Test Ride: Honda X4 — Canada Moto Guide

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Honda X4 Low Down

Test Ride: Honda X4

We got interest from readers in the Soapbox section about X4 motorcycle. Although it has only made available to the Japanese market to date, CMG contributor, Tate, got a chance to ride the – a one off specially imported model. The has been kindly submitted to CMG of the author and Inside Motorcycles where it was originally published year.

Words and photos: Tate

“I probably won’t you tonight, dear,” said the to his wife as he stared lasciviously at remarkable X4, throttle hand Yes, he was smitten, and no, she didn’t he was being particularly funny. Odd is, I don’t think he was trying to be.

What is the X4? If there has to be a class maybe “power cruiser” be the name at the head of the attendance Members of the class are relatively Yamaha’s V-Max – the class – is the oldest and toughest of the group, own Magna VF750C is a charter there’s Suzuki’s V-twin and um, maybe Triumph’s Speed

That’s about it; a select gang indeed.

The only is, you can actually take all the other of the class home to play you, but this new kid in school exactly transferred in yet. You say his family is thinking about in, but hasn’t quite decided.

The X4 is a Japanese-market brute that Canada brought into the as part of the firm’s 50th celebrations last year. were quite a number of bikes that Honda at various shows and rallies year – “hey, look we could sell you if we wanted to” thing.

The X4′s drag styling knocked the eyeballs out of onlookers when a “styling appeared at the Tokyo Motor a few years ago. Honda has quietly snuck it into back home, but there’s no official word on it coming or to the States, despite the clear American influences in its looks.

Actually, after Honda guy Warren Milner generously me the X4 for a day, a completely unscientific but interesting survey found construction workers, two policemen, and one school teacher all swearing buy an X4 if it was available. The teacher said he had 300 people in his XS1100 web group who … for a new bike who’d cue up.

Hmm. So what’s the attraction?

and power, what else. the X4 is, is a 1,300 cc monster inline that traces its lineage to the CBR1000 lump introduced years ago. The up rated is tightly wrapped in a low, street-fighter-ish looking package.

original engine produced like 135 hp, so with the extra 30% and eight years of technology, you expect the new one to be easily pumping out 160 hp or

The numbers in the manual say 88.9 of torque (!), and after my ride I have absolutely no to doubt them. The big 190/60ZR17-sized Dunlop has no chance against engine, which will shred rubber at any moderately twist of your right

This in spite of the 270 kg (594 lb) dry weight, and humongous 1,650 mm Yes, it’s big, and in motion imparts the sensation it was hewn from a block of Yet oddly enough it doesn’t heavy or clumsy when riding.

About the only that detracts from the feeling is the width of the covers at the of the carbs and airbox, which your legs most of the as a reminder that this really is a big, wide

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