Ergonomics play a role here too. While the footpegs are in the same place and the cast bars are identical, the F6B’s flatter saddle carries a much less obtrusive butt bolster, and it’s narrower at the front, so both its roominess and its apparent leg-over distance are better. Even though it’s not, the F6B feels smaller, more compact, lighter...better. Aside from the increase in turbulence from the stunted windscreen and the reduction of cargo capacity, we like the F6B a whole lot more than the Gold Wing. For us, we’d rather start with the $20,499 F6B than the $29,129 40th Anniversary (with Nav/XM/ABS) Gold Wing to build an “American-style” touring rig. Is that just our sporting bias showing through? Perhaps. If you believe that, you’ll be shocked to hear this: We like the $17,999 Valkyrie even more. What’s this? A group of avowed performance junkies getting all weak-kneed for the modern Valky? Yes, when you assume that we already appreciate the six-pot’s torque and capabilities and would rather have a lighter bike over a heavier one. Get this: The Valkyrie is 108 pounds lighter than the F6B. The Valky carries just a half-gallon less fuel, so the remaining difference comes from what the power cruiser doesn’t have—fairing, bags, electro gizmos, flab.