I bought these 2 bikes about 10 years apart. They’ve made me a fan of Honda motorcycles.
About The Honda Shadow Aero
The 2006 Shadow is a proven reliable machine. This cruiser is dependable on daily drives to work, evening and weekend rides, and long hauls. Much of the maintenance is done at home. Parts are reasonable. The design of the motorcycle does make luggage and farkles difficult to add. Attempts to make it look like a Harley incorporates the use of useless plastic garbage. Good and bad considered, I like it’s character and value.
About The Goldwing F6B
I’ve written about the Goldwing F6B many times. What a machine of many characteristics, quirks, and nuances! On this evening, it did it’s job fine as a comfort bike on old country roads in Knox County, Ohio.
The Rural Sights In Spring
The fields are changing over to green or being plowed. The leaves on the trees are coming back to life. You never know if it will rain in the next few minutes or not. You never know what coat to were or if one should brought. On this night, it 2a 87 degrees and the next day the temps dropped below 60.
This is just how Spring weather is in Ohio. If you want to ride a motorcycle in Ohio, the weather has to be a secondary consideration or you’re not going to get much riding in. You’ll miss the exciting change to summer if you don’t put on that rain gear. Realize that a clean bike in these conditions is a sad bike too. Motorcycles are meant to be dirty this time of year.
This video explains the process I use to change oil in my 2015 F6B Honda Goldwing. Currently, this includes us 4 quarts of Honda brand 10W-40 oil. This is not a requirement as any quality motorcycle 10W-40 oil is sufficient.
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.
In a short time, I’ve put 4,000 miles on my 2015 Honda Goldwing. The time and the motorcycle went fast. Some of the shine did wear off though. Problems have been found.
Am I upset that such an expensive motorcycle is flawed? You bet! I’m not as saddened as I should be though. The bike is still the most luxurious motorcycle I’ve ever owned, the good exceeds the bad, and all high end motorcycles come with their own set of problems.
In the interest of people who might be considering an F6B Goldwing, I’ll post the problems I’ve found.
The first problem that almost caused me to return the bike was a front end wobble. I thought something was wrong and it turns out that they all do it.
There is a fork brace available that others are rating high as a solution and it can be easily mounted.
Shipping Tape Wasn’t Removed
There was shipping tape on brakes and other areas that indicates to me that the dealer never paid attention to detail. This was a very daunting discovery. I can’t take a bike back to a dealer for service when they lack this much attention to detail.
$250 Oil Change
The dealer salesman suggested that I come to them for an expensive oil change. Goldwings do look like formidable beasts to work on, but I’m happy to say that if you can change the oil on any other car or motorcycle, there should be no problem with a Goldwing. It’s just as straightforward as any other vehicle when it comes to the oil and filter.
Now that I’ve changed the oil at the 600 mile and 4,000 mile interval, I’ve noticed what I would perceive to be a large amount of metal shavings in the oil. I would have never known had I paid the dealer to do the change. I don’t know if it’s something to be alarmed about yet, but at least I know that it occurred.
Again, how can I trust a deal to do anything, even change the oil, when they left the tell-tale sign of shipping tape all over important parts of the bike before they sold it to me?
The Radio Sucks
I never had a radio on a motorcycle before. Maybe they all sound this bad, but mine sounds like the speakers are blown. I find it nothing but a distraction and I wish there was a more useful option on it. Maybe a GPS or something instead.
Cruise Control Didn’t Work
I was really looking forward to cruise control and it didn’t work. I didn’t want to lose the bike for weeks on end for the problem even though they may have fixed it for free. I just dealt with it and figured it was like the radio. You know, just another cheesy, toy like add-on.
After some research, I found that just loosening 2 screws on a part that holds the brake light/cruise control shutoff switch, a slight repositioning, and retightening those screws fixed the problem.
It worked and riding with cruise control is great.
The Low Windshield
It’s gotta go. It’s worthless. It looks great, but there is buffeting and it’s not effective at all.
Conclusion – I’m Keeping The F6B
With most product complaints you get the usual bashing of the company and the dealer. I’m not going to mention the dealer. I haven’t taken the bike back since I bought it.