2015 Honda Line Up

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2015 Honda Line Up

Honda has been cranking out the new bikes so quickly that it’s been hard to keep track. Today, they provided a preview of what one corner of the Honda Powersports showroom will look like for 2015.

New Bikes:

2014 Honda NM4 Vultus Concept Bike

NM4

The concept bike that we wrote about last week (http://rideapart.com/2014/03/news-2014-honda-nm4-concept-bike/) will become a production reality for 2015: The NM4, a futuristic, full-bodied mid-sized bike powered by a 670cc liquid-cooled parallel twin. With styling right out of a Manga, the NM4 will have a 25.6″ seat height and a relaxed, feet-forward riding position. Integrated saddle bags and fairing storage pockets are designed for utility, while full-LED lighting and a 200 mm wide rear tire enhance the looks. An automatic dual-clutch transmission and ABS will be standard. Available only in Black Metallic at $10,999, expect the NM4 in June, 2014.

Honda-CRF50F

CRF50F

How many of us had our first dirt ride on a Honda 50? The new CRF50F is a much more sophisticated way to get dirty for the first time, with an automatic clutch and three-speed gearbox, telescopic fork and single-shock rear suspension. The 49 cc four-stroke engine is proven for durability and ease-of-operation, ready to start off another generation on two wheels. Red is the color, and the price is as of yet undetermined. Hopefully, they’ll figure that out by the time bikes show up at dealers in June, 2014.

Honda CRF110F

CRF110F

If a CRF50F seems like not enough and a CRF250R seems like too much, maybe the CRF110F is just right. It’s a beginner bike with an electric starter, low seat height, automatic clutch and four-speed transmission. A beginner-friendly (or corralling) throttle-limiter feature keeps the bike from going too quickly under power from the 109 cc four-stroke engine. Looks are inspired by the big boys, but user-friendliness should invite even the most hesitant riders. Only available in Honda Red. Prices have not been announced yet, but the bikes are headed to dealers in June, 2014.

Honda PCX150

PCX150

The rest of the world has declared the PCX150 as a hit. It’s a best-seller for good reason: at 295 lbs with a 51.8″ wheelbase and a 29.9″ seat height, it should be a nimble, maneuverable scooter that will excel in urban environments. A 153 cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine is fed by a 2.1-gallon fuel tank, which should be good for close to 200 miles between fill-ups. LED lighting and a 12-volt accessory socket compliment modern styling with modern functionality. Available in Metallic Black or Pearl White, the PCX150 can be yours for $3,449 starting in July, 2014.

  • Jack Meoph

    The PCX150 does everything right. It even looks good, but I still want a Vespa!!!! It will be interesting to see how the NM4 sells, or more likely doesn’t.

    • JohnnyWaffles

      I love the PCX150 and my bike is a KTM 990, complete opposite fire breathing dragon. The PCX was one of several scooter experiences in Thailand last year…I would seriously consider getting one. And looking nontypical in ATGAT.

      • Piglet2010

        “And looking nontypical in ATGA[T]T.”

        Hey, I ride my Elite 110 wearing a Roadcrafter Light.

    • Piglet2010

      If my Elite 110 was stolen or totaled, I would get a PCX150 as a replacement.

    • the antagonist

      Same boat. Wifey wants a Vespa. We’ve had the conversation: A Honda will perform better, more reliably, and for less money -> Doesn’t matter -> it’s still not a Vespa!

      I can’t argue. I’ve owned Hondas and Kawasakis that were cheaper, faster, and more reliable than my Ducati, but none of them were near as much fun.

      Looks like we’ll be getting a Vespa.

      • Mykola

        well, just for when you do the first oil change, I found it best to prop up the centerstand *inside* the oil pan to make the least mess. Supposedly people recommend taking off the exhaust to do it, but I haven’t looked into it. They sure are nice machines, it can’t be disputed, but I’d get a used Vino 125 or a new PCX if it were my money.

  • Justin McClintock

    “If a CRF50F seems like not enough and a CRF250R seems like too much, maybe the CRF110F is just right.” Nope. Two strokes too many for a bike in that size range. Much rather have an 80cc smoker.

  • Mister X

    It’s not the kind of bike I’d purchase, but I do hope the NM4 sells well, not only does it look way cool, it might help get some young people into motorcycling, which as far as I’m concerned, is a good thing.

    • Justin McClintock

      Good point. I’d never want something like that, but if it gets people on two wheels who otherwise wouldn’t be, I should be happy it’s out there.

    • Clint Keener

      It does look cool IMO, but not $11k cool.

  • Paul Willis

    NM4, eh? Honda shoulda went all the way… and paid Dan Gurney royalties along the way…

  • Justin McClintock

    The NM4 looks like it’s straight out of something like “Batman 17: The Dark Knight Retires.”

    • La Crika De Tu Mai

      Akira

  • Waldo Lost

    Where is my CB300X(aka CX-01)?

    • Robon Hood

      I want the swing arm and headlight off of the CX-01 for my CB500F :P, they are fantastic looking. I’m honestly glad that honda is making headway into the lower capacity market segment. Bikes that are easily accessible and cheap are what is going to bring people my age (19-25ish) to motorcycling. Along with the inclusion of the KTM RC/Duke 390 to America maybe by the end of this year we could have some great competition in the lower capacities.

      • Ryan Mayo

        I don’t plan on modding my CB500X that much, but a new swing-arm is high on the list.

  • Reid

    Honda is missing out on such a huge sales opportunity by not offering the NM4 in red with stickers all over it heh heh heh heh

    • HeDidn’tWeDid

      Someone will do that soon I bet. Akira.

  • Alex

    Honda,

    Make more cool, cheap, and street legal motorcycles.

    • roma258

      CBR250R, CBR250L, CBR500R, CB500F, CB500X….just off the top of my head. Honda’s been killing it lately, if you haven’t noticed.

      • Piglet2010

        Think you mean CRF250L. Hopefully to be replaced soon in the US by a CRF300L, as another 3 or 4-horsepower would make it much more freeway capable, while hardly adding any weight or decreasing fuel economy much.

        • roma258

          Yep, that’s the one.

      • Alex

        I like all of those. But 5-6k plus fees is still a little pricey for a college student. I’m thinking more honda grom types around 3-4k…

        • Alex

          but a crf250m would be sweet…

          • Piglet2010

            Go to college in Europe and you can buy one.

        • roma258

          If you’re in college, my suggestion is buy used. You can get a primo first gen SV650 for around $2k right now, to me it’s a no brainer.

      • CaptainPlatypus

        Now if they’ll just bring the CB650 over…I guess it probably says something that the only complaint I have with their model range is that not all of it is sold here!

      • JamesVFR400

        you call that killing it, those are some of the most boring, cookie cutter, made to a price and then over priced bikes that honda has ever produced. Compared to the bikes they put out in the 90s these 250s are an absolute joke and are akin to riding a lawnmower, the 500s are a bit better but still sound crap and have cut price components. Their 90s machines were just downsized big bikes, and engineered as well, just with smaller engines.

        I am a huge honda fan, these bikes to me are more likely the products of the accounting department rather than the motorcycle engineering department.

        • Ryan Kiefer

          You’ve ridden all of Honda’s “cheap and cheerful” lineup, have you? Put a few hundred, maybe even a few thousand miles in, then?

          • JamesVFR400

            Well ive ridden a great deal of it, such as a 250 Hornet i owned for a year, an RVF400, i own a VFR400, i have ridden a CBR250RR many times, as well as an NSR150 once. All of these bikes are a dam sight more exciting to ride and represent countless more design and engineering hours compared to the new bikes, which are essentially just products of the accounting and marketing departments for riders who dont know any better. Of course they were reviewed well, i dont think i have read a negative review of any car or any motorcycle in any magazine for the past 20 years, thats how auto/bike mags work except for a few occasions when something is so terrible its unrideable.

            Are the new bikes good value, i guess they are cheap, in my country the 500s are 10-12k so i wouldnt call that good value when my 25 year old VFR could take them to the cleaners on track or on road for only 3k. Considering the 500s are actually no more technically advanced than motorcycles were 25 years ago, why buy a brand new one.

            • Ryan Kiefer

              There’s no bike that could take the place of my $250 for what I decided my needs were. Long service intervals, fuel injection (I hate futzing with carbs, and I ride year ’round down to 0 F), one spark plug, 60+mpg without trying, and really easy to ride in stop and go traffic (will idle without choking out in 1st or 2nd gear, so it’s easy to crawl along without constant clutching).

              If I’d been able to get this set of features in a used bike, I would have. But instead, I stumped up $4k (OTD) for a brand-spanking new one.

              And I’ve ridden a GS500F and a CBR500R. The GS is a heavy, wallowing pig with an inflexible engine, while the CBR is just as great to ride as my 250, just with 20 more hp.

              • JamesVFR400

                If you had ridden a CBR250rr you would not claim a cbr250r as great to ride. Here is a tip, in your country these bikes are selling like hotcakes, and have been since day one, in my country since day one these bikes have been a laughing stock among riders because they are so much worse than the older ones its just hilarious. Here on every bike forum in the land we were offended for them to even brand that bike you ride as a CBR250R.

                Anyway i dont care, ignorance is bliss and americans are very ignorant.

                • appliance5000

                  Anyway i dont care, ignorance is bliss and americans are very ignorant. – ergo – you are American and in bliss. Find your satori man

                • Renato Valenzuela

                  all the small-displacement CBR650F –> CBR600RR/CBR1000RR.

                  some people need a motorcycle to do lots of different things, not just to be good at one specific thing. my first ever track day i brought my little CBR250R and had a blast. tech-inspection gave me some good-natured laughs but it soon changed once they saw me out there. i saw a VFR400R (my dream bike) and was drooling in envy. gray-market bikes are hard to come by because of really antiquated U.S. Customs laws here.

                  and as far as that last blanket statement is concerned, i don’t consider myself to be ignorant, “in spite” of my being American.

                • roma258

                  Why are you even here? This is an American website with a mostly American audience. And believe it or not, most of us are perfectly aware that Honda has made some really cracking small displacement bikes over the years, but they were never available here so they’re irrelevant to this conversation. You wanna feel superior about it, that’s cool, but might want to think about who looks like the “ugly American” in this context.

              • mustangGT90210

                I loved my GS500, never felt it to be heavy or anything negative really. Easy to work with, and everything was cheap to fix. I put 10k on mine in 9 months.

                Of course mine may have felt a little lighter due to the clubman bars, different pegs, rejetted carbs and the most flowing intake/exhaust possible

        • roma258

          What 250s are you talking about? The CBR250RR and NSR250? Neither of those were available in the States (and neither was cheap elsewhere). I’ve owned a Hawk GT from that era, very cool bikes, way ahead of their time…priced the same as the CBR600 of the time and collected dust on showroom floors. Honda has done more then any other manufacturer recently to bring back affordable small displacement bikes and I think they deserve credit. Also, they’ve been reviewed well pretty much across the board, though I haven’t had the pleasure of riding any yet.

        • Piglet2010

          Why is $5,500 for a Honda CB500F overpriced, but $16,700 for a H-D Fat Bob (or other similar bike) not?

        • appliance5000

          You have lost all credibility.

  • Piglet2010

    Where is the CRF300M motard???

    N.b. I know no such bike has been officially announced, but Honda should build it as they already sell the CRF250M in some markets, and the engine is now available in 300cc displacement in the CBR300R.

  • tobykeller

    Now, bring over the automatic Scoopy (Vespa lookalike) with its 110cc fi motor that hits 55mph, gets 100mpg and costs $1500 brand new. And/or the Zoomer-X, which is the same thing with a Ruckus-style body. They’d sell like crazy in cities, college campuses, and basically all of California.

    I think there’s a big untapped market of people who are intimidated by “real” bikes but who would buy a scooter if a) it was cheap enough to put on a credit card, and b) had a real, usable, modern motor (looking at you, crappy little 50cc Metropolitans and Ruckuses that still sell for $2k+). These bikes exist and sell in huge quantities in Asia.

    • Bluesceyes

      The Zoomer-X! I just looked it up and just realized I need one of those in my life right now.

    • JohnnyWaffles

      Right, the Scoopy is absolutely everywhere in Asia.

  • LS650

    NM4: pure fugliness.

  • Justin McClintock

    BTW, with the introduction of the new/old SR400 and the TU250 floating around, isn’t it time Honda got into that genre? Honda used to make a TON of bikes like that. Take the CBR300 motor, hide the radiator somewhere in a dual cradle frame, throw some retro bodywork on it, and boom – category dominance….right until Suzuki pulls their head out of the sand and throws the GS500 engine in the TU250 chassis anyway (thanks for that one Piglet).

    • Ryan Kiefer

      I would trade my CBR250R for a CB300 standard tomorrow if it were offered. As much as I love the thumper sport bike, most of my riding is commuting, and I would really appreciate a more relaxed riding position for longer rides.

      • Campisi

        Why not go for a CB500f?

        • Ryan Kiefer

          $$

          The CB500F was available when I bought my CBR, but I went for the most basic.

          • Campisi

            You couldn’t go wrong either way. I bought a CBR250R back when they hit the market in 2011, and remember it fondly. Now I’m waiting on the CBR650 to make its (late, in my opinion) arrival to these shores.

  • tAotS

    Still no CRF250M in North America? C’mon, Honda!

    • tAotS

      Hopefully there’s a 300 in the works.

      • Piglet2010

        Hey, that was my idea! :)

        • tAotS

          I didn’t notice your post, but I’m glad we’re on the same wavelength – great minds think alike.

          I just assumed that, since Kawasaki now has the Ninja 300, Honda will eventually beef up the CBR250. When that happens, I’m guessing it’ll also trickle down to the CRF (just like in the past).

          Here’s to speculation!

          • Piglet2010

            The CBR300R has already been announced for the US market – however, instead of already being in dealers as planned, it may not come until late fall as a 2015 model.

  • Benjamin Reynolds

    Being that the NM4 is an automatic w/ ABS, I see it as kind of a motorcycle/scooter. Hopefully it’ll pick off some would be scooter buyers.

  • Truthbot

    Honda is going balls deep with the automatic clutches.

  • Κακος Λυκος

    Nm4 is the best thing I’ve seen after the tmax