Honda

  • Honda boffins make airbag advances

    Honda boffins make airbag advances

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    Honda led the way in 2006 when it integrated an airbag into the Goldwing motorcycle. Now, the company is taking a further step, designing a new generation of cutting-edge airbags for motorcycles and filing for a patent. The Japanese manufacturer has a new design to replace the one introduced in 2006 on the Goldwing and…

  • Hydrogen Future?

    Hydrogen Future?

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    Honda team up with General Motors Honda and General Motors are the latest firms to reveal plans to get stuck into some hydrogen fuel cell research – and we’re here for it. With the increasingly urgent need for emissions-free vehicles, we’ve started to see more and more battery-powered machines making it to market. But there’s…

  • FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Honda Transalp XL750. PART TWO!

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Honda Transalp XL750. PART TWO!

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    Ross is back from a full day of putting the new middleweight adventure bike from Honda through its paces. Here’s how he got on. “The handling’s very good. You’d be forgiven for expecting a bit of vagueness from the 21inch front wheel – but in practice, it feels planted and stable with plenty of grip…

  • FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Honda Transalp XL750

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Honda Transalp XL750

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    Ross has just stopped for lunch and has some first thoughts on the new middleweight adventure bike from Honda. “It’s been a great start to the day with the new Transalp. The 755cc liquid cooled 4 stroke parallel twin ripped straight from the new Hornet is the highlight so far. With 90bhp and 55 lb…

  • Honda’s Big Buzz – Our thoughts on the Hornet

    Honda’s Big Buzz – Our thoughts on the Hornet

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    The Hornet is back. But Honda’s completely reinvented it for the 21st century. Dave Manning explains what you need to know about the hotly anticipated middleweight. When Honda first launched the Hornet way back in 1996 – as a four-cylinder machine of just 250cc capacity – it was a departure from the normal Japanese domestic…

  • Honda’s Small Scrambler

    Honda’s Small Scrambler

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    Following the launch of the CL500, Honda has just announced its going to be producing a slightly smaller CL300 in China – and we’re hoping it makes it to British shores very soon. Powered by a 26bhp, 286cc engine that’s capable of 78mph, the plucky little street scrambler would be a great addition to Honda’s…

  • Sensible, Super Sport sensation! – Honda CB550 Four

    Sensible, Super Sport sensation! – Honda CB550 Four

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    Steve finds himself falling under this Honda CB550 Four’s spell… is he about to shed his tag of two-stroke lover?

  • Legal Q&A: Pillion wife to sue husband

    Legal Q&A: Pillion wife to sue husband

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    Q.  I am utterly confused.  Please help us!  Over the summer I was riding along a country lane with my wife on the back.  I have an array of different bikes (I am truly lucky) and that evening we decided to jump on the Goldwing.  It’s a big old lump, but it’s super comfy!  The…

  • NEW BIKES! Honda CL500

    NEW BIKES! Honda CL500

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    Honda’s a bit late to the ‘60s-styled retro scrambler’ party. But there’s definitely something sweet about this new CL500. It’s an homage to the firm’s CL72 and CL77 of the early 60s, which took the basic 250 and 305 CB/Dream engines and put them in a mildly tweaked off-road chassis. The 2023 CL500 does the…

  • Honda Transalp makes a comeback

    Honda Transalp makes a comeback

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    It’s been missing for a decade. But one of Honda’s most endearing bikes, the Transalp, is back for 2023, with a new 755cc parallel twin engine and chassis based around the same platform as the new CB750 Hornet. The original XL600 Transalp was launched in 1986, when adventure tourers were called ‘dual sports’ bikes –…

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