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2014 Honda Grom 125 – First Ride Review

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If you’re wondering what the heck a “grom” is, you’re not alone. Honda’s latest effort at winning over the young—and the young at heart—is called the MX125 in Europe and elsewhere, but that name was already trademarked in the United States and Japan. So the folks at American Honda, which is based in Torrance, California, not far from famous surf ...

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2013 Honda CB500F and CBR500R – First Ride Review

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After several years of downturn-induced dormancy, Honda has released 22 new or significantly updated models since 2012—more bikes than some manufacturers have in their entire lineup. Honda builds and sells millions of two-wheelers every year, the vast majority of which are small-displacement runabouts sold in places like India and China. What enables Honda to bring a bumper crop of new ...

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2014 Honda CTX700 – Road Test Review

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If you’re an experienced motorcycle enthusiast, you’ve probably pigeonholed these new Honda CTXs as just beginner’s bikes and are about turn the page. Not so fast. That’s what any number of us old-timers thought when the NC700X/DCT was introduced, too. After testing it thoroughly (Rider, November 2012), we found the NC to be a surprisingly versatile mid-sized adventure bike at ...

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Honda PC800 Pacific Coast: 1989-90, 1994-98

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What happens when motorcycle designers share a drawing board with automobile types? The answer may be the Honda Pacific Coast. Rumor had it that after Honda R&D Americas, Inc., was established in 1985 and began dealing with all Honda products, the word came down from above that the engineers and designers should get their heads and drawing pencils together and ...

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2013 Honda CB1100 – Road Test Review

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Take a look around your garage. Is there an old radio that’s been tuned to a classic rock station for as long as you can remember? A bunch of Craftsman tools crowding a few precious Snap-On items in an old toolbox covered with fading stickers from Bell, Bates, NGK, Torco, and S&W or Mulholland Shocks? Most importantly, are the tire ...

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2013 Middleweight Metric Cruiser Comparison Review

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My favorite comfort foods, heart-warming and artery-clogging classics like mac-and-cheese, buttermilk biscuits and pulled-pork barbecue, are straightforward and uncomplicated, each prepared with a short list of ingredients and easy techniques. But many cooks have been fooled by such simplicity, following recipes dutifully but ending up with bland results. The artistry, the ability to create a dish that’s just right, is ...

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2013 Honda Shadow Aero – Review

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Like Kawasaki’s Vulcan line, Honda has had Shadow cruisers in its lineup since the early 1980s. Over the past three decades, engine displacements have gone up and down, models have come and gone. But since the 1,100cc Shadow Sabre was retired in 2007, the Shadow pedigree has lived on in the middleweight class only. For 2013, Honda offers four Shadow ...

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2013 Honda F6B – Road Test Review

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Last year, more new touring motorcycles were sold than bikes in any other individual street bike category, even cruisers. Touring includes luxury performers such as the Honda Gold Wing, BMW K 1600 GTL and the like, but the vast majority of those top-selling machines were “baggers,” large V-twin touring cruisers with factory hard bags and windshields, or fairings with windscreens. ...

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Comparison Test: 2013 BMW C 650 GT vs. 2013 Honda NC700X

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We aren’t normally a shiftless bunch except for an hour or two after lunch, but we recently spent the last two weeks swapping between two new “automatics”—BMW’s C 650 GT maxi-scooter, and Honda’s NC700X with dual-clutch transmission—in an effort to see which type of shiftless two-wheeler rules the urban no-man’s land between home, work and other mundane daily destinations. You ...

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2013 Honda CBR600RR – First Ride Review

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Ten years. More than 100,000 units sold. Multiple AMA Supersport and Formula Xtreme championships. Seven FIM World Supersport titles. Genesis for the official spec engine in Moto2 racing. Those are serious bona fides for a serious sportbike. Back in 2003, Honda introduced the first CBR600RR, a more track-focused middleweight sportbike that, for a few years, was produced alongside its more ...

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