2013 Honda Motorcycle Lineup
Due to popular demand, Honda says its returning with many of its best-selling models for 2013.
The returning motorcycles in Honda’s 2013 lineup include the Honda Gold Wing, which sees US sales approaching 550,000 units since its introduction in 1975, and there most famed cruisers – the Rebel 250, the Shadow 750 line that includes the Aero, Phantom, RS and Spirit, the Fury, the Sabre, the Statline, and the Interstate.
Honda will also return with the classic dual-sport XR650L, and the entry-level sportbike that continues to challenge riders of Kawasaki’s Ninja 250 – the CBR250R. For 2013, the CB250R will be available in three new color schemes, including Repsol colors like the ones in MotoGP.
Bill Savino (Honda Powersports Press Manager) says: “With this most recent release of multiple models, we see the core and model representation that keeps thousands of loyal Honda enthusiasts returning to the Honda brand year after year. These machines represent different segments within the market, each with unique styling, yet they all stand tall as long-time favorites and also as sales leaders in their respective categories.
“As we expand our product line to encompass models that are attractive and affordable to all riders-new riders as well as existing customers-we are introducing machines that have a history of consumer popularity and large sales success. The Rebel 250, for example, has been a favorite among new riders for 27 years, and we’ve sold more than 140,000 of these friendly machines. Next, look at our Shadow line of 750cc customs: When first introduced in 1983, the V-twin Shadow 750 was an instant sellout success.
“To date, Honda has sold more than 250,000 Shadow 750s. For 2013, we offer four different variations-the Aero, Phantom, RS and Spirit-each with their own unique and distinctly different cruiser persona to meet rider demands for style and preferences. When these riders move up to a large-displacement V-twin, they can choose between the Sabre, Stateline, Interstate or the radical Fury to fit their needs and tastes, all with the same level of Honda fit, finish and quality. This line of Honda 1300cc cruisers currently represents the lion’s share of the 1000-1500cc metric cruiser market, with more than 129,000 VT/VTX1300s sold to date.
“We also have the dual-sport XR650L returning, a bike that’s always been a solid seller with a dedicated following, plus the CBR250R-a great bike with sporty looks and performance, optional ABS, and exceptional value. Last but certainly not least is the 2013 Gold Wing, the true icon of two-up long-distance luxury travel with U.S. sales approaching 550,000 units since its introduction in 1975. We are excited about what the 2013 season brings to Honda fans.”
Following are brief descriptions of the returning 2013 Honda motorcycles:
Gold Wing: Open-Road Icon
For nearly three decades the Gold Wing has been the ultimate motorcycle for two-up long-distance travel, and the 2013 Gold Wing continues this legacy. In addition to its renowned powerful and smooth engine and remarkably sporty handling, no other motorcycle can match the Gold Wing’s luxury accommodations for both rider and passenger, including the latest generation of sophisticated electronic amenities such as an innovative user-friendly navigation system with the capability to share favorite ride routes with friends and other riders.
The Gold Wing also incorporates a built-in MP3/iPod interface and a SRS CS AutoTM technology surround-sound system for a premium listening experience. With its progressive styling, significant luggage capacity, terrific protection from wind and weather, and suspension settings that provide an amazingly compliant ride-plus optional features including ABS and the world’s first motorcycle airbag-the Gold Wing’s reputation as the most celebrated two-up machine in motorcycle history remains unchallenged. New Light Silver Metallic and Grey Metallic join Ultra Blue Metallic and Candy Red colors for 2013. Price: $23,990 – $29,550. Availability: December.
Fury/Fury ABS: Riding on the Fringe
The folks at Honda understand perfectly if you think your eyeballs are lying to you. Indeed, the Fury appears to be something from the farthest fringes of the two-wheeled world. Yet it’s a Honda, through and through-and one of the best-selling metric cruisers in the country. Here we have the rolling incarnation of the pure, undiluted chopper essence, a machine that simply looks right, sounds right and goes straight to the heart of radical enthusiasts.
Yet despite the extreme lines, open, airy frame that places the engine center stage and overall head turning looks, the Fury is backed up with the same fit and finish, functionality, affordability, quality and reliability built into every Honda. Who would have ever thought it possible? New Red and Black colors for 2013 (ABS Black only). Price: $13,390 – $14,390. Availability: November.
Sabre: Aggressive Looks, Sophisticated Performance
Here’s a pro-street-style cruiser that struts an aggressive look and offers the credentials to back it up: the Honda Sabre. Featuring performance-oriented ergonomics that are both functional and comfortable, this is one tough ride cast in the classic role of a muscle-bound street rod.
Thanks to a powerful 1312cc V-twin engine incorporating Honda’s sophisticated Programmed Fuel Injection, this is a bike that will take you down the meanest streets with performance and looks that’ll turn heads. New Black color for 2013. Price: $12,250 – $13,250. Availability: November.
Fresh Take on a Classic Look: Stateline
Featuring long, low lines that embody what cruising is all about, the Stateline® blends two worlds of motorcycling style: traditional looks plus progressive style elements. The deeply valanced fenders arc downward in classic retro style, yet the rolling chassis and overall lines bring a fresh look to the class.
Add to that the deep rumble of a big V-twin engine and that classic big Vee power pulse, and you have a machine that’s the perfect choice for cruising-anytime you want. New Black color for 2013. Price: $12,150 – $13,150. Availability: November.
Go Long In Style with the Interstate
Sure it’s fun to have a stylin’ ride, but it can be even better yet when high style merges with the ability to rack up big miles-and that’s what the Interstate is all about. Check out those stylish hard leather bags that offer convenient storage space and that big, traditional windscreen; we’re talking all-day riding comfort and convenience that will carry you through that long, long getaway. Because when you’re aboard one of the coolest rides around, sometimes you just don’t want the ride to end. New Light Metallic Silver color for 2013. Price: $13,240 – $14,240. Availability: November.
Shadow Aero: Retro Styling, Classic Value
As a proven favorite, the Shadow Aero serves as a most satisfying ride for a wide range of enthusiasts. Factor in the Shadow Aero’s classic retro styling, low seat height, power-packed V-twin engine now with sophisticated Programmed Fuel Injection and fine handling-all at a price that’s just right for today’s budgets-and you have the makings of a winner. New Black and Metallic Silver/Pearl White metallic colors for 2013. (ABS Black only) Price: TBD. Availability: December.
Shadow Phantom: When Bling Ain’t Everything
The Shadow Phantom emphasizes the joy of back-to-basics motorcycling by delivering a V-twin ride packing a uniquely clean and uncluttered appearance. Check out the minimalist look and extensive blackout treatment that bring your eyeballs back to that very cool 745cc V-twin engine featuring the convenience and performance of Programmed Fuel Injection. By staking out the low-profile approach to cool, the Shadow Phantom reinforces the idea that bling ain’t everything in a bike. Matte Black Metallic color returns for 2013. Price: TBD. Availability: November.
Shadow RS: A Sporting Classic
The Honda Shadow RS serves as rolling proof that classic ideas never go out of style. By combining agile and responsive handling, V-twin power, clean, crisp lines and standard-style riding ergonomics, this is one ready and willing bike that’s perfectly poised for whatever your journey may bring.
The Shadow RS’s higher footpegs enhance ground clearance, and its thoroughly modern liquid-cooled 745cc V-twin engine boasts Honda’s sophisticated Programmed Fuel Injection to enhance your riding pleasure. Climb aboard the Honda Shadow RS, and the open road is all yours to enjoy. New Black color for 2013. Price: TBD. Availability: December.
Shadow Spirit 750: Street-Rod Style
Looking for a machine that’s perfect for cruising city streets as well as exploring back-country roads? Here’s the Shadow Spirit 750 C2. Honda has brought together a big-bike look, distinctive street-rod styling and a muscular V-twin engine-including the sophistication and performance of Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI). And it all comes wrapped up in a surprisingly affordable package. New Ultra Blue Metallic Flame color joins Black for 2013. (ABS Black only) Price: TBD. Availability: December.
XR650L: The Legendary Dual-Sport Ride
Few motorcycles offer truly broadband dual-sport performance, but the legendary XR650L is equally at home on the road and in the dirt-impressively broad capabilities that fuel the imagination’s search for new destinations. Whether your travels include dirt roads, single-track trails, highways or byways, the XR650L opens the door to riding adventure like few motorcycles ever have.
With smooth and precise engine performance, comfortable ergonomics that easily handle two-up riding, and long-travel suspension to meet your off road excursions, the XR650L garnered a loyal following that have traveled to many destinations thanks to this bike’s amazing versatility. For 2013, the much-beloved XR650L is ready to expand your riding horizons as well. Red color returns for 2013. Price: TBD.
CBR250R: Sport, Fun, Versatility, Style
The CBR250R brings motorcyclists an innovative approach to riding, one that’s both appealing and fun. Beginners and experienced hands alike will recognize the economy and extreme versatility of this sporty ride. Equipped with an extremely efficient 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine featuring a sophisticated four-valve DOHC cylinder head, counterbalancer and PGM-FI fuel injection, the CBR250R offers a broad range of accessible power plus the option of ABS if desired.
This sport-oriented dependable lightweight machine delivers nimble handling, a broad spread of easily accessible power, a great cruising range and low operating costs, all in one. Put it to work for your daily commute, quick trips around town or weekend back-road explorations; the CBR250R does it all while delivering as much fun per mile as anything around. New Repsol, Pearl White/Blue/Red, Black and Red colors for 2013. (ABS not available in Repsol) Price: TBD.
Rebel: The Perennial Favorite
For years and years, the Rebel has remained a favorite among entry-level street riders and riders re-entering motorcycling-and for good reason. Its classic style and good looks maintain an enduring appeal, it’s comfortable, light in weight and easy to maneuver, and its durability has grown to legendary status proportions.
People just love to get out and ride these fun bikes, and not just entry-level riders, either; many riders take the Rebel out on longer, multi-day trips. Whether you’re running errands around town or headed for a riding adventure, the tough Rebel serves as a great riding partner. New Black color joins Candy Red for 2013. Price: TBD. Availability: January 2013.