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2015 Honda Gold Wing and Gold Wing F6B Mark 40th Anniversary
Honda is celebrating the 40th year since the 1975 debut of the Gold Wing with special anniversary editions for 2015. Both the Gold Wing and the Gold Wing F6B will come with 40th anniversary badging.
“For 2015 we are proud to be celebrating 40 years of the Gold Wing. This model means so much to our company and our customers,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “When this model was introduced in 1975 it revolutionized what touring in America could be. It was our customers’ passion for adventure and traveling the open road that really defined the Gold Wing and how it is used today.”
The 2015 Honda Gold Wing will be available in three color options, Black, Light Silver Metallic and a two-tone Candy Red and Black. The two-tone color includes a silver band inlaid with 40th anniversary emblems to separate red from black. It also comes with blacked-out wheels, frame, fork, swingarm and exhausts. All three color options come with 40th anniversary badging on the fairing front and inner, trunk lid and key fob.
The 2015 Honda Gold Wing F6B receives cruise control as standard equipment, a welcome addition for those who enjoy long journeys on the highway. In European models, the F6B will also get reverse gear as standard equipment, making it easier for riders to maneuver the F6B’s 864-pound claimed curb weight in and out of parking spaces. A standard feature on the regular Gold Wing since the 1987 GL1500, reverse gear is operated from the right handlebar and uses the electric starter motor. Unfortunately, reverse gear will not be available on U.S. models.
The 2015 F6B will be available in standard and deluxe trim levels. The deluxe model adds self-cancelling turn signals, heated grips, a center stand and passenger backrest. Both standard and deluxe versions will be available in Matte Silver and Blue Metallic. All 2015 F6B models will also sport commemorative 40th anniversary emblems and key fobs.
The 2015 Honda Gold Wing arrives in dealerships in October with prices staring at $23,999. The 2015 F6B will follow in November, but pricing remains to be determined.