I’m in love-hate relationship with car-side industry of Honda for a few years. New Civics, Accords, Jazz’s didn’t appeal at all. On other hand, bike side of business, i have lots of favorites from the production line. I also approve the new NSX with his futuristic design and modern features. Should see some actions in F1 too. Good old Mclaren-Honda is back.
Let’s look into bikes though. Some of them 2013, some of them 2014, some of them yet to be priced. Day to day people’s interest downgrades from high production lines. Most of them cheap, bad quality, low performance. People wants little more special, little more custom, they want something about them. That is in mind, Honda is my favorite brand. Even their cheaper bikes got some little things. Maybe history, maybe few horses or efficiency. But Honda never lost his power or quality.
Let’s crack the list.
My latest favorite is CB1100. This ’14 retro-modern bike 1140cc inline air and oil cooled street master.
Pictures are courtesy of blog.motorcycle.com
2nd and 3rd on the list are Shadow RS ’13 and Shadow Spirit ’14. Shadow RS gives more classic than Spirit, while Spirit gives more sport look. But both has 745cc V-Twin liquid-cooled engines. In their cruiser class, can’t still decide which one is the best between two.
Pictures are courtesy of topspeed.com
Big fat back tire, pretty low seating position, Honda’s take on pro-street/dragster class is favourable. But i never call the mainstream product line a custom.
Moving up on ladders but in slow pace. CBR500R could be your choice. Mid-class supersport, everyday track bike. Honda’s 471cc P-Twin DOHC liquid-cooled engine isn’t a compromise after CBR600R, they say. Yet to try.
Light, nimble, affordable. When Honda says that grab one. CBR300R and CB300F are one of those. Honda is in new bike engine run. Like 471cc engine, these bikes has new 286cc liquid-cooled engines. While 500 series looks like downgrade from 600, 300 seems like upgrade from 250s. I don’t know what are the details on but seems little more peaked to me. Maybe for more efficiency or power. Old ones seems more common, so new ones seems more interesting basically, i guess. These are good bikes to start.
Images courtesy of Autoevolution.
Another good bike to start motoring adventures is the Rebel, classic look, light-weight, budget, small engine for little fuel efficiency and such.