Honda CB1300 Honda CB1300S Honda CB1300SA Honda X4

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(1992 HONDA CB1000 ‘BIG1’)

The CB1000 was hugely poplular in Europe and Japan, but failed to impact on the USA market. Indeed such was American apathy towards Hondas BigOne, that neither the subsequent Honda X-4, X-11 nor CB1300 would make mit across the Pond. A special edition CB1000T2 appeared on the Japanese domestic market, resplendent in all black paintwork with an aggressive bikini fairing and bad boy looks.

The CB1300 is often termed the spiritual successor to the CB1000 BIG-1 throne.

Mechanically, The CB1300 engine comes directly from one of Honda’s most successful domestic market motorcycles ever. First shown at the 32nd Tokyo Motor Show on October 15th 1997, was the Honda X4.

(1997 HONDA X4. the heart of the CB1300)

The Honda X4 was a 1298cc motorcycle produced by Honda from 1997 until 2003, after which production was discontinued. The 1284cc 4 cyclinder liquid cooled, inline DOHC engine, featured a bank of VEPB 36mm Carbs and was mated to a crusier style chassis with a low 730mm seat height, 15 litre fuel tank and full wet weight of 270kgs. An eighteen inch front wheel was mated to a seventeen inch rear, the rear a solid disc like the V-max, and large chrome exhausts.

This was Honda’s attempt to tackle the V.Max. the X-4 was sold primarily in Japan, but a number of bikes found their way to Europe, notably Germany, where they still enjoy a cult following.

In 2000, came a new version, the X4 LD (Low Down). Featuring a slighly lowered seat and frame, uprated suspension (with piggyback-style Showa rear shock absorbers), and a few cosmetic differences including an unpainted engine block and lightweight latticework inner rotors on the front brakes. In 2003, the it’s final year, the LD was offered in a special black edition, with few bikes being produced.

Also At the 32nd Tokyo Motor Show, Honda debued what was planned to be the new flagship of their naked bike line up, simply called the CB1300 Super Four. Public praise was so strong, and demand so high for the model to be released, that a year later, on February 10th 1998, Honda announced from Tokyo that the bike would commence sales from March 2nd. With a domestic sales target of 4500 units, the CB1300 Super four featured an engine derived directly from the best selling over 750cc class motorcycle of 1997, the Honda X4

(1998 HONDA CB1300)

Honda CB 1100 R
Honda CB 1100 R

The new CB model would feature a slighted altered configuration, and was listed as the successor to Honda’s impressive and successful CB1000 which first appeared in 1992 following the ‘Project Big-1’ concept


Honda press release:


Tokyo, February 10, 1998—Honda Motor Co Ltd, has announced the launch of the new CB1300 Super Four motorcycle, which will go on sale on March 2. Designed to look like a stripped down superbike road racer, the CB1300 Super Four is large, yet handles superbly. Whether riding city streets, country roads or cruising the highway, the CB1300 Super Fours awesome power makes it a lot of fun to ride. Its huge liquid cooled 4 cyclinder 1300cc engine provides more than enough power to place it at the top of its class

And what a class it entered into. In 1998 Kawasaki were in their second successful production year with the ZRX1100, a powerful brute based on the KZ1000R12 and KZ1100R1 Eddie Lawson Replicas, produced as a tribute to two times world AMA Superbike champ Lawson.

Honda CB 1100 R
Honda CB 1100 R
Honda CB 1100 R
Honda CB 1100 R

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