Honda is at it again. The Japanese brand has a long history of shaking up the motorcycle establishment with innovative, and at times, game changing motorcycles. (Anyone remember the CB750?) It looks like this will be another milestone year for the company as they announce the release of no fewer than six new models for 2013. Here’s a rundown of what’s new from Tokyo.
Based on the proven platform of the Goldwing, the F6B dramatically mixes up the styling to turn the famous touring machine into a blacked-out bagger. The new Wing packs Honda’s 1,832cc horizontally opposed six-cylinder, which should give the traditional V-twins in the class a run for their money. In spite of its newfound style, the F6B still has most of the amenities of its older brother including large, lockable saddlebags and a premium audio system with iPod hookup. The F6B is available in two trims, standard and deluxe with the deluxe model adding a passenger backrest, self-cancelling turn signals, center stand, heated grips, and $1000 to the standard models $19,999 MSRP. The F6B will be available in Red or Black February 2013.
The latest addition to the CBR family comes in between the entry level CBR250R and the big-boy CBR600RR and CBR1000RR sport bikes. The new model, aimed at new and budget minded riders who want a little more power than the 250, features a 471cc DOHC parallel-twin engine nestled in a fully-faired chassis. The new middleweight sport bike also offers a 41mm fork, 17-inch wheels, and a 320mm front and 240mm rear disc brakes. ABS is an available option. The CBR500R will be available in April 2013 in Black, Pearl White/Blue/Red, and Red. MSRP is $5,999, $6,499 with ABS (ABS model available in Red only).
The CB500F is exactly what you think it is, the CBR500R sans fairing and with a more upright seating position. The two bikes share the same engine, chassis, suspension, brakes, and basically everything else. Honda’s new naked bike will also be available in April 2013 in Black or Pearl White for $5,499 standard and $5,999 with ABS (ABS model available in Black only).
This is the adventuresome member of Honda’s new 500 family; the CB500X differs from its siblings with a larger fuel tank, wider handlebars, a small, adjustable windscreen, and a longer stroke 41mm front fork with 4.9 inches of travel. Both standard and ABS models will come in Matte Black Metallic. Pricing and availability are TBD.
The only member of Honda’s new lineup that’s not a completely new model, the CBR600RR enters 2013 with a number of improvements. These include more power from its 600cc motor, a 41mm Big Piston Fork, and new bodywork, which, according to Honda, is both the product of advanced aerodynamic design and of MotoGP development. Colors include, Red, Repsol Edition, and White/Blue/Red (the ABS model is only available in Red). The new CBR600RR will be available in March of 2013 and pricing is TBD.
The new CB1100 is basically the modern reincarnation of Honda’s famous CBs. The new, classically styled bike is powered by a 1140cc, air-cooled inline-four with DOHC and four-valves per cylinder. The CB1100 features 18-inch wheels and a twin-shock rear suspension. Fuel delivery comes from Honda’s completely modern Programmed Fuel Injection system while a triple-disc braking system with available ABS keeps everything in check. This modern classic will be available in March 2013 exclusively in Candy Red for $9,999 (standard) and $10,999 (ABS).