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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.

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 »

2013 Middleweight Metric Cruiser Comparo

These four boys of the boulevard have the sound, look and feel of larger cruisers, but smaller engines and lower prices.

Greg Drevenstedt
June 5, 2013

My favorite comfort foods, heart-warming and artery-clogging classics like mac-and-cheese, buttermilk biscuits and pulled-pork barbecue, are straightforward and uncomplicated, each prepared with a short list of ingredients and easy techniques. But many cooks have been fooled by such simplicity, following... Read more »

2013 Honda Shadow Aero Review

2013 Honda Shadow Aero

Greg Drevenstedt
June 5, 2013

Like Kawasaki’s Vulcan line, Honda has had Shadow cruisers in its lineup since the early 1980s. Over the past three decades, engine displacements have gone up and down, models have come and gone. But since the 1,100cc Shadow Sabre was retired in 2007, the Shadow pedigree has lived on in the middleweight... Read more »

Grom, Forza and CRF250L Join Honda’s 2014 Lineup

2014-Honda-Grom

Press Release
May 14, 2013

American Honda has introduced a selection of machines that will be in its 2014 powersports lineup, including the 125cc Grom street bike, 279cc Forza scooter and CRF250L dual-sport. “This is really a fun time for Honda fans, as we unveil these incredibly cool machines for 2014 that reach out to entirely... Read more »

2013 Honda F6B – Rider Test

Honda’s goal for the F6B is to attract more riders to the GL1800 with less weight, lower cost, more style and plenty of performance.

Mark Tuttle
May 3, 2013

Last year, more new touring motorcycles were sold than bikes in any other individual street bike category, even cruisers. Touring includes luxury performers such as the Honda Gold Wing, BMW K 1600 GTL and the like, but the vast majority of those top-selling machines were “baggers,” large V-twin touring... Read more »

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 »

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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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