Exciting news from Honda that seems to be on a tear with their new lineup of motorcycles.
By Anne DT
Farkle My Ride recently reported Honda’s confirmation that they are bringing the CB1100 back, but were concerned that the bike may never make it to North America. We are now thrilled to report Honda is making this ride available here and not just Japan, Europe and Australia. A lot of North Americans and Europeans have been hoping for this launch since 2009 and can’t wait to see the CB1100 on the showroom floors.
Honda had a lot more up their sleeve at their big reveal than just the classic old school 1140cc air-cooled CB1100. Three different motorcycles, each powered by an efficient 500cc new parallel twin engine, plus a new Gold Wing and an updated CBR600RR.
“This most recent release of wide-ranging brand-new models along with returning favorites is really exciting news for all riding enthusiasts,” said Honda Powersports press manager, Bill Savino. “The six new models we’re introducing in the U.S. include five all-new motorcycles that represent some very innovative thinking on the part of Honda’s engineers and product planners, and they all bring their own distinct appeal to separate portions of the market.”
Short rundown of the new Honda models that will be available in 2013:
2013 Honda CBR500R
Mark DT suggested more was to come back in his article “Beginner Bike Wars” when he opined that…
As North Americans tend to believe bigger is better, I have a hunch the engineers at Honda will be at the drawing board looking to up their stakes. Who knows…is a CBR 350R now in our future?
It looks like the much talked about Ninja 300 from Kawasaki is getting some serious competition.
The CBR500R is the fully faired version of the trio of CB500s. This model is aimed at those riders moving up from the CBR250R or even experienced riders looking for a great value alternative that is light-weight with nimble handling. It is powered by an all-new, liquid-cooled, 500cc parallel-twin DOHC engine with a six-speed transmission. The standard model will be available in black, pearl white/blue/red or red for $5,999. The ABS version in red is priced at $6,499 and will hit the showroom floors in April 2013.
2013 Honda CB500F
The naked version of the trio of 500cc’s will attract new riders that want a full size motorcycle. It includes all the features of the CBR, but has a more upright riding position. The standard model comes in black or pearl white at an price tag any first-time buyer will appreciate of $5,499. With ABS, the only colour option is black and the price is $5,999. This model will be available in April 2013.
2013 Honda CB500X
The third bike of the trio is taller, equipped with a longer travel suspension and wheelbase, adjustable windshield, and a larger capacity fuel tank. It has wide, upright handlebars and is equipped with ABS as standard. The CB500X will be available in matte black metallic, unveiling. No price has been revealed yet, available in July 2013. This bike will likely compete with those looking also at the Versys and Vstrom but wanting something lighter or even easier to insure.
Video showing the trio of Honda 500ccs:
2013 Honda CBR600RR
Honda’s popular 600cc superbike is back with MotoGP-inspired bodywork, 12-spoke wheels and a stronger engine. The CBR600RR also has a new 41mm Big Piston Fork. The standard model is available in red or white/blue/red and for the first time on the 600cc, in the Repsol Edition, The ABS version comes in red only. Price not revealed, but available in March 2013.
Video showing Honda’s new 2013 CBR600RR:
2013 Honda CB1100
The new design with a retro look is described by Honda Motorcycles as “Timeless Look, Inspired Performance”. The naked bike has a 1140cc oil and air-cooled DOHC fuel-injected in-line 4 engine. Optional accessories include ABS, heated grips, chrome headlight case and a rear carrier. It has a low saddle with an 31.3 inch seat height and a comfortable upright riding position. The CB1100 is available in Candy Red and is priced at $9,999, or $10,999 if you opt for the ABS and will be available in March 2013. With the immense popularity of the modern retros coming from Triumph, Ducati, and Moto Guzzi, I expect to see big crowds around this model during the winter motorcycle shows.
Cycle World reviews the CB1100:
2013 Honda Gold Wing F6B
The F6B is an aggressive, long, low more modern-looking version of what is often considered a “older gentleman’s” bike. It’s still a true touring bike though and includes such features as a premium sound system with iPod compatibility, lockable and waterproof saddlebags, glovebox and multifunction gauge/screen — all in a blacked-out package. Available in red and black, standard or deluxe model, with the latter getting a passenger backrest, center stand, self-canceling turn signals and heated grip. Priced at $19,999 and $20,999, respectively.
With six new bikes aimed to appeal to riders from all segments Honda looks to be increasing its strong position in the riding market. Kawasaki, Suzuki, and the rest will need to watch out, these six new bikes look amazing and the prices are at an affordable price point. With all the recent news of the “fiscal cliff” etc it is great to be getting positive news and fresh models for motorcyclists. Expect to see lots of curious riders checking these now models out at motorcycle shows this winter.
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Video showing Honda’s new 2013 Gold Wing F6B: