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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.

2014 Honda Valkyrie—Rider Test

2014 Honda Valkyrie

Mark Tuttle
April 25, 2014

Long, low and stripped of excess, the new Valkyrie wears a bare-knuckles style all its own. Much of the chrome and silver is blacked-out on the Blue Metalic bike. (Photos by Kevin Wing) As many Gold Wing and F6B riders know, a motorcycle with Honda’s GL1800 flat six at its heart can be ridden smoothly... Read more »

Honda VFR750F Interceptor: 1986; VFR750F: 1990-1997

1986 VFR750F Interceptor

Clement Salvadori
April 3, 2014

Year/Model: 1986 VFR750F Interceptor; Owner: John Tucker, San Luis Obispo, California. (Photos by Clement Salvadori) The motorcycling world was immensely impressed when Soichiro Honda introduced the CB750 in-line four in 1969, but by 1980 the copycats had relegated the concept to the initials UJM—Universal... Read more »

Honda Releases First 2015 Models

2015 Honda NM4

Rider Magazine Staff
April 1, 2014

Honda’s first release of new and returning models for 2015 includes the futuristic NM4 and PCX150 scooter. Here’s what Honda has to say about these machines. 2015 Honda NM4 NM4 If you’ve ever wanted to transport yourself into the future, this is your machine. By design, the NM4 shakes up the status... Read more »

Exploring Historic Southern Arizona on a Honda CB500X

Black Mountains, Arizona

Clement Salvadori
March 6, 2014

The CB500X and I are headed up to Oatman on old Route 66 and have pulled off the road to take a picture of the Black Mountains. There is something about the Old West that appeals to romantics—myself included. Shoot-outs on Main Street, brothels with beautiful ladies, stagecoaches rushing along and... Read more »

2014 Honda Interceptor, CBR650F and CB1100 – First Look

2014 Honda Interceptor

Greg Drevenstedt
February 4, 2014

2014 Honda CB1100 Deluxe in Candy Red If the polar vortex, Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow and Payton Manning’s loss in the Super Bowl have you feeling blue, Honda’s latest announcement should brighten your outlook. Even though its 2014 lineup already overfloweth, Honda has announced the return... Read more »

2013 Honda CB500X—Road Test

Honda CB500X

Mark Tuttle
January 2, 2014

Equipped with the accessory hard saddlebags and top case, taller windscreen and centerstand, the CB500X is ready for long rides or low-cost commuting. (Photos by Kevin Wing) The core of Honda’s praiseworthy, multi-bike response to the Global Financial Crisis and the distressed motorcycle market is... Read more »

2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie First Look Review

2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie

Greg Drevenstedt
November 20, 2013

The 2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie has more modern styling than the traditional cruiser look of its predecessor. Instead of a single large radiator in front of the engine, twin rads were left on the sides (as on the Gold Wing) to help keep the bike’s wheelbase shorter and improve handling. Eight... Read more »

2014 Hondas First Look Review

Greg Drevenstedt
November 5, 2013

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,... Read more »

2014 Honda CTX1300 First Look

2014 Honda CTX1300 Right Side

Mark Tuttle
November 4, 2013

With a 200-series rear tire, low 29.1-inch seat height and relaxed seating, the CTX1300 is a new-think cruiser-tourer. Honda has adroitly filled a niche in the entry-level motorcycle genre with its two twin-cylinder CTX models, which are based upon the 670cc parallel twin first introduced in the NC700X.... Read more »

Popular Honda Motorcycles Return for 2014: Shadow, 1300 Custom and Rebel Cruisers, XR650L

2014 Honda Interstate

Greg Drevenstedt
September 6, 2013

In addition to the nearly two-dozen all-new or improved models that Honda has released since 2012, Big Red is bringing back other popular bikes in its lineup with new colors and prices. Returning for 2014 are the Shadow and 1300 Custom lines of cruisers, as well as the Rebel cruiser and XR650L dual-sport. “These... 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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