8 Must-See Hondas at Progressive IMS – 5 Vintage plus 3 2015 HondasHonda didn’t show a large group of surprising new 2015 Hondas at the Long Beach Progressive International Motorcycle Show, but there was a group of five very impressive vintage Gold Wings, plus three 2015 Hondas you will want to see in person.
1. 5 Honda Gold Wings (1975-2010): To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Honda Gold Wing line, Honda collected one of each generation of Honda Gold Wing. From the left, we have the the 1st generation GL1000 four-cylinder superbike (1975-9), the GL1100 (1980-3, the first full dresser), the GL1200 (1984-7, more power, electronics and features), the GL1500 (1988-2000, the first of the six-cylinder Gold Wings), and the GL1800 (2001-10, the first aluminum frame and a focus on sporty handling).2. 2015 40th Anniversary Honda Gold Wing: Decked out in Candy Red and Black, this is the most striking looking Gold Wing in Honda history. The list of features is seemingly endless, as is the open road ahead of you. Go see this bike and be inspired to ride coast-to-coast — pictures do not do it justice.3. 2015 Honda CBR1000RR SP Repsol Edition: This isn’t just any Honda CBR1000RR — this is the SP with the Repsol Edition graphics with the #93 of Marc Marquez on the front. Walk up to this 2015 Honda CBR1000RR SP Repsol Edition and prepare to dream of being the best in the world on two wheels. The SP with such goodies as Ohlins suspension, Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC tires, Brembo front brakes, a solo seat cowl, and a lighter subframe.4. Cole Seely’s 2015 Team Honda Muscle Milk CRF450F: Taking Justin Barcia’s place on the Team Honda Muscle Milk squad and the famous #14 of Kevin Windham brings a lot of expectations. This is the factory Honda CRF450R that Seely will be lining up at Anaheim in January to see if he can run with the big boys after moving up from the 250 class on a Troy Lee Designs satellite Honda CRF250R.Photography by Don Williams
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.