It seems the designers at Honda are getting a little jealous of all of those Harley baggers. The Gold Wing is a wonderful touring platform and you see them cruising the interstates all the time, but the black leather and razor stubble crowd isn’t buying it, from their reactions, you would think someone was asking them to wear a dress. It’s obvious a lot of folks think the Gold Wing can be modified and they’ve been doing it for years, but Honda? Well, I guess the pent up frustration overflowed, because for 2013 they’re introducing the Gold Wing F6B, low windshield, no trunk, just a lean, low and bad bagger.
Honda has re-aimed their flagship at a different rider, forget the cross country journey, now it’s “perfect for around-town, shorter trips, or even a weekend getaway,” or maybe just bar hopping. The Gold Wing has gone over to the dark side.
It comes standard in black, the deluxe adds a low back rest, center stand and heated grips.
Look at the Honda website, no happy retired couple pulling a trailer as they ride through Yellowstone on the F6B or successful twosome riding away from their jet, no sir, it’s a guy dressed in a dark leather jacket, a forgotten shave or two with the wind in his face (low windshield, remember?), someone who could just as easily be on a Harley. I wonder if they’ll have to keep it off in a corner of the showroom so the bad crowd won’t scare off their other customers.
Available in Black or Red on both standard and deluxe models. Price: $19,999; Deluxe $20,999.
Link: Honda Gold Wing F6B