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Honda's top 10 classic motorcycles, models that are out of date to this day
Release date:2023.08.02

These are Honda's best classic motorcycles, and they have stood the test of time, in a sense that is crucial to the development of motorcycle history. Some of these motorcycles have been in Honda's lineup for decades, and other companies have produced similar motorcycles for short cycles, which has only increased demand for Honda motorcycles.

1. HondaSuperCub

2020 Honda SuperCubC125ABS

If ever there was a motorcycle that could resist the passage of time, it's the Honda Super Cub. Since 1958, Honda has been producing super cubs, including all generations, and has sold more than 100 million units. It is reported to be the best-selling motorcycle in history.

Despite its modest technical specifications, the Super Cub is still a dream come true for urban commuters seeking to escape the gridlock of big cities and get to their destinations in a fun, convenient and affordable way.

2, 1981HondaMotocompo

In 1981, Honda launched a very creative motorcycle product, commonly known as the "small bench" in China. Launched together with Honda's original CITY, with sales, but not complimentary, the small bench is also suitable for Honda's Honda TODAY small car launched at the same time, designed to solve the "last 5 kilometers" of commuters.

It is worth mentioning that the handlebars of the small bench can be folded into the frame, which is very small. It has to be said that the design concept of Honda's small bench is very advanced, and even now it is still out of date.

Unfortunately, the futuristic idea of solving the last 5 kilometers was not accepted at the time, and the MOTOCOMPO was forced to stop production after only two years, but its classic design is still talked about today.

3. 2004HondaRC51


Back in the 1990s, a 1000cc two-cylinder motorcycle and a 750cc four-cylinder motorcycle seemed on paper to be a fair fight, but Japanese four-cylinder motorcycles, including Japanese four-cycle RC45 certified special vehicles, including Honda, were overwhelmed by the Italian V-twin, and Honda proposed the RC51.

When the RC51 was released in 2000, it followed in the footsteps of Honda's road-focused VTR1000FSuperHawk. If the SuperHawk is testing the V-twin waters, the RC51 is diving. It shares a 90-degree engine layout and a 55.5-inch wheelbase with the Ducati996, but in major ways, the RC has its own character.

4. 2001HondaGoldWing

The 2001 Honda Goldwing is still an outstanding motorcycle

The Golden Wing is likely to be seen as Honda's flagship motorcycle, a testament to its popularity for a company with roots in motorsport. Today, its sixth generation is almost similar to the original four-cylinder fairing-less model from 1974.

Honda produced a large number of previous generation GL1800GoldWings from 2001 to 2017, creating a two-man, long-haul cruise heavyweight patrol market.

5, 1994HondaVFR750F (RC36-2)

Honda's V-4 sports motorcycle, a motorcycle enthusiast's urgent dream

Honda focused its sporting events activities on the inline four-power CBR and denied one of consumers' biggest dreams: mass production of the V-4 race version of its sports motorcycle.

Honda wants to outdo itself and go back to the VFR750F. In the 1990s, the VFR was comparable to the cookie-cutter motorcycle, "democratized" only in terms of price and practicality. The VFR appeared on Motorcycle World's "Top Ten" list every year from 1990-97, thanks to its near-world level performance and overall usability, arguably one of the most acclaimed Honda motorcycles of all time, and Honda gained a reputation for more refinement.

6. 1993HondaCBR900RR

The best sports motorcycle of the 1990s

1992 Honda CBR900RR

It's safe to say that the 1993 Honda CBR900RR was a significant factor in triggering the next decade of literary-level warfare. When the CBR came out in 1993, it weighed 144 pounds less than the ZX-11, and things were quietly changing.

Since then, the CBR has been a mainstay in Honda's lineup, even as other motorcycles (such as the RC51) have made headlines in the race.

7. 1989HondaGB500

Honda's best answer to the British Classic 500cc single cylinder GB500 Award

Honda's interpretation of the classic 500cc British single cylinder, the GB500TouristTrophy is another classic. Built in 1989-90, the GB never sold well, firstly because it was a single-cylinder car and secondly because the classic coffee racer style was not as popular 30 years ago as it is today.

So what we have here is an antedate motorcycle based on a vintage motorcycle that was never popular with Americans at first. In other words, it was a marketer's nightmare at the time.

8, 1983 hondavf750finterceptor

Compared to the first-generation Suzuki GSX-R750, the Honda Interceptor is in many ways the progenitor of modern sports motorcycles.

Honda has long been synonymous with the four-stroke V-4, thanks in large part to Honda's groundbreaking Interceptor (one of the first motorcycles produced) in 1983, as well as the SuzukiGSX-R750 in 1985, thus creating the sports motorcycle category as we know it. Before long, consumers became enthusiastic about sports motorcycles, as Honda's main goal for Interceptor was success on the track.

9. 1979HondaCBX1000

CBX in 1979 seemed to represent a broader range of cultural tastes than trends in the motorcycle world itself. Considering that Interceptor's debut is only four years away, the "light is right" principle is not far behind it. The CBX itself is not a sports motorcycle, nor is it a Goldwing. Its 1047cc engine hangs below the frame and its six bright chrome-plated tubes can be seen directly.

The CBX didn't impact the motorcycle world the way the Goldwing or Interceptor did, but here we're still talking about its impact and mentioning the RC166.

10. 1969HondaCB750

The CB750 changed the motorcycle world

A lot has been written over the years about Italy's "do-it-all" MVAgusta four-cylinder race car, a fancy four-cylinder machine that sounds great but is already too expensive for the market.

CB750 can be seen either as a fitting end or as the beginning of the rapture.

Given all of Honda's success in the multi-cylinder mechanical Grand Prix and its reputation for mass producing reliable, affordable small-displacement single - and two-cylinder motorcycles, the CB750 seems to be the culmination of decades of research by Honda.

At the same time, it triggered the beginning of a new era in which the Japanese four-cylinder became performance-oriented motorcycles.

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