Honda has two new 650cc machines in the pipeline
The Honda CB600F (known as the Hornet in Europe and Brazil) was undoubtedly one of the most influential middleweight naked motorcycles. Originally launched in 1998, it had close ties to the race-winning CBR600RR but had always presented its own unique package of sporty performance and light, user-friendly handling.
In 2014 the model received a major update and got a displacement increase of 49 cc, the new model is called CB650F, which is currently sold in the US for $ 8,249. And according to Fabrice Recoque, director of the motorcycle division of Honda France, the world is getting TWO new 650cc naked motorcycles.
Honda is spewing a supercharged machine for the future
One of the largest motorcycle manufacturer, Honda, is in full gear and firing on all pistons and doing tremendously well in pioneering many great technology and features onto the world streets. The most recent being the development of hydrogen fuel based engines and self-balancing motorcycles.
Now, they are getting busy in a run to stay as the world leaders by developing a supercharged V-Twin motorcycle. As seen on a MoreBikes post, “Honda is planning a new, supercharged motorcycle that will have the power-boosting unit mounted on the left-hand side of the engine. And the new kit will power a host of new motorcycles over the next few years.”
India becomes the top production base for Honda worldwide.
Honda entered the Indian market in 2001 with two scooters – a segment which was believed to be taking its last breath at the time of their arrival. Against all the odds, both the scooters – Activa and Dio – went on churning a large number of volumes for their parent company, which went on to become the second largest two-wheeler manufacturer in the Indian market.
The company has come a long way since then and is on fire to go reach even higher heights. In the process, the Japanese Red has, together with its allied suppliers, invested ₹ 5400 crores ($830.5 million) into the Karnataka plant in Narasapura that just became the biggest two-wheeler manufacturer for Honda in the entire world.
Honda is surprising us with the entry of the CB300R in July
"JAPANESE CRAFTSMANSHIP" and the "Spirit of CAFÉ RACER". This is how Honda described its new Neo Sports Cafe motorcycle project that was unveiled to the world on November 6th, just a day before the EICMA Milan motorcycle show. Later what came of that is the CB1000R naked-retro along with the CB300R and the CB125R.
Honda started rolling the naked liter onto the streets soon after setting up the stage for to bring in a whole new flavor into motorcycling. Having the same classic design lines with modern underpinnings, the CBR300R is now making its way onto our shores, and we cannot be any less delighted for this honor.
Automatic transmission is on the prowl
Automatic vs. Manual has been a hot debate for the four-wheeler segment ever since the first automatic car was born in 1940 by General Motors’ Cadillac. And now, it seems like it will create similar situations in the two-wheeler segment as well. Or would it?
Honda has been at the forefront of new technology and has heavily invested into bringing automatic transmission to everyday motorcycles. It has been a pioneer in developing new forms of gear and clutch designs and is vying to change the dimensions of free riding, starting with the scooters all the way to the mighty Gold-Wing.
Every other major player has their own versions of the same having different acronyms but ultimately does the same job. It seems the manual transmission is well on its slide into obsolescence within the automotive world. And the ones responsible are these folks:
Honda puts its Elecrtic future on stands at the Tokyo Motor show.
There is no denial in the fact that people will eventually stop filling their vehicles with liquefied dinosaurs and shift to electric. Not because they’ll like it but because there won’t be an option in the future.
So automotive manufacturers have already begun the race to be at the top when that happens, and have kept their workforce busy in spinning out vehicles for that future.
Honda, with a fanbase of 28 million customers all around the world, is just doing that and have showcased their take on this challenge at the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show which includes the Honda PCX Electric, the Honda PCX Hybrid and the Honda Riding Assist-e.
Honda created history with 100 million Super Cubs out of its factory gates
Serving 100 million happy customers is a well-achieved milestone for any business, and no other manufacturer but Honda could have made it seem this easy. Being the first two-wheeler to cross such a mark is the Japanese Red Wing’s Super Cub that began its life way back in 1958.
Now, the moped is being made at 16 plants spread across 15 countries around the world that serves customers in more than 160 countries. That is some mind-boggling numbers considering the popularity and logistics involved with the Super Cub.
Honda’s new flagship tourer is no more a secret. The 2018 Goldwing.
Earlier this month, Honda has released a video as part of a five-part ad campaign that hints the launch of something that will take you to "What lies beyond". And we had speculated it to be the brand new 2018 Honda Goldwing. Looks like we didn’t fault there.
Expected to debut sometime in October, this behemoth from Japan has caught the internet frenzy wave and hasn’t been spared. Low-res media images of the 2018 model have been leaked and it’s nothing but exciting.
Honda and Hitachi enter a joint venture on the electric path.
Honda has always been at the forefront of technology and is a major player in the world of artificial intelligence, robotics and big data. Now fresh new information has cropped up suggesting that the Japanese Red is getting serious about developing electric vehicles and so is being busy partnering with another technocrat, Hitachi Automotive Systems.
As a matter of fact, both these companies had signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this year in February and they have escalated those talks by signing in for a joint venture partnership in March. They have christened the JV as Hitachi Automotive Electric Motor Systems, and it will be heeding to develop, manufacture and sales of motors for electric vehicles, both for Honda and other players.
The 2015 American International Motorcycle Expo is fast approaching and Honda has prepared a few surprises for the show. One of the most eagerly anticipated debuts in the show is the 2016 Honda CBR500R and like any motorcycle company that’s worth it’s salt, Honda has dropped a few teaser photos of the new CBR500R ahead of its world debut.
The two teaser photos, one featuring the side profile of the bike and the other featuring the redesigned headlight, don’t show a whole lot of the nifty new components Honda is promising on the bike. That said, the teaser still shows enough new details that help piece the puzzle a little bit. The bodywork, for instance, has been updated. The fairing design is different from the 2015 CBR500R, extending all the way to the seat and covering different sections of the bike’s engine. The other noticeable difference is the stylised exhaust canister that looks thicker and shorter than the canister on the 2015 model. Up front, Honda bares a new dual LED headlight setup that admittedly looks sharper than the old unit.
That’s as far as I got in discerning the updates on the 2016 CBR500R. The full spate of details, including the engine and the chassis, will be revealed at the AIMExpo, which kicks off on October 15, 2015.
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Despite poor reactions when it first came out, the Honda RC213V-S appears to have attracted its fair share of customers. The Japanese company revealed to Asphalt and Rubber that reservations for the MotoGP-inspired street bike are coming in stronger than expected.
There’s still a little over a week left before the reservation windows close, but at this point, the company has already received well over 300 purchase reservations on the RC213V-S’s dedicated website, exceeding the 220 units Honda initially planned to build in its Hamamatsu factory in 2016. The company has since been forced to ramp up its preparations to accommodate around 250 units, but if reservations continue to pour in for the superbike, Honda might again have to increase the factory’s production capacity.
This is tremendous news for Honda and the RC213V-S, which didn’t have the best first impression when it was revealed that its power output would be limited to just 101 horsepower in the US because of EPA regulations and that it would cost a staggering $184,000, which is right around the price of a 2016 Audi R8 V10.
Turns outs, a lot of customers aren’t too worried about shelling out that much money on the RC213V-S. Here in the US, part of the requirements in reserving the bike is dropping a $50,000 deposit. These reservations aren’t considered outright sales, but those customers who shelled out the $50,000 deposit are more than likely to complete the sale as soon as the bikes are ready.
Whatever happens, Honda’s planning to close purchase reservations as soon as it hits the maximum production capacity on the superbike. If there are still those who are on the fence, now’s a good time make a decision.
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Honda Racing has taken the unprecedented step of publicly apologizing to two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner after the rider’s crash at the Suzuka 8 Hours led to him sustaining a broken right scapula and a fractured left tibia.
In a statement, HRC addressed the controversy surrounding Stoner’s crash, admitting that a stuck throttle on the team’s factory racing bike led to the high-speed crash that sent Stoner straight to the hospital. It was an ignominious end to Stoner’s highly anticipated return to motor racing since his retirement in 2012. The team also admitted that the problem had never “arisen before” and is now in the process of installing a new throttle design that will be used for future endurance races.
Stoner was actually leading the endurance race for HARC-Pro Honda, which was looking to win its third straight Suzuka 8 Hours race, at the time of the crash. Unfortunately for both the rider and the team, the damage sustained by the bike squashed the team’s bid for a three-peat. The Yamaha factory squad ended up taking the chequered flag on the back of sterling rides from Pol Espargaro, Bradley Smith, and Katsuyuki Nakasuga, winning the iconic endurance race for the first time since 1996.
The nature of Stoner’s crash was horrific to say the least and while a broken right scapula and a fractured left tibia are nothing to sneeze at, the rider was fortunate to have escaped with more serious injuries.
I wish Casey Stoner all the best in his recovery and I hope that we’ll see him ride again in the future. It would be a shame if his crash at the 8 Hours of Suzuka ends up being the last time we see him in a racing bike.
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Honda has initiated a voluntary recall campaign for owners of no less than 33 motorcycle models that are all suspected of having defective starter relay switches.
According to Honda, the sealants that put these starter relay switches in place may have been improperly applied, and in some cases, they could lead to increased resistance in the motorcycles’ main fuse. When this happens, the current flow between the battery and bike’s electrical system may be interrupted, preventing the bike from starting or cause an engine stall in cases where the engine is running. The latter scenario poses an inherent risk of a crash. Honda also indicated that the defect may cause a fire because of the defective working conditions in the main fuse.
It’s obviously a serious issue that needs to be addressed. The sheer number of affected models is reason enough to be concerned and owners of affected models are highly encouraged to contact their dealers so they can find out if their bikes are part of the affected lot. Honda dealerships have already been notified of the recall and have also been instructed to replace the parts if they’re found to be defective.
The company didn’t say how many total units are affected by the defect, but the mere fact that 33 models have been tagged means that this particular recall is going to be a real doozy. I can’t name all the models affected by the recall in this page, so if you want to find out if your bike falls under those that have been red-flagged, you can check it out after the jump.
Continue reading to read more about Honda’s massive safety recall affecting 33 of its models after the jump.