You can find the Honda brand name on a lot of products these days. Honda builds cars, SUVs, power equipment, off-road ATVs and UTVs, robotics, plus a whole lot more, and it sells these products all around the world. The brand truly owes its success to one product in particular though – the motorcycle. It was Honda’s early D-Type motorcycle that transformed the brand from small-time parts supplier to a global manufacturer in the years after World War II.
Now, the company produces dozens of motorcycle varieties, from barebones dirt bikes to high-powered highway cruisers. Read on to learn more about the current Honda motorcycles, their prices, and what type of bike is right for you.
Types of Honda Motorcycles
Honda has an exceptionally wide range of motorcycle styles to choose from. The most common types are cruisers, touring motorcycles, scooters, sport bikes, and standard motorcycles (often referred to as “naked” bikes due to their minimalist styling). The brand also has an extensive lineup of off-road motorcycles. These include dirt bikes, as well as road-legal models, which are referred to as dual-sport and adventure bikes.
Honda Motorcycle Prices
The 2019 Honda motorcycle lineup ranges in price from around $2,500 to $31,800. The average price is about $9,000. Overall, these prices are a lot lower than what many competitors offer, making Honda a great starting point if you have a tighter budget. The least-expensive model in the 2019 lineup is the Honda Metropolitan scooter, which starts at just $2,499.
Honda’s dirt bike lineup has prices that range from about $1,500 up to $12,000.
2019 Honda Motorcycle Lineup
Honda’s jam-packed lineup can seem overwhelming at first, but it’s actually pretty simple. Honda uses code names to describe most of its models. Take the CBR300R for instance. The first few letters designate the class – CBR, or sport bike – and the following numbers indicate the engine displacement. In this case, it’s a 286cc engine. Understanding these codes can really help you find what you’re looking for.
The 2019 lineup includes standard motorcycles (CB) – CB300R, CB500F, CB650R, and CB1000R. There are sport bikes and supersport bikes (CBR) – CBR300R, CBR500R, CBR650R, CBR600RR, and CBR1000RR. Honda’s off-road motorcycles are designated by the ‘CRF’ and ‘XR’ codes. These include the CRF250L, CRF450L, XR650L, and CRF1000L, as well as a dozen dirt bikes models.
A few models deviate from this pattern. Honda’s smallest cruisers are known as the Rebel 300 and 500, and the larger cruisers go by the Shadow and Fury names. Honda’s premier touring motorcycle is known as the Gold Wing. There are some other variations and models that we’ll highlight in the appropriate sections below.
Honda Cruising Motorcycle
A cruiser is a great option if you’re looking for a motorcycle for everyday riding. Cruisers have a low seat height, a relaxed foot-forward riding position, and they tend to have a softer suspension – making them comfortable to ride over rough pavement and on longer outings. Honda offers four cruising motorcycles to pick from: the Rebel 300, Rebel 500, Shadow, and Fury.
The Rebel 300 is the least-expensive cruising motorcycle sold by Honda, at just $4,499, and it’s also the best choice for novice riders. Its 286 cc single-cylinder engine should plenty of punch for day-to-day commuting, but its power and throttle response likely won’t be overwhelming for new riders like some larger engines can be. The Rebel also weighs a fairly light 364 pounds, so it’s easy to keep steady when stopped or in slow traffic.
Stepping up to the Rebel 500 ($6,199) gets you a larger 471cc parallel-twin engine. Both of these models come standard with a six-speed transmission, a 2.9-gallon fuel tank, electric start, a digital gauge cluster, disc brakes, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Optional accessories include a rear passenger seat, saddlebags, and an anti-lock braking system (ABS).
The Honda Shadow Phantom ($7,899) is an interpretation of the classic American cruiser. While the Rebel looks minimalist and modern, the Shadow has a vintage look with a lot more chrome and a bigger 745 cc V-twin engine. Standard equipment includes a five-speed transmission, a 3.7-gallon fuel tank, an analog gauge, front disc and rear drum brakes, and staggered 17- and 15-inch wire wheels. The Shadow Aero ($7,599) is mechanically the same, but has different styling like longer fenders. Optional accessories for the Shadow models include a windscreen, an audio system, saddlebags, and ABS.
The Honda Fury ($10,599) is unmistakably a chopper. Its raked front fork stretches forward, its handle bars are set high, and its seat is about as close to the wide rear wheel as it can get. All in all, it’s a real mean-looking machine. The Fury packs a 1312 cc V-twin and a five-speed transmission, as well as a 3.4-gallon fuel tank, digital gauges, an adjustable rear shock, disc brakes, and staggered 21- and 18-inch alloy wheels. A windscreen and ABS are optional.
Honda Sport Motorcycle
If you want the best performance available on two wheels, you’re looking for a sport bike. These racing-inspired motorcycles are built for top speed and carving around winding roads. They are recognizable by their sleek and aerodynamic body work, but also for their hunched-over riding position, which can be quite uncomfortable on longer trips. As a result, sport bikes aren’t suited for commuting. They also aren’t great for beginners, due to their sensitive throttle response and sharp braking.
Honda offers five sport bikes to choose from: the CBR300R, CBR500R, CBR650R, CBR600RR, and CBR1000RR. There are also two superbikes: the CBR600RR and CBR1000RR.
The base model CBR300R ($4,699) is the most approachable of the bunch. It has a 286 cc single-cylinder engine, a six-speed transmission, and it weighs in at around 360 pounds fully-fueled. Standard equipment includes a 3.4-gallon fuel tank, digital gauges, electric start, an adjustable rear suspension, disc brakes, and 17-inch alloy wheels. ABS is optional.
The next step up is the CBR500R ($6,699), which has a 471 cc parallel-twin engine and similar equipment as the CBR300R.
The CBR650R ($9,399) packs a 649 cc four-cylinder engine and adds dual front disc brakes.
The CBR600RR ($11,799) has a high-revving 599 cc four-cylinder engine, along with fully-adjustable suspension and optional ABS.
The CBR1000RR ($16,499) boasts a larger 998 cc four-cylinder engine. A track-ready CBR1000RR SP version ($19,999) is also available, and it has an electronically adaptive front suspension, gyro-assisted ABS, and uprated Brembo brakes.
Honda Standard Motorcycle
You can think of a standard motorcycle as a comfier version of a sport bike. Standards still offer agile handling and zippy engine performance, but with an upright riding position that feels more comfortable on longer trips. These motorcycles are often referred to as roadsters or naked bikes due to their minimal body work. Honda offers four standard motorcycles to pick from: the CB300R, CB500F, CB650R, and CB1000R.
The entry-level CB300R ($4,649) is an ideal choice if you’re a novice rider. The CB300R shares the same free-revving 286 cc engine as the Rebel 300 and CBR300R, and it weighs in at a svelte 313 pounds with a full tank of fuel. It also looks just as clean cut as the higher-powered models in this family, so you don’t need to opt up for style. Standard equipment includes a six-speed transmission, a 2.7-gallon fuel tank, digital gauges, electric start, adjustable rear suspension, disc brakes, and 17-inch alloy wheels. ABS is optional.
The uplevel CB500F ($6,199) steps up the power to a 471 cc parallel-twin engine. Otherwise, it is equipped the same as the CB300R.
The CB650R ($8,899) has a 649 cc four-cylinder engine and dual front disc brakes, along with the features found in the CB300R and CB500F.
The CB1000R ($12,999) has a larger 998 cc four-cylinder, adjustable front suspension, and ABS as standard in addition to all the features from the lower-level bikes.
Honda Touring Motorcycle
One of Honda’s most iconic motorcycles is the Gold Wing touring bike, and for good reason. The Gold Wing – sometimes spelled “Goldwing” – is powerful and very comfortable for long distance riding. It’s also equipped with all the latest features you could need on a motorcycle. Honda backs the Gold Wing with a long three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty.
Despite the Gold Wing’s comfort and cargo-hauling practicality, it’s not a very good option for beginners due to its hefty weight, which ranges from 790 to 840 pounds. That’s way too much for a novice rider to manage.
Honda Gold Wing
The 2019 Honda Gold Wing starts at $23,800 and it’s outfitted with a liquid-cooled 1833 cc flat six-cylinder engine and a six-speed transmission. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is also available, and it adds a helpful low-speed reverse function.
Standard equipment includes a 5.5-gallon fuel tank, disc brakes with ABS, staggered 18- and 16-inch alloy wheels, a tire pressure monitoring system, a 7-inch display with Apple CarPlay and a navigation system, an AM/FM radio, a digital gauge cluster, a USB port, keyless ignition, cruise control, a power adjustable windscreen, heated hand grips, and remote-locking hard saddlebags. Honda claims these saddlebags each have 30 liters of storage space. Optional accessories include speakers, backrests, and armrests.
Honda Gold Wing Tour
The uplevel Gold Wing Tour ($27,000) shares the specs and features of the Gold Wing, but it also adds heated seats, an electronically adaptive suspension, and a travel trunk integrated behind the passenger seat with an additional 50 liters of storage space. This model is also available with an airbag.
Honda Off-Road Motorcycles
Honda has a wide range of off-road motorcycles. To keep it simple, we’ll split these into two categories – those that are street legal (dual sport) and those that are not (dirt bikes).
Honda Dual Sport Motorcycles
There are six dual sport motorcycles in the brand’s 2019 lineup: CRF250L, CRF450L, CRF1000L, XR650L, CB500X, and NC750X.
The Honda CRF250L is the least-expensive option at just $5,199, but it’s still highly capable. It has a 250 cc single-cylinder engine, a six-speed transmission, and a rugged suspension with 9 inches of front and rear travel. Longer suspension travel is necessary in order to soak up bumps and cope with uneven terrain. Standard features include a 2.1-gallon fuel tank, a digital gauge, electric start, disc brakes, staggered 21- and 18-inch wire wheels, and knobby tires. A $750 Rally package is available and it adds a windscreen, a skid plate, hand guards, and a larger 2.7-gallon fuel tank.
The XR650L and the CRF450L are the next steps up in terms of price and performance. The Honda XR650L ($6,999) has a carbureted and air-cooled 644 cc single-cylinder engine – unlike most of the liquid-cooled engines in the Honda lineup – as well as a five-speed transmission and 11 inches of suspension travel. The Honda CRF450L ($10,399) has a liquid-cooled 449 cc single-cylinder, a six-speed transmission, and 12 inches of travel. Both are equipped similarly to the 250L.
The Honda Africa Twin, or CRF1000L, is often called an adventure touring bike. That’s because it blends the tall ground clearance and tough suspension of a dual-sport motorcycle with the comfort and cargo-carrying ability of a tourer. The Honda CRF1000L ($13,599) has a 998 cc parallel-twin engine and a six-speed transmission. It’s available with locking pannier bags, a trunk, heated grips, multiple windscreen options, as well as a dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Africa Twin Adventure Sports trim ($14,399) adds a larger windscreen, heated hand grips, and a higher-capacity fuel tank as standard. It also has more ground clearance and longer suspension travel.
The CB500X and NC750X models are mostly geared towards occasional off-road use, and both offer a more conservative five inches of suspension travel. The CB500X ($6,699) shares its 471 cc parallel-twin engine and frame with the CBR500R sport bike and CB500R standard. The NC750X ($8,099) has a 745 cc parallel-twin engine. It’s an interesting and affordable option if you want a light-duty adventure touring bike. The fuel tank is located under the seat, which allows space for a storage compartment up front. A trunk, saddlebags, ABS, and a DCT automatic transmission are available.
Honda Dirt Bikes
Honda has 12 dirt bikes in its 2019 lineup:
- and the kid-friendly CRF50F
Like before, the numbers designate the bike’s engine size. These models range from 449 cc to just 49 cc. The last letter indicates a trail bike with an air-cooled engine (F) or a racing bike with a liquid-cooled engine (R, RX, or RWE). It’s worth noting that these models are not road legal because they don’t have a number of federally mandated safety features, such as turn signals, brake lights, mirrors, or DOT-approved tires.
Honda Scooters and Mini Bikes
If you commute in a city with narrow streets and stop-and-go traffic, sometimes a motorcycle isn’t the right tool for the job. Often times the right tool is a scooter. Scooters are lightweight, small, and maneuverable. They are easy to get on and off, thanks to a step-through design and a chair-like seating position. They often have automatic transmissions as well, making them very user-friendly for beginners. Honda’s 2019 lineup includes four scooter models: the Metropolitan, Ruckus, Super Cub, and PCX150. If a scooter isn’t for you, consider the mini bike. These look like a typical motorcycle, but they are closer in size to a scooter. Honda offers two models in its miniMOTO lineup: the Grom and Monkey.
The least-expensive model is the Metropolitan ($2,499). It has retro styling, an efficient 49 cc single-cylinder engine, and Honda’s V-Matic CVT (a type of automatic transmission). It weighs just 180 pounds as well. Standard features include a 1.2-gallon fuel tank, electric start, drum brakes, 10-inch wheels, and a lockable storage compartment.
The Honda Ruckus ($2,749) offers similar engine specs and features as the Metropolitan, but its styling is far more minimalist. It has very little body work and no storage compartment.
Honda Super Cub C125
The Super Cub C125 ($3,599) is another good option. It has vintage looks, and it packs a zippy 125 cc air-cooled engine and a four-speed transmission. Other refinements over the Metropolitan and Ruckus include front disc brakes, ABS, and larger wheels that manage bumps and potholes better.
The PCX150 ($3,699) sports a more modern appearance than the Super Cub, as well as a larger 150 cc engine and a CVT automatic.
The Honda Grom ($3,399) has a miniaturized sport bike appearance, and it boasts an air-cooled 125 cc engine, a four-speed transmission, and a 1.4-gallon fuel tank. The Grom also features a digital gauge cluster, disc brakes, and 12-inch alloy wheels.
The Honda Monkey ($3,999) is on the other side of the styling spectrum from the Grom. It has similar specs and features, but it looks like a pint-sized ‘60s scrambler with chunky off-road tires.
Honda Motorcycle Warranty
Honda backs its Gold Wing models with an excellent three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. All other Honda motorcycles are covered by a one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty.
Honda vs. Suzuki
The Honda and Suzuki motorcycle brands have a lot in common. Both of these well-known Japanese manufacturers offer a similar model lineup, including cruisers, tourers, sport bikes, standards, dual sports, dirt bikes, and scooters. Both brands compete closely on price as well. Choosing between these two may come down to personal preference. That said, the choice gets easier if you want a touring motorcycle or a smaller bike.
The Honda Gold Wing tourer costs a lot more than its Suzuki C90T rival – about $10,000 more – but it’s a better motorcycle with modern refinements that the C90 doesn’t offer, like heated seats, a navigation system, tire pressure monitoring, and a power-adjustable windscreen. The Gold Wing carries a longer three-year warranty as well, though both brands have a one-year warranty on all of their other models. Honda also offers a wider variety of options in the scooter and dirt bike categories. If this is important to you, start your search at a Honda Powersports dealer.
Honda vs. Yamaha
It’s a similar story with the Yamaha brand. Honda and Yamaha compete closely in price and both offer a range of motorcycles in nearly all the same categories. Both brands have similar one-year warranties as well, with the exception of Honda’s longer warranty on the Gold Wing.
The differences are more subtle. The Yamaha lineup caters more toward high-performance, especially with its touring motorcycles. These sport touring bikes, like the FJR1300 and the three-wheel Niken GT, have the racy appearance of a sport bike but with the relaxed riding position and cargo-carrying ability of a tourer. Honda has offered similar bikes in the past, but not in its 2019 lineup. On the other hand, Yamaha doesn’t have any mini bikes like the Monkey or Grom. Stick with Honda if those appeal to you.
Honda vs. Harley-Davidson
The Harley-Davidson lineup is about as different from the Honda motorcycle lineup as it gets. Harley offers nearly three times the number of cruisers as Honda does, as well as about a dozen more touring motorcycles. Harley-Davidson also backs all of its models with a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. If your idea of the perfect bike is a cruiser with classic styling, a big V-twin engine, and easy-riding comfort – you’re better off taking a Harley for a test ride.
On the other hand, the Harley-Davidson lineup isn’t as diverse as Honda’s. Harley doesn’t have any sport bikes, off-road models, or city-friendly scooters. Its prices aren’t quite as low either. Stick with the Honda bikes for better value and variety.