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2015 Honda Gold Wing


Honda developed the Gold Wing to be its flagship, a boundary-breaking example of what was possible from the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturer. From the GL1000 that debuted for 1975 to the GL1800 of today—spanning 40 years of production and five model generations—the Gold Wing has become a benchmark for quality, reliability, luxury and comfort. When the GL1800 was introduced for ...

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Honda Releases Details on 2016 CRF1000L Africa Twin


Honda just announced further technical details on the new CRF1000L Africa Twin adventure bike, which will arrive in Honda showrooms across the United States in early 2016. Following its design theme of “unlimited adventure,” Honda says the Africa Twin is styled with minimal bodywork in a tough, lightweight form that offers both weather protection for the rider and a slim, ...

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Retrospective: Honda CL175 Scrambler: 1968-1973


There certainly were lots of variations of Honda’s 175 twin over its six years on the market, from Super Sport to Motosport, with the Scrambler sitting right in the middle. All part of Honda’s marketing wisdom—offering roughly the same bike in a variety of styles, appealing to any number of potential buyers. In the mid-1960s Americans were falling in lust ...

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Honda Bulldog


Honda Ruckus fans take note—Big Red unveiled a concept bike last March at the Osaka Motorcycle Show that looks like a grown-up version of the popular 50cc scooter. It said the Bulldog “promotes a new world of leisure with motorcycles. The model was developed with the concept ‘Lovable Touring Partner,’ and was designed to go beyond the boundaries of conventional ...

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Death Valley: Hitting the Hot Spots on a Honda F6B


The valley of death is a fascinating place—at least in my estimation. Having been there more than 40 times since my first visit in 1967, I’ve seen a lot of it. And during each visit I find something new to gawp at. Some people ride or drive through, with quick stops at Badwater and Zabriskie Point and say, “Been there; ...

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2014 Honda CB1100 Deluxe | Long-Term Rides


At the very first glance, the CB1100 parked outside the Rider office had me by the eyeballs. Appraising its Candy Red paint and clean, classic lines, I knew I had to ride it. EIC Tuttle finally handed me the key a couple of months later, with the bike now sporting Cortech Super 2.0 luggage and a National Cycle Street Shield ...

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Retrospective: Honda NX650: 1988-1989


Here was a slightly new approach to the widening dual-purpose market, an electric-start 650 single with a bikini fairing, a couple of plastic body panels on the tank, a couple more to cover up most of the two mufflers, and a 21-inch front wheel with a close-fitting fender. This was a perfect round-town bike with some minor pretensions at dirt-roading, ...

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2015 Honda NM4 DCT ABS—Road Test Review


Imagine for a moment that you’re a 20- or 30-something motorcycle designer in Japan, head swirling with futuristic ideas thwarted by practicalities. Then you’re tasked with drawing something that blows away two-wheeled convention so that it will stand out in the increasingly competitive North American and European markets. Some of your influences are anime and manga—animated movies and comic books, ...

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American Honda Announces More 2015 Motorcycles


In September, American Honda announced new and returning motorcycles for 2015, including the 40th anniversary Gold Wing, the Gold Wing F6B, a big crop of cruisers (Fury, Interstate, Stateline, Shadow Aero and Shadow Phantom) and its venerable dual-sport, the XR650L. Read details and see photos of the 40th anniversary Gold Wing and other 2015 Hondas During the EICMA show going ...

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