Honda has taken the wraps off its 2017 model range at 2016 EICMA including the new CBR1000RR Fireblade, CRF250 and a funky new X-ADV scooter
Honda has gone all guns blazing at 2016 EICMA. Along with the official unveil of the updated CBR650F, Honda motorcycles have also taken the wraps off the CBR1000RR Fireblade, CRF250 and a sprightly new X-ADV scooter. Here’s what each of them bring to the table
AS you’d expect from a CBR that wears the RR badge, the Fireblade focus continues to remain on supreme handling dynamics and impressive performance. The new Fireblade now makes power of 10 horses more than the previous generation model thanks to its peak output of 189bhp. Honda’s litre class offering now make max torque of 116Nm. Interestingly, a lot of the components on the CBR1000RR have been updated resulting in a 16kg reduction in weight. With the CBR1000RR Fireblade now tipping the scale at just 195kg, its power-to-weight ratio has risen by an impressive 14 per cent. Aside from the updates to the engine, the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade also gets other mechanical updates like Showa 43mm BPFs at the front and Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion shock absorber at the back. The new CBR1000RR also comes with a lot of electronic aid.
Aside from the Africa Twin, Honda has added yet another motorcycle to its adventure portfolio. This one gains its inspiration from the CRF450F Rally Dakar model but continues to be based on the standard CRF250. The CRF250F gets full body-work around the engine while the front looks identical to its Dakar sibling accompanied by the asymmetrical headlights. The CRF250F also comes with a short floating windscreen and a new instrument cluster. At the heart of it, the CRF250F gets the same engine as its namesake. Long travel suspension and high ground clearance are some aspects that are sure to make it an able off-roader. In the international market the Honda CRF250F will go on sale around the Rs 4 lakh mark. Unfortunately, the market for suck products in India is extremely niche and it is unlikely that we will get to see this land on our shores in the near future.
Another offering from Honda that will probably not make to India the X-ADV does seem quite an interesting offering. While it fulfils the need of a punchy scooter, it has the hardware to double up as an adventure touring product. Designed at Honda’s R&D Centre in Italy, the X-ADV looks absolutely stunning. This crossover comes fitted with a 745cc twin-cylinder unit that makes max power of 54bhp and peak torque of 68Nm. Mated to a 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission, the Honda X-ADV comes with two riding modes – ‘D’ for drive and ‘S’ for Sport. It also gets a manual mode. Honda claims an efficiency of over 33kmpl. In terms of hardware specifications, the X-ADV comes with Upside down front forks, 4-piston brakes, 5-level adjustable windscreen and more. While doing all of this, it doesn’t deter from its scooter DNA and has an underseat storage space of 21 litres.