F6B or Goldwing - GL1800Riders
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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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F6B or Goldwing

Dire Dilemma:

I do not need a trunk nor the sofa back seat. I like the lighter weight and sitting lower F6
but I need a touring windshield and I donot want to surrender any of the other amenities of the GL.

Can the F6 windshield go up and down like the GL?
Can one travel long distance just as comfortable on either one?
Can a F6 be made to have the same great wind management and comfort.
Is the front end of the F6 actually higher than the GL or does it just look like that?
Is the front fairing for the F6 exactly the same as the GL?

Do I need a GL or can I get by with a F6?

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post #2 of 62 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 12:49 AM
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Can the F6 windshield go up and down like the GL? NO

Can one travel long distance just as comfortable on either one? IMHO, get rid of the stock F6B shield as fast as you can and get a Madstad

Can a F6 be made to have the same great wind management and comfort. Yes

Is the front end of the F6 actually higher than the GL or does it just look like that? Don't know, never measured it

Is the front fairing for the F6 exactly the same as the GL? Yes

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post #3 of 62 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 02:17 AM
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They make a kit that removes the trunk and switches work the saddle bags. Guy in jacksonville did and looks great and you dont lose any features of wing. Think one i sold was by mbl industries. They make risers etc
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A few things to consider if you're thinking about doing long distance rides: First, the early F6B's did not have Cruise Control. It's one of those options that if you've never had it, you'll probably wonder why anyone would want it; but after you've had a bike with it, you'll not want a long distance bike without it. This is particularly true west of the Mississippi, as it can be a long, long, long ride between two points. A friction Throttle Stop ain't the same thing! Second, if you're thinking about traveling in a group a CB radio is a nice thing to have. I don't think any F6B's came with or can support the seriously overpriced Honda CB Radio. But there are several aftermarket versions available. The range is fairly short (1 - 2 miles) because a bike has a really poor Ground Plane. Harley calls their CB radio a "Bike to Bike Communications System" and really, it's the same thing on our Goldwings. I have both and they're almost identical, even with low SWR readings. Third, depending on how you look at it, the selling price for an F6B can be extremely attractive. I'm not sure what's happening outside of my neck of the woods, but they don't seem to be selling to many of them. The GL1800's are going for a seriously deep discount if you shop around and the F6B's start cheaper and probably have a larger percentage (properly negotiated) discount.The downside of this is that the resale value is really poor and finding a buyer at any price might be a bit challenging. OTOH if you're considering a used bike . . . . well then . . . . so much the better for you!


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post #5 of 62 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 02:19 AM
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They also make lowering kit for wing( not mbl ind.) - have 3/4 and 1 inch

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post #6 of 62 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 08:26 AM
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Buy this: 2007 Gl 1800 $10,900

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post #7 of 62 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 10:33 AM
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The F6B with the proper windscreen is as comfortable as a Full Wing. Its lighter and lower. New ones can be had for $16000 or less. Put a luggage rack on and get a piece of luggage if you need more storage. I'm not downing a Wing guys but I think a F6B is sportier and all around a sexier bike than the Big Wing. Like I said with all respect to the Goldwing because I love these bikes. Personally I would never have bought the Big Boy. It just doesn't do it for me. I fell in love with the B when I first saw it on that GEICO commercial. I know , I'm shallow.
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I was planning on buying new and went throught the same thought process because I liked the looks and lighter weight of the F6b so much. In the Deluxe model there is ABS so that was no longer a difference between it and the Wing. What made the difference for me was that I often ride with a passenger. Were I in the position of not needing comfortable passenger accommodations I would have bought the F6b instead of the new Wing that I actually bought. However, now that I have the GW, I would not ever want to give up the Cruise Control. I find I use it all the time, other than stop and go urban riding (which I try to avoid). If someday I don't have a regular passenger, and if Honda made the F6b with Cruise, I would certainly consider it.

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I had both and sold the F6B. I could never get comfortable on it and I really missed reverse. As far as height the F6B felt higher because the seat was so wide. On the F6b you can't adjust windshield or headlight, plus no foot warmers. Also I use the trunk a lot more than the bags plus the way you lock your helmet to the F6B is funky. I also like the rear speakers on the wing. Who wants to buy a bike you have to immediately buy a $300.00 windshield for so you won't get blown off the back?
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post #10 of 62 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 11:37 AM
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Sometimes it would be very fun to have a 'wing' without the trunk. Meaning all the amenities of the wing without the trunk. Reverse, cruise, everything. I like riding my gl650 in bagger configuration because the wind is different behind the fairing. Less in my opinion. That being said, I'll keep the wing.
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