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Top Speed Buying Guide to the 2019 Honda Lineup

Top Speed Buying Guide to the 2019 Honda Lineup

2019 Honda Motorcycles Explained

The Honda Motor Company, Ltd is a major producer of powered equipment, motorcycles, outboard motors, automobiles, and aircraft. As one of the “Big Four” in the motorcycle market, Honda faces stiff domestic competition, but since 1959 has maintained its position as the “largest in the world” in both the motorcycle and equipment sectors. Its REPSOL racing team is competitive in both the MotoGP and WSBK circuits, and Honda’s dirt bikes are a common sight in Motocross/Supercross events.

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Can The Honda CB1100 Survive Global warming?

Can The Honda CB1100 Survive Global warming?

Images from Honda Taiwan Suggest Air Cooled Engine are on their out

Introduced in 2010 in Japan and Australia and then to the rest of the world in 2014, the CB1100 modern classic has received few upgrades in its life and now it appears to be on its last legs in the face of ever more stringent emissions regulations.

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2020 - 2021 Honda Gold Wing

2020 - 2021 Honda Gold Wing

A revamped suspension and updated features make for an even better Gold Wing

Honda greeted the new decade with a buffed-up, base-model Gold Wing range that’s best described as a BNG-Plus treatment with a few extra goodies thrown in. Updated damping values tune up the suspension system along with improved electronics to complete the package. Of course, this is all accompanied by the performance and handling that has always held the Gold Wing in good stead and keep the line in an excellent competitive position within the U.S. Market.

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2021 Honda CRF300L / CRF300L Rally

2021 Honda CRF300L / CRF300L Rally

Reduced weight, increased power, and improved off-road performance

Good news sports fans! Honda spruced up its dual-sport CRF300L base model and its Rally variant ahead of 2021 with a solid 15-percent increase in displacement, a concurrent 10-percent increase in power, reduced weight, and improved off-road performance. The Rally model brings even more off-road prowess to the table with its Ricky Brabec-inspired equipment package for riders looking to do some actual trailblazing/globetrotting work.

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Honda America Auctioning Three Iconic Fireblades For Charity

Honda America Auctioning Three Iconic Fireblades For Charity

Raising money for Riding For Kids Charity and the fight against Brain Tumours

Honda America is doing its bit for charity by putting up for auction three Repsol Fireblades from its own collection. The money raised from the auction of a ’05, ’07, and ’09 race replica bikes will go to Riding For Kids Charity.

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2015 - 2021 Honda XR650L

2015 - 2021 Honda XR650L

It’s the "I wanna have fun" bike you’ll hang on to

Honda carries its venerable XR650L line into 2021, 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.

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2021 Honda FourTrax Recon

2021 Honda FourTrax Recon

Pick the right tool for the job.

The smart craftsman knows that you have to match the tool for the job. And there’s clearly a vehicle in your off-road toolbox that you’re going to come to depend on: the 2021 Honda FourTrax Recon. It’s not Honda’s biggest ATV, but it is one of Honda’s most versatile. Light and maneuverable, it won’t wear you out the way some larger ATVs can. And it won’t make a big dent in your wallet, either. It features a specially designed 250-class engine that delivers plenty of low-rpm torque and power. Available in two versions: one featuring Honda conventional foot-shift ATV transmission, or the Recon ES model offering Honda’s Electric Shift Program (ESP). Plus, this year’s Recon is better than ever—with a new grille, new fenders, a new headlight and great new colors.

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Honda Nailed It With This TV Ad Back in 2000

Honda Nailed It With This TV Ad Back in 2000

The Best Brand Advert Ever?

This Honda TV advert from the mid 2000s got it absolutely spot-on. Rather than concentrating on one aspect of their business, they cleverly showcased lots of their products with a great soundtrack featuring Andy Williams singing The Impossible Dream.

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2020 - 2021 Honda Gold Wing Tour

2020 - 2021 Honda Gold Wing Tour

A host of improvements give it even better handling than before

Honda shows its commitment to continual improvement with its 2021 array of top-shelf, tour-tastic Gold Wing models. The Gold Wing range received a handful of improvements to include reworked heads and cylinders that reduce the weight of the drivetrain plus stock foglights and revised ergonomics to boost performance, safety, and comfort across the boards. Of course, this comes on top of the speed and handling for which the Gold Wings have long been famous to make it a serious competitor in the U.S. touring market.

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CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP vs. British Superbike

CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP vs. British Superbike

Can a production bike compete against a superbike on the track?

Honda rolls out its showroom CBR1000RR-R SP in a head-to-head matchup with its very own closed-circuit Fireblade racebike, both piloted by none other than UK BSB rider Glenn Irwin on his very own superbike from Honda’s British Superbike team. The stage was set and players put into place on the Oulton Park track.

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Can Honda Prevent Motorcycling Deaths?

Can Honda Prevent Motorcycling Deaths?

Stated goal of eliminating deaths through collision by 2050

Honda believes it is responsible for the safety of all its drivers and riders and is introducing new tech that will prevent collisions between cars and bikes. The Japanese company wants it to be fitted to all its new models by 2050, which might be possible in developed countries but raises questions about emerging countries where a vast majority of its products are sold. As many of these are in the budget range, is it viable to fit expensive tech to them?

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English Engineer Builds Famous Six Cylinder Honda Classic Race Bike from scrap

English Engineer Builds Famous Six Cylinder Honda Classic Race Bike from scrap

Not as easy as you might think!

What does the man who has built a V12 Kawasaki, a V8 Kawasaki and a Dodge Viper-engined motorcycle choose for his next project? How about a replica of a six-cylinder Honda race bike from the 1960s? And when we say ’build’, we really mean that; he makes his own six cylinder engine out of two four-cylinder engines, including building up his own crankshaft and making his own clutch, along with everything else. It’s a remarkable feat of engineering, carried out in a shed in his garden. The man is Allen Millyard and you really need to watch his videos if you think you know about engineering!

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2021 2022 Honda Monkey Bike

2021 2022 Honda Monkey Bike

Return of the Legend

The original Honda Monkey Bike of 1961 was an astonishing deviation from the company’s serious business of making giant-killing motorcycles of ever-increasing capacity, culminating with the CB750, the first Japanese superbike in 1969. Introduced into Europe in 1967, it remained in production up to 2017 in its original 50cc version. With the release of the Honda Grom, it wasn’t long before a Monkey bike version was released. Now 125cc, it has been further updated for 2022.

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Honda Patents Clutch-By-Wire technology

Honda Patents Clutch-By-Wire technology

The Next Step in Motorcycle Complexity

In what looks like an ingenious solution to a problem that never existed, Honda has filed a patent application for electronic actuation of the clutch, obviating the need for a clutch cable. Is it needed?

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Is This The Most Significant Motorcycle of All Time?

Is This The Most Significant Motorcycle of All Time?

The Honda Super Cub

There are many motorcycles that could be called the most significant for a number of reasons. What if I told you, however, that the most significant is also one of the most humble?

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2021 Honda CB1000R Black

2021 Honda CB1000R Black

The Black Edition is the first real update to the CB1000R in a long time

Honda goes a bit beyond the cursory “Bold New Graphics” package that frequently heralds a new model-year with new bodywork and a blackout paint package on the Honda CB1000R that sets it well apart from the previous version to make it the “Black Edition.” Improved electronics join with the new looks for some under-the-hood improvements increasing its utility as a commuter, and a fun one at that. The punchy four-banger reprises its role as the beating heart with throttle-by-wire and riding modes on board to help with engine management.

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2022 Honda Grom

2022 Honda Grom

Play time from the largest Japanese manufacturer

The Honda Motorcycle Company’s history is one of huge success - including staggering single-model sales - impeccable engineering provenance and, dare it be said, a distinct lack of character. Which makes it all the more surprising when Honda engineers let their hair down and brought us something as wacky as the Monkey Bike. Into the second decade of the 2000s, they seemingly had another fit of giggles and resurrected the Monkey Bike, this time called the Grom. It’s still as mad as ever and, for that, we have to be thankful.

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Honda Pursues Airbags Technology for 'Bikes

Honda Pursues Airbags Technology for ’Bikes

It’s a safety device that, so far, has only been available on the Honda Goldwing, but new patent applications indicate that Honda might be extending the technology to other models in the range.

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Young biker tries to fly a 1985 Honda Goldwing

Young biker tries to fly a 1985 Honda Goldwing

And the prize for best enduro bike goes to.....

Sometimes, manufacturers don’t realise how much ability they’ve built into the motorcycles they produce. This guy set out to prove that just because a bike is big and unwieldy, it can’t be fun!

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TopSpeed's 2021 Top Picks for Entry-Level Cruisers

TopSpeed’s 2021 Top Picks for Entry-Level Cruisers

These motorcycles are our picks for folks new to two wheels

For folks new to two wheels, one big consideration is what to buy. Do you want a cruiser? I’ve put together my pick of cruisers available for 2021 that offer new-rider friendly features.

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2020 - 2021 Honda Rebel 300 / 500

2020 - 2021 Honda Rebel 300 / 500

Honda’s iconic Rebel, now with a slip-and-assist clutch

Honda rolls into the new decade with the first overhaul to its newest-generation Rebel range. It has only been a few years since the classic Rebel line was replaced by the current iteration, and the added features are largely due to feedback from the new rider base. New suspension components improve the ride along with upgrades to the lighting and clutch pack to increase overall safety and expand its buyer base.

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2014 - 2021 Honda CBR600RR

2014 - 2021 Honda CBR600RR

It’s a MotoGP-inspired race replica

Honda’s latest generation of 600 cc, CBR supersports toes the family line with its race-winning blend of power and maneuverability all packed onto a MotoGP-inspired chassis. Much like the original CBR600RR that hit the streets back in ’03 and was built as a racebike replica, the current model features a strong engine along with a front suspension featuring Honda’s 41mm Big Piston Fork for superb handling and snappy action, plus MotoGP-inspired bodywork in a race-tested aerodynamic supersport design.

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2021 Honda PCX

2021 Honda PCX

Restyled on the outside and a new, larger engine on the inside

Honda went far beyond the cursory Bold New Graphics treatment for 2021 with a newly rebuilt and rebranded PCX for riders seeking an affordable urban-mobility solution. The ground-up redesign features a new frame with an equally-new-and-improved engine, all wrapped up under newly refined bodywork. You are given a choice between a base model and an anti-lock brake version that won’t break the bank and promises to be inexpensive to operate as well.

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2019 - 2020 Honda CB650R

2019 - 2020 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 cubeage, Honda revisited 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 rolled into MY2019 with a handful of tweaks that brushed up the looks and carved off a little fat. The powerplant also took a beating from the buffhammer to turn out a 5-percent increase in power with changes to improve rideability and safety.

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