Six New 2013 Honda Models Announced for US

Honda flexes it's feathered muscle, with the promise of more to come


Within an undisclosed warehouse location in Torrance, California, not far from the company’s headquarters, Honda assembled the motorcycle media to announce its new lineup. On display in the nondescript living museum, a compendium of two- and four- (and one three) wheel models — highlights of achievement of both street-legal and closed-course variety, and a few automotive prototypes. In one corner of the room, draped in black, the six objects of interest for which all in attendance came to inspect.

In a pageant of speeches and guest appearances, Honda representatives took the wraps off the six 2013 models destined for U.S. dealerships. In order of appearance presented were the CB1100, CBR600RR, CBR500R, CB500F, CB500X and Gold Wing F6B. The first five weren’t necessarily unexpected, having been previously leaked in some manner, but how the hell did Honda sneak a new version of the Gold Wing into the mix?

CBR500R
MSRP: $5,999/$6,499 (ABS)

2013 Honda CB500R White Blue Red

The three new 500s introduced, the CBR500R, CB500F and CB500X, are all powered by the same fuel-injected, liquid-cooled parallel-Twin. The format creates three disparate models that will attract riders of different tastes but with similar pricing expectations. All three will be available in April.

The CBR500R bridges the sportbike gap in Honda’s lineup between the CBR250R ($4,199) and the CBR600RR ($11,540 in 2012). It also slots in nicely between Kawasaki’s Ninja 300 ($4,799) and Ninja 650 ($7,599). With the look and feel of a full-size motorcycle but without the intensity, intimidation factor or high-price of the race-spec 600RR, the CBR500R is posed to attract newbie riders as well as experienced ones uninterested in ponying-up for the latest 600cc track-focused weapon.

2013 Honda CBR500R, CB500F and CB500X (Specifications for all three 500 models are practically identical so we’re only listing the information once)
Engine Type 500cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin 2013 Honda CB500R Action 02
Bore and Stroke 67.0mm x 66.8mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction PGM-FI with 34mm throttle bodies
Induction Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Transmission Six-speed
Final Drive O-ring-sealed chain
Front Suspension 41mm fork; 4.3 inches travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Link single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Front Brakes Twin-piston caliper with single 320mm wave disc
Rear Brakes Single-caliper 240mm wave disc
ABS Optional
Front Tires 120/70-17
Rear Tires 160/60-17
Wheelbase 55.5 inches
Rake (Caster Angle) 25° 5’
Trail 103mm (4.05 inches)
Seat Height 30.9 inches
Fuel Capacity 4.1 gallons including 0.7-gallon reserve
Colors Black, Pearl White/Blue/Red, Red, ABS model Red only
Curb Weight 425/429 pounds

CB500F
MSRP: $5,499/$5,999 (ABS)

2013 Honda CB500F Front Right

The CB500F trades clip-ons for a one-piece handlebar and sheds the excess fairing of its brethren. For the discerning motorcyclists the absence of plastic should help lower insurance costs making this naked sportbike a bargain at $5,499. The F and R share seat heights while the F boasts a five-pound lighter wet weight than the CBR model. The standard CB500F comes in two color schemes, Black and Pearl White while the ABS model comes only in black.

CB500X
MSRP: TBD

2013 Honda CB500X Action

The last of the new 500 models closely resembles Honda’s recently launched NC700X (tested here). Besides its adventurous styling, the CB500X’s front fork features 0.6 more inches of travel than the other two 500s and one degree less rake, 26° vs 25°. The 500X also features an adjustable windscreen. Both the standard and ABS versions of the 500X will be colored Matte Black Metallic.

CB1100
MSRP: $9,999/$10,999 (Deluxe)

2013 Honda CB1100 Action 04

Honda did a commendable job of correctly styling the new 2013 CB1100 commensurate with the early '80s era. From its dual-spoke, five-point star wheels, thick, black blinker stalks and large round indicators to its squared-off fuel tank, the new CB's soundtrack screams J. Geils Band, Men at Work and The Human League.

Powered by an 1140cc, air-cooled, DOHC inline-Four and sporting twin-shock rear suspension and 18-inch wheels the CB1100 combines retro aesthetics with modern triple-disc-brakes, fuel injection and optional ABS. Editor Duke got an early ride on the new CB. You can check out his initial impressions here.

2013 Honda CB1100
Engine Type 1140cc air- and oil-cooled inline four-cylinder 2013 Honda CB1100 Front
Bore and Stroke 73.5mm x 67.2mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, 32mm throttle bodies
Ignition Digital transistorized with electronic advance
Transmission Five-speed
Final Drive #530 O-ring-sealed chain
Front Suspension 41mm fork with spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Rear Suspension Dual shocks with spring preload adjustability; 3.5 inches travel
Front Brakes Dual four-piston calipers with full-floating 296mm discs
Rear Brakes Single-caliper 256mm disc
ABS Optional
Front Tires 110/80-18
Rear Tires 140/70-18
Wheelbase 58.7 inches
Rake (Caster Angle) 27.0°
Trail 114mm (4.5 inches)
Seat Height 31.3 inches
Fuel Capacity 3.9 gallons, including 0.9-gallon reserve
Colors Candy Red
Curb Weight 540/549 pounds

CBR600RR

MSRP: TBD

2013 Honda CBR600RR Repsol

The fastest bike in the lineup of new model introductions is the venerable CBR600RR. For 2013 the 600RR features more aerodynamic, MotoGP-inspired bodywork with a redesigned, centrally located ram-air intake system, a new Showa 41mm Big Piston Fork, and a revised shock with new damping settings.

According to Honda, the aerodynamic advantages of the CBR’s new skin (a 6.5% decrease in drag) is the result of knowledge gained from the RC212V. While testing the CBR600RR, Honda found it had developed even more advanced aerodynamic improvements that were, in turn, incorporated into the RC213V.

The revised ram-air intake in conjunction with an improved ECU and fuel injection settings have increased mid-range power on the RR as well as enhancing throttle response at high revs. The larger damper piston inside the Showa BPF fork reduces internal pressures for more responsive fork action, while the new damper settings in the rear shock are said to improve overall performance.

2013 Honda CBR600RR
Engine Type 599cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder 2013 Honda CBR600RR Red
Bore and Stroke 67.0mm x 42.5mm
Compression Ratio 12.2:1
Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction Programmed Dual Stage Fuel Injection (PGM-DSFI) with 40mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectors
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping
Transmission Close-ratio six-speed
Final Drive #525 O-ring-sealed chain
Front Suspension 41mm inverted Big Piston Fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; TBD inches travel
Rear Suspension Unit Pro-Link HMAS single shock with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 5.1 inches travel
Front Brakes Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with full-floating 310mm discs
Rear Brakes Single-caliper 220mm disc
ABS Optional Honda Electronic Combined ABS
Front Tires 120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear Tires 180/55ZR-17 radial
Wheelbase 53.9 inches
Rake (Caster Angle) 23.5°
Trail 97.7mm (3.9 inches)
Seat Height 32.3 inches
Fuel Capacity 4.8 gallons, including 0.9-gallon reserve
Colors Red, Repsol Edition, White/Blue/Red, Red (ABS)
Curb Weight 410/432 pounds

Gold Wing F6B
MSRP: $19,999/$20,999 (Deluxe)

2013 Honda GoldWing F6B Action Black Left

A product of creative thinking or an amorous three-way between a Harley-Davidson Road Glide, DN-01 and Gold Wing, the F6B is certainly something new for Honda. Cosmetically the F6B is a Gold Wing with a new seat and without the touring model’s tall windscreen and rear topbox/passenger backrest. The style is undeniably cool while the blacked-out treatment provides a hint of menace.

The F6B owns the same seat height as the GL, but the new seat is narrower at the tank junction and when sitting on the F6B the reach to the ground is noticeably lessened, as is the 62-pound reduction in weight. Boasting a claimed curb weight of 842 pounds, the F6B is 62 pounds less than a base model GL largely by way of the omitted on-board compressor and reverse gear found on the touring bike.

Engine, frame, transmission, saddlebag capacity, etc., remain unchanged from the full-dress Gold Wing.

2013 Honda GoldWing F6B Deluxe Red Profile

Other Returning Models:

VFR1200F

2013 Honda VFR1200F Black

CBR1000RR

2013 Honda CBR1000RR White Blue Red

CB1000R

2013 Honda CB1000R Cool Pearl White

CRF450X

2013 Honda CRF450X

CRF250X

2013 Honda CRF250X

Silver Wing

2013 Honda Silver Wing Black

Ruckus

2013 Honda Ruckus White

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2013 Honda CBR600RR White Blue Red
2013 Honda CBR600RR White Blue Red
2013 Honda GoldWing F6B Action Black
2013 Honda GoldWing F6B Action Black
2013 Honda CB1100 Candy Red
2013 Honda CB1100 Candy Red
2013 Honda VFR1200F Black
2013 Honda VFR1200F Black
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