A badass Goldwing bagger

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One of the most awesomely unique bikes on sale today, the Goldwing is much more than just a luxobarge tourer. A lot of guys buy them not to take on epic cross-country rides, but just to tool around on at the weekends. This new Honda Goldwing F6B re-focusses the bike in that direction, chopping weight and luggage to create something that’s more about experience than distance.

To create the F6B, Honda chopped the luggage and windscreen off the Goldwing, swapping in Bagger-style panniers and something called a “Gunfighter” seat, which we’re going to assume is compatible with a pair of assless leather chaps. The 1,832cc horizontally-opposed six remains unaltered at 116bhp and 123lb/ft, but ditches the reverse gear. Those changes result in a 62lbs weight saving (now 842, fully-fueled) and more importantly a much cleaner, practically svelte look.

I showed a picture of this bike to Roland Sands last week, to which he remarked, “Damn, I’d almost ride that.” We totally would too, this thing has an in-person presence that has to be seen to be believed — think two-wheeled Dodge Challenger — and just feels plain ballsier than any Goldwing-based cruiser has a right to be.

  • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

    I’d take this over a Street Glide any day of the week!

  • Glenngineer

    I love it.

    Are the bags actually different than the big wing?

    • Ax

      Look identical to me.

  • Erok

    Kind of looks like a ginormous kawi concourse.

  • Aaron

    The first questions at the dealer will be ” Can I get a trunk and a taller windshield ? ” Hahaha.

    • Christopher Bibbs

      Maybe not the trunk, but I promise you the GW boards will have instructions for swapping the windshield between models.

    • Lawrences

      And a car tire….hahaha… That windscreen will be useless ‘cept for creating pummeling turbulence… But always remember the more impractical something is the cooler it is…

      • Rick

        Akrapovic should make a pair of full-length titanium mufflers for this baby…that, and an EMD locomotive’s triple air horn and I’d be happy!

  • Rick

    A BMW K1600 owner told me how he used to laugh about the Gold Wing’s reverse gear, up until the first time he unwittingly parked his own machine on a slight downhill of greasy asphalt!

    I’d love to put some ground-scraping titanium pieces on this baby and create the biggest shower of sparks since Troy Bayliss.

    • Kevin

      No kidding, I would not want to be trying to haul this thing out of soft gravel. I’ve struggled with that on my Multistrada, and that thing weighs a whole lot less than this tank of a bike.

    • Wayne Moyer

      I wish I had a reverse on my Vision but I wasn’t going to pay $1800 for it. It would make a lot of things easier on that beast.

  • Bruce Steever

    Thank you, Victory.

    You may only make a range of irrelevant cruisers, but thanks to your Vision model, you have stirred the dead souls at Honda to wake up and make something like this.

    • Wayne Moyer

      As the owner of a Vision Tour I thought this looked a lot like a Vision 8-ball. Really not in a bad way either it just has that cut down by designed look to it.

  • Bruce Steever

    And another thing:

    The 80′s called. They want their advertising style back…

    • Roman

      And/or video quality

      • Frosty_spl

        Maybe it’s an internal dealer video. But yea it’s terrible.

  • http://www.TroyRank.com Troy R

    Bagger : My second least favorite word in motorcycling, right after Farkle.

    When you see a group of Harleys, the only non-US bike that’s accepted is a GW. I don’t know why, but it’s smart for Honda to pander to it.

  • Rick

    Pure conjecture, but a low-profile motorcycle of this mass and long wheelbase might be almost enjoyable in very strong or gusting crosswinds.

  • John

    Honda builds a Victory. Who bloody cares?

  • webbiker

    Gold Wing is the last bike I ever would consider buying with my own money. That being said this thing is kinda cool. I still would not buy one, but atleast I would consider being seen in public riding one.

  • Rick

    I’m hoping Honda will have this rig at next weekend’s Cycle World Show in San Mateo!!!

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I’m sure they will. It’s really neat in person.

      • Rick

        It’s really neat in photos!

      • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

        I look forward to touching it. I’m way more stoked than I should be on this thing. Fuck, two Honda’s in one day that I would like in my garage… I must be ill.

  • Travisty

    Harley’s lawyers are on the line for violation of copy right laws.
    I have always liked the wings, followed my dad’s for years. This is just sick and wrong.
    The video has to be the worse the I’ve seen. There are just selling an image. Just like Hardly.
    I once walked in to a Hardly dealership and asked why I should buy one of their bikes instead of some other make. The sales person said “You’ll look way cooler”.

    • Rick

      With units sold dwindling for many manufacturers it’s heartening to see ultra-conservative Honda actually TRY something kinda far-out and different, rather than pulling back into some corporate form of rope-a-dope like some, ahem, others.

  • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

    I thought the only assless chap HFL approved of was Wes?

    [ Warning, assless Wes in pictures. ]

  • Gene

    Hey, at least it’s better looking than a Rune, but that’s not saying much.

    • Rick

      At least the F6B has an intended application, whereas the Rune was an exercise in pointlessness…you can bet Honda wishes they had that money back right about now!

  • Louis Turicik

    It’d be neat to see them chop this one. Take it just one step further (and alienate every traditional GW customer ever), back into the old GL1000 days. A nice spotty headlight, no bags, just that big smooth six, a frame, and some wheels.

    I bet it would look good and be a joy to ride.

    • Ceolwulf

      That’s what I was hoping for.

      • Greg

        That sounds a lot like a Valkyrie. Granted, the original GL was more “standard” and the Valk more “cruiser” but if you asked someone to build the GL today, you can be certain the rake and trail numbers would hew closer to cruiser anyway.

  • http://www.tripleclamp.net Sasha Pave

    I’ve gotta give Honda credit for doing something unique with the wing.

    What would be really cool: A naked version!

  • carbon

    Tech aside, barf.

  • http://www.facebook.com/freddie.dakar Freddie Dakar

    Does it come with a free pickup truck to haul it to rallies?

  • Juanito Alimaña

    No pick up needed for this marvel. It takes you to the rally (any rally), competes there, leaves everybody else behind thinking “what was that?,” and takes you back home safely, comfortably, stylishly, and securely… F6B a bike for experts period.