Honda has revealed its full
2016 motorcycle line up at the EICMA 2015 show in Milan. The line up comprises six
mid-sized capacity machines with a range of significant updates, and the return
of one of the most illustrious names in the motorcycling world in the form of
the CRF1000L Africa Twin. With an eye to the future, Honda has also revealed
its new City Adventure concept machine, offering a unique new interpretation of
the idea of adventure on two wheels.
The City Adventure concept brings
that spirit of adventure to the heart of the city and underlines Honda’s
commitment to researching new ways of creating unique technology to enhance and
enrich its customers’ lifestyles.
All three of Honda’s
A2-licence 500cc models - the naked CB500F, sporty CBR500R and crossover-styled
CB500X - have their punchy performance
complemented by several rider-focussed revisions to further enhance
desirability and ownership experience. Upgrades include LED head and
taillights, adjustable pre-load on the front suspension, adjustable brake
levers, larger fuel tanks with new hinged fuel cap and “wave” style ignition
In addition, the CB500F naked
street bike is given a hard-edged visual makeover thanks to a new
stripped-down, muscular look complemented by a range of 6 vibrant colour
options; the sporty CBR500R has a complete new kind of CBR style with sharp and
edgy character lines flowing from its new front face through to the upswept
tail. Both F and R have new shorter exhaust mufflers with internal structure
tuned for a satisfying low, crisp exhaust note. The CB500X’s revisions include
a 100mm taller, adjustable windscreen and distinctive new graphics and colours;
the larger tank brings range to over 500km.
Honda’s popular 750cc New
Concept trio are also upgraded for 2016. All three - NC750S, NC750X and Integra
- are now EURO4 compliant and receive new DCT functionality including 3 levels
of S Mode; the revised instrument panels are customizable with a choice of 9
colours, and in ECO mode change colour according to fuel consumption; new
mufflers lend a deeper tone to the parallel twin’s distinctive pulse; the front
forks on both NC750X and Integra benefit from Showa’s Dual-Bending Valves for
improved damping and more linear suspension performance.
All three models also receive
aesthetic changes: two new Special Edition colours with LED headlight and
taillight give a sportier twist to the naked NC750S’s look; the Integra also
benefits from LED lights and two new Special Editions in a unique metallic
paint. The NC750X’s enduring appeal is further enhanced with LED lights and a
new, more rugged, adventurous look that completes Honda’s four-model X family
One year after showing its
True Adventure at EICMA in November 2014, Honda also revealed for the first
time in Europe the all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin. The CRF1000L Africa Twin adds a range of the
most modern motorcycle technologies to the original Africa Twin’s combination
of all-round performance for touring comfort, commuting agility and genuine
off-road capability, with an all-new 998cc new parallel twin engine - mounted in a frame built equally for
toughness and flexibility - delivering instant response throughout the rev
In addition to the standard
model with LED headlight and taillight, two further versions of the Africa Twin
will be available: the ABS version which also has LED indicators, ABS
(switchable at the rear wheel for off-road riding), multi-mode Honda Selectable
Torque Control, knuckle guards and sump guard; in addition to these features,
the Dual Clutch Transmission version brings further functionality to Honda’s
unique DCT technology with 3 level of sporty S mode riding, a new G switch for
off-road performance, and the ability to adapt shift patterns when ascending
and descending hills.
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