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2019 - 2020 Honda CB650R

2019 - 2020 Honda CB650R

The new neo-sport café adds its retro-tastic flare to the middleweight field

After a race to the upper displacement range and a subsequent search for the bottom usable cubage, Honda revisited its midrange and spruced up its CB650R ahead of the 2019 model year. That’s right sports fans; the Neo Sport Café concept has gone to production under this new moniker, and it rolled into MY19 with a handful of tweaks that brushed up the looks and carve off a little fat. The powerplant also took a beating from the buffhammer to turn out a 5-percent increase in power with changes to improve rideability and safety.

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2019 - 2021 Honda CB500X

2019 - 2021 Honda CB500X

It’s even more adventure-tastic now

Honda brushed up its CB500X ahead of MY2019 with a number of improvements that came hot on the heels of the buffs it got just the year before. A number of engine tweaks net a small gain in torque, along with a larger front wheel to better tackle road bumps and light terrain. The ’stop’ was boosted right along with the ’go’ in the form of a few refinements in the electronics department, as well as the hardware. Improvements in the suspension and rider’s triangle do their bit to increase rideability and comfort on Honda’s new smallish-displacement adventure bike.

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2019 - 2020 Honda CB300R

2019 - 2020 Honda CB300R

It’s really more of a ’sport-roadster’ than a cafè racer

Honda expanded its Neo-Sports Café lineup with the new-in-2019 CB300R that brings more of the same café-tastic vibe as with the CB1000R, just in an entry level-size package. This naked little pocket crotch-rocket — or “Sport Naked” as the factory has dubbed the style — looks to pull in younger riders with a user-friendly, 286 cc powerplant and lightweight design. After a race to the bottom of the usable displacement range for the sport and naked genres, Honda is refining its bottom-tier rides.

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2018 - 2019 Honda CB1000R Neo-Sports Café

2018 - 2019 Honda CB1000R Neo-Sports Café

It’s Edgy, Agile, and Eager In The Corners

Honda revamped its naked CB1000R for the 2018 model year, but rather than dressing it up, the Red Riders actually dressed it down even further with a retro café-racer kick. The CB1000R replaced the CB600F Hornet back in ’08 and its naked streetfighter presentation and performance envelope was an instant hit all across Europe. Fast forward to ’18 and we find it still going strong with the same 998 cc mill and a brand new handle as the Neo-Sports Café’. Subtle refinements give the NSC a new look that takes inspiration from the past without becoming enslaved to it, and the result is fresh, modern and appropriately aggressive. Today I’m going to take a look at this decade old model to see what else Honda has done to keep it relevant and competitive in today’s market.

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2019 Honda CB500F

2019 Honda CB500F

Not Really Faster Than Last Year, Just Quicker

Honda gives its CB500F the ’BNL-plus’ treatment ahead of MY2019 with a number of aesthetic improvements and a four-percent boost in power over the previous gen. Naked as ever, the “F” brings its usual sense of style and practicality to the table to serve as a lower-midrange “all-rounder,” as the factory succinctly puts it. Today I’d like to take a deeper look at this model and see how it stacks up against an equally-raw domestic competitor.

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2018 Honda CB125R

2018 Honda CB125R

Honda’s New Mini Neo-Sports Café

Honda looks to cash in on the resurgent interest in café racers with its all-new “Neo-Sports Café” design family that includes the entry-level CB125R at the very bottom of the totem pole. The CB125R packs big-bike features into a decidedly small-bike package with many of the same details as its slightly bigger brother, the CB300R. It comes with its performance restricted to 9.8 kW (13 hp) in order to meet licensing requirements across the European Union and serve to bait the table to draw in and indoctrinate new riders at the earliest opportunity. Did they hit the mark? Let’s dig in and find out.

Continue reading for my look at the Honda CB125R.

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2015 - 2018 Honda CB500X

2015 - 2018 Honda CB500X

Not A Lot Of Bike, But A Lot Of Bike For The Money

Honda’s CB500X pushes the adventure-bike envelope well into entry-level territory with a mid-displacement engine and low-impact price tag meant to bring more riders into the genre. Let’s face it; the one-liter Africa Twin and larger VFR1200X are a lot of bike for new riders who are not — I repeat: NOT — liable to ever see a trek down the Ivory Coast. Could it be used as a trainer for the larger bikes? Certainly, but its main lot in life will be as an urban commuter with the capacity to handle some poorly-maintained roads and the occasional pothole. If it sounds like I’m downplaying the bike a bit, I would submit that the urban adventure ride is about all most of us manage in a lifetime, thus making it good enough for its designed purpose.

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2013 - 2018 Honda CB500F

2013 - 2018 Honda CB500F

An Honest, Uncomplicated Ride For The Money

Back in 2012, Honda presented the CB500F to the world at the EICMA Motor Show to bolster its “standard” category for the 2013 model year. This compact streetfighter sported Honda’s then-new 471 cc in a rather naked layout with almost 50-horsepower on tap to push the 414-pound curb weight around, so it’s safe to say that it definitely punches above its weight. This is at least part of the reason for its success and market popularity, and the factory has made tweaks here and there in an attempt to keep it fresh all the way into 2018 in order to maintain that momentum. Now that the family has matured somewhat and settled into its groove if you like, I want to take a look at the range to try and divine the secrets to its success.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda CB500F.

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2015 - 2018 Honda CB300F

2015 - 2018 Honda CB300F

Good Entry-Level Bike Or Sport-Styled Commuter

New from 2015 and going strong in 2018, the CB300F from Honda is all about naked sportbike styling at an entry-level price and demeanor. A little bit lighter and with a more upright riding position than its kissing cousin, the CBR300R, the CB300F carries essentially the same engine as the CBR250R but with a longer stroke to add a few more cubes to the mix. Beginner’s bike? Check. Commuter bike? Check. Sportbike trainer? I don’t know. Let’s check it out.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda CB300F.

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2018 Honda CB650F: How Does It Stack Up With The FZ-07 And SV650?

2018 Honda CB650F: How Does It Stack Up With The FZ-07 And SV650?

A Naked Threesome (No Giggety)

Honda is finally bringing the CB650F to the domestic market. European riders have been enjoying it for a few years now, but most Americans are unfamiliar with this ride. The torquey 649 cc engine puts this mid-range sportbike into the fun range, and how can you go wrong with fun and naked in the same description? Naked bikes are sort of the modern, factory-made, sportbike equivalent of the old, home-grown bobbers that saw all non-essential equipment stripped away, and the remaining sheet metal pared down or otherwise lightened as much as possible. The CB650F fits right into this category. How does it stack up to the mid-range nakeds we already have on our shores? The Yamaha FZ-07 and Suzuki SV650 come to mind so let’s put them side-by-side.

Continue reading for my first look at the Honda CB650F.

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2017 Honda CB 1100 EX

2017 Honda CB 1100 EX

There can be no doubt that retro is very popular right now, and with more folks than just your token hipsters to be sure. Honda takes that resurgent interest to the bank with its CB 1100 EX that brings ’70s style and modern performance together in a bid to ride that current wave of popularity. Granted, this bike has been available in other markets, but Honda, in its infinite wisdom, has made the decision to bring it back to U.S. shores for 2017. And the peasants rejoice. The 1,140 cc mill sports components and features only dreamt of back in the day, but retains the classic looks along with the rest of the bike for a total package that would blend in easily with a pack of four-cylinder UJMs — just before it left them all in the dust. Let’s check out this fine little ride and see what all Honda packed on for our riding enjoyment.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda CB 100 EX.

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2017 Honda CB1100 EX

2017 Honda CB1100 EX

Honda brings its classic CB1100 EX back to US shores for the 2017 model year, and with it comes a healthy dose of nostalgia. Retro is king right now, and the “EX” shows that it ain’t all about small- to mid-displacement scramblers and cafe’ racers, there’s still room for classic ’70s UJM replicas. The EX combines the look of that era with modern features and performance courtesy of the 1,140 cc, air-cooled mill, and it’s a combination that has worked ever since this bike was introduced to the U.S. back in ’13. Today I’m going to take a look at what’s new, what’s different and what’s up with the latest EX.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda CB1100 EX.

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2014 Honda CB1100EX

2014 Honda CB1100EX

Inspiring confidence and power, the Honda CB1100 EX is a classy roadster that pays tribute to the company’s first four-cylinder models.

Built for those who want a reliable partner for both short and long journeys, the 2014 Honda CB1100 EX features new lines and details which further enhance its imposing presence.

Among the modifications made for the latest model, you’ll find a redesigned, larger capacity fuel tank, a new seat, fresh side panels and a passenger grab handle, but also a raised headlight position.

The bike rides on wire-spoke wheels which draw inspiration from the past and are wrapped in 110/80-18 front and 140/70-18 rear tires.

At the heart of the Honda CB1100EX sits an 1140cc, inline four-cylinder, air and oil cooled DOHC engine which generates 66kW at 7,500 rpm and 91Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm.

The bike can be yours for no less than €12.278.

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2014 Honda CB650F

2014 Honda CB650F

The Honda CB650F is a stylish middleweight motorcycle fitted with a comprehensive list of modern features which help it deliver superior riding performances.

Thanks to its versatile nature, the CB650F deals great with the winding roads, but it also has what it needs to be fun around town.

At its heart sits a liquid cooled, 4 stroke, 16 valve, DOHC inline 4 cylinder engine with a displacement of 649cm3. The engine generates a maximum power of 64kW at 11,000 rpm and 63Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm. The engine’s power is controlled by means of a six speed transmission.

Other features offered by the Honda CB650F include the Honda Ignition Security System, Programmed Fuel Injection and a 17.3 liters fuel tank.

As far as prices are concerned, the Honda CB650 can be yours for no less than €7.747.

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2014 Honda CB1100

2014 Honda CB1100

The Honda CB1100 is a fun and modern motorcycle that follows the footsteps of Honda’s old, iconic models. For 2014, the Honda CB1100 gained a new six-speed transmission and a Deluxe version which comes with twin exhaust pipes, a slightly larger fuel tank, ABS and a stitched-look seat.

At the heart of the 2014 Honda CB1100 sits an 1140cc, air- and oil-cooled, inline four-cylinder, DOHC engine which is fed by a 3.9 Gallons fuel tank. The motorcycle’s speed s kept under control by a set of triple disc brakes which are paired with massive calipers.

As far as suspensions are concerned, the Honda CB1100 rides on a 41mm fork with spring preload adjustability (4.2 Inches of wheel travel) and rear dual shocks with spring preload adjustability (4.5 inches travel).

The Honda comes with a base price of CB1100 $10,399.

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2014 Honda CB1000R

2014 Honda CB1000R

On a market that’s growing more and more competitive by the day, Honda’s CB1000 R continues to stay among the top dogs in its segment.

Fitted with a 998 cc, liquid cooled inline four cylinder engine and mated to a close ratio six speed transmission, the 2014 Honda CB1000R is a serious contender to the throne of the superbikes.

The motorcycle’s unit is linked to a four-into-one exhaust system which apart from helping you get first class performances it also looks as good as it sounds.

Honda’s engineers have designed to CB1000R with comfort in mind, therefore it features a special chassis that puts the 998cc engine out front and center, helping you get a more upright riding position.

It is also worthy of being mentioned that the motorcycle weighs only 485 pounds wet and the fuel consumption is rated at 37 mpg.

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2014 Honda CB500F

2014 Honda CB500F

The 2014 Honda CB500F is a modern "naked bike" that offers a perfect compromise between sporty performances and comfort.

The 2014 Honda CB500F is propelled by a 471 cc, liquid cooled parallel-twin powerplant with Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) tuned for loads of right-now power.

The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a diamond-shaped 35mm steel-tube mainframe that is strong yet light helping you get first class performances. The motorcycle also features a Pro-Link rear suspension with nine-stage preload and 4.1" travel which deals great with various bumps.

As far as the stopping power is concerned, the motorcycle is packed with front 320 mm wave-style disc brakes and 240 mm rear which promise to keep you far from trouble.

The standard 2014 Honda CB500F is offered with a base price of $5,499, while the ABS version can be yours for no less than $5,999.

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2014 Honda CB500X

2014 Honda CB500X

Especially developed for adventure lovers, the Honda CB500X is a versatile motorcycle that puts comfort, reliability and performances on top of its priorities list.

Thanks to its flexible character, the 2014 Honda CB500X feels similarly comfortable both in the city and on the tougher tracks, being ready to reward you with an enjoyable ride every time you fire up its engine.

Among the features offered by the 2014 Honda CB500X you’ll find an adjustable windscreen, a 4.5 Gallons fuel tank and wide handlebars.

The Honda CB500X is built on a diamond-shaped steel-tube mainframe which is attached to the engine with four mounts.Talking about the engine, the bike is propelled by a 471cc, liquid-cooled parallel-twin unit with PGM-FI. The engine’s power is kept in leash by a six speed transmission.

The Honda CB500X can be yours for no less than $5,999.

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2013 Honda CB600F

2013 Honda CB600F

The Honda CB600F has a long history behind it and since it was first launched in 1998 it was constantly upgraded. Today the motorcycle continues to be one of the most wanted middleweight naked models in its class offering a great mix of comfort, great handling and sporty performance.

Compared to the 2012 versions the 2013 Honda CB600F remains unchanged and the only difference is that the bike now comes with a stylish new Matt White colour paint scheme.

In terms of power the 2013 Honda CB600F is equipped with a liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 16-valve DOHC inline-4 engine with a displacement of 599cc. The engine is combined with an advanced PGM-FI electronic fuel injection system which provides instant throttle response and precise control.

The stopping power is handled by front and rear disc brakes paired with a modern ABS system.

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2013 Honda CB1300S C-ABS

2013 Honda CB1300S C-ABS

Overview
The big, muscular CB1300S C-ABS is the king of Honda’s Naked stable. Its retro styling centres around its impressive inline-4 engine; a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled DOHC power plant that’s tuned for maximum enjoyment. It’s capably delivers raw excitement while placing a firm focus on seamless control and strong midrange performance. Acceleration is strong and exhilarating while Combined-ABS boosts rider confidence. Handling is enhanced by a low seat height for a machine of this size. (...)

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