2017 - 2020 Honda Rebel 300 / Rebel 500
Honda brought one of its most recognized model families into the 21st century with a complete overhaul of the much celebrated Rebel range in 2017. Available as the Rebel 300 and 500, this reworked line features water-cooled mills and fuel-injection induction control to meet modern and near-future emissions standards. A sportier look greets the eye this time around, though the Rebel still targets the same small-[cruiser-mot392], entry-level market.
2015 - 2019 Honda Shadow Aero / Shadow Phantom
Honda made an honest attempt to capture that look and feel of yesteryear with the Shadow duo, the big brothers to the Rebel range. Maybe just a little too honest – is that a mechanical drum brake I see? Still with a 745 cc engine and a wide-ratio transmission, the Shadow Phantom and the Aero fill the "cruiser" slot quite adequately for Honda.
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2016 - 2019 Honda Fury / Stateline
The Honda designers targeted the outlaw chopper culture of the ’60s and ’70s, and managed to turn out a fairly faithful interpretation in the Fury, which is carried into 2019 though we lost its stablemate, the Stateline, from the lineup in 2017. The deep saddle and cut-down rear fender combined with the sweep of the fuel tank give it that stretched, custom look. For the American market, the 52-degree V-twin fits right in with a 1,312 cc engine that isn’t so big as to be intimidating. Join me as I critique Honda’s attempt to recapture our glory days.
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2014 - 2018 Honda CTX700 / CTX700N
Honda’s CTX700 siblings brings flexibility and rider-friendliness to the table with a laid-back cruiser attitude. The 670 cc, parallel-twin engine delivers manageable power, and a choice of transmissions lets you choose how involved you will be in the shifting process, even to the point of full-automatic functionality. This allows the family to cover a range of experience levels from the entry level on up to veteran commuters.
The fairing and optional bags on the CTX700 (non-N) model place it right into the weekender/tour bracket as well. Best of all, Honda priced the bike to be accessible, and this combination has the potential to appeal to folks who may have otherwise passed on the joys of fists in the wind and bugs in their teeth. Today I’m going to take a look at the specifics of the CTX700 and 700N and see what all Honda packed in that makes this bike so popular with its owners.
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2015 - 2018 Honda NM4
Honda has been in the game for a long time now, but so has its competitors, and theirs has become a competition of inches with minor shifts in momentum here and there, but nothing very dramatic. The NM4 — absent in 2017, but back for 2018 — represents Honda’s attempt to increase its footprint by creating a new market segment geared toward drawing in new riders that might otherwise never have bought into the two-wheel lifestyle. I suppose that’s one way to do it; if you can’t attract as many customers as you’d like, just grow new ones. The factory packed in features that make it new-rider friendly and provide relaxed, easy-mode cruising for experienced riders. Won’t you join me while I take a good look at this rather unusual looking ride and see what Honda is using to bait the table in its bid to convert cagers to more of a two-wheel persuasion.
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Honda revealed its original GL 1000 “Gold Wing” in 1974 to compete directly with Harley-Davidson for a slice of the American tour-bike market, but it was a tourer in name only. More of a big cruiser by American standards, the fairingless, bagless Gold Wing found a toehold on U.S. shores, and Honda went to work perfecting its new platform.
The GL1100 Interstate, released in 1980, was really the first proper tour-bike version of the Gold Wing with a full fairing, windshield and baggage — features that catapulted the GL series to the top of the U.S. import-tour market. Honda carries that style all the way through to 2017 with its GL1800 Gold Wing, and the less-tourtastic, but definitely boulevard bruiser-esque, Gold Wing F6B and F6B Deluxe from 2016. The popularity of Gold Wings is undeniable, evidenced by its legions of loyal fans, so join me as I take a look at what Honda has in store for U.S. shores this year.
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Having won four successive Dakar Rallys with its NXR-750, Honda launched the original XRV650 Africa Twin in 1989. It was a lighter, higher-spec version that preceded the XRV750 Africa Twin — a dual-sport bike more closely modeled on the NXR-750 — which Honda produced until 2003. With the renewed and growing interest in the adventure-bike market, Honda is back with the CRF1000L Africa Twin.
In order to carry the legacy of the "Africa Twin" name, the designers focused hard on what made the original XRV750 Africa Twin such a great bike: off-road performance, on-road touring comfort, and the nimbleness and agility to be an all-purpose, everyday bike.
Released in the UK in late 2015 and slated for its U.S. debut in early 2016, the CRF1000L Africa Twin pays homage to its predecessors as well as embraces modern technology by offering Honda’s exclusive automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) technology, specifically developed and programmed to provide the off-road ability the Africa Twin legacy demands.
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Honda got it right when it released the original CMX250 back in 1985, evidenced by the fact that the overall design has changed so little in the past three decades. I look at the 2016 Rebel — a straight-up carry-over model from 2015 — and it takes me right on back to my youth and an ’87 Rebel that I bought for a girlfriend.
The first thing she did was to drive that Rebel into my Sporty, breaking a few pieces off, so I was obliged to ride the undamaged Rebel for a while. I don’t blame the bike (much); it was much lighter and less powerful than my Harley. Still, it was still fun to ride, and the maintenance such as valve and point adjustments were easy to perform. Ever since then I have regarded the Rebel as good fun and reliable around-town transportation, so let’s take a look and see if it upholds the family name.
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In its promotion of the Shadow Phantom, Honda wants me to embrace my dark side; but I already do embrace it. I have a safe word and everything. Of course, the “Red Riders” aren’t talking about whips and chains inside a ten-foot-tall leather tent (though one can always hope...), and I don’t expect to see any gimp suit-style riding apparel anytime soon, but I do see what the factory means.
The Phantom certainly carries a dark panache that raises the specter (forgive the pun) of the outlaw blackout look that has been picking up popular momentum over the last five years or so. Will Honda offer anything in the Shadow Phantom to make me use my safe word?
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I’ve always chuckled any time the name “monkey bike” is mentioned. The fact that “monkey” is attached to “bike” has always been pretty funny to me. But for what it’s worth, Honda’s new Grom bike is not only the perfect representation of the company’s history of monkey bikes but it’s also a modern-day machine that comes with all the technological bits and pieces to come out of the Japanese brand.
The diminutive Grom first burst into the scene in 2014 and in the short time that it’s been around, it’s become defined as a fun bike with a capital “F”! It’s the perfect start-up machine for somebody who’s just breaking into motorcycles and for those looking for a bike that’s not only a rollicking ball of fun to ride, also economical and affordable enough to be considered as an everyday commuter.
If scooters aren’t your thing, the Honda Grom is the perfect alternative. Or is it the other way around? Either way, the Grom is a veritable pocket rocket whose fun factor is quite simply put, off the monkey charts.
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If there ever was a motorcycle that embodies everything I like about a cruiser, the Honda Stateline is that bike. Classy, elegant, and downright comfortable, the Stateline is what I want my cruiser to be like.
Don’t get me wrong; I still love me some Harley-Davidsons, and for the most part, Harley still builds some of the best cruisers in the business today. But I can’t just sleep on the Stateline, either.
It’s got that retro-progressive styling that looks sexy as heck. It’s got a good engine that can serve its purpose. It’s got a grocery list of advanced accessories that really brings out its new-age capabilties. And most of all, it’s got a pretty affordable price tag that won’t burn holes in your pockets.
I’m well aware that the cruiser market is incredibly competitive these days. A lot of motorcycle companies have put serious emphasis on being major players in the business. But for what it’s worth, the Stateline is probably one of the nicest cruisers to look at. I can’t get enough of it, and I have a feeling that I’m not the only with this kind of sentiment.
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The return of the Honda Valkyrie was a welcome surprise after first hitting the market in 1996 before getting canned in 2003. Since that time, Honda’s Gold Wing lineup has given rise to a bunch of new models that includes the F6B. But as they say in the industry, you can’t keep a good muscle cruiser down for too long, which is why Honda brought back theGold Wing Valkyrie, looking sharper than ever before.
The new Valkyrie shares a whole lot of components with the Gold Wing and the F6B, including the frame, engine and transmission. What’s missing though are the bags and the fairings, two elements whose absences largely contributed to the Valkyrie being lighter and sexier than the Gold Wing and the F6B.
But don’t be fooled by the Valkyrie’s rather svelte stature; it’s still a modern-day muscle cruiser that actually has more in common with the nutty Rune bike from 2003 that masterfully straddled the line between sports bikes and fully dressed tourers.
In a lot of ways, the Gold King Valkyrie shares that attitude. That’s probably the reason why it stands out like it does among Honda’s lineup of Gold King cruisers. That’s always been the Valkyrie’s M.O. even back to its previous incarnation. It’s nice to see that while a lot of things have changed, some things that were best left unchanged remained as such.
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The Honda Gold Wing F6B is an innovative cruiser packed with a wide range of modern features.
For the 2015 model year, the motorcycle received new colors, a fresh blacked-out exhaust and cruise control.
The Honda Gold Wing F6B is propelled by a liquid – cooled, horizontally opposed, six - cylinder, SOHC, PGM-FI engine with a displacement of 1832 cc. It is fueled by a 6.6 gallons fuel tank and delivers a fuel consumption of 34 mpg. The engine is mated on a five-speed transmission with Overdrive.
The motorcycle’s speed is kept under control by front dual full-floating 296mm discs with CBS three-piston calipers and a rear single ventilated 316 mm disc with CBS three-piston caliper.
Like the previous models, the 2015 Gold Wing F6B continues to be available in two trim levels—standard and deluxe.
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The Honda Interstate is a great motorcycle for both cruising and everyday riding. It features a sleek design language with an elongated fuel tank, roomy floorboards, leather-clad saddlebags and custom windscreen.
At its heart sits a 1312 cc, liquid - cooled 52° V - twin, SOHC engine with PGM - FI with automatic enrichment circuit. Te engine’s power is kept under control by a five speed transmission. As far as efficiency is concerned, the Honda Interstate delivers a fuel consumption of 46 MPG.
The ride quality is kept in check by a 41 mm fork (4.0 Inches travel) and a rear single shock (3.9 Inches of travel).
The stopping power is handled by a front single 336 mm disc with twin-piston caliper and a rear 296 mm disc with single-piston caliper.
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The Honda Fury is without a doubt one of the most stylish motorcycles in is class. Its radical design will certainly turn a lot of heads, while its roaring engine helps you get a healthy dose of adrenaline each time you jump on its saddle.
Talking about the engine, the Honda Fury is propelled by a liquid - cooled, 52 degrees, V - twin, SOHC unit with a displacement of 1312 cc. The engine features PGM-FI with automatic Enricher circuit and is mated on a five speed transmission.
The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a high-tensile steel frame which further enhances the bike’s handling.
The stopping power is handled by a single 336 mm-diameter front-disc brake which is paired with a 296 mm brake disc in back. An ABS system is also available as an option.
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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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The new Honda CB1100 DLX is equipped with a fresh six-speed transmission, twin exhaust pipes, a large 4.6 Gallons fuel tank, ABS brakes and a stitched-look seat. Power comes from an air- and oil-cooled inline four-cylinder, DOHC, PGM-FI engine with a displacement of 1140 cc.
As far as suspensions are concerned, the Honda CB1100 DLX is fitted with front 41mm forks with spring preload adjustability (4.2 inches of wheel travel) and rear dual shocks with spring preload adjustability (4.5 inches of wheel travel). The motorcycle rides on light 18 inch wheels which are wrapped in 110/80-18 front and 140/70-18 rear tires.
The stopping power is handled by front dual four-piston calipers with full-floating 296mm discs and rear single-calipers with 256mm discs.
As far as prices are concerned, the Honda CB1100 DLX is offered with a base price of $11,899.
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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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The Honda Stateline is an elegant motorcycle especially designed for long journeys. It features a blacked out 1312cc V-twin, liquid cooled, SOHC engine with three valves per cylinder. The unit is paired with a five speed transmission. The motorcycle’s speed is controlled by a set of front and rear disc brakes which can be combined with an optional ABS system.
Once on board you are met by a low seat height, tank mounted instruments and comfy footpegs.
The motorcycle rides on wide, low-profile tires which were especially choose to help it deliver good handling abilities. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the tires are mounted on five spoke cast wheels.
The Honda Stateline is also equipped with a single 336mm disc with twin-piston caliper up front and a 296 mm disc with single-piston caliper in the back.
The Honda Stateline is offered with a base price of $12,150.
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With its bad boy attitude and the capable engine, the Honda Sabre is ready to assault the roads with poise every time you want to have some fun. It was built to draw attention, so it comes with a stylish design language that combines the sleek lines of a custom-bike with the imposing stance of a dragster. It features a relaxed riding position, clean lines, minimalist fenders and a 21-inch front tire.
The motorcycle is propelled by a 1312cc 52° V-twin, SOHC engine, which is mated to a five-speed transmission and delivers a fuel consumption of 46 mpg.
The stopping power is assured by a 336 mm front disc with twin-piston caliper and a rear 296 mm disc with single-piston caliper. The ride is kept under control by a 41 mm fork and a rear single shock.
The Honda Sabre is priced at $12,250.
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Honda launched the cheapest motorcycle in its lineup. The new model is called the CG100 and has a price tag of only $ 670 (100,000 Nigerian naira), but unfortunately it is available only on the Nigerian market.
Needles to say, the bike is far from being impressive, as it comes as basic as it can be. But its modest character makes it a great choice for countries like Nigeria where versatile, cheap and efficient motorcycles are highly appreciated for their practicality.
The 2014 Honda CG100 can be easily recognized by its old school style, the square headlight, thin wheels and the one piece seat. The motorcycle’s ride is kept in check by a pretty rudimentary fork and dual rear shocks. You also get full drum brakes and a 110 cc engine.
Honda plans to build 40,000 units each year.
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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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The 2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie is a modern cruiser that has all it needs to be considered one of the best models in its class.
Its sporty fenders, the unique fuel tank design, the fat exhaust pipes and the stylish fairing are all working together to form a very special visual effect. Perhaps it goes without saying that once on board, you’ll get a fairly relaxed riding position and great ergonomics.
The motorcycle is propelled by an 1832cc, liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder, SOHC engine with PGM-FI. The engine transfers its power to the rear wheel through a five speed transmission and is fueled by a 6.1 gallons fuel tank.
To enhance the motorcycle’s performances, the Valkyrie’s engine is mounted low into the aluminum twin-spar frame, thus keeping the center of gravity to as low as possible.
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