The breadth of Honda’s sportbike history is an amazingly diverse collection of engine configurations. From Twins to Sixes and Inlines to Vs, Honda has shoehorned just about every kind of motor into a motorcycle chassis. Some models are complex and expensive, while others are simple and affordable, but this list is devoted to the ones most worthy of our attention and praise.

For this list we’ve limited selections to street-legal sportbikes sold in the United States (with one exception). Sorry, no NSR250Rs or VFR400Rs here, as that kind of small-displacement exotica never makes these shores (at least not with a factory warranty intact).

Based loosely on criteria such as impact on the market, racing performance, sales figures, historical significance, etc., we’ve compiled Honda’s sportbikes of greatest import. Let’s take a look.