Well...I finally managed to purchase the bike I've had my eyes on for a few years now. I bought a 2013 Honda F6B Deluxe with 7600 miles on the clock. First, the pictures:
(Here's the Album too: https://photos.app.goo.gl/v4SXRZgg9j0aOApn1
I bought it in Erie, PA and I live in Detroit, MI, so I had to get it back home. I hopped a flight to Erie, bought the bike, and rode it all the way home in the afternoon. It was a beautiful ride and, not surprisingly, the F6B is much more comfortable on the highway than the 919. It's the deluxe model, so it's got a center stand, heated grips, passenger back rest, and a rear luggage rack. In addition, the PO put on a TorqMaster exhaust with Torq Loops, floor boards and controls, highway pegs, wired for communications, and a touring windscreen (which is coming off). I kinda feel like I stole this, but I'm not gonna complain about getting a deal. Poor guy had to pay $2k on top of our price to discharge the lien. He said he wasn't using it, as evidenced by the low miles, and I've already put close to 500 on it.
The bike is beautiful and the ride is wonderful. I've never been on a Goldwing, but the F6B handles better than it should given how much it weighs. It carries the weight down low and while you have to acknowledge that it's a heavy bike (I wouldn't call it nimble) it definitely puts a Harley to shame. Yeah, it could use some updated electronics and features, but the overall fit and finish is awesome. The seat and riding position are very comfortable and gives more space for taller guys than the regular Goldwing. I really like the look of the analog gauges and having big beefy buttons for everything is definitely preferable to smaller ones or a touchscreen. This thing absolutely hauls ass. Calling the engine's output a Torque "Curve" is not accurate; it's a Torque Table. There's always passing power on hand thanks to that big flat 6.
A couple gripes:
-The touring windscreen puts the wind right across my brow line (I'm 6'6") so there's some pretty good buffeting going on. I'm going to put on the smaller windscreen because I'd rather be in clean air at speed than deal with the head bob. We'll see if that helps.
-This bike is definitely wanting a 6th gear. It's got a 5th gear OD and does fine when you keep it around 75mph, but once you start getting over 80mph, the engine is turning 3k plus, and that's just too high for an engine that develops that much torque. It could easily move the bike with 750-1000 fewer RPMs.
-I wish it had cruise control and ABS. The crampbuster works fine, but already I'm thinking about trying to wire up Honda's CC. The linked brakes work great and stopping isn't a problem at all, but I'd certainly like the peace of mind of ABS.
I still need to fiddle with the suspension preload and just get more comfortable with the bike, but so far this bike is everything I wanted and more. Everything about it says bulletproof and high quality. I'm not hanging up the 919 by any means, I just won't be riding it up North to the cottage anymore haha.
If anyone has any questions or tips for me, I'd certainly like to hear them. Now, I just need to decide on the vanity plate (5 letters) and the name. I'm leaning towards F6BB8 for the plate (I'm a Star Wars nerd). The 919 is named "ScarJo", so I'm open to suggestions on that front.
Ride safe everyone,