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Top 10 Adventure Tourers of 2018

Top 10 Adventure Tourers of 2018

capable off-roader with the balance and handling of a sport-standard

For some people, adventure is about finding your way through the unknown to see things no one has and doing things most haven’t. But unless you plan on walking, you need the right tool to get there. This is where these adventure touring machines comes in and sweeps you off your feet in the most humble and matured way.

Here are our top ten adventure tourers of 2018 that come with some impeccable versatility to trout the lands across the globe. 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.

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Top 10 Sports-Tourers of 2018

Top 10 Sports-Tourers of 2018

Combining the performance of a sport bike with the long-distance capabilities

Call them bikes that perfectly fill the gap between thrilling sportsbike and the gigantic touring machines, sports-tourers are simply long haul motorcycles with sportbike expectations built to get the best out of that long way home. Here is our list of 2018’s top ten machines offering the same capabilities as touring bikes but without sacrificing any of the sporty performance.

They tend to be a bit lighter and corner well but aren’t the most comfortable. The riding position tends to be a bit more relaxed compared to sports machines, there’s better wind protection, much better pillion comforts, transmission with lower gearing and usually a whole quick release pannier system designed in.

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2018 - 2019 Honda Gold Wing / Gold Wing Tour

2018 - 2019 Honda Gold Wing / Gold Wing Tour

The Flagship Tourer Is Once Again A Worthy Contender

Lighter weight, new engine, and updated looks feature prominently in the Honda Gold Wing rolled out in 2018. Looking to appeal to a younger buyer, the factory brought performance back to the top of the list of priorities for its flagship tourer, as well. The all-new engine comes in the typical flat-six configuration and 1,833 cc displacement with 120+ ponies just waiting to be called upon. What else has Honda done to try to make the ’Wing something other than “my grandfather’s bike” to the younger buyers?

Continue reading for my review of the Honda Gold Wing and Honda Gold Wing Tour.

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Honda is finally giving us the sprightly NC750X

Honda is finally giving us the sprightly NC750X

A lot of begging and praying later

Ever since Honda launched the NC750X in 2012, it saw a place in the ranks of Europe’s top ten best-selling motorcycles. If you are wondering about US top bike’s list, you wouldn’t find it there since Honda never thought of giving us the pleasure.Why Honda?... Why?

Nevertheless, I think I can forgive them now. Honda finally decides to bring the NC750X to American Shores. God Bless you. And gets a host of new upgrades with a slew of improvements we saw at its showcasing at the ongoing EICMA in Milan.

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2014 - 2018 Honda CTX700 / CTX700N

2014 - 2018 Honda CTX700 / CTX700N

Equipped With The DCT Transmission

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.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda CTX700 and CTX700N.

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2015 - 2017 Honda NC700X

2015 - 2017 Honda NC700X

Adventure bikes are fairly ubiquitous these days, and Honda makes sure to get its share of that market segment with the entry-level-ish NC700X. Priced well below 10 grand with a rider-friendly engine, the NC700X can serve as a trainer bike for more serious on/off-road work, or as an affordable commuter in a strictly urban environment.

Naturally, as new genres develop the first development race is to get something in the market that will establish a toehold, then the onus is on refining the product and looking for an edge in the resulting arms race as it were. The Red Rider engineers and designers cut their teeth on bigger/badder rides, and now are dropping back a bit to try and grab customers who aren’t liable to ride across some African desert or some such. Join me as I take a look at this effort and see what lessons Honda learned on the big bikes, and what features made the jump downhill.

Continue reading formy review of the Honda NC700X.

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2013 Honda Silver Wing ABS

2013 Honda Silver Wing ABS

The maxi-scooter market has been expanding for over a decade now with more and more 500 cc-plus models joining the battle in the never-ending fight for customers. Honda’s flagship business-class maxi— the aptly-named Silver Wing— continues the fight into the current year with a machine largely unchanged since the original rolled in ’02. The twin-cylinder mill falls just short of the 600 cc mark and puts out nearly 30 ponies, so this ain’t your average little European-style scoot by any means. In fact, the factory considers it less a scooter and more a mid-size tour/commute motorcycle and more or less markets it as such. Whether this is rightly so or not, I wanted to see for myself.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda Silver Wing.

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2016 - 2017 Honda Gold Wing / Gold Wing F6B

2016 - 2017 Honda Gold Wing / Gold Wing F6B

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.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda Gold Wing, Gold Wing F6B and Gold Wing F6B Deluxe.

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2015 Honda CTX700

2015 Honda CTX700

Honda presses on in its crusade to target the new-rider market with the release of the 2015 CTX700 cruiser. You could call this bike the laid-back cousin of the CTX700 family, and while it is similar to the CTX700N, it inspires a completely different attitude. Honda managed to create this shift with seemingly minute changes that, in fact, make all the difference in the world. The relaxed riding posture and fairing turns this bike into a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, and far more welcoming of lengthy day-trips than its 700N-based cousins. Optional controls, such as an automatic transmission and ABS, offer improved rider safety for entry-level riders, and the price is sure to fit their budget as well.

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2015 Honda Gold Wing F6B

2015 Honda Gold Wing F6B

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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2015 Honda Gold Wing

2015 Honda Gold Wing

The Honda Gold Wing is fitted with a wide range of features and accessories that were especially designed to help you cover long distances in full comfort.

Designed for long journey lovers, the Honda Gold Wing is propelled by a strong horizontally opposed liquid-cooled, SOHC, six-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1832 cc. The engine features Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) and is mated on a five speed transmission with overdrive and electric reverse.

Among the features offered by the motorcycle you will find a satelite navigation system, an airbag, CM satellite radio, heated grips and seat and a modern audio system with surround sound.

It is also worthy of being mentioned that this year, the company celebrates the 40th Anniversary Edition of the Gold Wing.

The Honda Gold Wing is offered with a base price of $23,999.

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2014 Honda Crosstourer Highlander T

2014 Honda Crosstourer Highlander T

Born with adventure in its veins, the Honda Crosstourer Highlander T is a great motorcycle for long journeys.

The Honda Crosstourer Highlander T weighs 275 kg and is propelled by a liquid - cooled, 4 - stroke, Unicam, 16 - Valve, 76° V4 engine with a displacement of 1,237 cc. In terms of power, the unit generates a maximum output of 95 kW at 7,750 rpm and 126 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm.

IN terms of technology, the Honda Crosstourer Highlander T is offered with combined ABS, Traction Control System (TCS) and an optional Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) gearbox.

As far as accessories are concerned, the Honda Crosstourer Highlander T is equipped as standard with a 32 litre Top Box, 35 litre (right hand) & 39 litre (left hand) Panniers, a touring windscreen and fog lights.

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2014 Honda VFR1200F

2014 Honda VFR1200F

Thanks to its aggressive character, aerodynamic fairing and modern technologies, the Honda VFR1200F has all it needs to impress even the most demanding riders.

It is propelled by a refined 1237 cc, liquid-cooled 4-stroke UNICAM, 76° V-4 engine which delivers a maximum torque of 129 Nm at 8,750 rpm and 127kW at 10,000 rpm. The new VFR1200F is equipped with a 19 liter fuel tank which can keep the bike running up to 186 miles on a single tank of petrol.

The motorcycle’s speed is kept under control by a modern braking system which comprises of a front 276 mm hydraulic disc grabbed by a 2-piston caliper and a rear 320 mm dual floating hydraulic disc paired with two 6-piston calipers. For enhanced stopping powere, there is also available the company’s Combined Antilock Brake System which optimises the balance of front and rear braking control.

The Honda VFR1200F is priced at €16.113.

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2014 Honda VFR800F

2014 Honda VFR800F

The Honda VFR800F offers a perfect balance between comfort, high speed performances and versatility.

It features a modern style, adjustable seat height heated grips and the company’s self cancelling indicators.

At its heart sits a 782 cc, liquid cooled, 4 stroke 16 valve, DOHC, 90° V 4 engine with PGM-FI Electronic Fuel Injection. In terms of power, the unit generates a maximum power of 77.9 kW at 10,250 rpm and 75.1 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm. The engine is mated on a six speed gearbox with wet, multiplate clutch with coil springs which returns a fuel consumption of 17.8 km/L.

Other notable features include a telescopic fork, Pro-arm swingarm, Honda’s Ignition Security System, ABS brakes and Traction Control System.

The Honda VFR800F is offered with a starting price of € 13.014.

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2014 Honda Crossrunner

2014 Honda Crossrunner

Thanks to its versatile character, first class reliability and modern technologies, thee Honda Crossrunner has managed to earn its place among the top dogs in its segment.

Featuring a high ground clearance and a generous suspension travel but also a comfortable riding position and a smooth power output, the Honda Crossrunner is fairly easy to handle in the city but also on the highway and rugged terrains.

At its heart sits a liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 16-Valve, DOHC 90° V-4 engine with PGM-FI Electronic Fuel Injection. The engine generates a maximum output of 74.9kW at 10,000 rpm and 72.8Nm at 9,500 rpm. The engine’s power is transferred to the rear wheel by means of a constant mesh 6-speed transmission with wet, multiplate clutch with coil springs.

As far as prices are concerned, the Honda Crossrunner can be yours for no less than €11.775.

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2014 Honda ST1300 Pan European

2014 Honda ST1300 Pan European

When it comes to sport tourers, the Honda ST1300 Pan European is certainly on many riders wishlist. Apart from looking cool, it also comes with a wide range of features and accessories that were carefully designed to make you as comfortable as possible even during the longest journeys.

Thanks to its smart design, the motorcycle conceals amble capacity for luggage and its adjustable seat was especially created for all day comfort.

As far as power is concerned, the Honda ST1300 Pan European is equipped with a 1260 cc, liquid-cooled 4-stroke, 16-valve, DOHC 90º V-4 engine which generates 117 Bhp at 8,000 rpm and 117Nm of torque at 6,500 Rpm. The engine’s power is kept under control by a five speed transmission. You also get a large 29 liter fuel tank which delivers a pretty generous riding range.

The Honda ST1300 Pan European is priced at €17.804.

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2014 Honda NM4 Vultus

2014 Honda NM4 Vultus

Honda has taken the wraps off its new NM4 Vultus which features a pretty bold and futuristic style looking more like a concept than a production model.

The new Honda NM4 Vultus was designed with long journeys in mind; therefore it features an ergonomic riding position and is fitted with an innovative rider backrest which can also transform into a pillion seat.

The new motorcycle is propelled by a 745cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 8-valve, SOHC parallel 2-cylinder engine which generates a maximum power of 40.3kW at 6,250rpm and 68Nm of torque at 4,750rpm. The engine’s power is kept in leash by a standard Dual Clutch Transmission system.

The bike is also equipped with full LED lights and a sharp headlight which also comes with a blue LED definition line. We also like the blacked-out finish and the small glimpses of burnished stainless steel.

The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a steel diamond frame which sits on 43mm telescopic forks (125mm stroke) and a rear monoshock absorber which delivers 100 mm of wheel travel.

The stopping power is handled by front 320mm wavy discs grabbed by two-piston brake calipers and rear 240mm wavy discs paired with single-piston calipers. For enhanced stopping power the motorcycle is also equipped with a two-channel ABS system.

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2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie

2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie

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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2014 Honda Gold Wing F6B

2014 Honda Gold Wing F6B

If you want a versatile motorcycle that feels comfortable around-town and during short occasional journeys then you certainly should take a closer look at the 2014 Honda Gold Wing F6B.

The motorcycle comes with a pretty interesting style featuring a massive faring, a low windshield and a sleek fuselage.

Needles to say that you also get a comprehensive list of comfort features which include an advanced audio system with surround sound, heated grips, a passenger backrest, and self-cancelling turn signals.

As far as power is concerned, the Honda Gold Wing F6B is propelled by an 1832 cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with PGM-FI. The unit is paired with a five speed transmission which offers a fuel consumption of 34 MPG.

As far as prices are concerned, the Honda Gold Wing F6B can be yours for no less than $19,999.

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2014 Honda CTX1300

2014 Honda CTX1300

At the 2013 EICMA motorcycle show Honda has taken the wraps off its new CTX1300 tourer. The motorcycle is a pretty new concept and Honda says that it represents the evolution of touring motorcycles.

Thanks to its versatile character, the Honda CTX1300 promises to feel similarly comfortable both in the city and on the highway. Needles to say that it comes with a comprehensive list of touring-oriented accessories which includes two side cases, a potent audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, a comfy seat and an ergonomically designed handlebar.

The motorcycle is offered in two versions, namely the standard model and the Deluxe. The latter comes with self-canceling turn signals, anti-lock brakes, traction control and blacked-out styling accents.

The 2014 Honda CTX1300 is powered by a 1261cc, liquid-cooled, longitudinally mounted 90° V-4 engine which sends its power to the ground through a five-speed transmission.

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2014 Honda Interstate

2014 Honda Interstate

Meet the 2014 Honda Interstate, an elegant tourer that is ready to hit the highways every time you want some adventures. The motorcycle is powered by a liquid-cooled, 52° V-twin, SOHC engine with a displacement of 1312cc. The engine features a single-pin crankshaft and dual balancers and rewards you with plenty of torque. The unit delivers an average fuel consumption of 46 MPG and is fed by a 4.4 Gallons fuel tank.

The 2014 Honda Interstate’ stopping power is assured by front and rear disc brakes that can be combined with an optional Anti-lock Brake System (ABS).

As far as suspensions are concerned the 2014 Honda Interstate is fitted with a 41mm front fork that offers 4.0 inches of wheel travel and a rear single shock absorber that provides 3.9 inches of wheel travel.

The 2014 Honda Interstate is offered with a base price of $13,240.

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