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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 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 »

2014 Honda Grom 125 – First Ride Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
September 6, 2013

A wide handlebar, small tires and short wheelbase help the 2014 Honda Grom 125 carve corners quickly. If you’re wondering what the heck a “grom” is, you’re not alone. Honda’s latest effort at winning over the young—and the young at heart—is called the MX125 in Europe and elsewhere, but... Read more »

2013 Honda CB500F/CBR500R Road Test

Naked Honda CB500F

Greg Drevenstedt, Photos by Kevin Wing
September 4, 2013

After several years of downturn-induced dormancy, Honda has released 22 new or significantly updated models since 2012—more bikes than some manufacturers have in their entire lineup. Honda builds and sells millions of two-wheelers every year, the vast majority of which are small-displacement runabouts... Read more »

2014 Honda CTX700 Road Test

The 2014 Honda CTX700.

Mark Tuttle
September 3, 2013

If you’re an experienced motorcycle enthusiast, you’ve probably pigeonholed these new Honda CTXs as just beginner’s bikes and are about turn the page. Not so fast. That’s what any number of us old-timers thought when the NC700X/DCT was introduced, too. After testing it thoroughly (Rider, November... Read more »

Honda PC800 Pacific Coast: 1989-90, 1994-98

1989 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast.

Clement Salvadori
September 3, 2013

What happens when motorcycle designers share a drawing board with automobile types? The answer may be the Honda Pacific Coast. Rumor had it that after Honda R&D Americas, Inc., was established in 1985 and began dealing with all Honda products, the word came down from above that the engineers and... Read more »

Back-to-Back Classics: Honda CBs New and Old

Although visually similar in many ways, riding the new CB1100 is a much more composed experience than piloting an original 1974 CB750K4.

Mark Tuttle
July 2, 2013

Among the classic Japanese motorcycles that deserve a modern tribute, few come to mind as quickly as Honda’s line of air-cooled, in-line fours, starting with the CB750K0 of 1969. Its 40-year anniversary was suitably commemorated with the unveiling of the CB1100 at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2009, but... Read more »

2013 Honda CB1100 Road Test

An admirable view from any perspective. The CB1100 was first offered in Japan and Australia as a 2010 model.

Mark Tuttle
July 1, 2013

Take a look around your garage. Is there an old radio that’s been tuned to a classic rock station for as long as you can remember? A bunch of Craftsman tools crowding a few precious Snap-On items in an old toolbox covered with fading stickers from Bell, Bates, NGK, Torco, and S&W or Mulholland... 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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