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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.

2012 Honda NC700X – First Look

2012 Honda NC700X: A new do-it-all middleweight.

Greg Drevenstedt
January 20, 2012

At the New York stop on the International Motorcycle Shows tour, American Honda is unveiling an all-new model, the 2012 Honda NC700X. First seen at the EICMA show in Italy last October, the NC700X features adventure-bike styling, a new engine, and nimble handling. In addition, the NC700X offers the option... Read more »

Honda Gold Wing GL1800 Brake Recall

Honda Goldwing

Rider Magazine
December 2, 2011

  According to American Honda, as of today its dealers have ceased selling Gold Wing GL1800 motorcycle models until they can be inspected for the existence of an out-of-tolerance part or parts that can cause the rear brake to drag. Moreover the company has launched an official recall of all GL1800s... Read more »

New Hondas at Italy Show

Honda Crosstourer

Rider Magazine
November 17, 2011

  Honda revealed production versions of its new Crosstourer, Integra and two new mid-sized machines, the NC700X and NC700S, at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, last week. No word as yet from American Honda if the bikes will be coming here to join the ranks of updated 2012 motorcycles like the Gold... Read more »

Honda Adds More Street Models to 2012 Lineup

2012 Honda VFR1200F DCT

Rider Magazine
November 10, 2011

  Five more models have been added to the Honda street lineup for 2012, joining updated bikes like the Gold Wing and CBR1000RR, and returning models like the  ST1300, Fury and Shadow 750s. One of the five–or two depending upon how you look at it–is the VFR1200F and VFR1200F DCT, the... Read more »

More 2012 Honda Street Motorcycle Models

2012 Honda

Press Release
September 26, 2011

  The list of 2012 Honda models is growing as a dozen new additions expand the upcoming season lineup. This latest release includes the substantially revamped CBR1000RR superbike. Sportbike fans will also be glad to see the CBR600RR in 2012, and riders partial to cruisers can welcome back eight... Read more »

2011 Honda CB1000R Road Test

Honda CB1000R left side action and underbelly

Greg Drevenstedt
August 9, 2011

  Designed and built in Italy, the CB1000R features the angular, aggressive styling of many motorcycles born in that speed-obsessed country. My uncle Lanny is a veteran of AFM races in the ’70s, the Bay Area’s infamous Sunday Morning Rides, and a resident of Mendocino County, an enchanting area... Read more »

2012 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 Road Test

2012 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 left side action

Mark Tuttle
June 21, 2011

  What makes a motorcycle a luxury-touring bike? An integrated top trunk and side cases, with some additional storage here and there? A built-in sound system, intercom, CB? Extra-cushy seating and lots of wind protection? All of the above? The list of common luxo-touring features may be long, but... Read more »

2010 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 Road Test

2010 Honda Gold Wing instruments

Rider Magazine
June 21, 2011

photography by Rich Cox [This 2010 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 Road Test was originally published as a Ridden & Rated in the June 2011 issue of Rider magazine] The bridge of the GL1800 mothership is chock-a-block with gauges, displays, buttons and controls. Our Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS test bike was... Read more »

2012 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 ABS Road Test

2012 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 ABS

Rider Magazine
June 16, 2011

photography by Kevin Wing and the author [This 2012 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 ABS Road Test was originally published as a Rider Test in the August 2011 issue of Rider magazine] 2012 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 ABS The typical day ride, especially on a luxury-touring motorcycle such as the new 2012 Honda Gold... Read more »

2011 Honda CBR250R vs. Kawasaki Ninja 250R Road Test Comparison

2011 Kawasaki Ninja 250 and Honda CBR250R action

Arden Kysely
June 13, 2011

photography by Rich Cox [This 2011 Honda CBR250R vs. Kawasaki Ninja 250R Road Test Comparison was originally published in the May 2011 issue of Rider magazine] The Ninja (left) reigns in the canyons, the CBR rules in town, but their capabilities overlap so much that we're still flipping a coin. Reading... 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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