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2019 Honda CB650R

2019 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 is revisiting 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 rolls into MY19 with a handful of tweaks that brush 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 steps to improve rideability and safety.

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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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Top 10 Street Motorcycles of 2018

Top 10 Street Motorcycles of 2018

Naked, lightweight and narrow. The perfect combination for the urban jungle

Although not an official segment of motorcycles, our lifestyle for daily transportation in urban communities have given rise to street motorcycles that are lightweight and nimble for the concrete jungle. Being an agile handler while looking the part is how we need our commute through the asphalt.

This is our list of the machines we think can handle those demands better than any other. A motorcycle with an upright riding position, lacking plastic fairings for that narrow lane splitting ability and a lightweight construction for the ease of flickability is what we are looking for, and here are our top ten:

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Honda has two new 650cc machines in the pipeline

Honda has two new 650cc machines in the pipeline

One will be an exclusively new model, while one will be catering mainstream

The Honda CB600F (known as the Hornet in Europe and Brazil) was undoubtedly one of the most influential middleweight naked motorcycles. Originally launched in 1998, it had close ties to the race-winning CBR600RR but had always presented its own unique package of sporty performance and light, user-friendly handling.

In 2014 the model received a major update and got a displacement increase of 49 cc, the new model is called CB650F, which is currently sold in the US for $ 8,249. And according to Fabrice Recoque, director of the motorcycle division of Honda France, the world is getting TWO new 650cc naked motorcycles.

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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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2019 Honda CB300R

2019 Honda CB300R

Really More Of A ’Sport-Roadster’ Than A Cafè Racer

Honda expands its Neo-Sports Cafè lineup with the new-for-2019 CB300R that brings more of the same cafè-tastic vibe that we got 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, so join me while I take my first look at this all-new machine from the Red Riders and see how it stacks up against some of the other current pocket-rockets.

Continue reading for my look at the Honda CB300R.

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Honda is surprising us with the entry of the CB300R in July

Honda is surprising us with the entry of the CB300R in July

Gets LCD instrument display, LED lighting and IMU-based ABS

"JAPANESE CRAFTSMANSHIP" and the "Spirit of CAFÉ RACER". This is how Honda described its new Neo Sports Cafe motorcycle project that was unveiled to the world on November 6th, just a day before the EICMA Milan motorcycle show. Later what came of that is the CB1000R naked-retro along with the CB300R and the CB125R.

Honda started rolling the naked liter onto the streets soon after setting up the stage for to bring in a whole new flavor into motorcycling. Having the same classic design lines with modern underpinnings, the CBR300R is now making its way onto our shores, and we cannot be any less delighted for this honor.

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2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way

2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way

Ten of the 2018’s hottest bikes coming to change the way we ride

Aspirin taken, ate some food, drank that much-needed water and took a hot shower. Hangover time is over and getting my head around the fact that I have to wake up early to work depressed me at first. But luckily the excitement brought with the launch of these new machines means we and I get to see them on our roads pretty soon, and I cannot wait to unveil the secrets they behold.

Unveiled at the back end of 2017, these hot machines give new life goals and expectations, not just for riders, but also to other manufacturers giving them no option but to up their game as well. Thanks to this, competition keeps getting hotter by the day, and we are ultimately rewarded with machines that beam innovation and technology.

Here are the top picks that are touted to take the market by storm in 2018:

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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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Honda's Neo Sport Cafe is now the CB1000R naked-retro

Honda’s Neo Sport Cafe is now the CB1000R naked-retro

This is the future of all nakeds from the Japanese Red Winger

If there was ever any inkling about Honda not making the best looking motorcycles, here is your opportunity for redemption.

Showcased as the Project NSC (Neo Sports Cafe) at Tokyo International Motor Show last month, Honda officially unwrapped their production version at the ongoing EICMA, and it is the CB1000R naked machine running on the Fireblade’s powerplant and comes with the hint of retro styling on its new sharp looking skin.

Honda has also launched entry-level naked bikes (CB300R and CB125R) using the same design elements to take down the competition at the root level.

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Images: 2018 Honda CB1000R - in the details

Images: 2018 Honda CB1000R - in the details

High resolution images for your eyes and your wall

Making the best looking motorcycle was not a trait of Honda. But that cannot be said anymore once you lay your eyes on this CB1000R. It showcases a whole new flavor of Honda, and it looks brutishly handsome with the sharp looks of a naked sports machine and that retro flair of a modern café-racer.

Showcased as the Project NSC (Neo Sports Cafe) at Tokyo International Motor Show last month, Honda officially unwrapped their production version at the ongoing EICMA, and it is the CB1000R naked machine running on the Fireblade’s powerplant and comes with the hint of retro styling on its new sharp looking skin.

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Honda revealed its Neo Sports Cafe concept and it looks brutishly handsome.

Honda revealed its Neo Sports Cafe concept and it looks brutishly handsome.

The Japanese Red Winger is setting up stage for to bring in a whole new flavour into motorcycling.

If there was ever any inkling about Honda not making the best looking motorcycles, here is your opportunity for redemption.

Showcased at the ongoing Tokyo International Motor Show, Honda officially unwrapped their brand new concept of the Project NSC (Neo Sport Cafe) which has caught every motorcycle aphrodisiac’s attention ever since it was teased earlier this month in two separate videos.

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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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2015 Honda SFA Concept

2015 Honda SFA Concept

Motorcycle concepts don’t get nearly the same amount of shine as their automotive counterparts. But any bike lover will tell you that our love for bike concepts runs deep. This weekend, the 2015 Osaka Motorcycle Show opens its doors and Honda is one of the manufacturers that’s expected to roll up with an army of concept bikes that may or may not be hints at potential models down the road.

One such prototype is the SFA Concept, which isn’t really entirely new, having already made an appearance at the Indonesia Motorcycle Show in October 2014. But apparently, that’s not stopping Honda from bringing the SFA Concept to another auto show, only this time, it’s going to be right in Honda’s proverbial backyard.

The Honda SFA Concept isn’t the only prototype that’s making an appearance at the Osaka Motorcycle Show. Honda’s also readying the CRF250 Rally Concept, an adventure bike based on the CRF250L and the RC213V-S, a road-going machine that’s said to share its main mechanism with the vaunted RC213V MotoGP works bike. Yep. The same one that Marc Marquez will be riding on his way to a potential third straight MotoGP title.

Needless to say, Honda’s coming to Osaka ready to impress and from the looks of what it’s got planned for the show, it’s got a few sick ones ready to for their turn in the spotlight.

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Honda Gives Loyal Customer 55th Honda Motorcycle

Honda Gives Loyal Customer 55th Honda Motorcycle

There’s something incredibly refreshing about a brand taking the time to show appreciation to customers. We see it a lot, especially in such a dedicated market like motorcycles. Recently, American Honda Finance Corporation took the generosity to a new level when it presented longtime Honda owner Harry Adler with a 2015 CB300F, the 55th Honda motorcycle he has owned in his life.

The 84-year old has long been an enthusiast of motorcycles and Honda has been a favorite of sorts for the man. You don’t get to own 55 Honda bikes without loving it, do you? Adler is such a devoted Honda fan that his loyalty has extended to the dealership where he gets his bikes from, which in this case is Horner Honda in Salisbury, Maryland. Of the 55 Honda bikes he has owned, 48 came from Horner Honda and 38 of those purchases were funded through Honda Financial Services.

The incredible dedication to the brand caught the attention of American Honda Finance Corporation and as a way of saying “thank you” for his continued patronage, senior vice president David W. Paul presented Adler with the CB300F, the one bike the 84-year old said was missing in his portfolio.

It’s a great way for Honda Financial Services to give back to a customer that has literally patronized the brand above and beyond anybody could ever imagine.

Congratulations to Mr. Adler on the 55th bike. Here’s to hoping he enjoys the heck out of it!

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2015 Honda CB1000R

2015 Honda CB1000R

There are some bikes that exude such a complicated aura that riders have trouble understanding what they really are. Is it a cruiser wrapped in a sportsbike body? Is it the other way around? Such questions have been asked time and again by befuddled riders, but none of them involves the Honda CB1000R.

First introduced in 2007 as a replacement for the Honda CB900F Hornet - US riders know the bike as the Honda 919 - the CB1000R instantly gained recognition for being a bike that proudly flaunts what it really is: a naked roadster that you can just climb on and instantly feel its presence on the road.

Since it’s arriva inn the market, the CB1000R has exuded a legitimate bravado that not a lot of other machines can boast of. Its clean look perfectly complements the fuel-injected 998 cc four-cylinder engine that is full to the brim with power and performance. In a lot of ways, it’s the ideal bike for a large of swath of riders looking for something specific in their rides. You want style? The CB1000R has it. You want power? Ditto for that. You want a hell-raising ride experience? That one, too.

There’s not a lot of things the Honda CB1000R can’t do or provide to riders that’ll make them sweat in excitement thinking about the next time they can ride this bike. That’s what the Honda CB1000R has given to the motorcycle world and eight years after it debuted, it’s still as desirable as ever.

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