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Honda has announced a 40th anniversary edition of its Goldwing F6B for 2015. Here are the full details from the press release…

The Bagger trend has found great popularity over the last decade. It centres around fully-dressed touring bikes stripped down to just a couple of bags out back, with cut-down screen and minimal fairing.

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It’s a style that has injected an undiluted custom attitude into the traditional touring arena, with a combination of cool credibility, genuine practicality and fresh, exciting style inspired by the needs of a younger generation of rider.

In 2013 Honda unleashed a new breed of Gold Wing to sit alongside the peerless original. The Gold Wing F6B was stripped, stylish and smooth; part custom, part cruiser. But the Gold Wing F6B was very much all Bagger: a touring bike distilled to its absolute essence, powered by one of Honda’s engineering jewels – the incredibly soulful horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine.

In celebration of the Gold Wing’s 40th year of production, the 2015 Gold Wing F6B has received two important upgrades in response to owner requests, plus commemorative emblems and key fob to mark this special motorcycling milestone.

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Model Overview

The 1,832cc engine driving the Gold Wing F6B is an undoubted masterwork, but it’s the style of the Gold Wing F6B that initially grabs attention. From its stubby screen it flows fluidly from front to rear, and for 2015 the new Matt Bullet Silver Metallic paint, set against blacked-out frame, forks, wheels and swingarm, gives Honda’s biggest Bagger a subtle, cool presence. Exclusive seats provide long distance comfort and support for rider and pillion and the 4-speaker sound system guarantees listening pleasure at speed from the RDS stereo system.

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Feedback from owners has led to two specification upgrades for 2015. Reverse gear is now also original equipment on the Gold Wing F6B. Operated from the right handlebar and driven by the electric starter motor reverse helps back the bike out of an uphill parking space, especially when loaded or with a pillion. The second addition – electronic cruise control – makes long highway days pass even more easily.

The twin-spar aluminium frame provides strength and delivers a great handling motorcycle, as do 45mm anti-dive telescopic forks and Pro-Link rear suspension. A Dual Combined ABS braking system ensures rapid and secure stopping power on a variety of road surfaces and conditions.

Built to be at home in an urban environment as well as the open road, the 2015 Gold Wing F6B is 29kg lighter than the Gold Wing GL1800 yet packs similar chassis, power and stunning torque delivery. Add its stunning looks and undeniable road presence – plus 40th anniversary emblems found on the fairing front and inner – and it’s a machine that serves up a very special riding experience.

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Engine

Few riders will forget their first encounter with this particular motor – its smooth power delivery and instant avalanche of torque are rapidly addictive. Precisely metered fuel and air mixture by PGM-FI fuel injection the Gold Wing F6B’s 1,832cc, horizontally opposed SOHC 2-valve six-cylinder engine has a bore and stroke of 74mm x 71mm, compression ratio of 9.8:1 and produces 167Nm torque @ 4,000rpm, with power output of 87kW @ 5,500rpm. The five-speed gearbox includes an overdrive top gear and delivers the engine’s torque via shaft drive.

For 2015, the F6B’s exhaust internals have been re-worked to create a “dual personality” exhaust note similar to that of the Gold Wing F6C power cruiser – a throaty growl at low-rpm, building to a high-pitched crescendo at maximum rpm.

For improved environmental performance in addition to the air injection system reducing the oxidation reaction of unburned gases, HECS3 (Honda Evolution Catalysing System 3) employs a three-way catalytic process and ensures greatly reduced nitrogen oxide, hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide output levels.

 

Chassis

CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) played a part in sculpting the Gold Wing F6B’s upper fairing, while blacked-out (with a combination of matt black and dark metallic coatings) wheels, engine, forks, frame and lower cowls underpin the subtly striking Matt Bullet Silver Metallic paintwork (only available on the F6B), complementing its low-slung lines.

The cut-down screen has been designed to allow a feeling of freedom yet still give decent weather protection; larger circular meters, with LCD indicators underneath, provide relevant information in an easy-to-read format, with typical Gold Wing style and quality.

Lockable twin rear bags and easy-to-access cubbyhole in the centre console provide ample storage space. Fuel capacity is 25-litres, including 4.4-litre warning light reserve. The seat for rider and pillion delivers a great sense of space – almost like riding in a convertible car. The rear pillion has footpegs and black aluminium grab rails.

Music to ride by is provided by a four-speaker stereo system, placed in front of the rider that delivers vivid sound clarity and strong bass performance. It also supports iPod or USB Flash Drive connectivity, and tunes in MP3, WMA or AAC format can be accessed and played on the move.

The Gold Wing F6B is a nimble-feeling and agile machine; it’s comfortable to use on a congested city street and fun on a twisty road, while performing with uncommon ease on the open highway. Constructed from lightweight multi-box aluminium sections its twin-spar frame is aided by the engine’s low centre of gravity to create a great-handling chassis at all – and especially slow – speeds (the engine itself also acts as a stressed member). The 45mm telescopic forks feature anti-dive, while the Pro-Link monoshock is manually adjustable for spring preload.

Rake is set at 29.15°, trail 109mm. Overall dimensions are (L) 2605mm × (W) 945mm × (H) 1255mm with wheelbase of 1,690mm and kerb weight of 392kg.

Dual Combined ABS (C-ABS) works between the twin 296mm floating front discs and three-piston calipers, plus rear 316mm ventilated disc/three piston caliper and apportions braking forces evenly, assisted by ABS in wet or slippery conditions. A hollow-section 18-inch 5-spoke cast aluminium front wheel wears a 130/70-R18 tyre, and the 16 inch hollow-section 5-spoke rear a 180/60 R16.

 

Tech Spec

ENGINE  
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 12-valve SOHC flat-6
Displacement 1,832cc
Valves   per cylinder 2
Bore ´   Stroke 74 x 71 mm
Compression Ratio 9.8: 1
Max. Power Output 87kW/5,500rpm (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 167Nm/4,000rpm (95/1/EC)
Oil Capacity 4.6L
FUEL SYSTEM  
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection with automatic choke
Throttle   Bore 40mm
Air   cleaner Viscous, cartridge type paper   filter
Fuel Tank Capacity 25 litres (including 4.4L warning light   reserve)
Fuel Consumption 15.38km/l (WMTC mode)
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM  
Starter Computer-controlled digital transistorised with   electronic advance
Battery Capacity 12V/20AH
DRIVETRAIN  
Clutch Type Hydraulic, wet, multiplate with coil springs
Transmission Type 5 speed (including overdrive. Plus electric   reverse)
Final   Reduction 2.750 (33/12)
Final Drive Enclosed shaft
FRAME  
Type Diamond; triple box section aluminium twin spar
CHASSIS  
Dimensions (L´W´H) 2,630mm   x 945mm x 1,455mm
Wheelbase 1,690mm
Caster Angle 29°   15′
Trail 109mm
Turning   radius 3.3m
Seat Height 725mm
Ground Clearance 125mm
Kerb Weight  

392kg

SUSPENSION  
Type Front  

45mm telescopic fork with anti-dive.

Type Rear  

Pro-Link Pro-Arm with electronically-controlled   spring preload adjustment, 105mm axle travel

WHEELS  
Type Front Hollow-section 5-spoke cast   aluminium
Type Rear Hollow-section 5-spoke cast   aluminium
Rim Size Front  

18 x MT3.5

Rim Size Rear  

16 x MT5

Tyres Front  

130/70 R18 (63H)

Tyres Rear  

180/60 R16 (74H)

BRAKES  
System Type Dual   Combined ABS
Type Front  

296 x 4.5mm dual   hydraulic disc with

3 piston calliper, floating   rotors and

sintered metal pads

Type Rear  

316 x 11mm   ventilated disc with 3-piston

calliper and sintered metal pads

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Tony Carter

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