Honda carries its venerable XR650L line into 2017, but to be honest, it’s almost completely unchanged from the original version unleashed on the world back in 1993. Before you scoff, I would point out that sharks haven’t changed in millions of years, having evolved long ago into creatures perfectly suited to their environments, and apparently, so it is with the XR650L. The Red Riders got it right out of the gate with this one, and popular support keeps the bike on Honda’s showroom floors even after nearly a quarter-century. I want to see what Honda has going on over there that gives this bike such longevity.
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Released in 2012 as a 2013 model, the 2016 CRF250L is basically a carry-over from that first launch. Wearing its motocross heritage proudly, the CRF250L brings a street-legal choice to Honda’s CRF stable, joining the XR650L in the dual-sport category.
It’s spunky and fun to ride, but how does it stack up when put through its paces? Overall, fairy well and when you look at the price, it’s not a bad bike for what you get.
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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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Take one of the greatest names ever in the sport of trials riding - the Montesa Cota 4RT—and add the technology, engineering, and reliability of the greatest name in motorcycling—Honda. Then point it at your favorite trials section and get ready for a perfect score. And for 2015 you can pick from two versions: the Montesa Cota 4RT260 and Montesa Cota 4RT Race Replica.
The 2015 Montesa Cota 4RT260 is ready for competition with its reliable 260cc Honda engine and new suspension components. Or choose the Montesa Cota 4RT Race Replica with premium Showa suspension, race replica trim and specialty carbon parts. Either one is a great choice for serious weekend trials competitors.
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Forged form Honda’s desire to create a tough all-roader that can deal effortless with anything you ask of it, the 2013 Honda CRF450R is a modern motocross bike that offers an interesting mix of fun, agility and adrenaline.
To offers first class performances, the 2013 Honda CRF450R has received an all-new aluminum frame which is combined with state of the art suspensions and modern brakes. When designing the CRF450R, Honda’s engineers have also spent a lot of time to keep the center of gravity to as low as possible improving the high speeds stability in corners.
Needless to say that the motorcycle was built using a lot of lightweight materials, therefore it has a total weight of only 242.7 pounds. This low weight is combined with a fairly strong 449cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine which sends its power to the rear wheel through a close-ratio, five-speed transmission.
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