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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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New Auction Record Set for a Japanese Bike

New Auction Record Set for a Japanese Bike

It’s six years old and has 1 mile on the clock

A Honda RC213V-S, still in its packing crate and showing one mile on the odometer has just set the record for a Honda at auction. The price? If you have to ask, you can’t afford it!

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2017 - 2022 Honda CBR1000RR

2017 - 2022 Honda CBR1000RR

It’s a much better CBR1000RR than the CBR1000RR has ever been

Honda carries its CBR1000RR superbike, a.k.a. ’Fireblade’, into 2022 with little in the way of changes. That’s hardly surprising given the scope and scale of the revisions done prior to MY17 that brought us the newest gen of Honda’s Total Control initiative with a host of electronic goodies to help keep the 189-horsepower engine (10 more ponies than the previous gen) under control. It’s Honda’s first inline four-banger to run a throttle-by-wire induction control, and the factory piled on with Riding Modes, Wheelie Control, and more to make the ’Blade serve as a model flagship for the affordable-supersport sector with plenty of influence from the racing department for the ’everyrider’.

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2021 - 2022 Honda ADV150

2021 - 2022 Honda ADV150

This is what the offspring of a PCX150 and an Africa Twin would look like

Honda expands its adventure-bike range downward into the scooter category with the early release of its 2021 ADV150. Subtle off-road touches join fairly robust rider-protection features to make this bike viable as both an urban commuter and a backroads explorer with long-stroke suspension and ABS protection to support those different modes of travel. All of this comes with the usual twist-and-go operation and a price tag under $5k.

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Custom Bike of the Day: Honda CB550 ZEBlower

Custom Bike of the Day: Honda CB550 ZEBlower

Popbang Classics workshop creates magic

Japanese air-cooled inline four-cylinder engines are a popular choice for custom builders but rarely are they as perfectly formed as this supercharged CB550 from Popbang Classics

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2021 - 2022 Honda NC750X

2021 - 2022 Honda NC750X

Honda updated their baby Africa Twin to make a capable commuter

Honda’s adventuresome NC750X got a facelift ahead of the 2021 model-year that includes refined front fairings for improved penetration and an enlarged cargo space to contribute to its utility as both an adventure bike and a commuter cycle. The engine also enjoyed a few mechanical tweaks along with an improved electronic-control system, and the lump lost some weight so even more of that power is converted into acceleration. A new slipper-type clutch and re-calibrated transmission completed the MY2021 package with a concurrent gain in safety. Shorter gear-ratios for the first three gears let you come out of the hole like a champ while remaining in the usable powerband.

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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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2020 - 2022 Honda Gold Wing

2020 - 2022 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 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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2020 - 2022 Honda Gold Wing Tour

2020 - 2022 Honda Gold Wing Tour

A host of improvements give it even better handling than before

Honda shows its commitment to continual improvement with its 2022 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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How Old Is Too Old To Go Racing?

How Old Is Too Old To Go Racing?

John McGuinness Will race at the TT at the age of 50

John McGuinness has announced that he has joined the Honda factory team for the 2022 road racing series in Ireland and the Isle of Man. At 50 years old, is he over the hill or can he still cut it?

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Honda Will Revive the Legendary Hornet Name for New Line of Naked Sports Bikes

Honda Will Revive the Legendary Hornet Name for New Line of Naked Sports Bikes

Name last seen in 2013 set for return

The Honda Hornet (called the 599 in the U.S. and CB600F in the UK) was a much-loved middleweight naked sports bike. A recent reveal at the EICMA show in Italy confirms that the name - and the bike concept - is set to make a return.

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Honda Gives Fireblade Serious Updates

Honda Gives Fireblade Serious Updates

No More Power But More Rideability

With this upgrade, Honda has addressed criticisms of the latest Fireblade in terms of gearing, while tweaking the electronics at the same time. SP available as 30th Anniversary limited edition.

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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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