Honda, a renowned motorcycle manufacturer, recently showcased its highly anticipated lineup of motorcycles for the year 2024 at the EICMA show in Milan. The event witnessed the introduction of four new models, significant updates to four existing models, and a concept version of their forthcoming all-electric vehicle. Honda’s commitment to innovation and excellence is evident in their latest offerings, which feature cutting-edge technology, enhanced performance, and stylish designs.
CB500 Hornet: Aggressive Styling and Enhanced Performance
One of the highlights of Honda’s 2024 range is the CB500 Hornet. This model boasts aggressive new styling inspired by its larger siblings, along with exceptional aerodynamic performance. The front of the CB500 Hornet features innovative ducts on either side of the headlight, which channel air into the upper tank area. This design element contributes to a more linear ride, ensuring excellent agility and maneuverability. The CB500 Hornet is equipped with a powerful 471 cm³ engine that complies with A2 license compatibility requirements. With 35 kW of power and 43 N-m of torque, riders can expect thrilling acceleration and an exhilarating riding experience. The inclusion of the HSTC traction control system adds an extra layer of safety and peace of mind.
CBR600RR: The Return of a Legend
After a six-year hiatus, the beloved CBR600RR makes a comeback in Honda’s 2024 lineup. This medium-displacement supersport motorcycle offers state-of-the-art electronic systems and cutting-edge aerodynamics inspired by MotoGP. The CBR600RR is powered by a free-revving engine that delivers a maximum power output of 89 kW (over 120 hp) at 14,250 rpm, with 63 N-m of torque at 11,500 rpm. Its docile handling and exceptional stability are a result of its double-braced aluminum frame, aluminum swingarm, and advanced suspension system. The CBR600RR features a comprehensive electronics package, including TBW throttle, multiple riding modes, cornering ABS, and a variable traction control system. With its sporty design and impressive performance, the CBR600RR is set to redefine the mid-cylinder segment.
NX500: Adventure-Ready and Versatile
Honda introduces the NX500, a versatile crossover motorcycle designed to excel in various riding scenarios. Building upon the popularity of the CB500X, the NX500 features a refreshed design, improved specifications, and enhanced performance. The bike’s dynamics and handling have been significantly improved through weight reduction, revised suspension tuning, and optimized fuel injection system programming. The NX500 also incorporates a 5-inch TFT screen, smartphone connectivity via the Honda RoadSync app, and the HSTC traction control system. With its compact adventure styling and robust silhouette, the NX500 is ready to conquer both on-road and off-road adventures.
CBR500R: Enhanced Performance and Striking Design
The CBR500R, the entry-level supersport motorcycle in Honda’s lineup, receives substantial updates for the year 2024. Inspired by the iconic Fireblade series, the CBR500R now features a redesigned headlight and taillight, along with improved front-end feel through the addition of fins. The bike’s graphics and colors have been refreshed to further enhance its sporty appearance. The new fuel injection system tweaks result in improved acceleration at low revs, making the CBR500R even more responsive. The inclusion of a 5-inch TFT color screen, operated via an easy-to-use backlit switch, allows riders to access the Honda RoadSync app for seamless connectivity.
CB650R and CBR650R: Stylish Updates and Advanced Technologies
Honda’s mid-engined CB650R naked and its sister model, the CBR650R, receive exciting updates and new technologies for 2024. The CB650R boasts an evolved Neo Sports Café look, with a slanted LED headlight and redesigned radiator guards. The rear fairing has been enhanced to complement the new taillight, resulting in a more dynamic and purposeful appearance. The CBR650R features two redesigned LED headlights, along with updated upper and lower fairings that exude a strong character and pure sporting appeal. Both models are equipped with the Honda RoadSync connectivity system and a user-friendly 5-inch TFT color display, ensuring seamless integration of technology and an enhanced riding experience.
Honda E-Clutch: Innovative Technology for Enhanced Riding Pleasure
The CB650R and CBR650R are the first motorcycles from Honda to feature the innovative Honda E-Clutch technology. This groundbreaking system is the world’s first fully automatic clutch for multi-speed gearbox motorcycles, designed to enhance the enjoyment and excitement of motorcycling. The Honda E-Clutch eliminates the need for a traditional clutch lever when shifting gears. Instead, riders can effortlessly shift gears by pressing a pedal, similar to using a Quickshifter system. The E-Clutch system employs a combination of “half-clutch” operation, injection cut-off, and ignition point control to ensure smooth gear changes and a seamless riding experience. Riders can choose to activate or deactivate the E-Clutch system as per their preference.
CBR1000RR-R Fireblade: Unleashing Power and Precision
Honda’s flagship sportbike, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade, receives significant upgrades for 2024. The engine and gearbox have undergone extensive improvements, resulting in a substantial increase in mid-range performance and improved throttle response. The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade now delivers a staggering 113 N-m of torque and 160 kW (over 217 hp) of power, making it even more exhilarating to ride. The bike’s primary transmission and gear ratios have been revised, contributing to enhanced acceleration and a lightning-fast top speed. The middle fairing has been redesigned, incorporating new fins for improved aerodynamics. Additionally, the frame has been made lighter and more flexible, further enhancing the bike’s agility and handling. The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP variant introduces the third-generation Öhlins Smart Electronic S-EC3.0 (SV) NPX 43 mm inverted fork, providing superior suspension performance. The inclusion of Brembo Stylema R four-piston radial brake calipers ensures consistent and high-performance braking.
CRF1100L Africa Twin: Performance and Practicality Redefined
Honda’s adventure-ready CRF1100L Africa Twin and its Adventure Sports variant have received a series of updates for 2024, enhancing their performance and practicality. Both models now offer a 7% increase in maximum torque, with the torque appearing earlier in the rev range. This improvement is a result of changes in the compression ratio, valve train, intake ports, and ECU programming. The dual-clutch transmission (DCT) has been refined to facilitate quicker downshifts and provide a more natural feel during gear changes. The addition of tubeless tires enhances functionality by simplifying and expediting repairs. The CRF1100L Africa Twin features a larger windscreen with adjustable settings, allowing riders to customize their riding experience. The Adventure Sports variant boasts a new 19″ front wheel, wider front tire, and enhanced weather protection, making it the ideal companion for long-distance journeys.
SC e: Prototype: The Future of Urban Mobility
Honda unveils the SC e: prototype, a concept version of their upcoming second electric two-wheeler for European customers. Building upon the success of the EM1 e: electric scooter, the SC e: prototype showcases distinctive and modern design elements. This prototype is equipped with two replaceable Honda Mobile Power Pack e: batteries, offering extended driving range and the convenience of recharging from the comfort of home. The SC e: prototype’s large flat deck and spacious seat ensure a comfortable and enjoyable urban mobility experience. The production version of this scooter, set to launch in 2025, will be accessible to riders with an A1 license.
Honda’s 2024 motorcycle lineup demonstrates their commitment to pushing boundaries and delivering exceptional performance and innovation. Whether it’s the aggressive styling of the CB500 Hornet, the thrilling comeback of the CBR600RR, or the versatile capabilities of the NX500, Honda motorcycles continue to captivate riders worldwide. With cutting-edge technologies such as the Honda E-Clutch and the latest advancements in the flagship CBR1000RR-R Fireblade, Honda is shaping the future of motorcycling. The CRF1100L Africa Twin and the SC e: prototype further showcase Honda’s dedication to providing practicality, performance, and sustainable urban mobility solutions. Stay tuned for the official launch of these remarkable motorcycles, and experience the thrill of riding with Honda.