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Honda previews full 2017 model line-up on eve of EICMA

8th Nov 2016 1:29 pm

The unveiled Honda motorcycle line-up showcases six extensively upgraded models on the eve of EICMA in Milan.

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 percent 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 percent, 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.

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 tail lights add even more technical quality.

Also updated for 2017, with more pumped-up Super Sport style, is the CBR650F. 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 soundtrack.

Vision, Forza 125 and SH125i: Three Honda commuters receive substantial upgrades for 2017. The Vision 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 tail light give an even sportier elegant look. Practicality is improved with a charger socket and increased storage space.

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