Test Honda CB 1300 Motors TV

29 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Test Honda CB 1300 Motors TV
Honda CB 100

Honda CB 1300 test

Intro: MAXIMUM DISCRETION

After the crushing failure of the X-11 3 years ago- Honda had not invested any further in the big engine roadster sector. The CB 1300 which appears this season in world-s leading manufacturer-s catalogue has therefore got quite a challenge to meet- with a triple objective- firstly to erase the memory of the X-11- secondly to be a worthy successor to the CB 1000- the famous " Big One "- and finally- to recover some of the market share now held by the Yamaha XJR 1300 and the Suzuki GSX 1400.

Esthetique: MAXIMUM DISCRETION

Honda was pretty traumatised by the X-11 tragedy and that is noticeable when you look at the CB 1300. The design is 100- safe. OK there-s a touch of retro but above all lots of discretion.

The two-tone paintwork underscores the whole but the only original stroke is that around the rear light – which- incidentally- is very successful.

Apart from that- there-s nothing to mention apart from its opulent engine.

The CB 1300 doesn-t particularly strive to stand out on the equipment front either. Two analogue dials give information about the speed and the revs and hold two small digital screens with a clock- a petrol gauge- the distance counter- 2 trip meters and other more secondary information. The finishing is good but it lacks that little something that we expect when we sit astride a Honda.

Under the saddle is a large storage locker- which can hold a large size " anti-theft U ".

Motorization: A PLESANT BREEZE

So with no further ado let-s look at the engine- the only element that seems capable of bringing this machine out of its apparent discretion delivering up to 115 horsepower at 7500 revs- the strong point of this 4 cylinder engine is of course its torque- 11.9 kilos at 5500 revs.

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Once in action- you do in fact feel that the Honda has less to offer at low revs than the Suzuki. That said- its acceleration and pick up qualities are enormous. From 3000 revs- the 4 cylinder engine begins to push very hard and this push continues in a very linear way right up to the red zone. to the extent that you are often surprised by the breaker. which is a pretty rare thing on a bike with an engine this size-

So it doesn-t take long to reach the maximum speed of more than 220 kph but to do so you need to force the engine to rev very high- because the gearbox only has 5 speeds when 6 would not have been out of place.

On the road: LOADS OF VERSATILITY

So with no further ado let-s look at the engine- the only element that seems capable of bringing this machine out of its apparent discretion delivering up to 115 horsepower at 7500 revs- the strong point of this 4 cylinder engine is of course its torque- 11.9 kilos at 5500 revs.

Once in action- you do in fact feel that the Honda has less to offer at low revs than the Suzuki. That said- its acceleration and pick up qualities are enormous. From 3000 revs- the 4 cylinder engine begins to push very hard and this push continues in a very linear way right up to the red zone. to the extent that you are often surprised by the breaker. which is a pretty rare thing on a bike with an engine this size-

So it doesn-t take long to reach the maximum speed of more than 220 kph but to do so you need to force the engine to rev very high- because the gearbox only has 5 speeds when 6 would not have been out of place.

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