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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Test rode both bikes Thursday
1st the LT:
This is a great attempt at designing a classic style leather bagged cruiser. It is the most comfortable I have ridden to date. The power is exceptional and the handling and breaking excellent. The seat is as custom as it gets and the best I have seen any MFG put out. Fit and finish is nice and this bike is a nice compliment to the style of a Road King Classic. The 1700 twin is all day powerful and the 5 speed trans is smooth. The only thing that I didn't care for was the rattle in the motor during acceleration, The lack of a gear shift indicator, the flimsy Honda like leather bags although large and spoke wheels although there were WW radials mounted.

F6B
If you have never ridden a Gold wing like myself then I would try the F6B first. This thing is a freaking rocket. What a motor! truly one of the best in the MC world. The last bike that made me smile like this was a Boss Hoss. Clutch engagement is touchy as is the brakes but you get used to it. One thing I couldn't get used to was the foot position using the pegs. The chopped windshield has got to go. My head got plowed. The fairing otherwise is the best in the biz. I felt no wind below my neck LOL. The stereo was decent using component style speakers and I could hear it clean in the wind at 70 mph. The seating position also takes getting used to but I could have ridden this bike all day. Speaking of all day riding the bags are adequate at best but a backrest and luggage rack with a tour bag is all you need.

Only a 5 speed tranny and the lack of a shift indicator was disappointing. The lack of cruise control as we all know kind of added to the WTF factor. Otherwise put a good after market shield on it and a set of forward pegs and have a freaking blast! I would have one of these. I want to ride the Valkyrie next.

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Having owned an '03 Wing, I can attest to the smoothness and raw power these things have and you don't need any more than 5 gears IMO. One thing I really liked about the Wing was that you could go down as low as 50 km/h (30 mph) in 5th gear, crank the throttle and be gone without any hesitation or shuddering ... just pulls away effortlessly.

Having rode 2 1st generation Yamaha Ventures prior to the Wing, the peg position was easy to get used to although I did ride a 2nd gen for 3 years in between which has floorboards and a forward foot placement.

Really liked the Wing with the exception that it just didn't feel like a motorcycle ... more like a car.

There is a chance I will go back to a Wing in future, once I retire and we do our year long road trip.

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I really liked the F6B. I know the wing is a great bike too but I have yet to ride another bike that all around can out perform my XC. Especially after my motor mods. The Wing/F6B are quality machines. I look forward to future generations of these bikes. Imagine that 6 cylinder motor in a Vision.

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I looked at the F6B before I bought the Victory. Having owned a Valkyrie, I was aware of the mid-mount pegs and the issues they cause for my knees. Between that issue, inability to change the handlebars, no cruise and no ABS, I was turned off. It's a hell of a motor, but Honda needs to up their game in several areas. It made the XCT a no-brainer.

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I looked at the F6B before I bought the Victory. Having owned a Valkyrie, I was aware of the mid-mount pegs and the issues they cause for my knees. Between that issue, inability to change the handlebars, no cruise and no ABS, I was turned off. It's a hell of a motor, but Honda needs to up their game in several areas. It made the XCT a no-brainer.
So true. If I ever did get one I would tweak it to my liking. I heard a Rune with custom exhaust and a touch of custom parts that had everyone loving it at Bike week. What a sound. The wheels were quite the show stopper too. I looked at used Runes and they are not that used. A 10 yr old Rune still brings top $$. If I can find one for a decent price I would like to have it otherwise I would lower the F6B Install a custom seat, black it all out and do the exhaust.

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It's the foot peg position you're stuck with because of the engine configuration that I don't like. It's options are highway pegs and nothing in between.
I can't confirm this but some believe a hard bagged LT with a fairing is likely coming.

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I was leaning hard towards a Thunderbird before I bought my XR. I test rode two different ones and loved the ride both times, tons of power and handled great. The downside was it was still a little cramped for my 34" inseam and after adding shield, bags, bars it was going to cost thousands more than I paid for my XR.

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lack of a gear shift indicator...
lack of a shift indicator was disappointing...
I have to ask... why is a gear position indicator so important?

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I have to ask... why is a gear position indicator so important?
LOL... I often wonder that too!

About the only time I ever look at mine is when I'm stopped ... am I starting off in 1st or 2nd...?

When I had the Wing, I'd often start off in 2nd (not on purpose), and it didn't make much difference other than you didn't have to shift as soon.

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LOL... I often wonder that too!
I only owned one bike that had one and I never looked at it. On this bike there's a green "OD" light that comes on in 6th gear (you can't see it in sunlight) but I don't pay much attention to it... I only notice it because it's in the tach...

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