Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Honda Motorcycles

World Superbikes Rd 4: Suzuki & Honda share spoils

May 8, 2005 Team Alstare Suzuki Corona rider Troy Corser (GSXR1000) took a win and a third place in the fourth round of the World Superbike Championships at Monza today extending his lead to 52 points over team mate Yukio Kagayama. Honda’s Chris Vermeulen (CBR1000RR) scored a second race win to revive Honda’s chances in the series and Ducati showed a return to form with podiums in both races.  Read More

Barros celebrates after the event

April 17, 2005 A Honda won the Portugeuse Grand Prix today with World Champion Valentino Rossi second, but it was the Honda of Alex Barros that greeted the chequered flag first not the expected Honda of Sete Gibernau. Gibernau crashed out in light rain while leading the race at mid distance in the first MotoGP race run under the new rain rules which do not allow for race restarts due to rain during the race. Barros’ win was not entirely unexpected. He was the fastest rider in all sessions throughout the weekend, fastest qualifier and appears to have regained the form he last showed at the end of 2002 when he beat Valentino Rossi several times on equal machinery.  Read More

Ducati narrowly leads Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha in World Superbike title chase

March 6, 2005 World-class racing on machinery closely related to that on the showroom floor is what continues to drive the success of the World Superbike and Supersport Championships. With four races now complete in the World Superbike Championship, it now seems certain that Honda, Ducati, Yamaha and Suzuki all have realistic chances of taking the title, with as many as ten potential race-winning riders on the grid. Realistically though, championship leader TroyBayliss (Ducati 999, 75 pts), James Toseland (Honda CBR1000RR, 74 pts), Troy Corser (Suzuki GSXR1000, 63 pts), MotoGP veteran Alex Barros (Honda CBR1000RR, 55 pts) and Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha YZF R1, 42 pts) will be the key players with both Barros and Haga set for significant machinery improvements in the coming weeks. In the Supersport championship, the title already looks to be a race between the Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR of reigning champ Sebastien Charpentier and the Yamaha Germany YZF-R6 of Kevin Curtain.  Read More

Honda's Insane Valkyrie Rune

While there are many innovative and technically interesting respects to this motorcycle, it is the outrageous styling which will make the bike a milestone in motorcycle history - it is so different to anything previously seen, that it just could be the first of a new breed.  Read More

Honda's X-wing prototype was shown at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show. The X-Wing featured an el...

Honda's 1500cc V6 X-Wing luxury touring concept surfaced at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show, three years ago and for some reason has never seen the light of the showroom floor. Indeed, with the announcement of the production of the somewhat similar Honda ST1300 V4 later this year, it's likely that we probably won't see the machine at all, though there's no doubt we'll see most of the advanced functionality of the X-Wing eventually permeate Honda's entire range. More's the pity we won't see the X-Wing, but viewed as a showcase of future toys, it's a compelling study to reflect upon!  Read More

Honda's VTX 1800cc

That's right, Honda's VTX is 1800cc - two 900cc cylinders of sheer grunt. This time, when Honda decided to go after Harley Davidson's traditional market, it learned from past mistakes. Recognising that the Harley badge could never be replaced, it went for it's own unique selling proposition - masses of grunt - 1800 cc of grunt, to be precise.  Read More

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