Honda garners accolades at Cycle World Magazine Ten Best
Torrance, CA - Honda received three motorcycle awards Monday night at the
prestigious, annual Cycle World Magazine Ten Best Awards banquet.
Honda's all-new GL1800 Gold Wing received Cycle World's 2001 Best Touring Bike
Award. News of the award quickly reached Masanori Aoki, Large Project Leader of
the GL1800, as he arrived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - international
headquarters of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) - to brief SAE
engineers on the development of the Gold Wing.
"I am very happy that the Gold Wing has been so well-received in America," a
pleased Aoki said. "We want all Gold Wing buyers to know that we built the best
touring bike possible for them." On sale at Honda dealers since November 2000,
the Gold Wing is now one of Honda's best selling motorcycles.
Honda's completely redesigned CBR600F4i took top honors as Cycle World's Best
Middleweight Bike. Winning the award this year was especially gratifying to
Honda's Senior Press Manager, Gary Christopher. "In one of the most competitive
motorcycle classes we have seen, it takes a special bike to win. Our engineers
met this challenge by designing a superb street motorcycle that, with minimal
modifications, is still the bike to beat in Supersport competition."
Honda's early-release 2002 VTX received Cycle World's award for the Best Cruiser
of 2001. "We couldn't be happier," beamed Honda's Vice President Ray Blank.
"With this award, Cycle World is telling the world that the VTX is the king of
all cruisers." The VTX has been selling out at Honda dealers since April.
"These are Honda's flagship motorcycles and all Honda associates deserve
recognition for these awards," continued Blank. "I want to congratulate the
associates at the Honda of Marysville Motorcycle Plant, where both the Gold Wing
and VTX are virtually hand-built for the customer."
For details of each award, be sure to pick up the latest issue of Cycle World
magazine at newsstands everywhere.