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Honda, the biggest of the Japanese Big Four, began manufacturing motorcycles in 1955. Honda motorcycle road tests reflect the company's history as the world's largest manufacturer of both motorcycles and internal combustion engines by volume. Honda's Super Cub, having been in continuous production since 1958 and surpassing 60 million units in 2008, is the world's most produced motor vehicle. The Super Cub's U.S. advertising campaign, "You meet the nicest people on a Honda," had a positive, enduring impact on Honda motorcycles, their image, and American attitudes about motorcycling.

Comparison Test: 2013 BMW C 650 GT vs. 2013 Honda NC700X

The C 650 GT is a sport tourer in scooter clothing; the NC700X is nimble, adequately quick and easy to ride.

Mark Tuttle
April 3, 2013

We aren’t normally a shiftless bunch except for an hour or two after lunch, but we recently spent the last two weeks swapping between two new “automatics”—BMW’s C 650 GT maxi-scooter, and Honda’s NC700X with dual-clutch transmission—in an effort to see which type of shiftless two-wheeler... Read more »

2013 Honda CBR600RR First Ride

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Greg Drevenstedt
March 29, 2013

Ten years. More than 100,000 units sold. Multiple AMA Supersport and Formula Xtreme championships. Seven FIM World Supersport titles. Genesis for the official spec engine in Moto2 racing. New MotoGP-inspired bodywork has 6.5% less aerodynamic drag. Those are serious bona fides for a serious sportbike.... Read more »

2014 Honda CTX700 and CTX700N – First Look

2014 Honda CTX700 in Cool Candy Red

Greg Drevenstedt
February 8, 2013

At the Chicago round of the International Motorcycle Show, Honda announced updated colors and pricing for the recently released NC700X and the introduction of two new models, the CTX700 and CTX700N, both powered by the same 670cc parallel twin as the NC. This announcement rounds out the largest crop... Read more »

Retrospective: Honda NC/NA50 Express: 1977-1983

1980 Honda NA50 Express II

Clement Salvadori
February 4, 2013

When the price of gasoline rose to 60 cents a gallon back in 1976, Honda figured it had a whole new market. Americans were approaching panic status at the thought of spending more than 10 bucks to fill up the tank of that Buick or Dodge. OPEC (Organization of Oil Exporting Countries) had us over the... Read more »

Rider Comparo: 2013 Honda CRF250L vs. 2013 Kawasaki KLX250S vs. 2013 Yamaha WR250R

Light, nimble and economical to operate, our 250 dual-sports all have plenty of fun on tap, whether your destination is work, school or the wide open spaces.

Arden Kysely
January 31, 2013

The last time Rider corralled a herd of 250 dual-sports (April 2008), we chose the thriftiest models available in the face of rising gas prices. This time we went for best-in-class, grabbing Yamaha’s WR250R, Honda’s new CRF250L and Kawasaki’s KLX250S—the only return contender. The KLX received... Read more »

2013 Honda CRF250L: Ridden & Rated

The tall and lean CRF250L has good low- and midrange torque and is equally at home off-road and on the pavement.

Donya Carlson
January 3, 2013

Conventional wisdom says you can’t please everyone, but that’s not stopping Honda from trying. Its new 2013 CRF250L dual-sport has a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine derived from the peppy CBR250R. The company’s goal is to spark the imagination of returning, new and current... Read more »

2013 Honda CB1100 – First Ride

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Greg Drevenstedt
November 16, 2012

When I was a young boy, my father introduced me to the joys of motorcycling. Dad would take my brother and me on leisurely rides in the country aboard his Honda CB750 Four. In the late 1970s, I was too young to know or care about the significance of the CB750, that its transverse, in-line four cylinder... Read more »

2013 Honda PCX150 Review

Efficient and delightful around town, highway capable, underseat storage that holds a full-face helmet and more, and your choice of Metallic Black or Candy Red…what’s not to like about the PCX150?

Donya Carlson
November 12, 2012

Good things may come in small packages, but Honda’s pint-sized PCX just got bigger…and better. Honda has upped the PCX125’s liquid-cooled, 125cc single-cylinder engine to 152.9cc to make it highway legal in most, if not all, 50 states. In the process, Honda improved the PCX150’s seat comfort,... Read more »

Honda Adds Six 2013 Models that will Surprise You

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Greg Drevenstedt
November 12, 2012

American Honda clearly feels bullish about 2013. It has already introduced three new models for the upcoming year (NC700X, CRF250L and PCX150), and it has just unveiled another six all-new models and the return of five others. 2013 Honda CB1100 Honda’s retro-styled CB1100, which pays respect to its... Read more »

2012 Honda NC700X DCT ABS Road Test

The 2012 Honda NC700X is aimed squarely at new and returning riders, and experienced ones who want an economical second bike.

Mark Tuttle
November 8, 2012

Motorcycles are not appliances. Even if your main goal in buying one is to accomplish a daily task like commuting with the lowest possible vehicle and fuel costs, few riders would be satisfied with a motorcycle that is as dull as a dishwasher. We still want performance that excites us, looks that fuel... Read more »

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Honda Motorcycles, Who Uses Them?

Honda offers a full range of motorcycles, from cruisers, sport tourers, sportbikes and the iconic Gold Wing luxury tourer to dirt bikes, dual-sports and scooters, as well as ATVs, side-by-sides and personal watercraft.


Honda Motorcycle Standouts

Honda motorcycle reviews mark 1969 as the year the Honda CB750 introduced the transverse, overhead camshaft, in-line four cylinder engine that became the dominant configuration among high-performance motorcycles, and became the first widely produced motorcycle to feature a front disc brake. The 1974 Honda Gold Wing GL1000 featured a reliable, torquey, smooth-running flat-four engine that was ideal for long-distance touring; over its nearly 40-year history of Honda motorcycle road tests, the Gold Wing became the standard by which all other luxury-touring motorcycles were measured. In the early 1980s, Honda's VF/VFR line of V4 powered motorcycles launched the sportbike category, bringing 'race replica' styling, suspension and performance to street-legal motorcycles. The Honda VFR750 went on to become one of the most refined and revered sport-touring motorcycles ever made.

In Honda motorcycle reviews, the VFR1200F was Rider's 2010 Motorcycle of the Year because of its powerful, MotoGP-inspired V4 engine, optional dual-clutch transmission (a first on a motorcycle) and exquisite fit and finish, elevating Honda's iconic VFR to an even higher level of sophistication.

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