Honda has added to its uniquely full range of motorcycles and scooters, with the announcement of the following new and upgraded models for Europe, on the eve of the EICMA show in Milan.
CB500X, CB500F and CBR500R
Three new middleweight machines powered by a brand new parallel twin engine, that each offer fun handling, accessible all-round ability and economical running costs. The high-revving 35kW engine offers an engaging power delivery, while also making the trio ideal for A2 licence holders.
The fully-faired CBR500R takes strong design cues from the CBR1000RR Fireblade, and provides an excellent first big sports bike experience. It will also appeal to experienced riders looking for a great value alternative to larger sports bikes, and is equipped with ABS as standard.
The naked CB500F, with design inspired by the CB1000R, makes an ideal first full-size motorcycle – and with its high build quality, affordable price point and low running costs will also make a great long-term partner.
The third of the trio, the CB500X, is the latest addition to Honda’s range of on-off motorcycles. Physically taller, with longer travel suspension, a little more wheelbase and bigger fuel tank than its siblings, the CB500X has styling derived from the 1200cc V4 Crosstourer. It is equipped with ABS as standard and offers both an ideal start to a lifelong motorcycling adventure, and an attractive alternative for experienced riders looking for a practical, affordable big bike both for commuting and weekend fun.
Gold Wing F6B
The Gold Wing F6B is a new stablemate to the GL1800 Gold Wing. It combines the Gold Wing’s awesome 1800cc flat-six cylinder engine and nimble handling chassis, with a striking, stripped-down style to create a unique custom-touring motorcycle.
The NSS300 Forza is a new high specification, mid-size sporty sit-in scooter powered by an engine that delivers long-range commuting performance with a compact chassis that offers storage for two full-faced helmets.
For 2013, Honda’s Supersports jewel has been significantly upgraded, with a new-look face, MotoGP-inspired bodywork and aerodynamics. Handling has been further improved with the addition of 41mm Showa Big Piston Forks, refined rear suspension and new 12-spoke wheels, whilst remapped fuel injection and air intake control settings make for even better throttle response. The 2013 CBR600RR will also be available in a new Repsol colour scheme.
These new models follow the previous announcement of the classic naked CB1100, the new sporty NSC50R scooter, and SH125i and SH150i flagship small commuters to round out a new model line-up unique its breadth and variety.