By December 17, 2013 Read More →

2014 Honda Gold Wing F6C

Honda Gold Wing F6C 2014Based on the Honda GL1800 Gold Wing chassis and engine, the 2014 Honda Gold Wing F6C injects a massive dose of adrenaline and attitude into Honda’s custom cruiser range. It’s a whole 70kg lighter than the GL1800 and its 1,832cc fuel-injected six-cylinder powerplant delivers a flood of torque with a satisfying, spine-tingling snarl thanks to twin slash-cut exhaust mufflers.

Honda’s 1,832cc horizontally opposed SOHC 12-valve six-cylinder unit has a real head start in the power delivery department. Fed by PGM-FI controlled fuel-injection with twin 40mm Keihin throttle bodies, it employs an F6C-specific 6.6-litre airbox and panel-type air filter. Bore and stroke is set at 74mm x 71mm, with compression ratio of 9.8:1. It produces 167Nm torque at just 4,000rpm, with peak power output of 85kW @ 5,500rpm. Location of the radiators proved an interesting challenge, as they could not be front mounted. Side mounting was the natural solution with airflow managed by optimised channeling within the side cowls.

The five-speed gearbox (which employs 5th as very much an overdrive for relaxed cruising) delivers the engine’s torque via shaft drive. The hydraulic clutch lever’s pull ratio has been revised to offer a lighter action – less than 60N load – for stress-free operation. Over 10 exhaust systems were prototyped during development, with countless internal structures and end-caps. The engineers were searching for a perfectly balanced exhaust note with dual personality – a throaty growl at low-rpm and high-pitched crescendo at maximum rpm. In the end they were very satisfied with their efforts, and the result. The left hand muffler has a slightly larger 3.8-litre volume, the right 3.3-litre.

The F6C forms a bridge between the new Honda CTX1300 and the Honda Gold Wing F6B/GL1800 Gold Wing. It’s lighter than its fully loaded touring-focused Gold Wing siblings and provides a riding experience that’s dynamic when required and chilled-out when not. – thanks to well-controlled suspension, dual four-piston caliper front brakes and ergonomic riding position.