2014 Hondas First Look Review
November 5, 2013
Filed under Honda Motorcycle Road Tests: Reviews on Honda Motorcycles, Latest News
As if the more than two dozen all-new or updated models that Honda has introduced since 2012, including the new Gold Wing, F6B, CB1100, NC700X, CTX700s and CB500s, weren’t enough, Big Red’s pipeline is still churning out new bikes. In addition to the recently unveiled new-think CTX1300 cruiser-tourer, Honda has announced a new track-ready CBR1000RR SP, a blacked-out Gold Wing and more returning models.
2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP
Up-spec sportbikes are popular because they offer higher-quality components in one package that is less expensive than buying those items individually. The all-new CBR1000RR SP features fully adjustable Öhlins front and rear suspension, plus Brembo front brakes and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC high-performance tires. A lightweight subframe lowers the center of gravity and a new rear single-seat cowl shaves additional weight. The CBR’s 999cc in-line four puts out more power and torque thanks to a new cylinder head, intake tract and exhaust system, along with high-performance pistons and connecting rods. The SP’s riding position is now more track-oriented and a bubble windscreen creates a larger still-air pocket for the rider. Available in a special white/red/blue paint scheme in February 2014; pricing is TBD.
The 2014 Honda CBR1000RR receives the same engine changes, ergonomics revision (new handlebars and relocated footpegs) and bubble windscreen as the SP model. Available in February 2014; price TBD.
2014 Honda Gold Wing
The mighty GL1800 got an extensive update for 2012. Powered by a smooth, torquey 1,832cc opposed six-cylinder engine and equipped with a level of comfort and luxury that very few motorcycles can match, the Gold Wing returns unchanged for 2014—the year that marks the Gold Wing’s 40th anniversary (Rider also celebrates its 40th next year). The GL1800 will be available in all-new colors, including Candy Red, Pearl Blue and Black with a blacked-out treatment. Available in January 2014 with an MSRP ranging from $23,990-$29,550.
2014 Gold Wing F6B
Quite unexpectedly, Honda introduced the Gold Wing-based F6B (Flat Six Bagger) for 2013, introducing a new level of performance to the red-hot bagger class. It has a cut-down windscreen, a gunfighter-style seat, hard saddlebags and a premium audio system, but no trunk, ABS, navigation, cruise control or reverse. As before, the F6B is offered in standard ($19,999) or Deluxe trim ($21,099), the latter adding a centerstand, self-cancelling turn signals, passenger backrest and heated grips. Available in Black or new Pearl Yellow in January 2014.
Other 2014 Hondas
Returning in January 2014 is the NC700X adventure tourer with optional Automatic Dual Clutch Transmission and ABS (price TBD), which gets new adjustable clutch and brake levers and more comprehensive instrumentation (gear indicator, fuel consumption, miles per gallon and miles to empty).
Also returning in January is Honda’s all-new CB500 line, which includes the CB500X adventure tourer ($5,999), CB500F naked bike ($5,499) and CBR500R sportbike ($5,999). Add ABS to any of the CB500s for $500.
Other sportbikes returning for 2014 include the CB1000R (January 2014, price TBD) and CBR600RR (March 2014, $11,490 or $12,490 for C-ABS model).
For more information, visit powersports.honda.com.
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