Classic models are one of the most conservative types of motorcycles. They are characterized by traditional construction and design, while they usually lag behind tourist, off-road and, especially, sports models in terms of technical innovation. The following is a review of the Honda CB 1300: specifications, history, market place.
This model is the flagship of the Honda motorcycle line. Refers to classic motorcycles and is a representative of the BigOne project, which began in 1969 with the Dream CB750 Four model. The motorcycle in question is the successor to the CB1000 Super Four, from which it inherited the design and design features.
Honda CB 1300 has been in production since 1998. During this time, one generation has changed.
The first generation motorcycle (SC40) was produced from 1998 to 2002 with annual updates. It was only available in the Japanese market until 2002
Model equipped1284cc3 4-cylinder carbureted engine from the X4 model, complete with a 5-speed manual transmission. Multi-plate clutch in oil bath. The motorcycle has a rare rear suspension design on parallel arms with two shock absorbers. Chain drive. Engine power is 114 liters. with., torque - 117 Nm.
The motorcycle was produced in five modifications.
First in production in 1998 launched the Fw CB 1300 version, the technical parameters of which are discussed above.
In 1999, the CB1300Fx modification appeared. It differs from the previous version in the presence of a fork stiffness regulator and a center stand.
The following year, a modification of the CB1300Fy was introduced, in which only the design was changed: the instruments received orange illumination instead of blue, the radiator was painted silver, and the brake calipers were golden.
In 2001, 6-piston brakes were changed to 4-piston brakes on the CB1300F1 modification.
At the same time, a circulation of 500 pcs. released the CB1300SF SP version featuring a single muffler and a red-dominated paint job.
In 2002, the only version sold in Europe, the CB1300F2 (CB1300S/F SP), was introduced. It has a blue and white color scheme and also has a single muffler.
Honda CB 1300 second generation (SC54) produced from 2003 to present. Next, consider in more detail all the characteristics.
Compared to the first version, the new CB1300 received a different frame design. The engine was replaced with an injection engine (SC54E), as a result of which the power increased by 2 liters. With. - up to 116 l. With. The dry weight of the motorcycle due to the use of one muffler instead of two decreased by 20 kg - up to 226 kg. Both the front and rear wheels have been reduced in width by 10mm. Also reduced the thickness of the front fork by 2 mm - up to 43 mm. The 6-piston front brakes were replaced with 4-piston ones, and the 3-piston rims were replaced with 5-piston ones. The motorcycle was equipped with a new dashboard and a HISS immobilizer. Round mirrors were replaced with square ones. The volume of the luggage compartment under the seat has increased to 12 liters.
The new Honda CB 1300 is being offered not only in the Japanese market.
The first version is the CB1300F3, which is very similar in appearance to the first generation CB1300. The technical characteristics of this modification are discussed above.
The model also has many modifications, which appear several times a year. However, their differences are minimal and usually consist in external design.
More or less significant changes, in comparison with the first version, were made in 2005 on the CB1300F5 modification. Also added to the classic version of the Honda CB 1300 Super Four is the CB1300SB (Super Bol D’Or) variant, which is distinguished by the presence of a front fairing and a rectangular headlight. Models equipped with ABS, designated "A", have appeared.
The next significant update was made in2007, resulting in the creation of the CB1300_7 version in four modifications. It featured a reshaped seat and a different catalytic converter. Modifications, as before, differ in external elements and coloring.
Since 2008, all versions have been equipped with an upgraded PGM-FI injection system, a revised catalytic converter and an IACV air intake valve.
Another upgrade took place in 2010. Changed the output power of the generator, the shape of the rear light. The seat is lowered by 10 mm, the central passenger handle has been replaced with two side handles.
In 2010, the CB1300TA (Super Touring) version appeared, equipped with a larger front fairing, ABS, large plastic side cases with a volume of 29 liters.
The first generation motorcycle accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. Top speed is limited to 180 km/h due to Japanese law. The average fuel consumption is 9.7 liters. Since the technical specifications increased slightly on the second generation Honda CB 1300, this did not affect acceleration to 100 km / h. However, due to a change in Japanese law and the delivery of the motorcycle to other markets, the speed limiter was removed from the motorcycle, and the maximum speed was increased to 240 km/h.
Reviews from amateurs and professionals indicate that the Honda CB 1300 is most suitable for traveling on country roads at medium speeds. In such conditions, it consumes 7-8 liters per 100 km, and the tank21 l capacity provides a relatively high power reserve.
Using a motorcycle in an urban environment is inconvenient. This is primarily due to the high mass. Moreover, the CB1300 has a high center of gravity, which is especially noticeable when driving at minimum speeds. In addition, its suspension is not adapted to dynamic driving: jerks are felt during intensive acceleration.
Supply of the Honda CB 1300 to the local market was discontinued a few years ago, so only used options are found here.
The main competitors are listed below.
Yamaha XJR 1300 - differs from the CB1300 in a less powerful engine (106 hp, 100 Nm), as a result of which it is slower in acceleration, but reaches the same maximum speed. It also has a simpler rear suspension. Otherwise, the design and parameters are close.
Kawasaki ZXR1100 - very similar in design and parameters to the XJR 1300, except for the frame. The ZXR1200 is already closer to the Honda CB 1300 thanks to a more powerful engine (122 hp, 112 Nm), due to which it is faster in acceleration and in top speed.
Suzuki GSF 1200 - has the least powerful engine among its CB1300 counterparts (98 hp, 91.7 Nm), which is partly offset by the smallest weight (208-219 kg). It has a different rear suspension. GSF 1250 received an upgraded engine and a 6-speed gearbox. However, in terms of mass, he caught up with competitors, as a result of which the maximum speed decreased. The GSX 1200 is very similar in performance to the GSF 1200 but differs in frame and rear suspension design. The GSX 1400 has overpowerful engine (106 HP, 125 Nm).