According to Asphalt and Rubber’s spy network, Honda is working on a naked Gold Wing, known as the F6C.
Supposedly, this new bike will feature the flat six motor that powers the Gold Wing and the new-for-2013 F6B, but stuff it into a cruiser chassis with no extraneous bodywork. That’s supposed to mean a 154-lb drop in weight. At 750ish lbs, it still won’t be svelte, but when you figure that motor makes 116 ft-lbs of torque, the bike surely won’t have any trouble getting out of its own way.
Rmours have the machine based around an aluminum chassis, designed for a low seat height. The front end will be a raked-out variation on the standard Gold Wing forks. Honda is apparently doing more than just trimming away some bags, like they did with this summer’s F6B – it sounds like they’re going for the power cruiser approach.
When will this machine be launched? We’re guessing we’ll learn more at the Tokyo Motor Show, if the rumours are true.