2019 Honda Motorcycles Explained

The Honda Motor Company, Ltd is a major producer of powered equipment, motorcycles, outboard motors, automobiles, and aircraft. As one of the “Big Four” in the motorcycle market, Honda faces stiff domestic competition, but since 1959 has maintained its position as the “largest in the world” in both the motorcycle and equipment sectors. Its REPSOL racing team is competitive in both the MotoGP and WSBK circuits, and Honda’s dirt bikes are a common sight in Motocross/Supercross events.

Honda History

Top Speed Buying Guide to the 2019 Honda Lineup
- image 838749

Takeo Fujisawa and Soichiro Honda founded the Honda Giken Kogyo back in 1946, and the factory was incorporated toward the end of ’48. Much like Piaggio with its Vespa line, Honda’s initial thrust was to supply affordable transportation for war-scarred Japan, and it started to produce motorized bicycles powered by surplus Tohatsu engines. By 1949, Honda was building its first motorcycle proper using in-house frames and engines. A legend was born.

Honda’s motorcycles made their way across the Pacific to the U.S. market in 1960, and by the end of ’63 had sold 90,000 units, securing its position as the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. That distinction extends to its small-displacement utility engine division as well, and as of 2008 were producing a whopping 14 million internal combustion engines per year. Honda remains competitive into the new millennium in both sport and dirtbike production, and has long posed a threat to the American-style tourbike market with its venerable Gold Wing line.

Honda Terminology

2017 - 2019 Honda Rebel 300 / Rebel 500
- image 794715

DCT: Abbreviation for Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission that uses a clutch pack on each of two countershafts within the transmission to deliver automatic and/or push-button shifts. Vastly superior to the scooter-style continuously-variable transmission (CVT), and it delivers smooth yet decisive shifts throughout the range.

HSTC: Honda Selectable Torque Control feature that bundles variable power curves, torque control, wheelie control and engine braking control together for quick and easy bike-personality changes.

Torque Control: Honda’s proprietary traction control that monitors rear-wheel slip and delivers a wide range of levels of intervention.

HESD: Honda Electronic Steering Damper: Automatically adjusts the stiffness of the damper according to speed so it’s stiff at speed but still limber in slow-speed maneuvers.

Gyro-Assisted ABS: Lean-sensitive ABS that calculates the available traction in turns and adjusts the level of intervention accordingly.

Honda Motorcycle Models

Honda Touring

2018 - 2019 Honda Gold Wing / Gold Wing Tour
- image 795379

Honda’s Gold Wing is widely regarded as one of the best-handling standard tourbikes in the world. Power comes from an 1,833 cc, horizontally-opposed, six-cylinder engine which puts it at the top of the displacement range, but since the weight is concentrated low in the frame, ’Wingers handle and corner like a much lighter machine than it actually is. Honda offers it in the full-dresser “Tour” model and a bagger version that comes sans top case. Luxury comfort items come standard, and the factory offers it with a choice between a manual transmission and the automatic DCT gearbox.

Gold Wing $23,800 1,833 cc
Gold Wing Tour $27,000 1,833 cc

Honda Adventure

2018 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports
- image 752995

Honda’s globetrotting Africa Twin family carries the marque into the adventure market with a pair of models. Both have a street-friendly setup, but the long suspension travel, engine guards, and belly pan work well off-road, especially if you opt for proper dirt tires rather than the stock stealth knobbies. The model draws part of its name from the 998 cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin powerplant that delivers the goods, and the “Africa” element is a reference to the grueling Dakar Rally that runs from Paris, France all the way to the Republic of Senegal on the West coast of Africa. The line follows the typical adv-bike layout with a tall fuel-tank hump, deep rider saddle and generous ground clearance.

Recent additions to the adventure stable are the pair of “X” models, the CB500X and NC750X. Both offer an upgrade from dual-sport bikes into lower displacements of the adventure sector.

CB500X $6,699 471 cc
Africa Twin (CRF1000L) $13,599 998 cc
Africa Twin Adventure Sports (CRF1000L2) $15,099 998 cc
NC750X $8,099 745 cc

Honda Cruiser

2016 - 2019 Honda Fury / Stateline
- image 795471

Honda’s cruiser line generally borrows from the American-style machines for their aesthetics in a bid to compete in the U.S. market. As a result, they are typically low-slung with a relaxed rider triangle that allows for an upright torso, frequently with forward foot controls that put the rider in a comfortable windsock position.

The Fury runs a 1,312 cc V-twin and the mid-size Shadow models have 745 cc V-twins. The recently redesigned Rebel range offers a choice between a 471 cc parallel-twin and a 286 cc thumper. Both the original Rebels and the Shadow line have a fervent following that elevate these models to an almost cult-like status.

Fury $10,599 1,312 cc
Rebel 300 $4,499 286 cc
Rebel 500 $6,199 471 cc
Shadow Aero $7,699 745 cc
Shadow Phantom $7,899 745 cc

Honda Standard

2019 Honda CB300R
- image 777213

Honda’s standard-sportbike family is the natural progression of evolution from the old-school Universal Japanese Motorcycles (UJM) of yesteryear. Most are more-or-less modern naked sportbikes with a slightly relaxed rider’s triangle that lets you push off a bit to assume an upright riding position to take some of the stress off the wrists, shoulders, and neck. They make a good compromise for commuters who want a sporty ride without being forced into a less-than-comfortable full-on sport posture. Displacement in the standard family ranges from 125 cc all the way up to 998 cc.

CB300R $4,649 286 cc
CB500F $6,199 471 cc
CB650R $8,899 649 cc
CB1000R $12,999 998 cc
Monkey $3,999 125 cc
Super Cub C125 $3,599 125 cc

Honda Supersport

2017 - 2019 Honda CBR1000RR
- image 822699

The supersports bring MotoGP and WSBK style to the streets with nearly-full body panels and an aggressive riding posture. At the bottom of the range is the 599 cc CBR600RR – a proper mid-size supersport – but the 998 cc CBR1000RR is more properly labeled a full-on superbike due to its engine size. The HSTC feature brings some safety to the table to help the everyriders keep it dirty-side down, but for the true pegdraggers out there, the CBR1000RR SP is the Red Rider’s weapon of choice for affordable track work.

CBR600RR $11,799 599 cc
CBR1000RR $16,499 998 cc
CBR1000RR SP $19,999 998 cc

Honda Sport

2019 Honda CBR650R
- image 814066

The “Sport” sector is a mixed bag of naked and paneled bikes that trend toward the more aggressive end of the spectrum. Some run with short-rise bars that are a balance between the high-rise standard bars and the clip-on supersports, but the CBR650R pushes the envelope right up to the bottom of the supersport range. With plenty of room to tuck in and throw around some body English, the sports spice up Honda’s commute-friendly spectrum with versatility and fun.

CB500F $6,199 471 cc
CB1000R $12,999 998 cc
CBR300R $4,699 286 cc
CBR500R $6,699 471 cc
CBR650R $9,399 649 cc
Grom $3,399 125 cc

Honda Neo-Sport Café

2018 - 2019 Honda CB1000R Neo-Sports Café
- image 768587

The Neo-Sport Café range is a new and exciting bracket for Honda fans. As its name suggests, it borrows design high points from the old-school café racers while retaining a fresh modern sportbike finish to make them some of the most unique offerings out of the current lineup. Short bars and high footpegs speak to their sporty nature, and they all come set up with a tasteful tail section that features a stylish p-pad and fold-up passenger footpegs so you can share the fun with a friend.

CB300R $4,649 286 cc
CB650R $8,899 649 cc
CB1000R $12,999 998 cc

Honda miniMOTO

2018 - 2019 Honda Monkey
- image 782914

Honda puts all its pocket bikes under the miniMOTO banner with a variety of styles from which to choose. The most modern model is the fun little Grom that borrows its look from the naked sportbikes and is designed to fill the needs of the entry-level riders without breaking the bank.

If you fancy the same performance in a classic package, then the Monkey might be for you. Based on the pit-bikes of old, the Monkey packs a 125 cc thumper in a sixties-ish package that has no current peer.

Last, but not least, is the Super Cub C125; the most prolific motor vehicle in the world in continuous production since 1958. As of 2017, it surpassed the 100-million unit mark. Honda refurbished the model for the 2019 model year with a new, 124.9 cc powerplant and ABS along with a four-speed semi-automatic transmission.

Monkey $3,999 125 cc
Super Cub C125 $3,599 125 cc
Grom $3,399 125 cc

Honda Dual Sport

2015 - 2019 Honda XR650L
- image 795500

Honda’s Dual-Sport models combine off-road capabilities with street-legal equipment to cover all the bases, albeit with a definite bias for dirt and trail. These bikes are essentially enduro bikes version 2.0. They bring the same sort of flexibility to the table with long-stroke suspension and ample ground clearance along with stealth knobbies that perform best on soft surfaces. Dirt-bike looks with headlight, taillight and blinkers, the dual-sport range runs with a 249 cc in its bottom-tier Rally-style bike up to the 644 cc XR650L.

XR650L $6,999 644 cc
CRF450L $10,399 449 cc
CRF250L $5,199 249 cc
CRF250L Rally $5,949 249 cc

Honda Scooter

2015 - 2019 Honda Ruckus
- image 770798

Honda puts out a range of scooters to cover the remaining two-wheeled bracket. At the bottom of the range is the Metropolitan that carries itself with a very Vespa-like panache to represent the classic Italian look. The PCX150 falls into the business-class machines with minimal step-throughs and a Euro-style finish. The Ruckus falls in between, defying convention with a pipe frame and minimal sheet metal to resemble a minibike more than anything else. All three rely on the scooter-typical swing-mount drive system fusing engine and transmission together as a stressed unit that replaces the swingarm proper.

PCX150 $3,699 149 cc
Ruckus $2,749 49 cc
Metropolitan $2,499 49 cc

Further Reading

Honda Africa Twin (CRF1000L)

2018 - 2019 Honda Africa Twin
- image 803900

See our review of the Honda Africa Twin.

Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports (CRF1000L2)

2018 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports
- image 752993

See our review of the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports.

Honda CB300R

2019 Honda CB300R
- image 777205

See our review of the Honda CB300R.

Honda CB500F

2019 Honda CB500F
- image 812861

See our review of the Honda CB500F.

Honda CB500X

2019 Honda CB500X
- image 814015

See our review of the Honda CB500X.

Honda CB650R

2019 Honda CB650R
- image 821106

See our review of the Honda CB650R.

Honda CB1000R

2018 - 2019 Honda CB1000R Neo-Sports Café
- image 768583

See our review of the Honda CB1000R.

Honda CBR300R

2015 - 2019 Honda CBR300R
- image 790254

See our review of the Honda CBR300R.

Honda CBR500R

2019 Honda CBR500R
- image 822191

See our review of the Honda CBR500R.

Honda CBR600RR

2014 - 2019 Honda CBR600RR
- image 795385

See our review of the Honda CBR600RR.

Honda CBR650R

2019 Honda CBR650R
- image 814066

See our review of the Honda CBR650R.

Honda CBR1000RR

2017 - 2019 Honda CBR1000RR
- image 822699

See our review of the Honda CBR1000RR.

Honda CBR1000RR SP

2017 - 2019 Honda CBR1000RR SP
- image 823262

See our review of the Honda CBR1000RR SP.

Honda CRF450R

2018 Honda CRF450R
- image 736583

See our review of the Honda CRF450R.

Honda CRF250L / CRF250L Rally

2017 Honda CRF250L / CRF250L Rally
- image 719858

See our review of the Honda CRF250L / CRF250L Rally.

Honda Fury / Stateline

2016 - 2019 Honda Fury / Stateline
- image 795471

See our review of the Honda Fury / Stateline.

Honda Gold Wing / Gold Wing Tour

2018 - 2019 Honda Gold Wing / Gold Wing Tour
- image 742336

See our review of the Honda Gold Wing / Gold Wing Tour.

Honda Grom

2017 - 2019 Honda Grom
- image 776527

See our review of the Honda Grom.

Honda Metropolitan

See our review of the Honda Metropolitan.

Honda Monkey

2018 - 2019 Honda Monkey
- image 779432

See our review of the Honda Monkey.

Honda PCX150

2019 Honda PCX150
- image 777319

See our review of the Honda PCX150.

Honda Rebel 300 / Rebel 500

2017 - 2019 Honda Rebel 300 / Rebel 500
- image 794703

See our review of the Honda Rebel 300 / Rebel 500.

Honda Ruckus

2015 - 2019 Honda Ruckus
- image 770800

See our review of the Honda Ruckus.

Honda Shadow Aero / Shadow Phantom

2015 - 2019 Honda Shadow Aero / Shadow Phantom
- image 795483

See our review of the Honda Shadow Aero / Shadow Phantom.

Honda Super Cub C125

2019 Honda Super Cub C125
- image 783545

See our review of the Honda Super Cub C125.

Honda XR650L

2015 - 2019 Honda XR650L
- image 795493

See our review of the Honda XR650L.


- image 794666

Read more Honda news.

All images featured on this website are copyrighted to their respective rightful owners. No infringement is intended. Image Source: honda.com

Press release
What do you think?
Show Comments
Motorcycle Finder: