Exploring Barber Small Bore on the 2025 Honda Grom

Barber Small Bore started out as the Smoky Mountain Crawl in Townsend, Tennessee back in 2017, very much thanks to Honda and its Ruckus and Grom models. Since then, its grown from a group of rowdy rednecks looking to have a bunch of backwoods fun, to more than 1,000 small bore enthusiasts (don’t worry, there are still plenty of rednecks) doing the exact same thing – and more – and now, all on the illustrious grounds of George Barber’s sprawling motorsports mecca just outside of Birmingham, Alabama. To say the event was wild would be an understatement. Racing, both on-road and off, stunt shows, hillclimbs, and more, went off with gobs of enthusiasm from both the crowds and participants alike as attendees cheered on the muddy mayhem that ensued, whether for glory or bust.

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Honda Dax125 Coming to US for 2025

American Honda is preparing to add a new member to its Minimoto lineup in the funky Dax125. Also known as the ST125, the Dax has been available in Europe since 2023, but will finally be coming to the U.S. for 2025.

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Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP Coming to US for 2025

After being absent from the 2024 offerings, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP is poised to return to American Honda’s lineup for 2025 with the updates introduced at EICMA.

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Question of the Day: Coming Through in a Clutch

Last November, at EICMA, Honda became the first motorcycle maker to bring to market an electronic clutch. Debuting as an option on the CBR650R and CB650R, Honda’s E-Clutch combined elements of its Dual Clutch Transmission technology with quickshifters to allow for up and down shifting with without needing to use a clutch lever, but otherwise using a regular gearbox and foot shifter.

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Refreshed 2025 Honda Grom Announced for US

American Honda announced the 2025 Grom featuring updated styling and new accessories. This marks the third redesign of the Grom, which is remarkable in the industry today, as it only debuted in 2014. The original Grom helped kick start Honda’s MiniMoto line of small two wheelers.

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Updated 2024 Honda 500s Announced for the US

It took a bit longer than we expected, but American Honda has officially announced the updated 500 models revealed at EICMA are coming to America for 2024. These include the NX500 (previously known as the CB500X) adventure bike, the CBR500R sportbike, and the CB500F, which most of the world calls the CB500 Hornet.

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What’s the Worst Name for a Motorcycle? – Question of the Day

A little while ago, I wrote about my admiration for the Gladius, but conceded that its name didn’t really connect with people the way Suzuki probably wanted it to. If you knew that a gladius was a type of sword used by ancient Roman soldiers, you could see how it might make sense for a company that also gave us the Katana. If you didn’t, then it just sounded too much like “Gladys”, and the only vehicle that name would make sense for, is a midnight train to Georgia.

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What Motorcycle Are You Surprised is Still In Production? – QotD

Here at MO, we always do our best to bring our readers information about all the latest new motorcycles. Of course, not every motorcycle gets updated every year, and all manufacturers bring back several models from the prior year, often with a fresh paint scheme or a slight price adjustment. These so-called carry-over models don’t get the same attention as the newest and latest, but they’re an important part of the motorcycle industry.

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Recall Alert: 2018-2020 Honda Gold Wing and CBRs

Honda is recalling Gold Wing and CBR600RR models from 2018 to 2020 and CBR1000RR models from 2018 to 2019 because of a problem with their fuel pump assemblies. The recall covers up to 17,374 motorcycles, with 1% estimated to have a defect.

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2024 Honda Africa Twin Announced For The US

American Honda announced the updated Africa Twin and Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES are returning to the U.S. for 2024. Both models, conspicuously missing from the 2023 lineup, return with updates previously announced for Europe last October.

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Fear Of Missing Out – Question of the Day


Last week, American Honda announced a number of models returning for 2024 with no notable changes, save for new color options and some price adjustments. Of course, what caught our eye was the confirmation that the previous-generation CBR600RR was returning to the U.S. for 2024, despite the fact most other major markets are getting a new-and-improved version.

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2024 Honda CBR600RR Returns To The US…The Old One, Not The New One

We’re disappointed, but we can’t say we’re entirely surprised to report that the last-generation CBR600RR is returning to the U.S. for the 2024 model year, while the rest of the world gets the updated version announced at EICMA. The older CBR600RR model was one of several returning models confirmed today by American Honda, including the CBR1000RR, but not the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP which was also updated for 2024 for other markets.

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Ricky Brabec Wins 2024 Dakar Rally

American Ricky Brabec has won the 2024 Dakar Rally after a gruelling 4,950-mile trek across Saudi Arabia. Racing for the Monster Energy Honda Team, Brabec claimed his second victory at Dakar, this time completing it with a time of 51 hours, 30 minutes and 8 seconds plus a 1 minute penalty.

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Friday Forum Foraging: 2002 Honda RC51 SP2

For the first Friday Forum Foraging feature of 2024, we have a motorcycle that needs no introduction. Honda's RC51 will go down in history as the bike that beat Ducati at its own game. Honda took advantage of the Superbike rules of the early 2000s that allowed V-Twin engines a 1000cc displacement while the four cylinders were capped at 750cc. In the hands of Colin Edwards, it would go on to win two World Superbike titles – both in thrilling fashion.

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Friday Forum Foraging: A Mint Honda CTX700

I'll be honest. I forgot about Honda's CTX700. Basically the cruiser version of Honda's ultra-commuter NC700X, the CTX700 faded from my memory banks. Maybe because it was underwhelming, maybe because it's about as vanilla as they come, or maybe because it's just plain ugly, the CTX700 failed to leave a lasting impression (the NC700X is a different story. I actually like it. But that's for another time).

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