The good news from September was Honda’s announcement of nine more 2014 models. These selections included well-established bikes that continue to be big favorites among riders and remain very much in demand. These models included the Shadow Line and 1300 Custom Line of popular Honda cruisers, and the iconic Rebel and XR650L.
Motorcycle enthusiasts have purchased hundreds of thousands of Honda cruisers over the years, and for 2014 we’ll once again see the full array of 1312cc V-twins including the Fury®, a radical and way-out machine seemingly from some custom bike builder’s fevered dreams. Yet despite the extreme lines and head-turning looks, the Fury is backed up with the same fit and finish, functionality, quality and reliability built into every Honda. It’s all Honda, through and through.
The 1300 Custom Line includes the Sabre®, a bike that not only fills the image of a tough ride cast in the classic role of a muscle-bound street rod, it also delivers in spades thanks to its pro-street-style aggressive looks plus the credentials to back it up. As another option in the big V-Twin line, the Stateline® is all about a just-right blend of traditional looks plus some new styling flair to set things off—rolling proof that when your ride looks just right, it feels just right deep down inside. And for those long hauls there’s the Interstate™—a perfect blend of custom style plus long-distance credentials. We’re talking all-day riding comfort and convenience that will carry you through that long, long getaway. Because when you’re aboard one of the coolest rides around, sometimes you just don’t want the ride to end.
The 750 Shadow Line contains a full array of affordable rides. There’s the Shadow® Aero®, with solid credentials such as a power-packed V-twin engine with sophisticated Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) and fine handling to go with its classic retro look and low seat height. The Shadow Spirit 750 C2 has long served as a machine that’s perfect for cruising city streets as well as exploring back-country roads thanks to its pronounced big-bike look, distinctive street-rod styling and a muscular V-twin engine. Check out the minimalist look and extensive black-out treatment that makes the Shadow Phantom® stand out by standing back. This is a bike that celebrates the joy of back-to-basics styling with an uncluttered appearance, while also delivering the essence of the V-twin ride experience.
The eager-to-please Rebel® remains a favorite among entry-level street riders—and for good reason. Its stylish good looks maintain an enduring appeal, it’s comfortable, lightweight and easy to maneuver, and its durability is legendary. Whether you’re running errands around town or heading out of town for a riding adventure, the rugged 250 Rebel serves as a great riding partner.
The iconic XR650L is equally at home on the road and in the dirt—whatever you want, it’ll take you there. Whether your travels include dirt roads, single-track trails, highways or byways, the XR650L opens the door to riding adventure like few motorcycles ever have. No wonder this popular machine has established such a solid, near-legendary status in the Honda line.