2023 Honda SCL500 Announced for North America
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2024 Honda Transalp is Coming to America
The California Air Resources Board has issued an executive order for the Honda XL750 Transalp, certifying the mid-sized adventure-tourer for the 2024 model year.
The Honda CL500 is Coming to the US, With the ADV160 and a New Grom
Honda announced a new scrambler model based on its 500 platform last November at EICMA, but there was no indication about whether the CL500 would be brought to America. That has now changed, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified the 2023 Honda CL500, and we expect an official announcement to come very soon. And it won't be alone, as the EPA has also certified the ADV160 and an updated Grom.
Friday Forum Foraging: 1998 Honda Valkyrie – Mechanic's Special!
Even when I'm not on the hunt for something, I like the thrill of finding a (potentially) good deal. What we have here could possibly be that bike. This 1998 Honda Valkyrie comes to us from our sister site/forum F6CForum.com, where for the measly sum of $2500 US dollars, you could walk away with this mostly complete Valkyrie with less than 4,000 miles on the clock.
I say mostly because the bike doesn't run. It looks like the owner pulled the starter from the mighty six-cylinder, and they suspect that maybe the rear engine case needs replacing. This could be a simple fix to get back on the road or it could be something more involved, but for $2500, it could be an awesome deal if you're handy with a wrench and a Valkyrie service manual.
Check out the ad below:
I just purchased this 1998 Valkyrie from the original owner. 3,760 original miles and has been off the road since 2006. The bike was always garaged and the owner said it never saw rain. I was told it only needs a starter. So i pulled the starter today and i think it hydrolocked and needs a rear engine case.
I think this is too much for me to tackle so i am putting it up for sale here. Comes with original bill of sale, owners manual and other paperwork from when new.
The bike is complete and in great condition, except for the issue with the engine case/starter. It is too nice to part out and should be fixed, hopefully by someone other than myself.
I am asking $2500 and am taking a big loss on this bike but my garage is small and the bike is taking up a lot of room.
The bike is located in Nassau County, NY
Please let me know if you have any questions,
See the full ad at F6CForum.com.
Church Of MO: First Impression: 1996 Honda Rebel 250
The Honda Rebel 250 is probably the bike many of us rode when we were taking our Basic Rider Course. Even though I didn’t know what I was doing back then, when I rode the bike while trying to get my license, I could still tell it was a bit of a turd. A lack of experience meant I couldn’t put my finger on exactly why, though I chalked it up to being used and abused after having gone through the hands of many new riders.
For this Church feature, we look back at the 1996 version of the Rebel 250 and see if current memories align with what MO testers thought of the bike back in the day. Did a new Rebel provide a little more enjoyment than an old, abused one?
Friday Forum Foraging: 2014 Honda CTX 1300 Deluxe
Where do we even start with this one? Found on our sister site, CTX1300forum.com, there’s a lot to talk about with this CTX1300. Though I suppose we could start with the CTX1300 itself. If you don’t remember, the CTX1300 is a little bit like a space-age cruiser. You’ve got that long and low appearance we’re used to with cruisers, but with a very distinct, almost futuristic, style that clearly can’t be lumped in with your traditional cruiser. Honda was going somewhere with this, we’re just not sure where. Then there’s the engine. Based on the VFR1200 V4, this compact four-cylinder packed a healthy amount of power and driveability, along with a very cool soundtrack to boot.
All of that leads into what we have here. This is a really clean example of a CTX1300 that has clearly been used for what it was meant for – burning away miles in absolute comfort. Judging by how the paint shines and the chrome pops in these photos, you’d think this was a new bike with no miles. But that’s far from the truth. With a tick over 19,000 miles on the odometer, this owner takes care of their CTX just as much as they ride it. They even claim that not a single body panel tab has been broken, which is actually an impressive feat on today’s motorcycles.
Sure the title of the post is a bit over the top, but you do need to admit it’s a clean bike. With an asking price of $8,499, it’s also a decent deal for the right person. See the full listing below.
MotoGP 2023 Season Preview
The opinions expressed by Mr. Allen do not reflect the views of the editorial staff here at Motorcycle.com. In fact, we would be surprised if they reflect the views of anyone remotely familiar with the sport.
Grand prix motorcycle racing – MotoGP to aficionados – is a Eurocentric parlor game for the rich and not-so-famous. It involves undersized riders holding on for dear life to 1000cc bikes with astonishing power-to-weight ratios on road courses at venues on four continents, several of which are in countries one is not anxious to visit. It is almost impossible to find on American television. Riders receive trophies for finishing third. It is the little brother of F1. It is NASCAR’s mentally challenged foreign cousin.
However, for the few of you still reading, at its best, MotoGP is the best racing on the planet, a series of hair-raising encounters between riders and machines traveling at well over 100 mph in unbanked turns, separated by inches, with the difference between winning and not winning often measured in a few thousandths of a second. (By comparison, the autonomic blink of an eye takes around 100 milliseconds.)
2023 Honda XR150L, CRF300LS and Navi Announced for US
American Honda officially announced the XR150L dual-sport for the U.S., alongside the returning Navi and an expanded CRF300L lineup that now includes a new low-seat height variant.
We’ve known the XR150L and the low-seat CRF300LS were on the way, after the two dual sports were included on a list of motorcycles certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Both models add to Honda’s burgeoning small-displacement on- and off-road models, alongside the CRF300L and CRF300L Rally. Together with its miniMOTO lineup, which includes the Navi, Honda now offers nine street-legal motorcycles with engines displacing less than 286cc.
2023 Honda XR150L Announced for Canada
Last month, we reported that Honda was preparing to bringing the XR150L dual sport to the U.S. market, introducing an air-cooled carbureted model marketed internationally as an agricultural vehicle to America. While we’re still waiting for a formal announcement form American Honda, it’s Canadian counterparts confirmed the XR150L will be arriving to North America.
Arriving in Canadian dealerships in the spring, the X150L adds a new, more affordable model to Honda Canada’s dual sport lineup. A similar announcement is expected to come soon from American Honda, as Honda Canada’s official website specifies the images are for the U.S.-spec model.
The XR150L may be pulling farming duties in Australia, but Honda Canada is positioning it as an entry-level dual sport.
Priced at CA$4,589, with freight, PDI and fees, which is about US$3,400. Price conversions between different markets can be tricky, but looking at comparably priced models can help. In Canada, the XR150L is priced just slightly lower than the Grom, which goes for $3,499 in the U.S., so a US$3,400 price sounds about right.
“The XL150L is an extremely important motorcycle for our product lineup, and we’re thrilled to bring it to Canada,” says Ryan Kelly, Assistant Vice President of Powersports and Power Equipment, Honda Canada. “Not only is this bike perfect for those purchasing their first motorcycle, but it’s a great option for those looking for an additional bike for themselves or their family. The XR150L gives riders a reliable, safe, low-cost and adventurous option for whatever their riding needs may be.”
Friday Forum Foraging: 1993 Honda CBR900RR
It’s another Friday, and we’re back again with another Honda. It’s even sourced from the same forum as before – the Bay Area Riders Forum. In searching for last week’s post, a few gems stood out and I knew I had to get to this one after last week’s Gold Wing post. Why? Well, here’s the story behind this 1993 Honda CBR900RR, straight from the seller himself:
We all love a good story: First engine blew up and got rid of that. Put in another 1993 CBR900RR engine – unknown mileage but it works fine. I did a compression test and it was fine. I also did a valve adjustment then too when replacing the engine. The bike runs but the carbs need to be tuned/cleaned. It has had issues getting started without a bit of extra fuel thrown in but it started up just fine on Nov 4. The choke cable needs to be replaced. The choke cables seem to come pre-rusted from the factory.
It has nearly new Bridgestone S22s. Registration is paid up through July or somewhere around there. The paintwork and bodywork is rough – the seat needs to be reupholstered. It has aftermarket rearsets (they’re nice), aftermarket levers, and an aftermarket exhaust. (It’s a nice one but it is a *bit* loud) It has some sliders as well.
$1000 takes it and I will throw in a motorcycle cover, any spare parts I have, factory service manual and the aftermarket service manual. I want it gone. I restored this bike at one point and had it working beautifully then the engine blew and I lost motivation to go through it all again. (Admittedly I did get it working – I just didn’t have the patience to get it working perfectly)
American Honda to Introduce XR150L and CRF300LS for 2023
Honda is preparing to add two dual-sport models to it’s U.S. lineup: a CRF300LS and an XR150L. Both models were listed in the latest vehicle certification data released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board, indicating that they will be added to the 2023 lineup.
The regulatory data deals mostly with emissions compliance, but we can make some inferences about both motorcycles based on their names.
Honda Reveals First Look of Electric Motorcycle – With a Parade Float
It’s been a couple of months since Honda outlined its electric motorcycle plans, which included a mix of mopeds, scooters and three large-sized “Fun EVs” destined for North America by 2024 and 2025. The initial announcement included a teaser image of two motorcycles and a scooter.
Today, Honda released another glimpse of a future electric motorcycle in, of all places, a rendering of its float for the 2023 Rose Parade.
2023 Honda EM1 E: Electric Scooter First Look
Honda is one of several manufacturers showing off shiny e-scooters slated for 2023 release, and the 2023 Honda EM1 e: looks pretty nice. Destined for Europe (at least initially, we hope), the EM1 e: is one of the 10 motorcycle models that the manufacturer has pledged to release by 2025, with the company’s other stated goal of being carbon neutral by 2050 hanging in the balance. The e-scooter’s name is derived from Electric Moped, and it is aimed at younger potential riders looking for stylish, fun urban transportation (which explains the Euro release). Perhaps the most notable design point – other than its modern styling – is the use of the Honda Mobile Power Pack e:. This removable power pack allows for easy charging or away from the scooter. Honda claims that the “Mobile Power Pack (MPP) is designed to withstand different temperatures, humidity levels, impacts and vibrations.”
2023 Honda CL500 First Look
Honda is adding a new model to its 500 platform, introducing a retro-inspired CL500 street scrambler.
The new CL brings back a nameplate Honda used in the ’60s and ’70s for lightweight off-road capable motorcycles. The modern interpretation draws on that heritage with the upswept muffler with stainless steel heat shield, round tank with tank pads, and gaitered forks.
“We developed the CL500 as a machine that truly allow its owners to stand out from the crowd, and as a form of self-expression. It can be used and enjoyed casually – without hesitation – by the young generation in their daily lives and is designed to become a joyful and integral part of a lifestyle,” says Hiroshi Furuse, Large Project Leader for the CL500. “In standard form, the off-road street style has a visual charm unlike any other model in the Honda range, and can really inspire owners to take it further in any direction they wish.”
2023 Honda XL750 Transalp First Look
Honda has brought back the Transalp name with the new XL750 Transalp, a middleweight adventure-tourer powered by the Parallel-Twin engine introduced on the Hornet CB750.
The Transalp name was first introduced on a 583cc V-Twin model in 1986, before gaining larger 647cc and 680cc versions. The new 2023 Honda XL750 Transalp fills the mid-sized adventure bike slot in Honda’s lineup, sliding in below the CRF1100L Africa Twin and providing more off-road capability than the NC750X and CB500X.