“In addition, a pair of upgraded Montesa Cota trials machines – the choice of FIM Trials World Champion Toni Bou – are offered to U.S. customers for the new model year,” states the press release from Big Red himself.
This particular model was refreshed in commemoration of Honda’s 30th Anniversary. According to the report, the iconic inline four-cylinder heart now has a focus on mid-corner acceleration, with “the intake ports, airbox, airbox funnels and exhaust mid-section are all revised to deliver extra midrange power.”
Honda’s also gone up three teeth in the final-drive sprocket for better yoink, with the cherry on top being the upgraded quick-shifter performance to accompany a better throttle feel, better rear tire traction, and optimized Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).
The whole package is available in a beautiful pearl white.
This supersport-inspired street bike is designed with a high-quality Showa Separate Function Big Piston fork, as well as a purported “excellent emissions performance.”
Chassis has been better tuned, and there’s really not much else to say apart from the fact that riding this thing is a little too fun in the high revs…all the better to accompany that Matte Black Metallic color scheme, we say.
Listed as “the ultimate tool for tackling urban environments in style,” the PCX continues to slay the game with its freeway-capable engine, good fuel economy and great handling. A simple ride all-around (the better to cater to a wider range of riders), the PCX comes in Peal White for this year.
If there was ever a machine to win a prize for being adaptable, it’s the XR650L – and no wonder. With easy access whether trail-bound or commuting about an urban environment, this particular unit does the job and remains a pleasant ride regardless of the topography.
Tie the whole kit and caboodle up with the “proud Baja heritage” that keeps fans coming back for more, and you’ve got a machine that won’t be losing its place in Honda’s lineup anytime soon.
The XR650L has received a styling facelift for 2022 and now comes in a very nice white colour scheme.
Pricing: $6,999 (MSRP)
2022 MONTESA COTA 4RT260R
Described as “the latest evolution of Montesa’s versatile 259cc platform,” the Cota 4RT260R model now carries the ‘R’-ace-ready moniker – translating to Showa suspension components, as well as a larger aluminum muffler that delivers increased horsepower across the rev range. The 4RT260R also gets new graphics and a striking black color scheme for this year.
Pricing: $9,199 (MSRP)
2022 MONTESA COTA 4RT301RR ‘RACE REPLICA’
Montesa’s most competition-focused model, the 4RT301RR Race Replica runs a 298 cc four-stroke thumper complemented by Showa suspension and white livery (repsol-inspired).
All hail the top dog of the motorcycle industry’s miniMOTO world!
For 2023, Honda has kept the Grom’s addicting aesthetic, punchy power and modular styling, with the unit coming in a range of colours for 2023: Matte Black Metallic, Cherry Red, and a nice retro Force Silver Metallic.
If you’re wanting ABS for this model, expect to be more limited to the basic but beautiful Pearl White.
Pricing (sans ABS): $3,499 (MSRP)
Pricing (with ABS): $3,799 (MSRP)
Meet the Ruckus® – the model single-handedly responsible for an entire scooter-customization subculture.
Industrial design meets practicality in Honda’s usual top three perks (reliability and fuel efficiency without breaking the bank), with the Ruckus being the perfect option for affordable, around-town transportation.
2023’s offering comes in a White/Metallic Blue color scheme, or a Metallic Blue/Tan offering.
Pricing: $2,899 (MSRP)
“We recognize that motorcycling comes in many forms, a fact that is reflected in today’s announcement,” says Honda America’s Manager of Sports & Experiential, Brandon Wilson.
“The models included are each unique, but they share a commitment to delivering the enjoyment of two-wheel recreation. We’re proud of the disparate nature of the motorcycling community, and we’re happy to serve all of its members in 2022 and beyond.”
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