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October 22, 2015

Honda Canada announces 2016 CBR lineup

Honda Canada has announced its new 2016 CBR models including the CBR1000RA, CBR600RA, CBR500RA, and CBR300RA. [more]

October 20, 2015

2016 Honda PCX150 Quick Look

A year removed from an extensive styling update that included full LED lighting, the Honda PCX150 returns essentially unchanged for 2016. [more]

October 15, 2015

First pics of the new 2016 Honda CBR500R

Honda Motor Europe has just released the first images of the new 2016 Honda CBR500R, which is making its global public debut today at the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Florida. [more]

October 08, 2015

Honda announces world premiere of all-new CBR500R

The all-new Honda CBR500R will make its global debut at the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando from October 15-18, 2015. [more]

October 06, 2015

2015 Honda CBR300R Review

The little CBR no longer looks like a touring motorcycle a la VFR1200 after gaining some muscle and sharper new lines that evoke the almighty CBR1000RR. [more]

September 20, 2015

2015 Honda CB300F Review

Honda actually built a neked bike from the mini SBK CBR300R. [more]

September 18, 2015

Honda presents 2016 motorcycle lineup

Honda recently introduced its 2016 motorcycle lineup including the new Gold Wing and Gold Wing F6B. [more]

August 11, 2015

The new benchmark in the side-by-side ATV segment

Honda wants to be the King provider of side-by-side ATV utility vehicles. The largest engine in its class will power their latest, and according to them greatest, iteration of this popular category. That's enough to get many people excited. [more]

July 29, 2015

More details about Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

Honda Canada has revealed more details about the new CRF1000L Africa Twin, which will arrive at Canadian dealerships next spring and is thoroughly equipped for true adventure like its celebrated forerunners. [more]

June 30, 2015

2015 Honda Forza: New

Whether you use it for commuting, running errands around town or hitting the open road just to have fun, the 2015 Honda Forza is a do-it-all scooter with a motorcycle feel that pretty much anyone can enjoy. You should check it out along with the KYMCO Downtown 300i, Piaggio BV350, and of course the Vespa GTS 300 [more]

June 12, 2015

Honda introduces all-new 2016 Pioneer 1000

The latest addition to Honda's range of side-by-side vehicles, which already includes the Pioneer 500 and Pioneer 700, is the all-new 2016 Pioneer 1000 offering best-in-class payload. [more]

May 14, 2015

Honda's Africa Twin is back for 2016 with CRF1000L

Attention, adventure-bike enthusiasts: The Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin will join the lineup as a 2016 model, the Japanese manufacturer has confirmed. [more]

April 26, 2015

Top 10: Highest-Performing Bikes in 2015

Don't let machines like the Kawasaki Ninja H2R fool you: Performance isn't just about engine power and straight-line acceleration times; it also involves sharp handling and cornering, excellent braking, and other confidence-inspiring dynamics -- as evidenced by the Honda CBR1000RR SP and others. [more]

March 25, 2015

Top 10: Best Beginner Bikes in 2015

To help you learn the ropes of motorcycle riding, the ideal beginner bike must handle safely and predictably through a sharp and lightweight chassis, and supply just enough power to get you out of tough spots. It must also be low enough to allow you to put both feet on the ground at idle, and preferably feature ABS technology for more confidence on the road. [more]

March 24, 2015

2015 Honda TRX500 Rubicon DCT IRS EPS Preview

In an attempt to build the ultimate trail ATV, Honda came up with something special, namely the all-new 2015 TRX500 Rubicon DCT IRS EPS, a machine that captures all of the Japanese manufacturer's best trail technology in a single package. [more]

January 21, 2015

Honda is Canada's best-selling motorcycle brand in 2014

With a market share of nearly 20%, Honda was the best-selling motorcycle brand in Canada last year. A total of 10,930 bikes - more than 1,000 units ahead of the closest competitor - went off dealer lots. [more]

December 09, 2014

2015 Honda Pioneer 500 Preview

Honda broke new ground in 2014 with the Pioneer 700 and 700-4. Now, for 2015, the Japanese manufacturer is at it again, adding the entry-level, two-passenger Pioneer 500. Boasting a compact design, 5-speed transmission, and convenient paddle shifting (that's right, just like a sporty car!), this new side-by-side is only 50" wide so you can head down tighter trails that lead to more fun! [more]

December 02, 2014

Top 10 Best New Bikes of 2014 tested every new 2014 model available in Canada and crunched all the notes and numbers to bring you a list of the most impressive packages money can buy. [more]

November 26, 2014

Honda builds 300 millionth motorcycle

On Tuesday, Honda announced the production of its 300 millionth motorcycle, a milestone more than 65 years in the making. Built at the company's Kumamoto Factory in Japan, the historic bike is a Honda Gold Wing which itself will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2015. [more]

November 09, 2014

2014 Honda CB500XA Review

Here comes the CB500XA, the crossover bike in Honda's 500cc trio that also includes the CBR500R and CB500FA. Clearly aimed at riders who demand comfort, functionality, and versatility, it knows how to please the eyes with quality plastics and a matte black paint finish. [more]

October 26, 2014

2014 Honda CTX700N Review

The 2014 Honda CTX700N looks like a cruiser at first glance, with a low-slung profile, 719mm seat height, and arched handlebars. Upon closer inspection, however, you'll notice the short rake, minimalist headstock, 17" alloy wheels, and parallel twin-cylinder engine -- stuff you normally see on a naked bike. [more]

September 28, 2014

2014 Honda CB500FA Review

Here comes the CB500FA, the little naked bike in Honda's 500cc trio that also includes the CBR500R and CB500XA. While primarily aimed at new riders (low price, easygoing nature, etc.), this model will appeal to most thanks to its mainstream looks and quality finish. [more]

September 23, 2014

2014 Honda NC750SA Review

Stylish and competitively priced, the 2014 Honda NC750SA seems to have all the right ingredients on paper, but what about its on-road performance? I spent a few days riding this new middleweight street bike to get the complete picture. [more]

September 16, 2014

2014 Honda Forza Review

True to its roots, Honda's Forza is one of the best-handling scooters around, appealing to both novice and veteran riders. [more]

September 15, 2014

Honda launches 2015 Gold Wing 40th Anniversary Edition

Honda Canada announced new 2015 models including the Gold Wing 40th Anniversary Edition (GL and F6B models). [more]

September 02, 2014

2014 Honda Grom Review

As you know, I'm more of a scooter expert around here. However, I gladly accepted my editor's offer to try out and review the 2014 Honda Grom, which is primarily a small motorcycle designed for beginners and teenagers. Reliable, user-friendly and easy to ride, it also turns heads with its miniature Buell styling. [more]

August 26, 2014

2014 Honda VFR800F Review

The venerable Honda VFR800F soldiers on thanks to a third major evolution. The clean looks suggest a return to a simpler time, but in reality, the lines are much more contemporary, and the machine itself is much narrower in the middle than the outgoing model. [more]

August 19, 2014

Top 10 Bang-for-the-Buck Street Bikes of 2014

The best-value motorcycles are not exactly the cheapest ones. In addition to pricing, there are several aspects to consider including fit and finish, styling, performance, riding dynamics, ergonomics, comfort, and safety. [more]

August 17, 2014

2014 Honda CBR650F Review

Honda offers a compelling alternative to uncompromising, uncomfortable sport bikes. The all-new CBR650F targets sporty riders who want a fundamentally sound, easygoing bike with decent comfort for daily use, and enough speed to feel the adrenaline rushing through their veins on weekends. [more]

August 13, 2014

Recall on 2001-2012 Honda GL1800

Honda Canada is recalling 8,654 GL1800 motorcycles from 2001-2010 and 2012 because the combined braking system's secondary master cylinder may cause the rear brakes to drag. Unexpected braking may adversely affect vehicle stability, which could result in a crash. [more]

August 05, 2014

Top 10: 2014 Beginner Bikes

So, you've just obtained your rider's licence? Congratulations! To help you become a better rider, the ideal beginner bike must handle safely and predictably with a sharp and lightweight chassis, and supply just enough power to get you out of tough spots. [more]

August 03, 2014

2014 Honda CTX1300T Review

Honda makes another bold move with this new interpretation of the modern cruiser. Hot on the heels of the Gold Wing F6B and CTX700T, the CTX1300T reinvents the bagger genre with a unique combination of cruiser styling and touring versatility. It will appeal to hip young enthusiasts who are tired of this retro BS, but still care about comfort [more]

July 20, 2014

2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie Review

The Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie, which makes a comeback in 2014, is based on the Gold Wing F6B and powered by a flat-six engine. A wide and low-slung body combines with black chrome and matte black accents for a striking look from every angle. [more]

July 18, 2014

Honda announces 2015 CB300F

Building on the success of the original CBR250 platform, the new 2015 Honda CB300F offers riders a sharp new look while maintaining power and torque across the entire rev range like the CBR300R/RA. [more]

July 08, 2014

2014 Honda NC750XA Review

Honda's new NC gets a bump in displacement and a few cosmetic upgrades. It's a unique product that fills a small but interesting niche, and displays exceptional versatility. [more]

May 21, 2014

Honda unveils all-new 2015 Pioneer 500

The upcoming 2015 Honda Pioneer 500 will be available in four colours (red, yellow, green, and camo) and powered by a liquid-cooled 475cc engine mated to a 5-speed transmission. [more]

May 12, 2014

Top 10 Most Versatile Bikes in 2014

Shopping for a new motorcycle is no easy task, particularly if you expect a lot from it. First, you must identify and rank your various needs because no single bike can meet all of them at once. [more]

April 02, 2014

Honda Canada unveils new 2015 models

Honda Canada has unveiled its new 2015 motorcycles and scooters, and announced the return of the popular CRF50F and CRF110F. [more]

March 31, 2014

2014 Honda CBR650F Preview

The all-new 2014 Honda CBR650F is headed to Canada, marking the Japanese manufacturer's splendid return to the middleweight sport/standard bike segment. While "middleweight" now means 675-900 cc for most European competitors, Honda had yet to embrace the trend. [more]

March 23, 2014

2014 Honda VFR800F Preview

Following the Valkyrie, Grom, CTX1300, and CBR1000RR SP, Honda keeps the surprises coming in 2014 with an update to its VRF800F -- a third major evolution for the brand's iconic V4-powered sport bike. [more]

February 04, 2014

Honda launches 2014 CBR650F and VFR800F

Honda is introducing two new models for 2014 including the CBR650F and VFR800F. Also, the VFR1200FD DCT and CB1100A make a return. [more]

January 20, 2014

2014 Honda Pioneer 700-4 Preview

The 2014 Honda Pioneer 700-4 is a groundbreaking side-by-side vehicle with modular seating that includes two-, three-, and four-passenger configurations. You can also fold the rear seats quickly to fully utilize the tilting cargo bed. This machine's versatility is only matched by the Japanese manufacturer's reputation. [more]

January 06, 2014

2014 Honda CTX1300 Preview

Looking for something unique? Behold the 2014 Honda CTX1300, a futuristically styled, V4-powered muscle cruiser that emulates the aesthetics of the CTX700 and F6B. [more]

December 15, 2013

2014 Honda Valkyrie Preview

Honda Canada is announcing the return of the Valkyrie, originally produced from 1996 to 2003 as a stripped-down Gold Wing spinoff. For 2014, it's based on the Gold Wing F6B, and powered by a flat-6 engine. [more]

December 02, 2013

2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP Preview

Honda is about to write another chapter in the 22-year history of its renowned sport bike. Unchanged since 2008, the Honda CBR1000RR boasts a number of upgrades for 2014 (engine, maps, exhaust) to not only keep pace on the WSBK tracks, but also make road riding more pleasant. [more]

November 17, 2013

2014 Honda Grom Review

The small but sophisticated Grom is reminiscent of the old CT70 and CT90 motorcycles -- tiny little street bikes that loved the occasional dirt road. With sleek styling, more power, and a sportier character, the 2014 Honda Grom represents a great alternative to a scooter. [more]

October 08, 2013

2014 Honda TRX500 Preview

Honda's reputation for combining reliable capability with fun performance stands to grow stronger as the next-generation 2014 TRX500 arrives with an all-new chassis and bodywork, a longer-travel more comfortable suspension, a locking front differential, revised styling, and more. [more]

September 30, 2013

Recall on 2012-2013 Honda TRX500FM - Foreman 500

Honda Canada is recalling 2,520 Honda TRX500FM and Foreman 500 ATVs from 2012-2013. [more]

September 16, 2013

2014 Honda TRX420 Preview

So, you prefer middleweight ATVs for their agility and flexibility, but don't want to sacrifice certain luxury features? Check out the all-new 2014 Honda TRX420. [more]

September 15, 2013

2013 Honda Gold Wing F6B Review

Honda just turned its Gold Wing into a big, bold bagger. This outrageous, outlandish motorcycle has no GPS, centre stand, cruise control, power adjustable suspension, reverse, and rear top case; however, it retains a great audio system, a pair of saddlebags, and a sweet flat-six engine. [more]

August 27, 2013

2014 Honda Pioneer 700 Preview

With the Big Red on its way out after the 2013 model year, the all-new 2014 Honda Pioneer 700 -- which was unveiled at the Chicago International Motorcycle Show back in February -- will set the standard as the ultimate in hard-working, side-by-sides ATVs, the Japanese manufacturer claims. Styling is entirely original, and gives the machine a rugged, aggressive look. [more]

August 11, 2013

2013 Honda CBR500R Review

The new 2013 Honda CBR500R attempts to win over buyers with styling derived from the CBR1000RR superbike and an all-new, rider-friendly, parallel twin that delivers efficient performance. The CBR500R targets enthusiasts seeking the thrills of a sport bike and the comfortable touring attributes of a medium-displacement street bike. [more]

June 17, 2013

Top 10 Best Value 2013 Road Bikes

Trying to determine which bikes offer the best value for your money is no easy task. The least expensive bike isn't necessarily the best investment. [more]

May 26, 2013

2014 Honda CTX700N and CTX700T Preview

Honda's all-new 2014 CTX series is ready to hit the scene with a pair of models for cruiser enthusiasts. The CTX700N borrows its front section from the NC700SA, and is ideal for smooth riding around town. [more]

May 20, 2013

Honda presents 2014 CRF250R

The new 2014 Honda CRF250R boasts a completely revised engine, a new aluminium chassis, a new swingarm, and revised architecture. It's primarily designed for the new generation of motocross enthusiasts. [more]

May 18, 2013

Honda launches 2014 Grom

Honda is introducing the 2014 Grom, a rider-friendly sport bike that can do a bit of touring. While appealing mostly to the new generation of riders, both beginners and veterans will appreciate the Grom. [more]

May 17, 2013

Honda unveils 2014 Pioneer 700

Hot on the heels of the four-passenger Pioneer 700-4 side-by-side utility vehicle, Honda Canada is introducing the two-passenger Pioneer 700. [more]

March 17, 2013

Honda's V4-powered superbike

Sources tell us that the Japanese manufacturer is doing something about it, mind you. There are reports about a top-calibre sport bike that would out-muscle the competition with a brand new V4 engine. Yes, you read that right! Honda is said to be working on a street-legal version of the MotoGP-spec V4 powerplant. [more]

March 11, 2013

2013 Honda CB1100A Preview

Mitsuyoshi Kohama, who penned the Honda CB1100A concept that made its debut at the 2009 Tokyo Motorcycle Show, took four years to convince his superiors that a classic, honest-to-goodness bike powered by an air-cooled engine was still relevant in today's power- and technology-driven motorcycle industry. [more]

March 04, 2013

2013 Honda CBR500R Preview

Honda Canada's all-new middleweight standard bike shares its chassis and powertrain with two other 500cc models. However, unlike the CB500F and CB500X, the 2013 Honda CBR500R is styled after the new CBR1000RR: an excellent way to discover and enjoy the thrills of a genuine sport bike at a lower price. [more]

February 17, 2013

Honda finishes 7th in a return to Dakar

After competing nine times in the Paris-Dakar Rally (from 1981 to 1989) and winning five times (once in 1982, and then four times in a row from 1986 to 1989), Honda officially returned to rally raid competition by participating in the 2013 Dakar with a specially modified CRF450X. [more]

February 05, 2013

2014 Honda Forza Preview

The surprises keep coming at Honda with three new scooter models for the upcoming riding season. We've already tried the Giorno and PCX150, and here's the 2014 Honda Forza, a middleweight scooter that will hit the Canadian market at the end of this spring (hence why it's sold as a 2014 model). [more]

January 29, 2013

2013 Honda PCX150 Review

Honda continues to innovate in 2013 with the introduction of the PCX150. A Maple Leaf Red/Pearl White colour scheme combines with bold lines and Honda's sporty styling to create a striking scooter. Asteroid Black is also available for a meaner, stealthier appearance. [more]

January 23, 2013

Continental recalls some ContiMotion tires

Continental will voluntarily recall 1,700 Contimotion rear tires (180/60R16 M/C 74H) installed on Honda Gold Wing 1800 motorcycles. These tires, sold in Canada and the U.S., have been manufactured in 2010 and 2011 (serial numbers ranging from H60LJJE5110 to H60LJJE3811). [more]

January 22, 2013

Jodi Christie returns with Honda for 2013 CSBK season

Jodi Christie announced his return with Honda Canada and Accelerated technologies for the 2013 season of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship. He will compete in the Pro Superbike Feature and the Pro Sport Bike class. [more]

November 27, 2012

James Bond's Honda CRF250R sold on eBay

The Honda CRF250R used by actor Daniel Craig in the latest chapter of the James Bond movie series, Skyfall, has just been sold on eBay for E125,000, or about $160,000. [more]

November 20, 2012

2013 Honda TRX500FM Foreman First Impressions

Honda's Foreman lineup has always been synonymous with capability, reliability and convenience. Over the years, this utility ATV has built a solid reputation as a durable and tenacious worker. [more]

November 15, 2012

Honda recalls 1,920 ATVs

A total of 1,920 Honda TRX420FM - Fourtrax Rancher 420, TRX420FPE - Fourtrax Rancher and TRX420PG - Fourtrax ATVs from the 2012 model year are affected by a new recall. [more]

November 13, 2012

2013 Honda TRX420PG Review

The TRX family now offers an impressive mix of features and attributes. Whether for work or recreation, summer or winter, short rides around the cottage or long adventures on the open trail, there's a Honda ATV for anyone and any budget. [more]

November 11, 2012

2013 Honda CRF250L First Impressions

Honda introduces the 2013 CRF250L, a new dual-purpose bike with a number of great features and attributes for beginners and intermediate riders. recently put it to the test at the Ganaraska Forest Centre in Ontario with the help of the excellent folks at Ontario Off-Road Adventures. [more]

October 22, 2012

2013 Honda Giorno Review

What a nice surprise from Honda! The 2013 Giorno is a perfect reminder of the Japanese manufacturer's reputation for building small, yet practical, machines. It's also affordable, cute as a bug's ear, nimble, and fun to ride. [more]

October 03, 2012

Honda: new models, new colours

Honda unveiled three new models at the International Motorcycle, Scooter and Bike Fair in Cologne, Germany. Several new colours made their debut as well. [more]

September 25, 2012

2013 Honda PCX150 Preview

Honda is introducing an all new scooter that's just as capable of running errands in the city as undertaking long highway trips to the cottage. The Japanese manufacturer is finally thinking outside the box and delivering a solid alternative for big city dwellers. [more]

September 24, 2012

New Honda superbike in the making

During a press conference last week, Honda CEO Takanobu Ito announced that a brand new superbike is in development in Japan. [more]

September 18, 2012

2013 Honda Giorno Preview

Honda has decided to replace the Jazz with a brand new model: the Giorno. More elegant than its predecessor, this little urban scooter is powered by an all new, 4-cycle, fuel-injected engine. [more]

August 31, 2012

Honda CBR250R Race Series: an eventful last round

The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, ON hosted the sixth and final round of the Honda CBR250R Race Series last weekend. The stakes were high and a champion had yet to be crowned. Would it be Stacey Nesbitt or Ryan Roche? [more]

August 21, 2012

Honda CBR250R Race Series: more fun than ever

Honda Canada recently invited to take part in a leg of the all-new Honda CBR250 Championship Race Series held at St-Eustache's Autodrome this past first weekend of July. [more]

August 01, 2012

Motorcycle Buying Guide: the GTs

Designed for extended road trips, without sacrificing rider comfort, this type of motorcycle emphasizes a smooth ride thanks to a relaxed, almost upright seating position. Plus, a passenger will also feel very comfortable, thanks to hand grips, and in some cases, a backrest. [more]

July 17, 2012

New James Bond Flick to feature Honda Motorbikes

The special Bond bikes were unveiled today at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Great Britain. The Honda of choice for the 23rd Bond flick, Skyfall, is the CRF250R, of which a couple of examples were specially modified and adapted to better resemble Turkish-style motorbikes for the opening sequence, which was shot in Turkey. [more]

July 05, 2012

Honda launches new ATV and MUV models

For 2013, Honda is launching four new all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and multipurpose utility vehicle (MUV) models that each target a specific segment of the off-road market - the TRX450R, TRX400X, TRX250X, and Big Red. [more]

July 04, 2012

Motorcycle buyer's guide: Street bikes (900 cc and up)

Designed to be close to superbike-like performance, in terms of speed and road handling, the 900-cc (and up) street bike also strives for more comfort and versatility for everyday riding. Better yet, insurance rates and registration costs are also less expensive. [more]

July 03, 2012

Honda to enter the 2013 Dakar Rally

After a 23-year absence, Honda has officially announced that it will take part in the 2013 edition of the Dakar Rally. [more]

June 27, 2012

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: Standard bikes (up to 800cc)

Standard bikes (often called roadsters) are nimble, versatile and racier than ever. They prove to be almost as fun to ride as sport bikes without feeling rough and uncomfortable. [more]

June 24, 2012

2012 Honda CBR250R Race Series season starts with Miguel Duhamel

Replacing the highly popular CBR125R Challenge, the Honda CBR250R Race Series presented by Honda Canada aims to showcase talented young riders in hotly contested races. [more]

May 30, 2012

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: 600cc supersports

Lightweight and nimble like a ballerina, yet sharp and precise like a scalpel, superbikes that come directly from international racing series are a treat for hardcore riders who look for a compact and affordable machine that's easily tamed. [more]

May 24, 2012

Honda motorcycles are very popular in India

More than 30% of Honda's motorcycle sales will come from India by 2020 according to the president of its Indian operations, Keita Maramatsu. [more]

May 23, 2012

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: 1,000cc superbikes

Designed for thrill seekers and pure performance addicts, 1,000cc superbikes use world-class technology and components that come straight from their racing equivalents. These machines can propel you from 0 to 100 km/h in less than three seconds and reach F1-like top speeds. [more]

May 16, 2012

Scooter buyer's guide

Scooters are popular because they are easy to use. You don't need to swing a leg over it to climb on, your feet can rest on the ground when you're stationary and, most important of all, there are no clutch and no transmission to worry about. [more]

May 14, 2012

2012 Honda Ruckus Preview

The 2012 Honda Ruckus is basically identical to last year's model. One exception is the new colour scheme that gives this go-anywhere two-wheeler a fresh, youthful look. The white frame and bright red seat combination promises to turn heads when riding about town, especially with the pothole-busting balloon-like tires. For those who prefer to fly under the radar, graphite black is still available. [more]

May 09, 2012

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: Beginner bikes

Beginner bikes are defined by accessibility, a low engine displacement, overall weight and seat height (allowing the rider to put both feet on the ground when idling) as well as safe riding dynamics. All that at a fraction of the price of a medium-displacement bike. [more]

February 24, 2012

2012 Montreal Motorcycle Show - Tonight at Palais des Congrès!

Après le Salon de la Moto de Toronto et celui de Québec, Montréal livre du tangible ce week-end, avec la totalité des nouveautés 2012 du monde de la moto. De nouvelles machines, de nouveaux équipements, des programmes de financement, des tonnes d'accessoires et la présence d'une foule d'associations de tourisme et de journées d'essais en piste (track day). [more]

February 21, 2012

2012 Montreal Motorcycle Show - February 24-26

The Montreal Motorcycle Show returns to Palais des Congrès from February 24th to 26th, 2012. As the largest and most anticipated event of its kind in Quebec, it will once again put a record number of models under one roof. [more]

January 20, 2012

2012 Honda NC700SA and NC700XA Preview

Honda Canada introduced the new NC700, a plain yet functional and rider-friendly standard-type bike that can handle everyday duties and weekend getaways. Designed to appeal to a wide range of users, it actually comes in two different models: the sportier NC700SA and the more adventurous NC700XA. [more]

December 30, 2011

2011 Honda CBR250R Review

It may not be the biggest, but it's certainly one of the most interesting. With its sumptuous profile, affordable price tag and especially its dynamic performance worthy of a larger displacement machine, the CBR250R has been turning heads and creating quite a stir since its debut. I got the chance to test it out last June. The verdict? I immediately rushed out to buy one of my own. [more]

November 22, 2011

The all-new Honda CBR250R Challenge

Honda Canada announced a brand new racing series for 2012 starring the CBR250R, a newcomer to our shores. Following in the tire prints of the highly successful CBR125R Challenge series, the CBR250R Challenge will pit novice and semi-professional riders between 15 and 25 years old against each other, as well as 13 and 14 year-olds who have completed at least three races in the 125-cc class. [more]

November 11, 2011

2011 Honda CRF230L Review

Honda hasn't changed the CRF for years. The CRF230L was launched back in 2008, and they did introduce a variant called the CRF230M two years ago, easily distinguished by the size of the wheels; the 230L comes with a 21" front wheel and an 18" rear, while both wheels on the M were 17 inchers. [more]

October 14, 2011

2012 Honda CBR1000RR Preview

Big Red's powerhouse is back, decked out in new, more aerodynamic bodywork using the multilayer technology first spotted on the VFR 1200. And it's inherited a new suspension and new engine mapping to boot. The 2012 CBR1000RR doesn't revolutionize the genre, however, settling instead on improving overall performance with upgraded main components. [more]

October 12, 2011

New 2012 Honda Models

Honda's got some new stuff in store for us in 2012, including a refined Gold Wing both in looks and handling as well as a Fury decked out in a seductive mix of red and matte black. [more]

July 29, 2011

2011 Honda CBR250R Review

There are many good reasons for buying a motorcycle. The most obvious one is the thrill of riding a machine that's totally in your control, that you operate with virtually every part of the body. The open-air feeling you get on a motorbike is completely different from sitting in a car with the windows down--hell, even in a convertible. And let's not forget about fuel economy. [more]

June 17, 2011

Top 10 bang-for-the-buck street bikes

2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Superlow: Like any good Harley, the Sportster 883 Superlow is mainly about styling and mechanical thrills. This model neatly preserves the soul of the original H-D motorcycles with a clean and much-appreciated low profile backed by the charismatic vibrations of a rocker engine. The Superlow enhances the Sportster family's nostalgic theme with successfully-executed retro looks, sophisticated fit and finish, as well as a sweet character rooted in a rich tradition - all for less than $9,000. [more]

May 24, 2011

2011 Honda CB1000RA Review

The European juggernaut that's been dominating the market for the last three years is finally coming to Canada. It takes on a variety of similar models ranging from 800 to 1,250 cc from all major manufacturers, European as well as Asian. With its athletic, threatening mien, upturned hind end and single-sided swing arm, the CB1000RA, like its brother the 1000RR, is one hot-blooded, purebred bike. [more]

May 10, 2011

2011 Honda CBF600SA Review

The Honda CBF600SA is aimed at new riders as well as those who are looking for a machine that boasts exceptional practicality and ease of use. It's in better shape than ever and equipped with Honda's famous Combined-ABS for enhanced safety and rideability. [more]

May 08, 2011

Top 10 Best Beginner Bikes

Accessible in terms of pricing and handling, the perfect beginner's road bike should first and foremost offer sound dynamics via a modern frame and have just enough power to get you out of trouble. [more]

April 29, 2011

2012 Honda Gold Wing Review

The Gold Wing has been around for 30 years now, offering unique two-wheel thrills. Bump into one of its many happy owners, and he or she will be happy to regale you with tales of unforgettable road trips. [more]

April 12, 2011

2011 Honda CBR250R - Road and Track Review

Honda's 2011 product launch event under the palm trees of Savannah, GA was full of surprises. As one of the journalists on hand, I got the opportunity to test-ride the all-new 2011 CBR250R, a small yet serious sports bike that bridges the gap between the revised and improved CBR125R and the larger CBF600SA/CBR600RR. [more]

December 07, 2010

2010 Honda VT1300CT Interstate Review

Heir to the VTX1300T, the new 2010 Honda VT1300CT Interstate didn't get all the attention it deserved being simultaneously introduced with the more flamboyant VT1300CX Fury. While it fails to deliver the same visual punch, the low-slung Interstate still displays a certain elegance. And it's not merely a less expensive variant of the late VTX1800T. The VT1300CT boasts a unique personality thanks in large part to an exceptionally-responsive and lively V-twin. [more]

November 22, 2010

2010 Honda VFR 1200FA DCT Review

There are times when evaluating a motorcycle that you are unable to experience it within the proper context for which it was designed, leaving you unsatisfied and unable to judge its true capabilities. This was certainly not the case with the all-new for 2010 Honda VFR 1200FA DCT, (Dual Clutch Transmission) as I was able to spend a couple days putting it through its paces on the world famous Cabot Trail in beautiful Cape Breton. [more]

November 02, 2010

Honda CB1000R comes to America for 2011

Honda Canada let us lucky journalists try out an Euro-only CB1000R street warrior at the Mach 2010 press event in Georgia, when the general reaction was "I want one!" Well, it turns out that this naked sport bike will be available in Canada for 2011. [more]

October 27, 2010

Honda ''CBR250R'' makes world debut (video)

The CBR250R will be built at the Honda Manufacturing facility in Thailand and will be exported to a wide range of countries including Japan, Europe, Canada, the US and Australia. Thai Honda also produces the CBR125R which has enjoyed such success in Canada. [more]

July 23, 2010

2009 Honda DN-01 Revisited - Review

The still available-this-year 2009 Honda DN-01 catches everyone's attention at bike shows as well as on the street. Honda positions the DN-01 as a cross between a conventional motorcycle and a scooter. [more]

June 22, 2010

Zen and the art of building up a Honda RC30

A Honda promo clip from the 80s, showing a couple of obsessively thorough Japanese technicians building up an RC30 motor then the complete bike. [more]

June 07, 2010

2010 Honda VT1300CT Interstate Long-Term Review

I first rode the Interstate at the 2010 Honda press event at Savannah, GA in early March 2010, and reported some first impressions. Like a lot of fellow scribes there, I really enjoyed the power and creature comfort of the new VT1300 variant, and secured one for a long term test this summer. [more]

June 03, 2010

50cc Scooter Comparo - It's true, great things do come in small packages!

If we learned one thing during this comparo, it's that 50cc scooters really have a role in the world of two-wheelers. The smaller machines are what we call "neighborhood scooters" -- great to run errands, see friends and have fun, while developing useful civilized riding habits. [more]

June 02, 2010

2010 Honda VFR1200FA DCT Track Test

We've already briefed you about the completely-redesigned 2010 Honda VFR1200, a revolutionary successor to the iconic VFR800, after our first ride with the machine last October. [more]

May 11, 2010

Casey Stoner signs with Honda MotoGP for 2011

In a Monster Move that cuts the grass out from under a number of teams and individuals for this and next season, Australian quick man Casey Stoner has signed with the Japanese giant for thew 2011 MotoGP season. [more]

May 11, 2010

2011 Honda CB1000R First Impressions

The good folks at Honda Canada brought along a not-available-in-Canada CB1000R to our March Press ride in Georgia, where us Canadian hacks got to ride most of the new-for-2010 Honda models. [more]

April 16, 2010

2010 Honda CBF1000FA Review

Honda Canada has launched more than ten new models for 2010. Some are variations on a common base, such as the VT1300 Fury, Shadow and Interstate models, while the VFR1200 stands out as a corporate flagship that will serve as a basis for at least one more touring model, the upcoming replacement for the ST1300. [more]

April 09, 2010

A Goldwing on the track! It makes so much sense

A clip shows a Honda Goldwing energetically lapping the New Hampshire International Speedway road course. [more]

March 30, 2010

2010 Honda VT1300 Fury, Sabre, Stateline and Interstate Review

The first model of the new-gen VT1300 cruisers, the 2010 VT1300CXA Fury, certainly cut a fine figure and launched Honda into new territory with a clearly chopper style to go along with the excellent engine and chassis of the user-friendly 1300 cruiser range. [more]

March 19, 2010

2010 Honda Shadow RS First Impressions

Honda 750cc cruisers have proven to be most popular over the years, leading Big Red in unit sales until the advent of the CBR125R, a different machine altogether. Spying an opportunity to take more sales away from the competition, Honda has come in 2010 with the compact and almost brutish looking Shadow RS, a cruiser based on the VT750 platform with some clear "Standard" traits of behaviour. [more]

March 17, 2010

Modern Classic Honda Models - For the true believers only

Here is a video of a Swedish Honda dealer unwrapping two very special Honda motorcycles. [more]

February 12, 2010

2010 Honda ATVs Preview

The current economic climate doesn't allow for any revolutionary changes in 2010, and motorcycle manufacturers, such as Honda in this case, have instead concentrated on discretely improving their products. [more]

December 16, 2009

Honda CBR125R Challenge : Wicked fun!

Honda Canada invited to take part in a round of the Honda CBR125R Challenge that was held in Shannonville, Ontario, on the same weekend as the final of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship. [more]

November 17, 2009

2010 Honda CBF600SA First Impressions

Every major manufacturer is chasing after new riders these years, with successful entry-level bikes, such as Honda's CBR125R or the Kawasaki 250R Ninja. The natural follow-on to these models, the "second" bike, is equally important for the manufacturer, and Honda has chosen the new-to-Canada CBF600SA as a second bike for new riders, one that could also turn into a more permanent machine over time, if it turns out that the machines fulfills all the rider's nees. [more]

October 21, 2009

2009 Honda TRX420PG CTE First Impressions

The new TRX420PG CTE (Canadian Trail Edition) boasts surprising maneuverability, lightness and traction. While it shares many design cues with its larger siblings, the 420PG CTE stands out with an all-new and innovative multiple-clutch automatic transmission, Electronic Shift Program (ESP), and extra travel suspension, to provide decidedly sporty and pleasant riding dynamics for typiocal Canadian trails. [more]

October 19, 2009

2010 Honda VFR1200A First Ride

After months of anticipation, rumours and false hopes, Big Red has finally released an epoch-making model, the VFR1200, to replace the iconic but aging VRF800. We had a short ride on the new machine in true Canadian autumn weather, sunny and 6oC, pending a much longer test ride early in 2010. [more]

October 08, 2009

Honda Announces The Much-Anticipated 2010 VFR1200F

American Honda announced the much-anticipated 2010 VFR1200F. [more]

September 23, 2009

Honda brings CBF600 to Canada for 2010

The CBF600 has been around in Europe for a while, where it provides a logical step up, albeit a large one, from the CBR125R entry level model, as well as an exciting choice for those in search of a machine less high-strung than a sport bike. [more]

September 11, 2009

Honda Announces Dual Clutch Transmission

Honda has developed a Dual Clutch TransmissionTM, the world's first fully automatic motorcycle dual clutch transmission for large-displacement sport bikes. Already used on the Honda TRX420PG Quad, this new gearbox will be used on the the much rumoured VFR1200, will be equipped with this transmission at some point, and will be released in Europe and North America in 2010, with sales to commence in Japan at a later date. [more]

August 13, 2009

2010 Honda CRF250R

Honda Canada just launched the 2010 CRF250R Motocross and Supercross. [more]

August 06, 2009

All-New 2010 Honda VFR1200 just over the horizon?

Looks like an all-new 2010 VFR1200 will be announced sometime this year to replace the VFR800, and perhaps fill in a gap for a very sporting big-inch touring bike, shall we say a sportier version of another Honda favourite, the ST1300. Both older models are ready for an upgrade to something more powerful, a little more modern in looks and equipment, and, best of all, lighter. [more]

July 16, 2009

The Brits and the French finally get it! Honda's Fury Chopper available there soon

Moto123 rode and loved the Fury at the official Honda Canada press ride in Florida this past March. In fact, Honda Canada has sold out the model, as we suspect US Honda did. The little thing just flat work - better than the competition. [more]

June 24, 2009

Rumours - suspicions - wishful thinking for 2010

Model year 2010 promises to be a fertile one, with several all new machines coming out of the rumour mill. Here are a few of the tastier morsels from just over the horizon, definitely not obtained or validated by the manufacturers. [more]

June 05, 2009

2010 Honda SH150i First Impressions

One of Europe's best-selling 125 to 150-cc scooters is coming to Canada this summer as a 2010 model. The big-wheel Honda SH150i excels downtown, which is where we took it for a quick spin as part of the Montreal media launch. [more]

May 14, 2009

Honda's new Flagship - The 2011 Gold Wing

The rumour mill is churning out information about the much expected 2011 Honda Gold Wing, with exciting details emerging about the new machine, apart from the fact that it may in fact be launched earlier than was originally planned. Does this mean late 2009 or early 2010? [more]

May 05, 2009

2009 Honda Big Red Review (video)

The side-by-side utility vehicle segment is rapidly expanding in Canada, with 8 active manufacturers and nearly 50 different models to choose from. Thanks to automotive-based technology and design, not to mention innovative solutions and Honda's legendary quality, the 2009 Big Red stands out from the pack. [more]

April 21, 2009

2009 Honda CBR600RR First Impressions

Our recent trip to the Roebling Road Raceway allowed us to sample the new 2009 Honda CBR600RR, a significant upgrade from the 2008 model, both on the road and the track. [more]

April 17, 2009

Honda CBF1000 2009 Review

Honda Canada launched this standard machine in 2008, as part of a two fisted "Adventure" marketing program, wherein the CBF1000 was paired with the Varadero, the long-legged on- and off-road dual purpose bike. Riding it again in the Montreal area certainly did validate the value of the CBF1000 as a roadster. [more]

April 08, 2009

Honda CBR1000RR First Impressions

Honda Canada turned us loose on the high-speed Roebling Roads track, near Savannah (GA), at the March Press event. It was a unique opportunity to ride the 2009 CBR1000RR sport bike from Big Red - the prime example of Honda's new approach to this segment, where buyers now demand the quickest stock bike possible, in terms of ultimate track performance, even at the expense of some street comforts if necessary. [more]

April 01, 2009

2009 Honda VFR800 and ST1300 Review

We had a chance to ride a 2010 ST1300 on the streets of Florida and Georgia, and a 2010 VRF800 on the Roebling Roads track during the Honda Canada Press Launch in early March, and here are my thoughts on those mature models. Riding a VFR800 on the track at these Honda events has become a yearly habit for me, as I particularly enjoy the 800's riding position and performance. [more]

March 21, 2009

C-ABS, Honda's electronic braking system

On a modern motorcycle, the connection between a lever and its effect is increasingly made by embedded electronics, whether we're talking about throttle, intake or continuously variable transmissions, like an airplane's autopilot and autolanding systems or a car's electric power steering. These days, you place your order with a computer that then decides for you how and when to react. [more]

March 19, 2009

2009 Honda DN-01 Review

Now in its third year, the concept of Honda Powerhouse dealers has now passed the threshold from rarity to highly visible. Either stand alone or paired with a car dealership, these new, clean and easily identified facilities are working hard to present a friendly, approachable face, especially to the new buyers it wants to attract. But what about the two-wheel products it sells, and how do they appeal - or not - to car shoppers who wander over to the "other" side? [more]

March 16, 2009

2010 Honda VT1300CXA Fury First Impressions

Honda is focusing on a new approach for the development of its future two-wheelers: they will produce class leading machines in every target segment. They are doing away with its previous approach, which consisted producing excellent machines, while incorporating small compromises here and there to arrive at a more balanced, all-around end-product rather than the extreme statement in a given category. [more]

March 14, 2009

Two-wheel fun and performance that's perfect for city commutes and touring adventures!

FSE scooters are selling like hot cakes these days, not only because of their modest prices and operating costs but also their increasingly interesting performance. They represent a smart choice for those who want to buy an exciting two-wheeler without having to sell their house! [more]

February 14, 2009

2009 Honda Aquatrax F-15X Preview

When it comes to having good times on the lake with a safe, clean and powerful PWC, Honda's Aquatrax should never be overlooked. Initially, this machine was only available to US consumers -- a questionable decision by the manufacturer since both Japanese competitors (Yamaha and Kawasaki) have been successfully selling their models in Canada for more than 20 years. [more]

February 05, 2009

2009 Honda CRF250R Preview

Heir to the 450R, the 2009 Honda CRF250R gets significant upgrades to the brakes, engine and tires. A direct beneficiary of the technologies and main components used by its larger sister, this new model will undoubtedly wreak even more havoc on the trails next summer. [more]

January 20, 2009

Honda Releases Starter Cruiser in Australia

Honda Australia has just announced the new "long and low" 2009 VT400 cruiser, an all-new smaller sibling to the Honda VT750 cruiser, a popular seller in it's class in the Canadian market. [more]

January 16, 2009

2010 Honda Fury Preview

One look at the new 2010 Fury and you will understand how hard Honda is working to gain more cruiser market share, from other manufacturers as well as from "specialists" who try to "improve" on the basic designs that come out of the factories. [more]

January 14, 2009

Electric Motorcycle From Honda By 2010

Honda President and CEO, Takeo Fukui, confirmed today that the company is developing a battery-powered electric motorcycle that emits no CO2. According to the Press Communiqué, Honda has embarked on a continuous program to develop environment-friendly technologies, and apply them to products that will attract buyers. [more]

December 14, 2008

2009 Honda CRF230M Preview

Honda is introducing a supermoto-type variant of its CRF230L dual-purpose bike. The new 2009 CRF230M is the third 250-cc supermoto to make a foray into the Canadian market this year. [more]

December 06, 2008

2009 Honda ATVs Preview

Honda's most popular ATV models are back for 2009 clad in new colours and boasting electric power steering, while engine specifications have not changed much. The Japanese manufacturer with the highest reliability rating in the industry is offering up evolutionary changes that greatly improve the performance of its ATVs - But wait! There are also a few surprises in the 2009n lineup. [more]

November 21, 2008

2009 Honda CBR600RR and CBR1000RR Preview

Honda launches the all-electronic Combined-ABS on both high end sport bikes - an optional braking system designed to work effectively on the street as well as on the track. [more]

October 14, 2008

2009 Honda CRF450R Preview

Honda's most powerful dirt bike comes back with a number of improvements and a new flamboyant attire. For 2009, it also shaves 1.8 kilo off its weight. While other manufacturers are talking evolution this year, the new CRF450R is in the midst of a revolution. The 41-millimeter Keihin carburetor has been replaced by an all-new, ultra-sophisticated, Programmed Fuel Injection system called PGM-FI. [more]

June 24, 2008

2008 Honda AquaTrax F-15X First Impressions (video)

With summer season right around the corner, Honda presented its new AquaTrax F-15X series of personal watercraft. Engineers clearly understand that motorized water sports can be fun not only for singles and couples but also for the whole family. For 2008, the Japanese manufacturer is therefore offering 3-seater machines. [more]

May 29, 2008

2008 Honda XLV 1000 Varadero Preview

Honda finally offers a first large-displacement adventure-type tourer to Canadians. After conquering the entire Europe, the highly popular XLV 1000 Varadero is landing on our shores, much to the delight of unbound long-distance riding enthusiasts. The XLV 1000 is one of the biggest machines in its class. Adventure-type motorcycles are increasingly popular over here, so it comes as no surprise that Honda chose to bring the legendary Varadero to our market. [more]

May 17, 2008

2008 Honda CBF1000A Preview

Honda's large-displacement motorcycle lineup expands in 2008 with the introduction of the CBF1000. Sold in Europe for many years now, this newcomer targets a market segment that's increasingly popular in Quebec: standard-type sport bikes. The Japanese manufacturer is offering a well-designed motorcycle for a specific clientele. [more]

May 01, 2008

2008 Honda CBR1000RR Preview

Lighter and more powerful than ever, the all-new Honda CBR1000RR takes on one of the most competitive segments in the industry: high-performance sportbikes. Far less aggressive than in previous years, the styling looks more mature. Yet, the spec sheet of this new thoroughbred says otherwise. Unlike its rivals, which are becoming more and more radical and a load to handle, the CBR1000RR is more user-friendly than ever, according to Honda engineers. In fact, easy riding dynamics and predictable handling are always part of the equation with a Honda bike. Weight reduction and mass centralization were also among the team's priorities to improve precision during corner entry. Many key components have been revised in order to shave additional pounds; the all-aluminum side stand is one example. [more]

November 10, 2007

2009 Honda Big Red Preview

Honda is making a first foray into the side-by-side utility ATV market. Their highly-anticipated machine is expected to set new standards in both utility and recreation. Thanks to automotive-based technology and design, the 2009 Big Red might very well become the benchmark in this extremely competitive segment. [more]

October 27, 2007

2008 Honda VTX 1300T Preview

A new version of the VTX 1300 joins Honda's well-stocked cruiser lineup. This Tourer model comes standard with a wide array of travel accessories. The 2008 VTX 1300T targets those after a well-equipped, user-friendly, stylish motorcycle to ride across the country and beyond. [more]

October 20, 2007

2008 Honda CRF230L Preview

The new CRF230L is exactly what Honda fans have been waiting for. It fills a void once created by the dismissal of the XL250L, a dual-purpose bike that used to be very popular. The CRF230L is based on a lightweight, semi-double-cradle, high-tensile steel frame with box-section aluminum swingarm. It benefits from strong yet lightweight aluminum rims that improve handling. The 37-mm Showa front fork offers 9 inches of suspension travel, resulting in 9.5 inches of overall ground clearance. In the back is a heavy-duty single shock calibrated to offer the best balance between road and trail riding. As for the brakes, the CRF230L features a powerful 240-mm front disc and 220-mm rear disc. [more]

October 01, 2007

2008 Honda TRX700XX Preview

Honda is revolutionizing the sport ATV segment with its all-new 2008 TRX700XX, a four-wheel monster that will certainly turn heads and annihilate the competition with a host of extraordinary features and a design that will leave no one indifferent. [more]

September 24, 2007

2007 Honda Silver Wing Road Test

In 2006, Honda Canada imported the Silver Wing, following other manufacturers in the large touring scooter market. This Honda is among a group of eight high-caliber scooters that can criss-cross the roads and highways of our great country. It's no coincidence that the Silver Wing shares part of its name with the legendary Gold Wing: Honda engineers designed their full-size scooter as a comfortable and reliable touring machine. The Japanese company wants to lure in consumers dreaming of long worriless rides and a simplified riding experience allowed by an automatic transmission. Well established in Europe since 2003, the Silver Wing targets the same audience as the likes of Suzuki's Burgman 650. [more]

September 03, 2007

2007 Honda CBR125R Road Test

I asked my colleague Pascal Bastien, who was testing the CBR125R, if I could borrow it for a couple of days. This machine is intriguing: Honda wants to use this low-displacement CBR to attract new riders into the motorcycle world. As a scooter enthusiast, I was very much looking forward to the opportunity to put my raw motorcycle skills to the test. [more]

June 27, 2007

2008 Honda CRF150F Preview

The new Honda CRF150F is first and foremost a learning tool. That said, it pumps out ample power to remain fun after several years. Slightly smaller 16-inch rear and 19-inch front wheels and a low seat height (compared to the majority of racing off-road bikes) instill confidence in smaller riders or those just getting up to speed. [more]

April 13, 2007

2007 Honda CBR125R First Impressions

Homestead Miami Speedway, Florida. Honda is finally launching the CBR125R on the Canadian market. This small sports bike enjoyed immediate success in Europe where it now finds itself among the best-selling 125-cc motorcycles. Quebecers have always had a thing for European-derived models; that's why the CBR125R should easily find many takers here. [more]