In a previous post, I did a short rant about the Honda F6B Goldwing. If only that post is read, you might think I don’t care for the motorcycle. The truth is, it’s the greatest bike I’ve ever ridden in my 48 years on this earth. I only wish I would have bought any Goldwing before now. I’ll explain.
An Old Man’s Couch On Wheels
The most negative statements about the Goldwing is that it is an “old man’s bike” or that it’s a “couch on wheels”. These statements might be true, but they are misleading.
The F6B has trimmed off a little bit of comfort. For example, there is no reverse, top case, heated seat, the windshield is too low, and the passenger area lacks much of the comforts of a standard Goldwing. For the solo rider though, there is more leg room and everything else about the Goldwing remains. It is like setting on the couch at home when it comes to comfort.
The overall quality of the bike is something an old man who’s owned lesser quality bikes can appreciate. Old men just might have learned a few things along the way before they bought this quality bike.
So yes. It’s got comfort like a couch with quality that old men can appreciate. It also means I can get to the Tennessee mountains in a 8 hours ready and be ready to ride some more when I get there.
Speed. Goldwings Have It!
With a 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds and a horsepower to weight ratio of a Porsche 911, this bike moves out. I never even gave this aspect of the Goldwing’s performance a thought before I bought it, but power is incredible.
I won’t use that much power for speed very often, but I consider the ability to get the hell out of the way a safety feature. It also means that I can tow trailers with it if I decide to do that later.
There is constantly a very high amount of torque available no matter what gear you are in. The handling is not like a sportbike, but it’s far better than you would expect. I rode The Tail Of The Dragon with no problem – at night.
The sound, or lack thereof, is unique. Other brands are allowed to have admirers of their sound, why can’t I love the Goldwing’s sound.
Unlike the other popular V-Twins, the quality of the Goldwing’s sound does not rely on an ear shattering open piped thump that scares people. It is a subtle and low rumble that’s not much different than a Porsche engine .
I like not rattling myself or others. My days of being a loud teenager with cherry bombs are long over. This refined sound is actually appreciated by those who notice it.
I laughed at comparisons I’ve seen between the F6B and other motorcycles for many reasons, but there really is no comparison to a flat 6. The closest comparison is a Porsche car engine.
This engine pulls hard, real hard, through the entire range. I’ve never ridden anything close to it. It’s perfect for this heavy motorcycle.
The weight of this massive 1832 cc motor is down low. It’s a handful, but it’s not as difficult to manage as it would look.
I regret not understanding what Goldwings were all about for so many years of motorcycling. I would have strived for one sooner. The F6B Goldwing just fills the void for those wanting the Goldwing’s size and power, but lacking the need for so many extras.