TORRANCE, Calif. - American Honda has released a six-pack of new motorcycles for 2013, a lineup that includes a Gold Wing-based bagger, three new value-minded 500cc bikes aimed at new riders, and the highly anticipated CB1100 -- the OEM's retro-modern ode to the classic CB.
Honda rolled out all the new models at its secret company museum, a cavernous building filled with a rare collection of significant vehicles — passenger cars, motorcycles, race cars and concept cars — from Honda's history.
To introduce the 2013 CB1100, Honda’s now-retired, former senior press manager Gary Christopher rode the inline-four machine into the room and helped talk up the new model, calling its 1140cc motor a “torque factory.”
For the rest of the lineup, current powersports press manager Bill Savino said the company has been hard at work coming up with motorcycle models that can help bring new riders to the market and appeal to a younger generation of riders. This is where the trio of 500cc bikes comes in — two of them are priced under $6,000. There is also a new CBR600RR.
The restyled Gold Wing — the Gold Wing F6B — is Honda’s effort to attract younger buyers to touring bikes, Savino said.
Here’s a roundup of the new models.
A timeless update on a classic bike that moves it forward by looking back. The details: a 1140cc air-cooled DOHC fuel-injected engine; twin-shock rear suspension; 41mm fork that’s adjustable for pre-load; dual-disc front brakes with ABS as an option; 18 in. wheels. Available in candy red at $9,999, add another $1,000 for ABS.
Gold Wing F6B
Built on the back of the benchmark Wing, the F6B is an aggressive, long, low take on what is often considered a funky “older person’s” bike. It’s still a 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. (continued)