F6B or Convert a GL1800?


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F6B or Convert a GL1800?

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Right now I have a 1980 naked GL1100, which I like for around town and for short trips, but I would like to go on a cross Canada trip this summer. I am looking for something a little more comfortable with more wind-protection, but I still like the cruiser look more then the regular GW style. I like the looks of the new F6B, but they are fairly pricey. So I am wondering if I should get a used GL1800 and convert it to a "bagger" style GW or if I should just bite the bullet and get a F6B. I could get a good used bike for around $10000, and then the conversion kit would be another $500. The F6B retails for around $22000 in Canada. What are your guys' opinions?

The conversion kit I am looking at is on this site:

http://www.mblinnovations.com/sports_kit.html



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Re: F6B or Convert a GL1800?

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I see you are from Alberta and I'm curious where the "good used $10,000" bikes are.?? I haven't seen too many 1800's at that pricing other than high mileage early models.

To answer your question though I would go with the conversion because then you still get a centre stand, cruise control and other goodies the F6B is without.
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cbx4evr, This is the bike that I had been looking at:

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-touring/calgary/ ... nFlag=true

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That's priced not too bad. I've seen older bikes going for more.
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I rode the F6B last year, and it is an amazing motorcycle, however, as CBX4evr mentioned - no center stand, no cruise control, etc. The reason I purchased a Goldwing in the first place was for those extra amenities that Harley could not provide. I did love the F6B, but I ain't giving up my cruise control. That there is the deal breaker. I could live without a center stand, as I have motorcycle jacks, but no cruise - no buy. You did mention wanting to take a long trip - and cruise control is (for me) now an integral part of any long trip. If it was me, I would have already snapped up that shiny red one as everyone knows red is the fastest color, :lol:
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Not to be dumb, but why not get the GL1800 and do the needed basic maintenance and so forth, then take the trip and then decide where to go with modifications and changes or different bikes after a test trip? Use the Gold Wing for what it is designed to do on the long trip and see how you like it and how it performs, then you can decide what you want to change or replace.

And as noted pay attention to the things like cruise control that are not of the F6B to see what you want and need. I know that I love cruise control--on interstate it makes it easy, it also helps me keep my speed in check to avoid tickets, and puts a lot less stress on my wrist. This is especially noticeable the first 3/4 days of a trip. I am curious how you check oil with the F6B since it is tied to the Wing being on the centerstand.
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Not clear of the rationale about buying a touring bike, for a long tour, and immediately removing a lot of the storage capacity. :?
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+1 on the cruise control. I lost my cruise control at the beginning of a two week road trip a few years back. As the song goes, "you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone".
I'll never have another touring bike without it.

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One of the major changes in the F6B is the weight reduction. Taking the trunk off the GL 1800 doesn't really get you a F6B like bike, it'll still be a GL 1800 minus the trunk. For myself, I wouldn't waste the money on the mod.

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In Jan I bought a new 2013 F6B in Ottawa. In addition to the discount that I negotiated with the dealer, Honda Canada provided a $2,000 discount on remaining 2013 F6B's.

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That's a pretty good discount from MSRP. I haven't seen anything like it in the US.

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Re: F6B or Convert a GL1800?

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Investigate before you buy, that kit fits late model GLs. The ones you find for $10,000 are first gen. Make sure they have a kit that fits before you get your heart set on something and find out you can get there from here.

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Re: F6B or Convert a GL1800?

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The conversion kit is pretty nice the last I checked the cost was about 700.00 but it looks nice I would make the conversion before buying a F6. Honda just misses the boat on of there new models. Why take away your cruise control and reverse when it already there. When I went to check out the F6 I was very disappointed. Here's a link to the MLB conversion site.

http://www.mblinnovations.com/sports_kit.html



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