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The Honda Motor Company, Ltd. (Honda Giken Kōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha) made a name for itself as a two-wheeled vehicle manufacturer, first in post-war Japan in 1955, then in the U.S. market starting in the early 1960s. It has since become the most prolific motorcycle manufacturer in the world with over 400 million units built as of the time of this writing, and it maintains a strong presence in the racing world as well to make it a very significant player on the world stage. Check out our Buyer’s guide for more information about Honda models.

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TopSpeed 2020 Honda Buying Guide

TopSpeed 2020 Honda Buying Guide

What does Honda have on tap for 2020?

Honda rolls into 2020 with the usual handful of Bold New Graphics items that include additional paint packages and not-so-subtle changes to the liveries across the board. The renowned Africa Twin family sports a new flagship with its Adventure Sports ES and ES DCT models, but for the most part MY20 is more about the improvement of existing models. Toward that end, you’ll find a handful of models which come with improved electronics packages as standard equipment instead of optional this year, but little in the way of newness to be found. (Spoiler alert; all of this changes for MY21.)

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Top Speed Top Six Adventure motorcycles to consider for beginners

Top Speed Top Six Adventure motorcycles to consider for beginners

Machines built for the love of adventure for the newbies into motorcycling

If carving up terrains was your idea of motorcycling, adventure motorcycles are a bipartisan look at how to tackle paved roads and dirt. With long travel suspensions, and a higher riding position, these machines can take your motorcycling learning curve through a multitude of terrains, teaching you some of the biggest lessons travelling on two wheels can.

With having a lot to carry around to fight a multitude of terrains, they are usually an expensive affair (easily 14 grand or more for the latest top-spec models). Luckily, manufacturers have been recognizing this and have been tweaking things around to offer more affordable options to give not so fortunate riders and the young guns to experience the thrill of finding our way through the unknown on two-wheels.

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Top Speed Top Six Cruisers to consider for beginners

Top Speed Top Six Cruisers to consider for beginners

For the newbies who love the laid-back reclined riding styles that make covering vast expanses of asphalts a pleasure

Being the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground, Cruisers have been the incarnation of the ‘30s to ‘60s American lifestyles. And if this is the way you want to get into the world of motorcycles, I guess you have taken the first step in the right direction. Feeling the wind in the air, the smell of cut grass on the countryside, the constant changes in the temperatures, cruisers can show you all these feelings and more at the twist of the throttle.

These six machines are our top pick come with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position defining any modern-day cruisers. All of this without breaking our banks.

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Top Speed Top Six Sportsbikes to consider for beginners

Top Speed Top Six Sportsbikes to consider for beginners

If you want to look fast while you still learn the tricks, these machines could be your pick

Starting with a sportsbike as your first might seem off-putting. Still, with technology and the manufacturers’ ability to make bikes as user-friendly as possible, it might just be the right entry for your motorcycling adventures. They are sleek with aerodynamic bodywork, top-spec suspension and braking setups, and ride with aggressive riding positions.

There are plenty of affordable bikes out there for every skill level matching the size of small wallets. These are our recommendations for young riders itching to feel the wind in the most stylish and flashy manner. And occasionally maybe want to drop a knee on a racetrack or zoom around your local canyon road.

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Top Speed Top Six Naked Streetfighters to consider for beginners

Top Speed Top Six Naked Streetfighters to consider for beginners

Entering motorcycling, these light and nimble machines can set things straight for you

A motorcycle with an upright riding position, lacking plastic fairings for that narrow lane splitting ability, and lightweight construction for the ease of flickability is what we are looking for folks entering the world of two-wheels.

Providing confidence before they can get on the big guns, these motorcycles are the perfect choice for urban hooligans, making it easier than the rest to move around traffic and obstacles. Small mistakes on these machines could be classified as affordable and will be a perfect linear learning curve onto becoming a responsible motorcyclist.

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Top Speed Top Six Sportsbikes to buy under $10,000

Top Speed Top Six Sportsbikes to buy under $10,000

Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, these machines love slicing the wind to go as fast as possible

Massive engines, aerodynamic bodywork, top-spec suspension and braking setups, aggressive riding positions, these machines have got it all to attack everything running on the street and the track. These sportbikes enter with the best of electronic packaging and power to just be the fastest one out there. Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, they come equipped with components from the industry’s best names to achieve a little more speed every single time they get on the paved asphalt.

We here give you a list of machines in 2020 that do all that, without breaking your bank. For under $10,000, these machines will blaze the streets and sweep us off our feet in the most fashionable ways possible.

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Top Speed Top Six Naked Streetfighter motorcycles to buy under $10,000

Top Speed Top Six Naked Streetfighter motorcycles to buy under $10,000

Lightweight and narrow, these machines come with the perfect combination to tame the urban jungles (2020 models)

Tall, upright handlebars, forward set footpegs, and void of fairings, naked streetfighters are the perfect choice for urban hooligans. These machines come with the epic combination of sport bike aggression and urban practicality. These motorcycles master narrow lane splitting and have lightweight construction for the ease of flickability around traffic and obstacles.

This list of machines are known to do just that and could be yours for under $ 10,000.

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Top Speed Top Six Adventure motorcycles to buy under $10,000

Top Speed Top Six Adventure motorcycles to buy under $10,000

Machines built for the love of adventure with powerful engines, top-spec electronics, suspension, and brake setup. (2020 models)

All around the globe, asphalt or no asphalt, the adventure series of machines give riders the swiss knife to carve up terrains and tread through almost anything with versatility and style. With the looks and utility of a capable off-roader and the balance and handling of a sport-standard, adventure motorcycles are a bipartisan look at how to tackle paved roads and dirt. Big and powerful engines, long travel suspensions, and a higher riding position with multiple rider aids adorn these machines.

With having a lot to carry around to fight a multitude of terrains, they are usually an expensive affair (easily 14 grand or more for the latest top-spec models). Luckily, manufacturers have been recognizing this and have been tweaking things around to offer more affordable options to give not so fortunate riders like us to experience the thrill of finding our way through the unknown on two-wheels.

Here are our top six picks of ADV machines falling under the $ 10,000 price tag that you can buy in 2020:

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Top Speed Top Six Cruisers to buy under $10,000

Top Speed Top Six Cruisers to buy under $10,000

Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position. All of this without breaking your bank (2020 models)

We here love the laid-back reclined riding styles that make covering vast expanses of arrow-straight asphalts a pleasure. Being the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground, Cruisers have been the incarnation of the ‘30s to ‘60s American lifestyles. Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpeg position define any modern-day cruisers.

Here is our list of new cruiser motorcycles under $10,000 for you and me to buy in 2020 that gets us to cruise, be at one with our bike, taking in the sights and the scents, fresh air washing over, and supposedly cleansing the soul. All this, without breaking our bank.

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Happy New year folks :) The 20 most exciting motorcycles being served up for 2020

Happy New year folks :) The 20 most exciting motorcycles being served up for 2020

Our 20 picks for the most thrilling machines we can’t wait to ride in 2020

2020 is a new decade, a new year for all of us to leap and move forward fearlessly. To re-invent and to make room for things which really matters, things that will uplift you physically, mentally, and spiritually.

OR

Throw up your arms, wash off that alcohol stink, and go get yourself a new motorcycle. Works just the same.

Here’s our top twenty production motorcycles coming in 2020 that does all of that, and more.

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Top 5 new Dressers / Baggers coming in 2020

Top 5 new Dressers / Baggers coming in 2020

The most luxurious machines on two wheels with panniers to go the long distance

These are motorcycles with large motors having plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position that defines any modern-day cruisers. No other feeling satisfies a man’s desire for freedom, to head in a direction unknown. And if you don’t have the right tool to do it, the whole feeling becomes uncanny.

Coming in hot with full fairings to protect you from the elements, large engines, navigation systems, all-important music, and connectivity options and by far the most comfortable seats, here are our top five dressers/baggers of 2020 that does all of it in luxury:

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Top 5 new Sportbikes coming in 2020

Top 5 new Sportbikes coming in 2020

Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, the competition is hot as ever

In a world where outright horsepower and straight-line speed hold center stage, these machines have blazed the streets and have swept us off our feet in the most fashionable ways possible. Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, they come equipped with components from the industry’s best names to achieve a little more speed every single time they get on the paved asphalt.

Here are our top five picks of serious sports machines coming in 2020 with rider ergonomics favor function, and ones built to cut through the air as smoothly as possible with massive engines and fancy equipment list.

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Top 5 new Cruisers coming in 2020

Top 5 new Cruisers coming in 2020

Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position

Being the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground, Cruisers have been the incarnation of the ‘30s to ‘60s American lifestyles. Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position define any modern-day cruisers. Traditionally, large V-twins ran under the hoods, but inline engines have become more common these days.

Here is our list of new cruiser motorcycles coming in hot in 2020 that gets us to simply cruise, at one with our bike, taking in the sights and smells, the cool air washing over, and supposedly cleansing the soul.

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A bit of Honda History

Mr. Soichiro Honda got his mechanical start helping his father run a small smithy and bicycle repair shop. After gaining experience as an apprentice to an automotive repair shop, he opened his own automotive repair shop.

Prior to the war, Honda’s Tōkai Seiki company was tapped to supply piston rings for Toyota. But during the war, the Yamashita-based plant was bombed to ruin, and Honda sold what remained to Toyota to start the Honda Technical Research Institute.

The rest, as they say, is history. Honda’s first proper motorcycle – the Type D, or “Dream” – rolled in 1949, and by 1955, Honda was the largest company globally, based on production numbers, and remains so to this day with over 400 million units to its credit.

Not only is Honda a major player in the motorcycle world, it also maintains interests in the automotive, marine and aviation sectors as well, plus its small-engine division powers a wide array of products that support the construction, recreation and emergency sectors such as generators, de-watering pumps and the like.

F.A.Q.

Who founded Honda?

Soichiro Honda (1906 – 1991) was born in Kōmyō village, Japan. Prior to the war, Mr.Honda worked as a repair mechanic before he started his own shop, and then in 1937, moved on to produce piston rings for Toyota. Post-war, Honda continued to expand his empire until his ultimate retirement in 1983.

Where is Honda motorcycles based?

Honda is based in Minato, Tokyo, Japan, but it maintains multiple factories around the world including in the U.S and China..

What is the most popular Honda motorcycle?

Honda’s Super Cub is, by far it’s most popular bike as indicated by production numbers that surpassed the 100-million mark in 2017. The Super Cub line now has a street version and a new-for-2021 adventure-bike model in the MY21 lineup.

Does Honda only make motorcycles?

No, it also produces small, mid-sized and maxi scooters, as well as ATVs and side-by-side off-road vehicles. Honda is also a major car maker with interests in the marine and aerospace sectors as well.

What is the fastest-ever Honda motorcycle?

The CBR1100XX “Super Blackbird” (1997-2006) could reach speeds up to 190 mph. A Gentlemen’s Agreement among the Big Four since then set a top speed of 186 mph to prevent lawmakers from pushing for an outright ban on superbikes.