I made an excuse to go for a ride yesterday afternoon, and chose a Honda motorcycle dealer as my destination. I have been reading a lot about the F6B, and wanted to sit on one to see how it felt. Observations:
Overall, I was disappointed in some things…
1. A helmet will not fit in either of the saddlebags, even though I read on the internets that a helmet will fit.
2. To access the saddlebags, one has to dismount the bike, insert a key in the trunk area (like a car without a remote trunk release), to unlock the latches for the saddlebags. What a PITA unless you never need to access the bags along the way…(now that I think about it…how often do I do that??
3. The audio system - a less than modern configuration. There is a connector for your phone's headphone jack, but it did not fit well along with my Otterbox protector. Even worse, someone at Honda thinks that one must play music and NOT charge their phone simultaneously; it is not possible to connect your charger to the phone AND have the phone connected to the audio jack at the same time. The power receptacle is corded, but one cannot close the weather-proof compartment while the cord is run into that compartment as the latch will not allow the panel to close. It is either the music, or the 12 V charger…not both...which then would require the panel to be open while riding or a separate mount for your phone. Also, the receptacle Honda provides requires a separate connector, to be purchased of course, because the factory power supply set up does not connect with any device.
4. I did not start or drive the bike; just wanted to sit on it. Good seating position, as I like having my feet directly under me (straight lower leg) or slightly out front; firm but compliant seat which would probably be comfortable for long distance. Lots of leg room. Much more than the regular Gold Wing with its backrest that eats up seat length.
I like it, but was not tempted at all. Meanwhile, the ol' 1100 drove me home last night through a thunderstorm at midnight, sure-footed as always. That was the first time I had ridden in anything other than a light sprinkle. Good thing I like because it appears as though I will be riding it for another year or two. The dealer's best price was $19,800 (MSRP $21,599) including a rebate. Not a bad deal if I was ready to buy. I think I will rig up a phone charger and get a RAM mount for the 1100…I need to be able to charge my phone while riding, and use the Mapquest app from time to time. The Ultimate seat is on its way, so I think this additions will tide me over for awhile. She is closing in on 40,000 miles!