2013 Honda Gold Wing F6B | First Ride

A restyle that improves handling? Now that’s cool.

By Kevin Smith, Photography by Kevin Wing

EVOLUTION
Honda’s iconic Gold Wing luxury tourer gets a shave and a haircut to create a surprisingly stylish and sophisticated bagger.

RIVALS
Harley-Davidson Road Glide Custom, Kawasaki Vaquero, Victory Vision,

TECH 
Price$19,999
Engine typel-c opposed-six
Valve trainSOHC, 12v
Displacement1832cc
Bore x stroke74 x 71mm
Compression9.8:1
Fuel systemEFI
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Transmission5-speed
Claimed horsepower116 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Claimed torque125 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm
FrameAluminum twin-spar with single-sided swingarm
Front suspensionShowa 45mm fork
Rear suspensionShowa shock with adjustable spring preload
Front brakeDual Nissin three-piston calipers, 296mm discs, with Combined ABS
Rear brakeSingle Nissin three-piston caliper, 316mm disc, with Combined ABS
Front tire130/70R-18 Bridgestone Excedra G709
Rear tire180/60R-16 Bridgestone Excedra G709
Rake/trail29.15 degrees/4.3 in.
Seat height29.1 in.
Wheelbase66.5 in.
Fuel capacity6.7 gal.
Claimed curb weight842 lbs.
ColorBlack, red
AvailableNow
Warranty36 mo., unlimited mi.
ContactAmerican Honda Motor Co., Inc.,
P.O. Box 2200,
Torrance, CA 90509
866.784.1870
www.powersports.honda.com

VERDICT 4 out of 5 stars
An unexpected—and unexpectedly satisfying—reinvention of the venerable Gold Wing platform.

By Kevin Smith
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Lakeabilene
Much ado about nothing. You could simply buy a used wing with cruise, take off the windshield and rear box, and you wouldn't have that eyesore flat black to not impress folks with. Even Harleys have cruise. I am not buying the whole, this is much better than a wing bull stuff. Honda has rested on their laurels long enough with the wing, many improvements beg to be done now, like take off some weight, automatic windshield, fix the constant tire change issue. Make the stock bags removable. Make the seat interchangeable.
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