Here is what Honda has to say about it:
A reincarnation of the world’s greatest touring motorcycle, the Honda Goldwing, the F6B is lighter, trimmer and leaner while still offering plenty of storage capacity and performance, along with many of the Goldwing’s comfort and luxury features.
With an inspiringly low price of $24,990 (MLP), the new Goldwing F6B will be available exclusively through Honda Goldwing Dealerships.
It’s the style of the new Goldwing F6B that initially grabs attention; minus the rear top box and with its shorter screen, the long, low touring machine flows fluidly from front to rear. Unique seats provide support for rider and pillion and the four-speaker sound system guarantees listening pleasure, even at speed.
During its development, the aim for the Goldwing F6B was to produce a nimble-feeling, agile bike that would be comfortable to use on a congested city street but fun on a winding road and of course perform on the open highway. The F6B offers an unbeatable combination of cool credibility and useful practicality.
The F6B houses the Goldwing’s legendary 1,800cc, horizontally opposed SOHC, two-valve, six-cylinder engine that boasts precisely metered fuel and air mixture thanks to the PGM-FI fuel injection system. Few riders will forget their first encounter with this particular motor which, with its smooth power delivery and instant avalanche of torque, is rapidly addictive.
The lightweight, twin-spar aluminium frame provides strength and is aided by the engine’s low centre of gravity to create a chassis that boasts great-handling at all speeds. A Dual Combined ABS braking system ensures the Goldwing F6B will ensure rapid and secure stopping power on all road surfaces and conditions.
Storage space is provided by the lockable twin rear bags and a cubbyhole in the centre console ensuring the Goldwing F6B is more than capable of taking both rider and pillion on a highway adventure.
While embodying typical Goldwing style and quality, the F6B offers riders a sense of freedom. Through careful design, the minimal fairing and a shorter screen still offers weather protection while larger circular meters, with LCD indicators underneath, provide relevant information in an easy-to-read format.
In this brand new release, Honda has built a new breed of Goldwing which will sit alongside the original. Stripped, stylish and smooth, part custom and part cruiser, the Goldwing F6B is a touring bike distilled to its very essence.
Two bold colour schemes will flank the minimalist fairing of the all-new Goldwing F6B; Graphite Black and Magna Red.