Okay, folks, time to get serious. The old XRs were nice, but far from competitive with the two-strokes. This year's 350 and 500 feature all-new engines and running gear. And they're good enough to take home the gold.
A V-twin for more than style.
The V-twin engine has now filtered into the 500 sports class with all the high-tech pizazz you'd expect in bigger bikes. Does funneling techno-trickery into a small bike work? Read on...
Honda builds a motorcycle mean enough for those guys who are tough enough to dip your heart out with a wooden spoon.
From the folks who brought us VHD, TRAC, FOIL and CVCC comes TBBYES (The Baddest Bike You've Ever Seen)
How do you improve a 500cc middleweight bike that's already one of the most versatile around? Try adding another 150cc.
The 1983 Honda CX650T fulfulls the promise last year's Turbos couldn't keep. Honda has come a long way toward defeating limp off-boost power and turbo lag, making the 650T a splendid Grand Touring bike that thrives on back roads as well as on highways.
Looking for monster power? You got it. But hold on: Thanks to some careful chassis refinement, there's also some beauty to this beast.
Honda's Americanized CB1100F is more than the quickest and fastest Superbike we've ever tested. It's also a well-honed smoothie that's (now get this) a terrific buy.
Better late than never, Honda sets out to win the Horsepower per dollar struggle.
It features shaft drive. It's practically maintenance-free. It rips through the quarter mile in 12.3 seconds. If the future is versatility - the future's here.
You remember the CB650? Well, forget it. You already have? Okay, now look at the Nighthawk 650.
Big thumpers are not only alive, they're better than ever, thanks to the introduction of the FT500. Its electric starting brings the big single into the modern era.
The street thumper is not only alive, but well.
Honda worked long and hard on the 1982 CR250R to produce what last year's CR should have been: quick, reliable, and very easy to ride fast.
The short and tall of one-liter power. In a strident trumpet blare of complexity, Honda delivers two Japanese exotics - one deliberately created so, the other an evolved exotic, each with its own kind of power.
Our first impression of the 900C is that it's got it all. Custom styling for show-boating. A dual-range transmission for sporting jaunts or highway cruising. Air suspension and shaft drive for touring. Now, our final impression...
Honda pours on the pressure and proves that turbocharging can work on the street.
Mugen uses the Honda CR250R as a base for building the ME360R. But it's not time for law suits - Honda and Mugen enjoy a special relationship. Mugen names their machine the "Marty Smith Replica," and that's why we call it the Hot Rod Honda.
When Honda introduced the CBX, this six-cylinder, 24-valve Superbike seemed to be the atomic cannon of motorcycling. So, you may ask, what has Honda done to refine this mega-bike as it enters the 1980s? There's a catalog of detailed changes, which add up to a more pleasant and wieldy cannon that produces a smaller mushroom cloud. Think of it as the SALT version of the CBX.