2013 Honda Gold Wing Review

When Honda introduced the Gold Wing in 1975 it represented the top of the line for two-up long distance touring.  Since that first 1000 cc, four-cylinder Gold Wing hit the market, Honda has continued to up the ante in the full dresser category, introducing many of their newest innovations on the Gold Wing.  With U.S. sales of nearly 550,000 since 1975 the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer continues to tweak the Gold Wing in an effort to keep sales strong.

2013 Honda Gold Wing

Honda added a number of upgrades to the Gold Wing for 2012, and they’re all back along with three  additional color options.  Innovation, comfort, styling and reliability are the hallmarks of the Gold Wing and the 2013 models feature the best of what Honda has to offer.

Comfort and Convenience Features

If you’re going to spend hundreds of miles in the saddle you want a seat that’s designed for the long haul.  The Gold Wing seats, both driver and passenger, are padded with urethane material and covered with a waterproof material that sports a custom perforated look.  Wind and water protection are enhanced by the six-position adjustable windscreen and layered-surface bodywork that provides added protection to the rider’s lower legs.  For those colder days the 2013 Honda Gold Wing provides heated grips, heated rider’s seat and heated passenger’s seat and backrest with individual controls and a foot-warming system.

Honda offers the Gold Wing with four increasingly luxurious packages.  The base model, called Audio Comfort has the heating package just described and premium surround sound, cruise control and an electric reverse.  At the next level, the Audio Comfort Navi XM, Honda adds XM radio with a satellite-linked navigation system and XM NavTraffic and NavWeather.  The XM radio comes with a complimentary three month subscription.

One step up is the Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS with combined anti-lock brakes.  And the top of the line 2013 Gold Wing has all of that and adds the only air bag available on a production motorcycle.

All models of the 2013 Gold Wing include iPod connectivity that allows the rider to connect any USB mass storage device to the bike’s audio system to listen to MP3, WMA6 or AAC audio files.  The connector is stowed in the lockable trunk.  The Gold Wing navigation system gives turn-by-turn verbal directions through the audio system.  Riders can plan, upload and share routes from their home computer and download them into the bike’s navigation system.

Whether you’re trekking across country or just across town to the supermarket the 2013 Gold Wing has increased storage to carry everything you’ll need and then some.  With the redesign of the Gold Wing’s bodywork overall storage is over 150 liters in the saddlebags, trunk and fairing pockets.

Honda also offers a number of audio accessories, including a 40-channel CB radio and antenna kit, deluxe headsets and push-to-talk switch.  Comfort accessories include a tall vented windscreen, passenger armrests and 12-volt accessory socket kit.

Styling Features

Styling on the Gold Wing gives the big tourer a fully integrated appearance including the integrated taillight and saddlebags.  The front fascia, air intake, blacked-out headlight garnish and updated design of the instrument panel were all added in 2012.  The wheels are clear-coated for easier cleaning and enhanced appearance.  New for 2013, Honda offers four paint options on the Gold Wing, the returning Ultra Blue Metallic along with the new Candy Red, Grey Metallic and Light Silver Metallic.

Riders can enhance the look of their Gold Wing with Honda accessories like the chrome trunk rack, rear spoiler with brake light, or front fender ornament.  More customization is available by adding fog lights, front fender extension or rail, front disc covers, chrome bar ends, silver cylinder head cover emblems, swingarm pivot covers, chrome sidestand, rear spoiler accent, trunk handle or exhaust tips.

Innovation Features

Honda may have introduced the Gold Wing in 1975 but the 2013 model is loaded with the latest engineering innovations.  To eliminate crankshaft-induced torque reaction at the chassis, Honda developed a gearbox that spins opposite to the crank’s rotation.

The Gold Wing swingarm was inspired by Honda’s MotoGP experience.  It’s a single-sided aluminum component that’s lightweight with reduced unsprung weight to help deliver more sportbike-like handling.

Honda’s tire-pressure monitoring system provides a dashboard readout of front and rear tire pressure that’s updated every 60 seconds and alerts the rider if either tire is under inflated.  Both front and rear suspension settings have been revised thanks to Honda’s continued testing and owner feedback.

The Gold Wing boasts the first and only airbag on a production motorcycle.  There are two sensors in the front fork that detect frontal impact and trigger the airbag.  Anti-lock brakes add further proof to Honda’s corporate dedication to safety.

2013 Honda Gold Wing with Airbag

2013 Honda Gold Wing Specs

Every 2013 Gold Wing is powered by an 1,832 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC, 12 valve, horizontal six-cylinder engine with computer controlled digital ignition with three-dimensional mapping.  Compression ratio is 9.8:1.

The five-speed transmission includes overdrive and an electric reverse.  The Gold Wing has a shaft final drive.  Front suspension is provided by a 45 mm cartridge fork with an anti-dive system that has 4.8 inches of travel.  In back the Pro-Link single shock has computer controlled spring preload adjustments with two memory presets and 4.1 inches of travel.

Dual full-floating 296 mm discs with three-piston calipers provide braking up front and in the back there’s a single ventilated 316 mm disc with three-piston calipers.  On the Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS and Gold Wing Airbag models there’s also an anti-lock brake system.

The rake on the Gold Wing is 29.15 degrees and trail is 4.3 inches.  Seat height is a comfortable 29.1 inches and the bike’s wheelbase is 66.5 inches.  Estimated mileage, combined highway/city, is 35 mpg.  The fuel tank holds 6.6 gallons to give the Gold Wing a range of around 230 miles.

Ready to ride the Gold Wing weighs in between 904 and 933 pounds, depending on the options packages.  Thank goodness for that electric reverse.  All Gold Wing models come with a transferable, limited three year factory warranty that includes unlimited mileage.  Honda also offers extended coverage through a Honda Protection Plan.

Base MSRP on the 2013 Honda Gold Wing depends on the option package.  The base Gold Wing Audio Comfort comes in at $23,990.  The Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM is priced at $26,880.  Base MSRP on the Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS is $28,100.  And the top of the line Gold Wing Airbag starts at $29,550.

More On The 2013 Honda Gold Wing

PowerSportsTV.com gives you the resources to compare the various Gold Wing models head-to-head and against similar motorcycles from other manufacturers.  You can even find dealers in your area that carry the 2013 Honda Gold Wing.

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2013 Honda Shadow And Rebel Motorcycle Lineup

Honda has announced its 2013 lineup of light-to-mid weight cruisers, the Shadow and the Rebel.  All of the 2012 models return for 2013.  There are four unique Shadow models and a standard Rebel.  These are some of the best selling entry and mid-range bikes, and some of the longest in continuous production.  When you don’t need the power of 1,000 cc or more, don’t want to worry about handling a bike that’s pushing a wet weight of 700 pounds, or don’t want to spend more than $10k, Honda has a full line of cruisers to choose from.

2013 Honda Shadow Models

2013 Honda Shadow

Introduced in 1983 to more directly target theU.S.cruiser market, the Shadow was first offered with two different engine sizes, 500 cc and 750 cc V-Twins.  Through the years Honda tweaked the displacements available on the Shadow, equipping models in the lineup with everything from 600 cc to 1,100 cc engines.  Since the 2008 model year the Shadow line has been powered exclusively by a 750 cc powerplant.  Honda has sold over a quarter of a million of the 750 cc Shadows since its introduction in 1983.

There are four distinct models in the 2013 Honda Shadow lineup, but they all share a number of elements.  Honda equips each of the Shadow models with a 745 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 52 degree V-Twin engine.  The fuel injection system has automatic enrichment circuitry and a single 34 mm throttle body.  The shared engine is SOHC with three valves per cylinder.  The ignition on all Shadows is electronic, and the compression ratio is standard throughout the line, 9.6:1.  Braking on all four models is the same, a single 296 mm disc with twin-piston caliper up front and a 180 mm drum in the rear.  The Shadow Aero and Spirit 750 do have an anti-lock brake option.

Suspension on the entire line is provided by a 41 mm front fork and dual rear shocks with five-position adjustability.  The entire Shadow lineup is rated to get 56 MPG combined highway and city.  Each model except for the RS has a 3.7 gallon fuel tank.  And Honda gives each model a one year transferable, unlimited mileage warranty and offers the option of purchasing extended coverage with a Honda Protection Plan.  Honda has not yet announced the 2013 base MSRP for any of the Shadow models, but all of the 2012 models had the same base price tag of $8,240.

Shadow RS

Combining classic cruiser styling with a little roadster cool, the Shadow RS stands out from the rest of the lineup.  The bike’s ergonomics are more like those on a standard motorcycle, with a flatter seat and more neutral positioning of the footpegs, the rider sits in a more upright than he would on a typical on a cruiser.  And those footpegs are set up higher to improve ground clearance, especially in the twisties.  Flat-track racing is the inspiration behind the shape of the seat, and the peanut fuel tank, holding only 2.6 gallons with a reserve of .7 gallons; it’s the smallest tank in the Shadow line.

Setting the Shadow RS even further apart from its brother Shadow models is the chain final drive.  Like the rest of the lineup the RS does have a five-speed transmission.  The RS is the only Shadow with a 19 inch front tire and 16 inch rear tire.  This model has the highest seat, 29.4 inches; shortest wheelbase, 61.4 inches; and lightest wet weight, 503 pounds, of any of the models in the Shadow line.

Accessories available for the 2013 Honda Shadow RS include a tall or low backrest, rear carrier, saddlebags, fluted V-Design neo-retro master cylinder caps and billet license plate frame, and plain, studded or fringed touring bag and front pouch.  The Shadow RS is available in Black and should be in dealerships in December 2012.

Shadow Phantom

The darkest of the Shadow models, the Phantom combines a minimalist look and blacked-out styling cues.  Engine, frame, handlebars, rims.  They’re all blacked-out.  And that’s combined with lots of matte silver highlights that give the Phantom a certain sinister appeal.  The shorty front fender and bobbed rear fender, spoked wheels, bullet style two-into-two exhaust and gunfighter style saddle complete the picture of what Honda calls one of the wickedest customs on pavement.

Like all of the Shadow models, save the RS, the Phantom has a five-speed transmission with shaft final drive. The seat height on the Shadow Phantom is a comfortable 25.8 inches.  Wheelbase is 64.6 inches and the bike’s wet weight is 549 pounds.

In addition to accepting most of the accessories for the RS, you can customize your Phantom with a smoked Boulevard windscreen and a custom rider’s seat.  For 2013 the Honda Shadow Phantom is available in Matte Black Metallic.  It should be available in November 2012.

Shadow Aero

The 2013 Honda Aero is a classically styled cruiser.  From its full front and rear fenders, tank mounted instrument panel, two-piece seat and chrome highlights, the Aero looks like a true retro cruiser.  And it feels like one, with the heaviest wet weight of the group, coming in at 560 pounds ready to ride.  Seat height is 25.9 inches and wheelbase is 64.5 inches.

Honda has announced more accessories for the 2013 Shadow Aero than for any of the other models in the group.  They include chrome windscreen, chrome lightbar, chrome spotlight visors, chrome backrest (low or tall), chrome rear carrier and a chrome rear carrier that takes the place of the separate passenger’s seat.  Oh, did we mention there’s a little bit of chrome involved?  Other accessories include (all of these are preceded by the word “chrome”) master cylinder caps, swingarm pivot cover, front and rear fender guard rails and trim and driveshaft cover.  Honda also offers a digital audio system, leather saddlebags, touring bag, tank belt and front pouch.  Heated grips are also available for the Shadow Aero.

For 2013 the Honda Shadow Aero is available in Black or Metallic Silver and Pearl White.  If you go for the anti-lock brake model you can only get it in Black.  The Aero is due out in December 2012.

Shadow Spirit 750

With its 21 inch front tire, spoked wheels and the longest wheelbase of all the Shadow models, 65.2 inches, the 2013 Shadow Spirit 750 has a sporty attitude.  The Spirit 750 also has the lowest seat height of the bunch, just 25.7 inches.

The Shadow Spirit 750 can be outfitted with any of a number of accessories.  Touring accessories include synthetic leather saddlebags or leather studded, fringed or plain saddlebags, front pouch or touring back, and a plain or studded leather tank belt.  Chrome accessories include a lightbar, spotlight visors, tall or low backrest, rear carrier, passenger grab rails, radiator guard and driveshaft cover.  Billet accessories offered are a fluted V-Design neo-retro master cylinder cap and license plate frame and a swingarm pivot cover.  Honda also offers a digital audio system for the Spirit 750.

You can choose between two color options, Black (which is the only option on the anti-lock brake equipped Spirit 750) or Ultra Blue Metallic Flame.  The 2013 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 will be available in December 2012.

2013 Honda Rebel

2013 Honda Rebel

If you’ve ever taken a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Riders Course chances are you’ve ridden or seen a Honda Rebel.  The Rebel is one of the most highly recommended motorcycles for beginners.  Honda introduced the Rebel for the 1986 model year and has sold over 140,000 of them since then.  Not bad for a little 250 cc, carbureted beginner’s bike.

Sure, the Rebel’s size is confidence inspiring, but it’s also fun.  Powering the Honda Rebel is a 234 cc, air-cooled, parallel twin-cylinder, SOHC with two valves per cylinder engine with a 26 mm diaphragm-type CV carburetor.  It has a five-speed transmission and chain final drive.  There’s a 33 mm front fork and adjustable dual rear shocks providing the suspension.  The Rebel has a front single disc brake with twin-piston caliper and a drum type rear brake.  Wheelbase is 57.1 inches, seat height is 26.6 inches and the Rebel’s wet weight is an almost bench-pressable 331 pounds.  The fuel tank holds 2.6 gallons including a .7 gallon reserve.  So with its EPA estimated 84 MPG you get a range of just under 220 miles on the Rebel.

Honda gives the Rebel the same warranty as the Shadow lineup.  The 2013 Honda Rebel is available in two color options, Black or Candy Red.  Honda hasn’t announced a 2013 MSRP yet, but in 2012 the base sticker on the Rebel was $4,190.  The Rebel should be in dealerships in January 2013.

More On The 2013 Honda Cruiser Lineup

You can do further research on the entire Honda cruiser lineup, compare models from other manufacturers, and find dealers near you, right here on PowerSportsTV.com.

2013 Honda Interstate, Stateline And Sabre Motorcycles

Honda introduced what was then hailed as the closest thing to a chopper ever produced by a major manufacturer, the Fury in 2009 as an early 2010 model.  For the 2010 model year Honda released three new motorcycles based on the Fury 1312 cc V-Twin engine and drivetrain with somewhat less radical styling.  As a group Honda refers to them as the 1300 Custom line. With their stretched out frames they’re aimed directly at a younger rider than the rest of the Honda cruiser line.  The Interstate, Stateline and Sabre are all back for 2013.

2013 Honda Interstate

2013 Honda Interstate

Part chopper, part Pro-Street custom and flaunting retro cruiser attitude, the Interstate is designed to eat up the miles with long distance standard features like rider floorboards, hard leather saddlebags and a custom windscreen.  Honda has actually used the Interstate name before, and each time it was given to a touring model.  Honda marketed a Gold Wing Interstate from 1980 through 1996 and the name reappeared as the full dress version of the Valkyrie from 1999 through 2001.

The original Honda VTX1300 came out in 2003, following the introduction of the line with the VTX1800 in 2002.  The Fury debuted in 2009 as an early 2010 model using an upgraded version of the VTX1300 powerplant and a new stretched-out chopper frame. The VTX1300 disappeared after the 2009 model year, replaced by the 1300 Custom lineup, including the VT1300CT Interstate.

For 2013 the Honda Interstate sports large, hard leather saddlebags, a custom full-size windscreen, and rider floorboards with heel-toe shifter. The frame is color-matched and the fork covers are matte black, further enhancing the custom look of the bike.  A curved frame downtube, pullback handlebars, deep dish fenders and beefy 17-inch front tires give the Interstate a retro old-school look.

But the Interstate is also the beneficiary of Honda’s latest technological innovations.  The 1312 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 52 degree V-Twin has a single-pin crankshaft, dual balancers and a three-valve (two intake, one exhaust) combustion chamber to deliver plenty of torque throughout the powerband.

Reliable, low maintenance shaft drive, cushiony, low-slung saddle, optional anti-lock brakes, a 4.4 gallon fuel tank and combined city/highway mileage of 46 mpg mean that the 2013 Honda Interstate is ready to roll on and on.

Riders can customize their Interstate with any of Honda’s long list of accessories, like custom grips, a smoked Boulevard windscreen, or passenger floorboards.  Custom touring bags, plain, studded or fringed are also available, along with a front pouch with the same finish options.  Styling options include a plain or studded tank belt, engine guard, chrome side covers, billet dipstick, fork nut covers, side cover, PIAA driving lights and braided throttle and clutch lines and brake hoses.  Add to the comfort and convenience of a 2013 Honda Interstate with optional custom rider seat, low or tall backrest, rear carrier and a digital audio system.

2013 Interstate Specs

The Interstate is powered by a 1312 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC with three valves per cylinder, 52 degree V-Twin with digital ignition and two spark plugs per cylinder.  Compression ratio on the Interstate is 9.2:1.  The bike has a five-speed transmission with shaft final drive.  Front braking is provided by a single 336 mm disc with twin-piston caliper and in the back there’s a 296 mm disc with single-piston caliper.  Anti-lock brakes are an option.

Front suspension is a 41 mm fork with 4 inches of travel.  There’s a single rear shock with 3.9 inches of travel.  The Interstate has a rake of 33 degrees (caster angle) and a trail of 4.6 inches.  This is a long motorcycle, with a 70.3 inch wheelbase. And it’s heavy, with a ready-to-ride weight of 712 pounds.  Honda offers a transferable, unlimited mileage, one year limited factory warranty and extended coverage with the purchase of a Honda Protection Plan.  For 2013 the Interstate is available in Light Silver Metallic.  Base MSRP on the Interstate is $13,240, with ABS the base MSRP goes to $14,240.

2013 Honda Stateline

2013 Honda Stateline

Honda can’t say enough about the 2013 Stateline.  Call it retro-progressive, or the merging of classic cruiser design and cutting edge technology, the Stateline represents a fresh look for cruisers.  Sharing the 1312 cc powerplant and basic frame design with the rest of the 1300 Customs, the Stateline stands out with the lowest seat height, 26.7 inches, of the line.  And the unique styling cues don’t end there.

The Stateline has old school, wide pullback handlebars, silver-finish five-spoke wheels, full valanced fenders front and back and blacked-out cylinder fins on the engine that set it apart from the rest of Honda’s cruiser lineup.  The Stateline instrument panel is mounted on the tank, keeping a clean look in the handlebar area.

Many of the accessories listed for the Interstate will also work on the Stateline.  Those listed specially for the Stateline include a clear tall windscreen, and 24-liter or 18-liter saddlebags, either plain or studded.  Honda also offers a scorpion/flame detailed custom rider seat for the Stateline.

2013 Stateline Specs

The Stateline shares most specs with both the Interstate and the Sabre, including the engine, tranny, suspension and brakes.  The Stateline also has optional anti-lock brakes.  Fuel capacity and estimated MPG are the same on all three 1300 Custom models.  The Stateline and Interstate also share tire size and rake and trail specs.  The Stateline has the shortest wheelbase of the three models, coming in at 70.1 inches and the lowest seat height, 26.7 inches.  Wet weight for the Stateline is 672 pounds.  The warranty on the bike is the same as that of the Interstate.  Honda offers the 2013 Stateline in Black.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Honda Stateline is $12,150.  The ABS option takes the MSRP to $13,150.

2013 Honda Sabre

2013 Honda Sabre

How do you differentiate three motorcycles based on the same engine and frame of a fourth bike?  That’s what Honda has managed to do with the 1300 Custom line, all inspired by the powerplant and chassis of the Fury.  The 2013 Honda Sabre manages to stand out from the rest of the lineup with its combination of dragster and boulevard styling. The ergonomics of the Sabre are designed for performance and stunning looks.

The Sabre features a tall 21 inch front tire, shorty fenders front and back and aggressively low set handlebars.  A tank mounted instrument panel, five-spoke cast wheels, slim radiator mounts, and clean, stripped down lines make the Sabre stand out from the rest of the line and other cruisers as well.

In addition to being able to accept most of the accessories that will fit the Interstate and Stateline, you can customize your Sabre with rider footpegs, a black and red front spoiler, spoiler LED accent lights and 18 liter saddlebags, either plain or studded.

2013 Sabre Specs

The Sabre uses the same 1312 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 52 degree V-Twin as its 1300 Custom stablemates.  Five-speed transmission, shaft final drive, suspension and brakes are all shared with the rest of the line.  Anti-locks are also available as an option.  The Sabre has the same size rear tire, 15 inch, as the Stateline and Interstate, but a taller 21 inch front tire.  It has the tallest seat height of the group, at 26.9 inches, and a 4.5 inch trail, compared to the 4.6 inches of the Interstate and Stateline.  The Sabre is the lightest of the three, with a wet weight of 664 pounds.  Honda gives new owners the same transferable, unlimited mileage limited factory warranty with an extended coverage option as the rest of the lineup.   For 2013 the Sabre comes in black with a base MSRP of $12,250.  ABS on the Sabre hikes the MSRP to $13,250.

More Resources On The 2013 Honda Interstate, Stateline And Sabre

Get more details and head-to-head comparisons of the entire Honda 1300 Custom lineup against similar bikes from other manufacturers right here on PowerSportsTV.com  You can even find dealers in your area that carry the entire Honda line.

New Models Added – September 12, 2012

- Motorcycle / Scooter

- 2012 BETA Minicross R10

- 2012 BETA Minicross R12

- 2012 GAS GAS XC 200

- 2013 Kawasaki KLR 650

- 2013 Kawasaki KLX™ 250S

- 2013 Kawasaki Ninja® 650

- 2013 Kawasaki Ninja® 650 ABS

- 2013 Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-10R

- 2013 Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-10R ABS

- 2013 KYMCO Agility 125

- 2013 KYMCO Agility 50

- 2013 KYMCO Compagno 110i

- 2013 KYMCO Compagno 50

- 2013 KYMCO Downtown 200i

- 2013 KYMCO Downtown 300i

- 2013 KYMCO Like 200i

- 2013 KYMCO Like 200i LX

- 2013 KYMCO Like 50

- 2013 KYMCO Like 50 LX

- 2013 KYMCO Movie 150

- 2013 KYMCO People GT 200i

- 2013 KYMCO People GT 300i

- 2013 KYMCO Super 8 150

- 2013 KYMCO Super 8 50 2T

- 2013 KYMCO Xciting 500i ABS

- 2013 MV Agusta F3 675

- 2013 Victory Boardwalk™ Base

- 2013 Victory Cross Country® Base

- 2013 Victory Cross Country® Corey Ness Tour

- 2013 Victory Cross Country® Tour

- 2013 Victory Cross Country® Zach Ness

- 2013 Victory Cross Roads® Classic

- 2013 Victory Hammer® 8-Ball®

- 2013 Victory Hard-Ball™ Base

- 2013 Victory High-Ball™ Base

- 2013 Victory Jackpot™ Base

- 2013 Victory Vegas® 8-Ball®

- ATV

- 2013 Arctic Cat 1000 MudPro Limited

- 2013 Arctic Cat 1000 TRV Limited

- 2013 Arctic Cat 1000 XT

- 2013 Arctic Cat 150 2×4

- 2013 Arctic Cat 300 2×4

- 2013 Arctic Cat 300 DVX

- 2013 Arctic Cat 400 Core

- 2013 Arctic Cat 400 TRV Core

- 2013 Arctic Cat 450 Core

- 2013 Arctic Cat 500 Core EFI

- 2013 Arctic Cat 500 TRV Core

- 2013 Arctic Cat 500 XT

- 2013 Arctic Cat 550 Core

- 2013 Arctic Cat 550 Limited

- 2013 Arctic Cat 550 TRV Limited

- 2013 Arctic Cat 550 TRV XT

- 2013 Arctic Cat 550 XT

- 2013 Arctic Cat 700 Core

- 2013 Arctic Cat 700 Limited

- 2013 Arctic Cat 700 MudPro Limited

- 2013 Arctic Cat 700 Super Duty Diesel

- 2013 Arctic Cat 700 TBX XT

- 2013 Arctic Cat 700 TRV Limited

- 2013 Arctic Cat 700 TRV XT

- 2013 Arctic Cat 700 XT

- 2013 Arctic Cat 90 2×4

- 2013 Arctic Cat 90 DVX

- 2013 Arctic Cat XC 450

- 2012 CFMOTO X5 LWB

- 2012 CFMOTO X5 SWB

- 2012 CFMOTO X6 LWB

- 2012 CFMOTO X6 SWB

- 2012 CFMOTO X8 Base

- 2013 KYMCO Maxxer 450i IRS 4×4

- 2013 KYMCO Mongoose 300

- 2013 KYMCO Mongoose 70

- 2013 KYMCO Mongoose 90 R

- 2013 KYMCO MXU 150

- 2013 KYMCO MXU 300 Shaft Drive

- 2013 KYMCO MXU 375 IRS 4×4

- 2013 KYMCO MXU 450i IRS 4×4

- 2013 KYMCO MXU 450i IRS 4×4 LE

- 2013 KYMCO MXU 500 IRS 4×4

- 2013 KYMCO MXU 500i  4×4

- 2013 KYMCO MXU 500i LE

- 2013 KYMCO MXU 700i

- 2013 KYMCO MXU 700i LE

- 2013 Polaris Outlaw® 50

- 2013 Polaris Outlaw® 90

- 2013 Polaris Phoenix™ 200

- 2013 Polaris Scrambler® XP 850 HO

- 2013 Polaris Scrambler® XP 850 HO EPS LE

- 2013 Polaris Sportsman® 400 HO

- 2013 Polaris Sportsman® 500 HO

- 2013 Polaris Sportsman® 550

- 2013 Polaris Sportsman® 550 Browning Polaris Pursuit® Camo LE

- 2013 Polaris Sportsman® 550 EPS

- 2013 Polaris Sportsman® 550 EPS Stealth Black LE

- 2013 Polaris Sportsman® 800 EFI

- 2013 Polaris Sportsman® 90

- 2013 Polaris Sportsman® Big Boss® 6×6 800

- 2013 Polaris Trail Blazer™ 330

- 2013 Polaris Trail Boss® 330

- Utility Vehicle

- 2013 Arctic Cat Prowler 1000 XTZ

- 2013 Arctic Cat Prowler 550 XT

- 2013 Arctic Cat Prowler 700 HDX

- 2013 Arctic Cat Prowler 700 XTX

- 2013 Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000

- 2013 Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000 Limited

- 2012 CFMOTO Z6 Base

- 2013 KYMCO UXV 500 IRS 4×4

- 2013 KYMCO UXV 500i IRS 4×4

- 2013 KYMCO UXV 500i IRS 4×4 LE

- 2013 KYMCO UXV 500i IRS 4×4 SE

- 2013 KYMCO UXV 500i SP

- 2013 Polaris Ranger® 400

- 2013 Polaris Ranger® 500 EFI

- 2013 Polaris Ranger® 500 EFI Magnetic Metallic LE

- 2013 Polaris Ranger® Diesel

- 2013 Polaris Ranger® EV

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A modern interpretation of the board tracking racing motorcycles of the 1920s, Derringer cycles capture the simple, pared-down, aggressiveness of early motorsport while delivering an intricate level of personalized customization. Like their owners, no two Derringer cycles are the same.

For the discerning rider, Derringer offers the opportunity to own a truly unique, one-of-a-kind motorbike that combines innovative engineering with a classic high-performance aesthetic.

Powered by a moto-hybrid drivetrain, Derringer cycles are built for our modern age. With superb fuel efficiency they have a range of 180 miles per gallon. The ultra-clean four-cycle powerplant also meets stringent CARB tier 3 emissions standards.

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At a frantic pace, each rider would circle the broad, banked motordrome. Planks would rumble beneath their wheels as lap after lap they would seek to exploit opportunities to overtake competitors. With the yellow flag, one lap left. Then the checkered and a sprint to the finish line. For the victor a prize purse and boasting rights.

Board track racers were among America’s first sporting superstars. They quite literally put the ‘roar’ in the Roaring 20s, an era of industry and engineering, when machines came to dominate the public consciousness. The motorbikes these racers rode were simple, stripped-down, and designed for one purpose only — speed. In truth they were little more than light bicycles with powerful engines.

Not surprisingly, board track racing was incredibly dangerous often as famous for its mortality rate as it was for its winning riders. But board track racing offered a jolt of adrenaline irresistible to both rider and spectator. While the wooden plank surfaces have been replaced my more durable materials, the legacy of board track racing lives on in the wide, banked motordromes of motorsport today.

Lit Motors (Two-Wheeled, Untippable)

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The recent influx of both high- and low-end EVs and electric motorcycles have shown promise, but current battery technology is still limiting, and the cost of entry is far too high with the benefits of switching from petrol-powered vehicles not being quite as obvious or apparent in the near term.

Now imagine a vehicle that’s smaller than a Smart Car, nearly a third of the price of a Nissan Leaf ($32,500), safer than a motorcycle with a range capacity that just lets you drive and won’t ever tip over? What you get is Lit Motors‘ C-1, the world’s first gyroscopically stabilized, two-wheeled all-electric vehicle, which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today. Oh, and it will talk to your smartphone and the cloud. Did I mention that you can’t tip this thing over? (I’ve tried.)

Founder, President, and CTO Danny Kim and his team at Lit Motors have built and approached the C-1 much differently than others have with their respective EVs. Instead of Frankensteining existing technologies, the C-1 has been designed, machined, and built by hand from the ground up in San Francisco. They’ve not only created something unique based on proprietary technology, but have also put together a package that appeals to the “cool kids” and the price-conscious in both America and abroad.

“We aim to be the future of personal transportation,” Kim told me. “By taking our vehicles to the mass market quickly and internationally, we will ease traffic congestion, decrease fuel use, reduce CO2 emissions, create 2,000 to 10,000 green jobs, and allow people to get around quickly and efficiently.”

While several electric auto and moto companies have emerged over the last five to 10 years, the fundamental issues of range and price loom large. The initial price will be $24,000 when the C-1 is expected to launch in 2014 and will take a year or two to drop down to $16,000. As it scales to being mass market (~100,000) around 2018, the price of the C-1 will drop down to $12,500. It is not only expected to top out at over 100 MPH but has an estimated range of up to 200 miles per charge and will go from 0-60 in roughly six seconds.

Commutes can be reduced by up to 50 percent, and thanks to its two wheels, the C-1 can lane split where legal. Without the cost of gas, it could cost you less than $1 to go upwards of 200 miles.

More importantly, the gyroscopic technology at its core can be used elsewhere to keep things level, such as airplanes or boats or even on top of buildings in high wind areas.

“Leveling suspension in sports cars could be the second largest application,” says Kim.

The extended range of the C-1 is also assisted by a KERS regenerative braking system, which uses flywheels to store energy kinetically. These flywheels are also part of the gyroscopic stabilization system keeping the vehicle upright in all situations – even a collision – while allowing the control system to dictate the tilt and lean of the vehicle at all times. In other words, as the gyros spin, downforce is created to keep the vehicle stable and level. It’s a bit peculiar to see a two-wheeler not topple over without the assistance of a kickstand or human power.

What’s most surprising, though, is that every bit of the two engineering and two full-scale prototypes were built by hand in SoMa for less than $750,000.

“As any cartoon villain will tell you, the only way to get something done right is to do it yourself,” Kim told me. “By controlling every aspect of the R&D process, we’re able to avoid the added headaches, mistakes, and cost of outsourcing. The knowledge we gain in the process of physically making everything is invaluable and informs our manufacturing designs considerably.”

Not only will the C-1 and future versions never tip over, but they’ll also be packed with every amenity you can find in other vehicles today, like AC, power windows, airbags, etc. What’s even cooler is that you can program certain maneuvers or start the vehicle from your smartphone and then initiate said maneuver (like a u-turn) by tapping on the steering wheel. You can even suggest things to the vehicle like “It’s kinda cold in here,” and the C-1 will increase the heat, says Kim. Your music (think Spotify or Rdio) and social networks (Yelp, Foursquare) can also be integrated in case you’re asking the C-1 to play some music or find a restaurant.

Kim added: “Distracted driving is a growing problem, so this is all experienced through a minimal digital HUD to convey the right amount of data with the minimal amount of distraction; basically Google Glasses for your windshield. The UX bar has been raised quite a bit over the past decade, and we aim to leap over it.”

Like most of you, I asked myself who the hell this guy was. Kim’s story is an interesting one. He’s a Reed College dropout, certified ASE Automatic Transmission mechanic, world traveler, studied architecture at Berkeley, spent some time at the Rhode Island School of Design, and nearly died rebuilding two Land Rovers in his quest to make “the perfect SUV.” It sounds about as crazy as it can get, but maybe that’s what we need more of in this world. Kim also machined his own spectacle frames from titanium. What can’t this guy do?

U.S. Motorcycle Market is a $21.5 Billion Business (2004)

U.S. Motorcycle Market is a $21.5 Billion Business

 October 19, 2004

Editor’s Note – This report was prepared by Dave Crocker, senior partner for Power Products Marketing, a market research firm based in Minneapolis, Minn. PPM (www.powerprods.com) specializes in the power products and components, powersports and marine industries. Crocker may be reached at 952/893-6870 or at dcrocker@powerprods.com.

Over the last several years, we have defined each of the powersports markets in terms of its relative U.S. retail sales dollar contribution based upon products sold and services provided by profit center through powersports dealerships and other retail outlets.
The motorcycle industry is the largest and most difficult to compute. It is so large, in fact, that at $21.5 billion it far exceeds the sum of the other powersports markets: watercraft ($1.5 billion), snowmobiles ($3 billion), utility vehicles ($1.1 billion) and ATVs ($7.7 billion).
Altogether, we estimate that total motorcycle U.S. industry retail sales from all products and services amount to about $21.5 billion. Of that we estimate 63% of motorcycle-related retail sales, $13.5 billion, is generated through franchised and non-franchised motorcycle dealerships. Most of the difference comes from estimated used motorcycle sales through private parties.

Our calculations differ from those compiled by the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) and reported in their annual statistical abstracts. The MIC includes employee payroll, advertising and promotional expenditures and some other miscellaneous taxes and fees in their calculations, which we exclude.

We include an estimate of used motorcycles sold through other channels such as private parties via the classified ads or over the Internet. Moreover, we include estimates of PG&A sales from other retail outlets that may not be tabulated in the MIC’s definition of a “non-franchised motorcycle outlet.”
SALES BY DEALER PROFIT CENTER
For this market analysis, we called 200 U.S. franchised motorcycle dealers across the country, a quarter of which were Harley dealers. These dealers collectively had sold more than 80,000 motorcycles through July, which we estimate represents between 13%-14% of industry sales, a respectable sample. We asked each dealer to provide us with a breakdown of his sales dollar contributions for each of five profit centers: New motorcycles, used motorcycles, service, PG&A and F&I.

According to our analysis, an average of 65% of total motorcycle dealer revenues are generated from new motorcycle sales, clearly the largest contributing sales center. Two years ago when we last conducted our survey, we determined that about 61% of total motorcycle dealer revenues for powersports dealerships was derived from new motorcycle sales.

Used motorcycle unit sales to date in 2004 account for about 10.5% of total motorcycle dealer revenues generated from motorcycle revenues for the average dealership. In our August 2002 survey, this figure was 14%.

The dealer service department only accounts for about 4.5%-5% of total sales from motorcycles, and this hasn’t changed much since our survey of two years ago when service labor represented 5% of total motorcycle revenues.

The collective PG&A reported by dealers through August of 2004 amounted to about 18.5% of total motorcycle revenues for dealers. Of that, parts accounted for about 36%, accessories 32.5% and garments 31.5%.

Only 1.5%-2% of total motorcycle revenues for an average dealership are derived from Finance & Insurance (F&I), which is unchanged from our survey of two years ago.

U.S. MOTORCYCLE RETAIL SALES

Based upon the information provided from our dealer survey and other sources, we have developed an estimate of 2004 U.S. industry retail sales generated by motorcycle-related products.

According to our research, we estimate that new motorcycle sales for 2004 could total about 1.1 million units. Current MIC retail sales published only count sales from member manufacturers. But an increasing number of scooters and motorcycles are being imported from Europe and in particular the Far East, such as China, Taiwan and Korea, over the last few years.

Our calculations are adjusted to include estimates for these OEMs. For example, we believe U.S. scooter sales could total 100,000 units this year, with MIC members accounting for about half of that number. Our estimate for 2004 is for new motorcycle sales to total about $8.8 billion, with the average selling price weighted at about $8,000.
Industry sales of used motorcycles are difficult to determine. Estimates are that 20% are sold through franchised motorcycle dealers, 5% through non-franchised used/service outlets and 75% through private parties via the classified ads or over the Internet. These numbers are based upon estimates from reliable industry sources.

As a result, we were able to determine that franchised dealers are expected to sell about 293,000 used motorcycles this year, based upon our survey average of about one used bike sold for every four new one sold, and the industry as a whole selling about 1.47 million units. If we assume an average used motorcycle price of nearly $4,800 derived from our survey, the market at retail would amount to about $7 billion.

Another estimated $900 million is generated from servicing and maintaining motorcycles, nearly all of which is conducted through authorized OEDs and non-franchised outlets. We did not include any figure for end users who perform their own service, such as changing the oil and filters.
INDUSTRY PG&A
Motorcycle parts, accessories and garments are estimated to account for about $3.8 billion. Of that, an estimated $1.45 billion comes from parts, another $1.2 billion from accessories and $1.15 billion from motorcycle-related clothing. These represent our best estimates based upon dealer surveys for what can be rather ambiguous categories. Most dealers and analysts prefer to lump the three together.

Based upon our 200 dealer sample, franchised dealers we surveyed purchase 67% of their parts from their respective OEMs and 33% from independent suppliers. For the non-Harley dealers the ratio was 60/40, which shifted from 70/30 two years ago. For Harley dealers, the ratio was much higher from the factory at 85/15. For our industry total, we estimate about 80% of all motorcycle parts are purchased through franchised and non-franchised motorcycle outlets.

For accessories, about 54% of purchases are from OEMs and 46% from independent suppliers, according to our franchised dealer sample. For the non-Harley dealers the ratio averaged 42/58 and for Harley dealers, the ratio was significantly higher from the factory at 86/14.

For our industry total, we estimated at least 90% of all motorcycle accessories are purchased through combined authorized dealers and non-franchised motorcycle outlets.
For garments, there was a significant disparity between Harley and non-Harley dealers in our sample. The average of OEM purchased clothing for all authorized dealers in our sample was about 62% compared to 38% from independent distributors.

However, the Harley dealers we sampled collectively purchased 96% of their clothing from the factory and only 4% from independent suppliers while for non-Harley dealers the ratio was 13/87. For our industry total, we also estimated at least 90% of all motorcycle-related clothing is purchased through authorized dealers and non-franchised motorcycle outlet stores.

According to our analysis, Harley Davidson could possibly wholesale about $1 billion worth of PG&A this year, which could be worth about $1.4 billion at retail. Of that, at least $1.15 billion would be U.S. market, which would put their share of the motorcycle industry PG&A at over 30%.

The motorcycle PG&A industry is not only difficult to compute in overall size but also difficult to define because no one has really standardized what constitutes parts, accessory or garment items. For example, some people con sider tires and batteries as parts yet others would argue they are accessories.

Some count helmets as clothing, others claim they are accessories. Also, does a leather jacket and gloves purchased at a local leather shop, such as Wilson’s, and that one might use riding, count as motorcycle apparel? For our analysis, we only included “dedicated motorcycle gear” as opposed to fashion copies or types of clothing, such as the Wilson’s items mentioned above.

It is interesting to note that in recent years, the price for dedicated street motorcycle clothing has come down dramatically with the advent of more affordable nylon replacing much of the more expensive leather gear. For example, some mesh jackets are selling for $99 now compared to leather jackets that had sold for at least several hundred dollars. The result is that there is a lot more motorcycle gear being sold now for fewer dollars with higher turnover than in past years. And, more and more dealerships are stocking and selling this gear than before.

F&I related to wholesale and retail motorcycles is estimated to amount to perhaps $1
billion in revenues, less cash outlays by customers.

US motorcycle dealers count down to 10K from 13K

In countries other than the U.S., an economic downturn is likely to translate into more motorcycle sales as consumers with less money opt for less-expensive vehicles.

Not so here. In this country motorcycles are not generally seen as general transportation options, but as recreational vehicles, and as such, an expense to be deferred until the household finances are in better shape.

The truth of that situation can be seen in the number of dealerships that have closed in the last few years. According to a new report from the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), there are now 10,428 retail outlets dealing in motorcycles, scooters, and ATVs. That compares to 13,973 in 2006 and 13,230 in 2009. (Note: the MIC’s sources for the report vary from year to year so the organization warns that year to year comparisons are subject to error.)

In related news, J.D. Power and Associates reported recently that the average age of those buying new motorcycles is increasing. Also, the percentage of buyers purchasing motorcycles for the first time is decreasing.

At the same time, the MotorcycleShows.com reported that in one of its earliest shows of the season, in Seattle, the number of first-time attendees was up, comprising 23 percent of those attending.