Honda has revealed its full 2017 motorcycle line-up by unveiling two new and six extensively upgraded models on the eve of the EICMA Show (November 10-13) in Milan.
X-ADV: Honda calls the X-ADV a new breed of motorcycle which mixes rugged SUV style, off-road appeal and premium specifications, thanks to a tough chassis, upside-down long travel suspension, four-piston radial-mount brakes and a torque-laden 745cc twin-cylinder engine driving through Dual Clutch Transmission.
The X-ADV is also equipped with a 5-level adjustable screen, under-seat storage space for an off-road style helmet, hand guards, large rally-style multi-function LCD display, centre stand, and the Honda Smart Key system. Designed at Honda’s Rome R&D centre, its styling lines capture the essence of two-wheeled freedom in an exciting new form.
CBR1000RR Fireblade: The CBR1000RR Fireblade joins the upgraded SP and new SP2 versions to complete a trio of Fireblades that mark 25 years since the celebrated machine re-wrote the rules of the supersport segment. The sharp focus on handling and agility continues, with 90% of its main components revised for a 16kg weight reduction to a class-leading 195kg. Coupled with an 8kW top end power boost, it improves the new Fireblade’s power-to-weight ratio by 14%, to a level hitherto unseen in its history.
For 2017, the Fireblade now moves into ‘Next Stage Total Control’, with a comprehensive electronic control package featuring a new gyroscopic ABS system, Honda Selectable Torque Control, Selectable Engine Brake and Power Selector. All these parameters can be precisely adjusted with the Riding Mode Select System inspired by the RC213V-S street legal version of Honda’s MotoGP machine.
CRF250L and CRF250 Rally: A year after the introduction of the CRF1000L Africa Twin, Honda’s off-road CRF family is further strengthened for 2017.
For 2017, the dual purpose CRF250L is both Euro 4-compliant and more powerful thanks to a new throttle body and revised intake and exhaust systems. Its new design draws on that of the pure motocross ‘R’ models, and for 2017 it is also equipped with switchable ABS.
The CRF family now has a totally new member, inspired by the CRF450 Rally race machine - the CRF250 Rally (pictured above), which offers even more off-road performance, with a 10-litre fuel tank, big front brake disc, long travel suspension and high ground clearance. The Dakar styling – together with knuckle guards and the high screen – give great weather protection, making the CRF250 Rally good for both on and off-road duties.
CB650F and CBR650F: The 4-cylinder naked middleweights with a highly-tuned balance between engine power and chassis handling receive a range of updates.
New intake and exhausts increase top end power by 3 kilowatts, with shorter gear ratios highlighting the increased performance through the mid-range. The engine note is stronger and louder, while the new Showa Dual Bending Valve front fork, upgraded brakes and a more forward riding position improve the handling. New stripped-back and aggressive styling lines put the engine completely on show, and full LED head and taillights add even more technical quality.
Also updated for 2017, with more pumped-up Super Sport style, is the CBR650F (pictured above). Its redesigned fairing improves aerodynamic performance; styling is more aggressive and compact, with an overall look and feel redolent of the new 2017 CBR1000RR Fireblade.
It shares a range of performance upgrades with the CB650F, from revised brakes, Showa Dual Bending Valve front fork, LED head and taillights to a more powerful engine - with a louder sound track.
Vision, Forza 125 and SH125i: Three Honda commuters receive substantial upgrades for 2017. The Vision (pictured below) now benefits from the use of Honda’s eSP – enhanced Smart Power – engine, which improves torque and power throughout the rev range. A bigger floor, repositioned foot pegs and new grab rails improve comfort, while brakes and suspension have also been upgraded. A complete restyling gives the Vision a more contemporary look.
Europe’s best-selling premium 125 scooter, the Forza 125, has its premium specifications and performance enhanced even further with the use of the Honda Smart Key system, more progressive rear suspension, and new Michelin City Grip tyres.
The big-wheel, flat-floored SH125i – Europe’s best-selling 125 scooter in 2016 – also adopts the Honda Smart Key system for 2017. A new design and LED head and taillight give an even more sporty, elegant look, and practicality is improved with a charger socket and increased storage space.