2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way
Aspirin taken, ate some food, drank that much-needed water and took a hot shower. Hangover time is over and getting my head around the fact that I have to wake up early to work depressed me at first. But luckily the excitement brought with the launch of these new machines means we and I get to see them on our roads pretty soon, and I cannot wait to unveil the secrets they behold.
Unveiled at the back end of 2017, these hot machines give new life goals and expectations, not just for riders, but also to other manufacturers giving them no option but to up their game as well. Thanks to this, competition keeps getting hotter by the day, and we are ultimately rewarded with machines that beam innovation and technology.
Here are the top picks that are touted to take the market by storm in 2018:
Honda’s got high hopes for the Africa Twin, the company’s resident adventure bike that’s itching to become the game-changer in the segment Big Red always hoped it would be. The all-new Africa Twin clearly has a lot on its shoulders so as you can expect, Honda has prepared a marketing siege to help promote the bike, including a promotional video of the bike with interviews from the people who were directly responsible for building it in the first place.
Honda went straight to the point here and you have to applaud them for that. Instead of the carefully crafted promo piece, the company went straight to highlighting what the new Africa Twin will have at its disposal.
One new feature on the Africa Twin is the Dual Clutch Transmission, which is not only new to the model, but also a first for off-road riding in general. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing remains to be seen, but from the looks of things, Honda’s willingness to take the bike outside of its comfort zone speaks to the company’s confidence that the name, cache, and overall features will translate well to off-road riders the world over.
As far as the video itself is concerned, it’s nice to see the team behind the all-new Africa Twin to talk shop with their Japanese counterparts who were responsible for the development of the original model. Hearing how both sides reflect on their creations is like listening to two proud sets of parents comparing their equally awesome children. It’s a nice break from the usual cavalcade of promotional materials that focus solely on the aesthetics without diving deep into the spirit of these machines.
The new Honda Africa Twin is promising a lot, which it should if it wants to separate itself from the likes of the KTM 990 Adventure or the Yamaha Super Tenere. After watching this video, I’m hopeful that all these promises won’t go unfulfilled.
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Honda is set to being back the Africa Twin adventure bike in the US, albeit in a different guise from what we’re used to. That shouldn’t be an issue in the long run because the new iteration of the Africa Twin should make its previous incarnations proud.
Specific details surrounding the bike have yet to be announced, but Honda did say that the 2016 CRF1000L Africa Twin will essentially be the finished product of the True Adventure prototype the company showcased at the 2014 EICMA Motorcycle Show last October 2014.
Nice as that is to hear, it still doesn’t answer a lot of questions surrounding the bike since Honda didn’t reveal too much of the prototype back when it was displayed at EICMA.
Here’s what we do know. The bike will officially be called the CRF1000L Africa Twin. The use of the “CRF” name is important because Honda wants the adventure bike to be closely associated to its resident Dakar race bike, the CRF450 Rally.
Recent patent filings of the bike also revealed a few clues on what we can expect from the bike. The most noticeable part of those filings is the unique design of the airbox, which Honda supposedly created to provide more room for a larger fuel tank. That ties into the 1,000cc parallel-Twin engine that the Africa Twin will reportedly have inside its belly.
Performance numbers have yet to be released, but there’s enough reason to believe that while the Africa Twin won’t be as powerful as the BMW R1200GS, Ducati Multistrada 1200, and some of its other European counterparts, it’s going to have a lighter weight than its rivals, thus compensating for the supposed lack in power.
That said, there’s still a lot of information about the CRF1000L Africa Twin that Honda’s keeping close to its chest. Hopefully, details become available sooner than later because we can only enjoy these promo videos and teaser photos for so long.
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Honda’s 2015 motorsports activities aren’t just limited to its Formula One return this coming March. The Japanese company also competes in the FIM Endurance World Championship and in time for the start of that EWC season this coming April 18, 2015 at the Le Mans 24 Hours, Honda has reconfirmed its commitment and brought back its trio of riders, namely Julien Da Costa, Freddy Foray, and Sebastian Gilbert.
The three riders will continue putting into action the new approach Honda took last year when it finished seventh overall in the 2014 Endurance World Championship. Last year’s finish was a significant improvement from its 2013 campaign when the Honda TT Legends finished a disappointing 18th overall.
But the TT Legends have been put to pasture in favor of the three endurance experts, which Honda expects will continue in their impressive showing last season. The three riders are expected to ride the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP race package as the team tries to improve on its 2014 showing. That’s a job far easier said than done given how strong the competition is. Vaulting from seventh all the way to a title finish isn’t unprecedented, but it’s also not a walk-in-the-park, either.
Honda thinks it now has the horses to get it done. Only time will tell if said horses have the gallop in them to prove their team right. The full calendar of the 2015 Endurance World Championship season has yet to be announced by the FIM. That said, we already know where and when the season’s going to begin so that’s something we can all look forward to.
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The Honda CRF90F has a lot to love, especially by those young riders that are starting to learn the secrets of enduro motorcycles. For the starters Honda is famous for its bullet proof built quality and reliability so the motorcycle is able to deal with anything is thrown at it. Then there is the lively 90 cc, air cooled, four stroke engine which is considered one of the most durable and tough units in its class.
Needless to say that the engine delivers a smooth and tractable power-band, coping great with the requirements of an enduro motorcycle. The engine’s power is kept in leash by a smooth shifting five-speeds manual transmission.
The ride quality is kept in check by a rugged rear suspension which also helps to improve the motorcycle’s handling. You also get a tough steel frame and a pair of strong front and rear drum brakes.
The 2013 Honda CRF80F is offered with a starting price of $2,470.
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The 2013 Honda CRF100F is a reliable off road bike especially developed for young riders. Power comes from a 99cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine. It’s strong, lumpy, massively torquey and, with the five-speed transmission copes great with the sporty nature of the motorcycle. The 2013 Honda CRF150RB Expert’s engine is mounted on a rigid and lightweight high-tensile steel frame which provides a proper handling and maneuverability.
The 2013 Honda CRF150RB Expert rides on front 70/100-19 and rear 90/100-16 tires which are perfectly capable to deal with any type of terrain. The ride quality is assured by a front a front 27mm leading-axle Showa fork which offers 5.9 inches of wheel travel and a rear pro-link Showa single shock which offers 5.8 inches of travel.
The 2013 Honda CRF100F’s stopping power is assured by front and rear drum brakes.
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Having “smelled” the recent frenzy generated by the launch of the all-new Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré and Ducati Multistrada 1200, which come as direct competitors for the BMW R1200GS, Oberdan Bezzi decided to bring a fourth player to the game in the form of the Honda Africa Twin 1200. He so revives the Japanese enduro legend that was only produced with a middleweight engine (750cc) through the 1990s and up until 2003.
In order to make it on today’s much more competitive market, the new bike would have to develop around 140hp and rely on an extremely versatile chassis, just to start with. Comfort, good looks and many touring accessories should tip the scale in favor of Honda if they ever decide to revive the Africa Twin in the upgraded form demanded by today’s enduro standards. We believe Obiboi’s sketch marks the spot.
The Honda XRV 750, better known as the Africa Twin, is a legendary model of the Japanese manufacturer, appreciated as being one of the most robust and reliable motorcycles ever produced by Honda.
While several rumors from last year announced the fact that Honda will most likely produce a descendent of the Varadero model powered by a V4 engine, the Italians from infomotori assure about the reviving of the renowned adventure model seven years after being removed from the Honda lineup.
Apparently, the future Africa Twin will be powered by a new 1000cc V2 engine, 200cc less than what the competition has to offer. Look at motorcycles such as the BMW R1200GS, Yamaha Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré and Ducati Multistrada for a comparison base. Still, Honda will have to ensure similar performance figures while weight should be significantly down.
Like in the case of yesterday’s Aprilia Tuareg rendering, the Honda should have chain final drive and a 21-inch front wheel.
Expect Honda to introduce the all-new XRV 1000 Africa Twin at the EICMA show in Milan.
We will come back on this subject as soon as we have more details.
The Honda NX 650 Dominator is a budget dual-sport motorcycle powered by a 644cc single-cylinder engine, produced by the Japanese manufacturer between 1988 and 2003.
Italy’s motorcycle design guru Oberdan Bezzi has come up with a rendering for a new Honda Dominator. Nowadays, such a bike would have to compete with models such as the Yamaha XT 660Z Tenere, BMW F 650 GS and Kawasaki KLX 650, but if the previous Dominator’s reliability and great mileage were also taken in consideration, we reckon the middleweight dual-sport segment will soon have a new leader. Still, that is only and only if Honda ever decides to revive the Dominator.
Looks like even a supermoto version isn’t to be neglected either.
Honda has prepared the notorious Transalp for 2009 as part of their plans to continue the long career of this average displacement Enduro bike, but only added anti-lock brakes and painted it in the colors of the first Transalp model.
Already famous thanks to its bulletproof engine and the awesome riding experience that it offers both on paved roads and off them, the Honda XL700V Transalp needs no presentation whatsoever. What is unknown on this new model is the C-ABS anti-lock brakes that are meant to provide the best of braking performance on all riding surfaces that the bike is made to be exploited on. Honda added the new braking system on most bikes in the 2009 lineup and this legend simply couldn’t be missed.
Featuring an aggressive and futuristic design, the Transalp practically defines through its looks the idea of adventure in motorcycling, meaning no barriers in a rider’s quest. And the liquid-cooled and electronically fuel-injected 680cc V-Twin four-valved engine is there to back up the inviting design and never leave room for the rider to wish another kind of riding experience. This is the impressive result of the V-Twin engine type which managed to find its way on this dual-sport motorcycle in 1987 together with the first Transalp. Imagine this bike’s evolution if it would have featured a single-cylinder motor.
Modern day means modern requirements so the new Honda has to comply with Euro-3 regulations and features a very efficient catalytic device.
Also, Honda offers a range of accessories which allow you to personalize the 2009 model year like never before. Not much has changed, indeed, but what did, makes all the difference.