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New CB1000R and Africa Twin Sport lead Honda’s EICMA line-up

  • Wide range of new bikes from the Flying Wings
  • Tech and range improvements shown at EICMA
  • Honda previews 2018 motorcycle range
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AFRICA TWIN ADVENTURE SPORT: Image: Honda Motorcycles / Newspress

MILAN, Italy – Honda has revealed its full 2018 European motorcycle line-up on the eve of the EICMA show in Milan with the introduction of five new and two extensively upgraded models.

And these alongside concept versions of two Honda legends.

“The new range,” the bikemaker says, “includes the entire Honda range from a new entry-level 125cc to the 2018 GL1800 Gold Wing, further enriching the deepest, widest product line-up of any manufacturer.”

CB1000R, CB300R and CB125R bring a new kind of naked style

The CB1000R heads a trio of new naked machines with a unique new identity developed under a design theme of ‘Neo Sports Café’. The new styling language, Honda says, is modern and minimalist, “mixing sports naked and café racer inspirations with head-turning results”.

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   HONDA CB1000R: Image: Honda Motorcycles / Newspress

“While every single part has been chosen with its aesthetic effect in mind, ” Honda explains, “the CB1000R lacks nothing in performance and specification – a 12kg weight reduction and 15kW more power compared to the previous CB1000R means a 20% improvement in power-to-weight ratio.


“The multiple riding modes with various combinations of power and engine braking with Honda ‘Selectable Torque Control’ run on a new throttle-by-wire engine-management system.”

Sharing the new look are two machines for younger or older new riders at an early stage of riding motorcycle.

“The CB300R and CB125R,” Honda says, “are light for fun riding and have free-revving engines but they also have high-specification 41mm forks, preload-adjustable rear suspension, four-piston front brake calipers and several other features more usually found on much larger machines – diode instrument display and lighting and anti-lock brakes.

Upgraded Africa Twin gets new ‘Adventure Sports’ stablemate

A new Adventure Sports version of the CRF1000L Africa Twin is marking the 30th anniversary of the arrival in Europe of one of motorcycling’s most celebrated motorcycles.

It has the same tricolore paint job as the original, but, Honda says, is intended to go even further on- and off-road. It’s fuel tank holds an extra 5.4 litres, with longer-travel suspension, higher riding position, more ground clearance, heatable handlebar grips, extra-large skidplate and an extended fairing with a protective cowl bar.

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HONDA AFRICA TWIN ADVENTURE SPORT: Image: Honda Motorcycles / Newspress

It also shares updates given to the Africa Twin: throttle-by-wire engine management with four riding modes, expanded selectable torque control and revised intake and exhaust systems for stronger mid-range response.

X-ADV readier than ever for off-road action

Honda’s ‘motorcycle SUV’, the X-ADV, having taken the market by storm in 2017 with nearly 10 000 sales in its first eight months, marries the convenience of a scooter with the dynamism of an adventure motorcycle.

It’s said to have better off-road capability for 2018 with the addition of multi-level torque control system and a ‘G’ switch for more-direct gear changes . This offer a wider range of performance for when the tarmac ends.

A new 35kW version makes the X-ADV available for A2 licence holders.

GL1800 Gold Wing lands in Europe

The new GL1800 Gold Wing, making  its European debut at the 2017 EICMA show, is a machine that’s been synonymous with long-range comfort, luxury and quality for more than 40 years.

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HONDA AFRICA TWIN ADVENTURE SPORT: Image: Honda Motorcycles / Newspress

It’s been totally redesigned to be sharper, lighter, more compact. “The monumental flat-six engine,” Honda says, “now has four valves per cylinder and ‘throttle-by-wire, four riding modes, torque control and hill-start assistance. READ MORE about the Gold Wing here.

Evolution of popular NC series continues

For 2018, according to Honda, the wide-ranging appeal of the NC750X, NC750S and Integra will now be within the reach of A2-licence holders thanks to the addition of 35kW models All three also have an rpm limit raised by 900rpm to 7500 to allow natural use of the engine performance into a higher rpm range, and both NC750X and Integra have torque control.

Concept versions of two small machines with a big history

Alongside the new models at the show will be two concepts – each bearing the original Honda wing logo – to add a nostalgic appeal to Honda’s 2017 EICMA unveil. In addition to a 125cc horizontal single-cylinder engine, the Monkey 125 concept sees modern touches such as diode lights, smart key, and digital meters on the unmistakable Monkey platform.

Finally, the Super Cub 125C concept is a new take on the instantly recognisable classic. “Having reached 100-million sales, this concept version is writing a new paragraph in the Super Cub’s 59-year history, – an ultra-modern reminder of its enduring appeal.”

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