Honda continues to inject added excitement into the sport by bringing fresh, innovative models to market, giving riders new options within an already expansive lineup.
Cruiser riders are not all alike; many insist on charting their own course, steering a path away from mainstream conformity. For such individualists, Honda brings back an iconic name and concept: the Valkyrie, a muscle cruiser unlike any other. This is a standout machine purpose-built for people who want to capitalize on modern technology, who appreciate distinctive style, and who want to enjoy the kind of performance no run-of-the-mill cruiser can touch.
The engine’s appearance speaks volumes about what the Valkyrie is all about. Powered by an instantly recognizable horizontally opposed 1832cc six-cylinder engine, this muscle cruiser is stripped down to bare essentials to shed pounds, gain nimbleness and churn out ground-shaking torque accompanied by an unmistakable big-six siren’s song. This minimalist approach has created a modern-day Valkyrie that weighs an incredible 154 pounds less than the current GL1800, for an awe-inspiring power-to-weight ratio. Moreover, the torque peak arrives early at an easily accessible 4000 rpm and peak power hits 1500 revs later; a supremely satisfying dosage of astonishing right-now roll-on power made for the mean streets. A shorter, lighter and more compact exhaust system with slash-cut tips gives the Valkyrie a distinctive visual identity plus a deeper, booming voice of authority to accompany its amazing power.
The Valkyrie chassis is equally impressive, starting with an aluminum twin-spar frame that’s both lightweight and strong. Its layout parallels Honda’s twin-spar aluminum frames designed for sport bikes, and that level of sophistication delivers handling traits and rider feel and feedback more akin to a sport bike than a cruiser. Because aluminum is easier to manipulate to efficiently tune frame-tube shapes, wall thicknesses and other dimensions for optimum rigidity and light weight, Honda was able to apply specific strength and rigidity/tuned flex qualities to the frame where most needed.
Add to that a suspension system tuned for serious riders, including a stout 45mm fork that has been lengthened to raise the front end. It incorporates a cartridge damper for plush, yet well-controlled response, and damping settings that are unique to this unit. The rear Pro-Link® single-shock suspension system and a single-sided Pro-Arm® swingarm incorporate a shock with new damping rates tuned toward sporty riding. A dial-type remote adjuster offers easy access for quick adjustments to rear shock spring preload. And with 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels, the Valkyrie also adds a touch more cornering clearance to the handling equation.
Next, the CTX1300 takes center stage as an all-new machine that carves out a singular place of its own within the wide realm of motorcycles. This machine cuts across all kinds of class lines as it expands the innovative concept first introduced with the initial 700cc-class CTX series: combining higher levels of comfort and technology to create a high-performance riding experience along with cruiser/tourer comfort. However, this new, larger-displacement CTX also packs an impressive punch: a full load of 1300-class muscle for an exhilarating right-now rush along with a powerband that feels a mile wide. This liquid-cooled 1261cc longitudinally mounted CTX1300 powerplant is rooted in Honda’s longstanding and successful heritage of V-4 engine technology, a design edge that gives it a distinctive V-4 engine pulse and a captivating exhaust note.
The CTX1300 also places a premium on ease of use and a spacious rider environment with comfortable ergonomics. The low 29.1-inch seat height makes it easy to flat-foot the bike at stops, and the wide handlebar and spacious legroom make it easy to get comfortable and stay comfortable as the miles pile up.
A big-displacement motorcycle ready for the long haul or whatever duty calls, the CTX1300 comes equipped with Honda-quality saddlebags, but not the cruiser-realm baggage. There’s also a sleek fairing with a short windscreen that is quite efficient at building a still-air pocket at freeway speeds; something you’ll greatly appreciate over the course of longer rides. Its moderate weight, low center of gravity (the underseat fuel tank helps lower overall CG) and nimble handling all contribute to making the CTX1300 a joy to ride wherever the day may lead.
There’s also a Deluxe model that adds technology such as an audio package including Bluetooth® connectivity, self-cancelling turn signals, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Traction Control, plus blacked-out styling elements that all add to the CTX1300’s distinctive equation.
Many knowledgeable and experienced sportbike riders know that the CBR1000RR is essential liter-class Superbike. A sheer delight to ride on the street thanks to its ultra-responsive handling and midrange power, the CBR1000RR carries a long lineage of success on the track as well. Now for 2014, the CBR1000RR’s performance grows even sharper with the introduction of the CBR1000RR SP, a machine that capitalizes on well-proven racetrack tweaks that elevate this bike to a whole new level of performance.
Those who hone their sportbikes to the razor’s edge for dedicated track work or competition often install race-level suspension components and brakes. And that’s exactly what Honda has done with the CBR1000RR SP: Here you’ll find fully-adjustable premium Öhlins front and rear suspension components, Brembo front brakes and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC premium tires—all the good stuff, all set to go from the start.
In the engine department, a new cylinder head, intake tract and exhaust system add additional power and torque. Other high-performance engine parts include pistons and connecting rods hand-selected to match weight and balance for extra quality and performance. The riding position is now more track-oriented too, thanks to new handlebars with a more sporting orientation and relocated footpegs, while a new bubble-style windscreen creates a larger still-air pocket for the rider.
The solo seating configuration incorporates a special lightweight subframe in lieu of the passenger-accommodating setup; this lowers the center of gravity and a new-design rear single-seat cowl also shaves weight. Add a special tri-color paint scheme and you’ve created a finely honed instrument that brings the CBR1000RR SP’s performance up to a whole new level.
For nearly four decades, the Gold Wing® has been the ultimate long-haul motorcycle. Its powerful and smooth six-cylinder engine, sporty handling and luxurious accommodations for both rider and passenger create a package no other motorcycle can match. There’s also the latest generation of sophisticated electronic amenities on board.
Gold Wing F6B
The Gold Wing F6B boasts a legendary fuel-injected 1832cc six-cylinder engine for awe-inspiring levels of performance, plus an aluminum twin-spar frame and sophisticated suspension system for remarkably sporty handling. Available in standard or Deluxe trim; the latter includes a centerstand, self-cancelling turn signals, passenger backrest and heated grips.
The Honda CBR1000RR hits that sweet spot in Superbike design that makes it so fun to ride. Credit the race-proven 999cc engine with impressive performance, wonderfully balanced chassis and revised ride position that add up to a complete sportbike package. For 2014, a new cylinder head, intake tract and exhaust system add additional horsepower and torque.
As a daily commuter, country road explorer or two-up getaway machine, the adventure-style NC700X offers comfort and practicality in a supremely versatile motorcycle that’s surprisingly affordable. New for this year: adjustable levers and upgrades to the instrumentation including a gear indicator, fuel consumption, MPG, and miles to empty.
The CB500X fulfills the idea of owning an adventure-style bike that can take you out in search of new roads, undiscovered places and fun sights to see. It earns its versatility thanks to its compact adjustable windscreen, open riding accommodations and large-capacity fuel tank.
The naked-bike CB500F offers an aura of independence and nonconformity plus gratifying performance and versatility. Whether you’re on your daily commute, headed for a weekend backroad blast or just hanging out with riding buddies, the CB500F serves as a great option for just about any kind of street ride.
With the CBR500R, Honda redefines middleweight-class sport bikes while also delivering superior value along with great fun. This is a great bike for sport riders moving up from the CBR250R, as well as more experienced riders who will appreciate the CBR500R’s light and nimble handling.
It’s the classic Honda formula: Superbike credentials in a naked-bike-style four-cylinder machine, and it can all be found in the CB1000R. It features a fuel-injected 998cc powerplant for a broad spread of power, plus a Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm articulating a single-shock rear suspension system.
Whether headed for a day at the track or an afternoon backroads ride, the CBR600RR offers unrivaled middleweight performance. Excellent power, exceptionally nimble handling, MotoGP-developed aerodynamics and a winning legacy at the racetrack help make the CBR600RR a perfect blend of sportbike excellence. Optional C-ABS available.
The Ruckus takes scooter tradition and stands it on its ear—and that makes it standout in the scooter crowd. It’s affordable, thrifty to run and fun to ride, but its most endearing attribute is the way it makes you smile—every time you just look at it.
For many scooter riders, tradition is a full part of the overall experience. And that makes the Metropolitan’s classic styling and attractive lines a must-have. Moreover, a fuel consumption estimate topping 100 mpg* makes it super-thrifty to operate as it turns short hops into big fun.
* Miles per gallon values are calculated estimates of fuel consumed during laboratory exhaust emissions tests specified by the EPA, not during on-road riding. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride and maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, cargo and accessories, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.