Headlining the Japanese company's lineup at the EICMA motorcycle show this week is the City Adventure concept. Though little in the way of details were released, the vehicle seeks to blend the go-anywhere capability of an endurance off-road motorcycle with the convenience and versatility of an urban scooter. That means chunky off-road tires, disc brakes, shielded handlebars, and a movable windscreen, among other elements. The result is a concept for now, but Honda says it foreshadows "a new development direction for adventure-focused machines." If reception is positive enough, Honda might put something like this into production.
While the City Adventure concept is surely the most unusual of the motorcycles Honda brought to the Milanese expo this year, it's not the only one. Alongside it, the company is showcasing the new CRF1000L Africa Twin adventure bike, a range of new 500cc bikes, a trio of 750cc New Concept bikes with dual-clutch transmissions, a revised version of the Integra maxi scooter, and new colors for a host of other models as well. Scope out the full details in the press release below.
- City Adventure concept indicates a new development direction for adventure-focussed machines
- European show debut for CRF1000L Africa Twin
- Range of rider-focussed upgrades for A2 licence-friendly CB500F, CB500X and CBR500R
- Revised looks and added practicality for NC750X, NC750S and Integra
- New functionality for unique Dual Clutch Transmission technology
- New paint options for VFR1200X Crosstourer,, CB650F, CBR650F, CBR300R and SH125i
Honda today reveals its full 2016 motorcycle line up at the EICMA show in Milan, comprising six mid-sized capacity machines with a range of significant updates, and the return of one of motorcycling's most illustrious names 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.
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 keys.
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.
New Concept series
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 line-up.
CRF1000L Africa Twin and City Adventure concept
One year after showing its True Adventure at EICMA in November 2014, Honda today also reveals 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 range.
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.
Complementing Honda's returning icon, the City Adventure concept offers a totally new interpretation of the idea of motorcycling adventure. It 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 enhances and enrich its customers' lifestyles.
In addition to these new and upgraded models, several of Honda's most popular models will be available in new colour options:
VFR1200X Crosstourer a new two-tone red Special Edition; other changes for the pinnacle of Honda's "X" family include an easily-adjustable windscreen, new DCT functions including 3 levels of S Mode, and EURO4 compliance.
CB650F the 4-cylinder mid-sized naked is available in two new matt black-and-white and matt black-and-red colour schemes; its faired, sporty sibling the CBR650F also receives similar new colours.
CBR300R Honda's A2 licence Super Sport machine will be available in Repsol Replica colour scheme for the first time in 2016.
SH125i and SH150i Europe's best-selling scooter is now available in two stylish new sports versions of its Matt Pearl Cool White and Matt Cynos Grey Metallic colours.
* CB500X, NC750X, VFR800X Crossrunner and VFR1200X Crosstourer.
** DCT is now available on 9 models: CRF1000L Africa Twin, VFR1200F, VFR1200X Crosstourer, Integra, NM4 Vultus, NC750X, NC750S, CTX700 and CTX700N. In 2015, 48% of customers have chosen the DCT version of models where it is available as an option.