Torrence CA: American Honda unveiled it’s offering of 2013 bikes to the press at its secret company museum and it looks like they’re going after two distinct different markets, the younger buyer and the nostalgia buyer.
The retro CB1100 is a throwback (at least visually) to the days when you’d meet the nicest people on a Honda and Elvis was still in the building. Featuring a 1140cc air-cooled DOHC fuel-injected engine; twin-shock rear suspension; 41mm fork that’s adjustable for pre-load; dual-disc front brakes with ABS as an option; 18 in. wheels. Available in candy red at $9,999, add another $1,000 for ABS.
The “old man’s road sofa” has been tweaked ever so slightly and the result is a funky looking Gull Wing F6B. It’s not “minimalist” by any stretch, but there is far less plastic on it than the Gold Wing. The F6B features a iPod connection, waterproof locking hard saddlebags, a glovebox and multi-function gauges. The Deluxe model comes with a passenger backrest, center stand, self cancelling turn signals and heated grips and starts out at $20k for the standard, $21k for the deluxe model.
The new Distressed Brown Leather Badlander® Seat ($479.95) is one of several items recently added to the Distressed Brown Leather Collection from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories. The Badlander® seat offers a low-and-lean, frame-hugging profile, now covered in rich, brown leather that has the warm feel of a well-worn bomber jacket. The individual leather panels are seamed together into a pattern that resembles a vintage western saddle, and the supple, untreated surfaces will age and develop character marks with every mile. Matching leather grab strap is included. The Distressed Brown Leather Badlander Seat is offered for many Harley-Davidson® Softail®, Touring and Sportster® models.
Other new items in the Distressed Brown Leather Collection include a Passenger Backrest Pad (P/N 52300026, $119.95), Short Passenger Backrest Pad (P/N 52300028, $159.95), and a Tank Panel (P/N 70900103, $59.95). Each is styled to complement Distressed Brown Leather seats and saddlebags. See an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for fitment details.
Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.