HONDA F6B (2013 - 2017) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Lighter than the Goldwing, narrower than a panniered adventure bike, and over 40 degrees of lean. Think of the F6B as a Wing that’s gone through a mid-life crisis and come out fitter and meaner.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The F6B is capable of a 42° lean angle before dragging its mid-mount pegs, but once you get it heaved over, it’s not going to change direction or lean angle quickly. There's no ABS which seems like a glaring omission on a touring bike, but the stock 320mm discs and four-piston calipers deliver plenty of feel and, once you’ve loaded that front contact patch with all 382kg, breaking traction isn’t a realistic expectation.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The 116bhp is delivered so smoothly that traction control or any of that gadgetry is unnecessary (which is just as well because the F6B has none). Combine that with the smooth, momentous torque from the 1832cc flat-six engine - 125ftlb, which is considerably more than the Honda Fireblade’s 82ftlb - and you have a solid recipe for fast progress.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The Goldwing has been around for quite some time now and they're incredibly well put together. The engine's fairly unstressed and the standard Goldwing has an average of 4.8 out of 5 in our owner reviews.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
At £20,399, the F6B isn't cheap but then Goldwings never were. But this bike was designed for the American market and only a few have been imported to the UK so you're buying exclusivity as well as a whole lot of motorcycle.
Honda has tried to emphasise sportiness and made the bike lighter, lither and more stylish. It chopped the Wing’s screen, fitted a lower, longer seat, ditched the top box and electric reverse, replaced the electric preload adjuster for the rear shock with a remote hydraulic item, turned the mirrors upside down and cleaned up the plastics to show off the flat-six engine. The F6B makes do without electronics, traction control, and ABS. But with a cockpit like the Starship Enterprise, there’s still masses to play with.
|Engine type||liquid-cooled, flat-6, SOHC, two valves per cylinder, shaft final drive|
|Frame type||Aluminium beam|
|Fuel capacity||25 litres|
|Front suspension||45mm cartridge fork with anti-dive system|
|Rear suspension||Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm with Pro-Link single shock with remote controlled preload adjustment,104mm (4.1-inch) travel|
|Front brake||2 x 296mm discs with triple-piston calipers|
|Rear brake||316mm dsic with triple-piston calipers|
|Front tyre size||130/70-18|
|Rear tyre size||180/60-16|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||59 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||116 bhp|
|Max torque||125 ft-lb|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||320 miles|
Model history & versions
2013: Model introduced
Owners' reviews for the HONDA F6B (2013 - 2017)
1 owner has reviewed their HONDA F6B (2013 - 2017) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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best bike i have owned over 40 years
no problems at 23000 miles