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2012 Honda VFR1200F DCT – Road Test Review


Honda held nothing back when it overhauled the esteemed VFR sport tourer for 2010. Engine technology and architecture was adapted from Honda’s MotoGP race bikes, the Unicam valvetrain was adapted from its motocross bikes, displacement and power were significantly increased, and styling was a unique, clean-sheet design. Honda’s boldest innovation, however, was the VFR1200F’s optional Dual Clutch Transmission, which uses ...

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2012 Honda CBR1000RR – First Ride Review


Liter-bike horsepower wars aren’t over, but they’re past the shock-and-awe phase of the campaign. With peak rear-wheel figures exceeding 150, sometimes by a considerable margin, the name of the game is harnessing all those stallions. Riding modes, traction control and ABS are now found–standard or optionally–on many liter-class sportbikes. Before new model releases, speculation focuses on which electronic aid will ...

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New Hondas at Italy Show

Honda Crosstourer

  Honda revealed production versions of its new Crosstourer, Integra and two new mid-sized machines, the NC700X and NC700S, at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, last week. No word as yet from American Honda if the bikes will be coming here to join the ranks of updated 2012 motorcycles like the Gold Wing, CBR1000RR, and VFR1200F/DCT, but we’ll keep ...

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Honda Adds More Street Models to 2012 Lineup

2012 Honda VFR1200F DCT

  Five more models have been added to the Honda street lineup for 2012, joining updated bikes like the Gold Wing and CBR1000RR, and returning models like the  ST1300, Fury and Shadow 750s. One of the five–or two depending upon how you look at it–is the VFR1200F and VFR1200F DCT, the latter with the automatic Dual Clutch Transmission that debuted ...

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Old Bike, New Places


Mornings are getting cooler here in South Georgia, and I’d been talking and thinking about taking my old (1975) Honda CB750 for a real ride. Not just buzzing around the neighborhood to the drugstore and back, but an honest to goodness ride. Something like three or four hundred miles that would really blow the dust off me and the bike. ...

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Honda VT1300 Accessories from Big Bike Parts

Big Bike Parts Honda VT1300 light bar 55-362L

VT TACKLE. Big Bike Parts has all sorts of accessories to make your Honda VT1300 look tip-top, such as the Live To Ride, Ride To Live Free Spirit Air Cleaner Cover (p/n 55-354, $99.95), Contoured Front Fender Tip Accent (p/n 55-351, $25.95), Elliptical and Contour Light Bars with 2-3/8-inch Mini Halogen Lights (p/n 55-353/363, $299.95-$389.95), Chrome Die Cast Aluminum Master ...

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Decisions, Decisions


The calendar says the autumn equinox was last Friday, and summer is certainly drawing to a close here in South Georgia. Muggy mornings have turned crisp, with temperatures dropping into the upper 50s. The midday heat still hovers around 85 degrees on most days, but everyone who has experienced at least one yearly cycle of Deep South weather knows that ...

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More 2012 Honda Street Motorcycle Models

2012 Honda

  The list of 2012 Honda models is growing as a dozen new additions expand the upcoming season lineup. This latest release includes the substantially revamped CBR1000RR superbike. Sportbike fans will also be glad to see the CBR600RR in 2012, and riders partial to cruisers can welcome back eight models: the Sabre, Stateline, Interstate and Fury, plus Honda’s 750cc line ...

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2011 Honda CB1000R – Road Test Review


  My uncle Lanny is a veteran of AFM races in the ’70s, the Bay Area’s infamous Sunday Morning Rides, and a resident of Mendocino County, an enchanting area of Northern California blessed not only with great wineries and breweries but also with some of the state’s most scenic, twisty and sparsely traveled roads. Lanny is also a purist. His ...

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