The Honda X4 was first introduced as a concept in 1995 at the 31st Tokyo Motor Show, and official series production began in March 1997. The Honda X4 was a domestic Japanese model, but a small proportion of the motorcycles went to Europe and the North American market.
Despite the fact that the X4 is often classified as a power cruiser, it is not entirely correct to call it such. The fact is that, in essence, the model is a special configuration of the Honda CB1300 model, differing from it only in appearance, carburetors and a number of other insignificant parameters. The relationship between the CB1300 and the X4 also gives the factory designation - the Honda X4 had the factory code CB1300DC . In addition, Honda itself has positioned the X4 as a "Powered Custom".
Since the inception of the Honda X4, many experts and users have presented Yamaha V-Max as the main competitor of the motorcycle, comparing both models that had some external similarities - for example, the shape of the exhaust system, the saddle, the rear of the motorcycle ... Although in concept they are completely different motorcycles - as noted above, the X4 is practically the same road builder Honda CB1300.
Speaking of the popularity of the Honda X4, it should be noted that the motorcycle had a rather low level of sales in the North American market. Critics of the time noted the motorcycle's low power (the V-Max 1200 produced up to 145 hp versus 100 hp in the X4), high fuel consumption and insufficient straight-line stability at high speeds. However, along with a failure, in some countries, the X4 has become a truly iconic model, which has gathered a whole army of admirers. Such countries include, for example, Germany.
2003 was the last year of production of the Honda X4, after which it disappeared from the Honda motorcycle line and did not receive further development.
Major generations of the Honda X4:
- Honda X4 - was available on the market from 1997 to 1999. inclusive. Visually distinguished by a black engine and black springs of the rear shock absorbers.
- Honda X4 LD - was available from 2000 to 2003. The abbreviation LD stands for low-down. The model gets a lower saddle, a new rear suspension (red springs), a silver engine and a new design of the front brake discs (in the previous version - a solid non-working part, in the LD - a seven-spoke). Also, with the tightening of environmental standards, the motorcycle receives a new exhaust afterburning system.
The main competitors of the Honda X4 in the class:
Specifications Honda X4:
|Model||Honda X4 (CB1300DC)|
|Engine type||4-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line|
|Working volume||1284 cc cm.|
|Bore / stroke||78.0 x 67.2 mm|
|Compression ratio||9.6: 1|
|Number of valves per cylinder||DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder|
|Fuel supply system||carburetor, 4x 36mm (code - VEPA) - X4|
carburetor, 4x 36 mm (code - VEPC) - X4 LD
|Maximum power||100.0 h.p. (74.0 kW) at 6500 rpm|
|Maximum torque||121.0 Nm (12.3 kg-m) at 5000 rpm|
|Front tire size||120 / 70ZR18 (59W)|
|Rear tire size||190 / 60ZR17 (78W)|
|Front brakes||2 discs, 310 mm, 4-piston calipers|
|Rear brakes||1 disc, 276 mm, 2-piston caliper|
|Front suspension||43mm telescopic fork, 130mm travel|
|Rear suspension||pendulum with two Showa shocks, 132 mm travel|
|Motorcycle length||2330 mm|
|Motorcycle width||745 mm|
|Motorcycle height||1140 mm - X4|
1130 mm - X4 LD
|Wheelbase||1650 mm - X4|
1645 mm - X4 LD
|Saddle height||730 mm - X4|
720 mm - X4 LD
|Acceleration to 100 km / h||4.0 sec|
|Maximum speed||180 km / h (with limiter)|
|Fuel tank capacity||15.0 l|
|Motorcycle weight (dry)||249 kg|
|Motorcycle weight (curb)||270 kg|
Average fuel consumption for a Honda X4 depends on the driving style of the pilots and the technical condition of the motorcycle, and is:
- 8-10 liters for 100 km - in city driving mode
- 4-5 liters per 100 km - in track mode