The introduction of two new model names and three extensively upgraded models will bring new energy to the middleweight area of Honda’s uniquely broad and deep product line-up, the company said in statement.
Having introduced the CB1000R, CB300R and CB125R trio of naked models for 2018, Honda has brought its unique ‘Neo Sports Café’ look to the middleweight arena. The in-line four-cylinder engine is fully on display, and the signature round headlight and sculpted fuel tank underline the ‘Neo Sports Café’ family feel.
Another new model name on the Honda line-up is the CBR650R sports middleweight. It features new styling which draws strongly on the CBR1000RR Fireblade for its sharp, aggressive lines and extended side fairings, plus super-short rear section and narrow dual LED headlights.
The CBR650R is 6kg lighter than the CBR650F (which it replaces) with a sportier riding position thanks to handlebars repositioned 30mm forward, and footpegs moved both rearward and higher.
Having first arrived in the A2 licence-friendly CB500F, CBR500R and CB500X, for 2019 the engine has stronger power and torque between three and seven thousand rpm, and powers the light middleweight trio in upgraded packages with higher specifications and stronger roadster, sport and adventure identities.
All three models now have new rear suspension, assist/slipper clutch, full LED lighting, modernised LCD instruments with gear position and shift-up indication, and new dual-exit muffler for a richer engine note.
The company also revealed CBR1000RR Fireblade, CBR1000RR Fireblade SP, X-ADV, GL1800 Gold Wing and SH300i product update among others at EICMA.