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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 – First Ride

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Greg Drevenstedt
November 16, 2012

When I was a young boy, my father introduced me to the joys of motorcycling. Dad would take my brother and me on leisurely rides in the country aboard his Honda CB750 Four. In the late 1970s, I was too young to know or care about the significance of the CB750, that its transverse, in-line four cylinder... Read more »

2013 Honda PCX150 Review

Efficient and delightful around town, highway capable, underseat storage that holds a full-face helmet and more, and your choice of Metallic Black or Candy Red…what’s not to like about the PCX150?

Donya Carlson
November 12, 2012

Good things may come in small packages, but Honda’s pint-sized PCX just got bigger…and better. Honda has upped the PCX125’s liquid-cooled, 125cc single-cylinder engine to 152.9cc to make it highway legal in most, if not all, 50 states. In the process, Honda improved the PCX150’s seat comfort,... Read more »

Honda Adds Six 2013 Models that will Surprise You

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Greg Drevenstedt
November 12, 2012

American Honda clearly feels bullish about 2013. It has already introduced three new models for the upcoming year (NC700X, CRF250L and PCX150), and it has just unveiled another six all-new models and the return of five others. 2013 Honda CB1100 Honda’s retro-styled CB1100, which pays respect to its... Read more »

2012 Honda NC700X DCT ABS Road Test

The 2012 Honda NC700X is aimed squarely at new and returning riders, and experienced ones who want an economical second bike.

Mark Tuttle
November 8, 2012

Motorcycles are not appliances. Even if your main goal in buying one is to accomplish a daily task like commuting with the lowest possible vehicle and fuel costs, few riders would be satisfied with a motorcycle that is as dull as a dishwasher. We still want performance that excites us, looks that fuel... Read more »

Rider Comparo: Honda NC700X vs. Kawasaki Versys vs. Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS

Kawasaki Versys, Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS and the Honda NC700X.

Bill Stermer
November 6, 2012

Mid-size bikes make a lot of sense. Not only because they tend to be less expensive and lighter, but also because they have become so competent. Considering competence, this trio of liquid-cooled, 650cc-class twins each has a 6-speed transmission, chain final drive and some gravel-road pretensions (though... Read more »

Six Degrees of Temptation: Ridden and Rated Special

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Rider Magazine Staff
October 4, 2012

When Victory fired off the invite for its 2013 Boardwalk model launch, we looked up from our meatball subs, wiped the marinara sauce from our chins and simultaneously exclaimed, “What!? It’s time for the 2013s already?” Heck, there’s still some Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill and cheese weenies... Read more »

Ridden & Rated: 2012 Honda VFR1200F DCT

The sculpted VFR1200F has one of the most impressive engines available, and with DCT it lets your left hand and foot off the hook!

Greg Drevenstedt
October 4, 2012

Honda held nothing back when it overhauled the esteemed VFR sport tourer for 2010. Engine technology and architecture was adapted from Honda’s MotoGP race bikes, the Unicam valvetrain was adapted from its motocross bikes, displacement and power were significantly increased, and styling was a unique,... Read more »

Hannigan Motorsports 2012 Honda GL1800 Trike

Sub-framed floorboards are weight-bearing. Optional wheels are from Performance Machine.

Greg Drevenstedt
October 3, 2012

Due to its touring prowess, the Honda GL1800 Gold Wing has long been a popular platform for trike conversions. The GL1800’s engine and drivetrain were not updated for 2012, but it got all-new bodywork, so trike builders had to integrate the styling changes into their own designs. During the Americade... Read more »

2013 Honda Motorcycle Models

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September 27, 2012

The list of 2013 Honda models is growing as a dozen new additions were recently released. This latest release includes four different variations of the Shadow—the Aero, Phantom, RS and Spirit—each with their own unique and distinctly different cruiser persona to meet rider demands for style and preferences.... Read more »

Retrospective: Honda XL350 Dual-Sport: 1974 – 1978

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Clement Salvadori
June 5, 2012

(This Retrospective article was printed in the June 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) This four-stroke woodser was an immediate hit with the casual rider, and could even seduce two-stroke lovers away from their mounts. As an added bonus the XL350 K1 was quite adequate on the pavement. For less than one-thousand... 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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