The 2013 Honda lineup:CBR500R, CBR500F, CBR500X and Goldwing F6B

| November 12, 2012 | 1 Comment

Honda has officially and finally raised the curtains of its highly anticipated new lineup of bikes to be unveiled at EICMA 2012.

 

To begin with the bike that caused ripples on the international scene as well as India

THE  CBR500R

The liquid cooled DOHC parallel twin CBR500R is claimed to feature an all new chassis and ABS as an option. With a sticker price of US$ 5999 for the non-ABS and US$ 6,499 for the ABS model, the difference between the present prevailing US$ price of the CBR250R works out to be $1800 for both versions.

We can’t be more delighted as the currency rate translation would work out to INR 1 lac assuming that the ABS version in India costs approx INR 2 lacs. Stacking the US and Indian prices side by side, a delightful calculation makes an assumption that the CBR500R with localisation would come in the INR 3 lac category. Now a 500 twin at this price definitely looks a steal and ready to eat into the sales of the already existing and the new N250R lineup to be launched soon. Also the sparsely selling N650R though with more engine grunt might feel the heat from the CBR500R launch.

SPECIFICATIONS
ENGINE
Engine Type: 500cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin
Bore And Stroke: 67.0mm x 66.8mm
Induction- PGM: FI with 34mm throttle bodies
Ignition: Computer controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Compression Ratio:10.7:1
Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinderDRIVE TRAIN
Transmission: Six-speed
Final Drive: O-ring-sealed chainCHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension: 41mm fork; 4.8 inches travel
Rear SuspensionPro-Link single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.1 inches travel
Front BrakeTwin-piston caliper with single 320mm wave disc
Rear BrakeSingle-caliper 240mm wave disc
Front Tyre120/70-17
Rear Tyre160/60-17DIMENSIONS
Rake: 25.5 degrees
Trail: 103mm (4.05 inches)
Wheelbase: 55.5 inches
Seat Height: 30.9 inches
Curb Weight: 194 kgs (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity: 15.5 litre tankOTHER
Available Colors: Black, Pearl White/Blue/Red, Red

 

THE  CB500F

For aficionados who don’t love plastics adorning and hiding the metal muscle, the CB500F is the answer. Heavily inspired from the CB1000R and running on the same 500 specs as the CBR500R, Honda has tagged it at US$ 5499 for the standard and US$ 5999 for the ABS version. Similar to the CBR500R, localization for an India launch could see it priced well below its faired brother and should make the competition (the naked version of the N300R) sweat profusely.

SPECIFICATIONS:

ENGINE
Engine Type: 500cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin
Bore And Stroke: 67.0mm x 66.8mm
Induction: PGM-FI with 34mm throttle bodies
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Compression Ratio: 10.7:1
Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder

DRIVE TRAIN
Transmission: Six-speed
Final Drive: O-ring-sealed chain

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension: 41mm fork; 4.8 inches travel
Rear Suspension: Pro-Link single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.1 inches travel
Front Brake: Twin-piston caliper with single 320mm wave disc
Rear Brake: Single-caliper 240mm wave disc
Front Tyre: 120/70-17
Rear Tyre: 160/60-17

DIMENSIONS
Rake: 25.5 degrees
Trail: 103mm (4.05 inches)
Wheelbase: 55.5 inches
Seat Height: 30.9 inches
Curb Weight: 190 kgs (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity: 15.5 litre tank

OTHER
Available Colors: Black, Pearl White

 

THE CB500X

 

Now this is something, we expect that the Indian touring junta had been looking forward to. Designed on the lines of the popular CrossRunner, affectionately hailed as the swiss-knife of motorcycles- the 500X should make great sense to riders looking out for a motorcycle that can trot around in the city and with slightly extra travel suspension for tackling uneven surfaces, an adjustable windscreen and a 17 litre tank should take care of their touring hobbies too. Though pricing has stilll kept under wraps of both the standard and ABS version, we expect it to be priced in similar territory to the CBR500R and the CB500F.

SPECIFICATIONS:

ENGINE
Engine Type: 500cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin
Bore And Stroke: 67.0mm x 66.8mm
Induction: PGM-FI with 34mm throttle bodies
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Compression Ratio: 10.7:1
Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder

DRIVE TRAIN
Transmission: Six-speed
Final Drive: O-ring-sealed chain

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension: 41mm fork; 5.5 inches travel
Rear Suspension: Pro-Link single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Front Brake: Twin-piston caliper with single 320mm wave disc
Rear Brake: Single-caliper 240mm wave disc
Front Tyre: 120/70-17
Rear Tyre: 160/60-17

DIMENSIONS
Rake: 26.5 degrees
Trail: 109mm (4.29 inches)
Wheelbase: 55.5 inches
Seat Height: 31.9 inches
Curb Weight: 195 kgs (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity: 17 litre tank

OTHER
Available Colors: Matte metallic black

 

THE  CBR 600RR

This was indeed a surprise kept under wraps by Honda. The new and sharper looking 600RR with revised body work, remapped ECU, tweaked RAM-AIR system, improved suspension and C-ABS claimed to be the first on a supersport motorcycle. Prices have yet not been disclosed and expected to be revealed during or after EICMA 2012. We’ll take the Repsol edition anyday.

SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE
Engine Type: 599cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
Bore And Stroke: 67mm x 42.5mm
Induction: Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI) with 40mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectors
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping
Compression Ratio: 12.2:1
Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder

DRIVE TRAIN
Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed
Final Drive: #525 O-ring chain

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension: 41mm inverted Big Piston Fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; TBD inches travel
Rear Suspension: Unit Pro-Link® HMAS™ single shock with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 5.1 inches travel
Front Brake: Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with 310mm discs
Rear Brake: Single 220mm disc
Front Tyre: 120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear Tyre: 180/55ZR-17 radial

DIMENSIONS
Rake: 23.5 degrees (Caster Angle)
Trail: 97.7mm (3.9 inches)
Wheelbase: 53.9 inches
Seat Height: 32.3 inches
Curb Weight: 185 kgs (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel-ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity: 18 litres

OTHER
Available Colors: Red, Repsol Edition, White/Blue/Red

 

THE MIGHTY GOLDWING F6B

 

The big daddy of touring bikes goes in trimming mode. What you don’t see now is the ultra-luxurious rear passenger seat.  Rest assured it still is the grandest if not the best mode on two wheels for luxury touring.

SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE
Engine Type: 1832cc liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder
Bore And Stroke: 74.0mm x 71.0mm
Induction: PGM-FI
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with 3-D mapping
Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
Valve Train: SOHC; two valves per cylinder

DRIVE TRAIN
Transmission: Five-speed including Overdrive
Final Drive: Shaft

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension: 45mm cartridge fork with anti-dive system; 4.8 inches travel
Rear Suspension: Pro Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link single shock with remote-controlled spring preload adjustment
Front Brakes: Dual full-floating 296mm discs with CBS three-piston calipers
Rear Brake: Single ventilated 316mm disc with CBS three-piston caliper
Front Tyre: 130/70R-18
Rear Tyre: 180/60R-16

DIMENSIONS
Rake: 29.15 degrees
Trail: 109mm (4.3 inches)
Wheelbase: 66.5 inches
Seat Height: 29.1 inches
Curb Weight: 381 kgs
Fuel Capacity: 6.7 gallons

OTHER
Available Colors: Black, Red

 

AND FINALLY THE RETRO-STYLED CB1100 

Honda does a Triumph Bonneville and puts up one of its legendary and renowned machines of yesteryear- the CB750K0 with modern bits under the retro skin.  An air-cooled 1140cc engine mated to a 5 speed gearbox, the CB1100 attempts to make space amongst riders with an inclination towards a classy looking retro-motorcycle with modern underpinnings.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE
Engine Type: 1140cc air- and oil-cooled inline four-cylinder
Bore And Stroke: 73.5mm x 67.2mm
Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, 32mm throttle bodies
Ignition: Digital transistorized with electronic advance
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder

DRIVE TRAIN
Transmission: Five-speed
Final Drive: #530 O-ring-sealed chain

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension: 41mm fork with spring preload adjustability
Rear Suspension: Dual shocks with spring preload adjustability
Front Brake: Dual four-piston calipers with full-floating 296mm discs
Rear Brakes: Single-caliper 256mm disc
Front Tyre: 110/80-18
Rear Tyre: 140/70-18

DIMENSIONS
Rake: 27.0 degrees (Caster Angle)
Trail: 107mm (4.2 inches)
Wheelbase: 58.7 inches
Seat Height: 31.3 inches
Fuel Capacity: 14.5 litres

OTHER
Available Colors: Candy Red

 

“This most recent release of wide-ranging brand-new models along with returning favorites is really exciting news for all riding enthusiasts,” said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. “The six new models we’re introducing today in the U.S. include five all-new motorcycles that represent some very innovative thinking on the part of Honda’s engineers and product planners, and they all bring their own distinct appeal to separate portions of the market.

We’ve got the Gold Wing F6B, an ultra-cool big-displacement bike with a powerful six-cylinder engine that’s ready for cruising around town or weekend trips; an affordable, nimble-handling middleweight CBR500R sport bike that’s just the right size for newer riders moving up in displacement categories as well as for more experienced riders; the CB500F naked bike for riders in search of a mid-sized entry-level sporty bike that’s also a convenient daily ride; the middleweight CB500X adventure-style bike for newer or experienced riders who want to add a little escapism to their lives; a fresh take on the timeless air-cooled four-cylinder Honda performance machine, the CB1100, which boasts a muscular 1140cc engine; and a substantially redesigned CBR600RR, the newest and hottest iteration of the bike that singlehandedly redefined the 600cc sportbike class.

We’ll also see three more favorite big-displacement Hondas return for 2013: the VFR1200F, CBR1000RR, and CB1000R. The return of the CRF450X and CRF250X will please the off-road crowd, and the Silver Wing and Ruckus, which are long-time Honda favorites among scooter riders, also return.

“Together, these machines represent an amazing array of models that appeal to different segments of the market, varying in basic concept, engine displacement, individual styling and more. And there are plenty of Honda Genuine Accessories to go along with these bikes too, which will allow owners to add those special custom touches to their bikes. With more choices and varieties than ever before, Honda showrooms are going to be a great place to shop around and let your imagination roam before you finally make your new-bike purchase decision in 2013.”

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Deepak specializes in everything on two wheels. A seasoned tourer and a fine endurance rider, Deepak has US based Ironbutt Association's Saddlesore (1600km / 24hrs) and Bunburner (2400 km / 36 hrs) certifications under his belt. He has a sharp eye for detail, which facilitates him to make observations in his reviews which even trained journalists often miss out. Blessed with an infectious passion towards motorcycles, he is known in the biking community for his unmatched love for all things on two-wheels.

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  1. Shashank says:

    If they officially launch the CBR600RR here in India then they got me….

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