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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 09-11-2019, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Questions about F6B

Hi guys, I'm new here, thanks for having me. I'm going to upgrade to a new bike in January, and I'm seriously considering a Goldwing. I don't know if I want the GL1800 or an F6B. I'd like to test drive an F6B, but I can't find a place to ride one! I'm in Houston, and none of the dealerships stock them, so I guess if I wanted one, I'd have to order it. But I need to see if the seating, footpeg, and handlebar position are comfortable. So, do any of you guys have an idea that I might be overlooking about how I can test ride an F6B?

I've been test riding the DCT GL1800 lately, and I like the bike, but I know I'd need risers for the bars, as I stoop forward a little to reach them. I currently ride a Shadow, which has a much more laid back and relaxed seating position. I know that there are riser and sweep kits available for the GL1800 that look like they would solve my problem nicely, but I don't know if I want the DCT transmission. I already know that if I don't go for the DCT, I definitely want an F6B instead of the GL1800. In my opinion, the F6B is a much better looking bike. So I need to know how it fits. I've also been test riding Harleys, and I like the Road Glide, but I get the feeling that the F6B deluxe offers much more bike for the same price, so if I can find one that works for me, I'd rather buy it.

Another thing I noticed is that I can't flatfoot on the ground on the GL1800. I sat on a used F6B at a dealership, and it seemed that the seat was lower to the ground, despite the fact that Honda's website says the seat height is greater on the F6B. Unfortunately I couldn't test-ride the used F6B that I found because it was on consignment, they wouldn't let me.

Also, if I have the same problem with the F6B; if the bars are slightly too far forward, is there a riser kit that will bring the bars of the F6B up and back a little bit, without breaking the bank?

Thanks for sharing your knowledge guys.

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So just for discussion sake, the F6B ended it's production run in 2017. It may be difficult to find a dealer that will allow a test ride on one if it's a new leftover. What may be easier is to find a privately owned one that someone will allow you to test.

The F6B was replaced by the Goldwing. The Goldwing Tour replaced what we all knew as the GL1800. Even though the new bikes are still GL1800's. Both the Goldwing and the Goldwing Tour come in Standard 6 speed manual & DCT versions with a 3rd model on the Tour that includes ABS. The ABS version though only comes in DCT configuration.

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Eagle Rider in Texas may be able to hook you up and you can rent one. https://www.eaglerider.com/ They do have locations in Austin and San Antonio.
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So just for discussion sake, the F6B ended it's production run in 2017. It may be difficult to find a dealer that will allow a test ride on one if it's a new leftover. What may be easier is to find a privately owned one that someone will allow you to test.

The F6B was replaced by the Goldwing. The Goldwing Tour replaced what we all knew as the GL1800. Even though the new bikes are still GL1800's. Both the Goldwing and the Goldwing Tour come in Standard 6 speed manual & DCT versions with a 3rd model on the Tour that includes ABS. The ABS version though only comes in DCT configuration.

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Interesting. So the bikes listed on Honda's website are leftovers? Have they been sitting in a warehouse since 2016? If so, would you buy a bike that's been warehoused that long?

https://powersports.honda.com/street.../gold-wing-f6b

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Eagle Rider in Texas may be able to hook you up and you can rent one. https://www.eaglerider.com/ They do have locations in Austin and San Antonio.
Good lead, but I don't see any F6Bs around here. Thanks!
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I found one to test ride, it's a couple of cities over, but worth the drive to see if it fits me. Thanks for the advice.

It was mentioned that production has ceased for the F6B, but it looks like they can still be ordered from the website. Does that mean that those bikes have been sitting in a warehouse since production stopped? Would you buy a bike like that?
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If the 2016 satisfied all of my wants and needs, yes I would definitely buy it. Deeply discounted price compared to a current model and ,if its unused or even used as a demo the dealer is selling as new, a full "new bike" warranty beginning with the mileage on the odometer. If it has everything you want, why not?
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If the 2016 satisfied all of my wants and needs, yes I would definitely buy it. Deeply discounted price compared to a current model and ,if its unused or even used as a demo the dealer is selling as new, a full "new bike" warranty beginning with the mileage on the odometer. If it has everything you want, why not?
Just to clarify, you don't think sitting in a warehouse for a couple of years would be harmful to the bike, or in some way reduce its lifespan? Forgive me, I'm not mechanically inclined.
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The only things I would be concerned with would be rubber parts that are exposed to sunlight. If the bike has been stored indoors (humidity controlled would be best, but I doubt any dealer is going to spend that money), then the only other concern would be tires. They have a life span of approximately 5 years, regardless of mileage or how its been stored. You can look at the sidewall to see when it was made. Even a tire that has sat on a rack for two years with wrapper still on, its already lost 40% of its value. So for that you might want to consider bargaining for new tires. But still check the mfg date even if the dealer gives you new ones. Discreetly, you don't want to insult the guy.
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All good advice from Randy.



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The only things I would be concerned with would be rubber parts that are exposed to sunlight. If the bike has been stored indoors (humidity controlled would be best, but I doubt any dealer is going to spend that money), then the only other concern would be tires. They have a life span of approximately 5 years, regardless of mileage or how its been stored. You can look at the sidewall to see when it was made. Even a tire that has sat on a rack for two years with wrapper still on, its already lost 40% of its value. So for that you might want to consider bargaining for new tires. But still check the mfg date even if the dealer gives you new ones. Discreetly, you don't want to insult the guy.
Great advice!

One more question, then I'll give you guys a break.

On Honda's website, it shows the F6B available for "build." When I select the options, it then shows me a list of local dealers I can get a quote from. That is clearly an indication that Honda has some left, and will ship them out, right? I hope it's not a website issue, only to find that they're not really available. Also, it shows an MSRP of $21,499. That's obviously not what I'll pay, right? What kind of discounts do you think I should expect for a 2016 year model bike?

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