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Honda launches new big bikes

Goldwing and Neo Sports Café now available

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Honda’s most iconic models have arrived in the country, giving riders more reason to be good for this and the coming year. Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI) unveiled the highly-anticipated additions its touring and roadster lineup, the Neo Sports Café CB650R and CB1000R roadsters, and the Goldwing large touring motorcycle at a press conference in Parañaque City.

Just a year after HPI first introduced its line-up of Big Bikes in the country, the growing market acceptance of Honda big bikes has encouraged the distributor to finally offer these models.

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Neo Sports Café

The Neo Sports Café lineup is composed of two roadsters bearing Honda’s distinctive Neo Sports Café design first unveiled at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show. The bikes features a neo retro design combining classic elements with modern styling for a unique look. Both motorcycles proudly display their inline four-cylinder engines and headers and sculpted fuel tanks. Up front, they feature a classic round headlight, but with LED lighting. There’s also a new digital LCD panel for vital trip info.

The CB650R, powered by a 650cc engine features a tapered handlebar for an aggressive riding position. It features a light frame for easy handling and comfort. It also includes an assist/slipper clutch for easy shifting. The CB650R is offered at a P501,000.

Those that desire more power can look to the CB1000R. This larger brother bears similar neo retro design with a flangeless fuel tank and an aluminum radiator cowl. Like its smaller sibling, it’s also built on a lightweight frame, this time a mono backbone steel frame.

It’s 1000cc liquid-cooled DOHC engine features selectable riding modes, Honda Selectable Torque Control and throttle by wire. Riders can glance vital trip info on its full LCD display. It’s brought to a stop with twin front disc brakes. The CB1000R is offered at P865,000.

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Goldwing GL1800

Possibly one of Honda’s most iconic models is the Goldwing large tourer. This massive motorcycle is the latest model from the line’s 40-year lineage. It’s powered by a 1,833cc liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed 6-cylinder, paired to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The transmission also offers a manual mode, allowing the driver to shift via buttons on the handlebar.

It’s designed to be the ultimate long-distance motorcycle, boasting of features like cruise control, Honda Selectable Torque Control and four ride modes like tour, sport, rain, and econ. It even includes unique features like a crawling mode and reverse crawling mode to aid the rider when parking it. It’s designed to be supremely comfortable as well, boasting of a double wishbone front suspension and all aluminum rear swing-arm. A keyless system makes it convenient to use.

As for safety, it comes with full LED lighting, a built-in airbag for front collisions, combine-ABS, and hill-start assist. The Goldwing is now offered at P1.88 M.

“We want to continuously expand and improve our line-up to suit the improving lifestyle of our riders. With this, we are happy to introduce the newest big bikes which will once again excite Filipino riders, said Jomel Jerezo, General Manager of Motorcycle Sales Office, Sales and Marketing Division of HPI.

Honda’s new big bikes are exclusively available in Honda Big Bike stores nationwide.

Text and photos by Iñigo S. Roces

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