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.