TAGUIG, MANILA — The long wait is over for Filipino motorcycle enthusiasts, as Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI) officially unveiled its newest lineup of Honda Big Bikes for the local market.
In relation to the high growth rate of the Philippine economy, the motorcycle market experiences a similar development that leads to the diversification of customer demand. This can be seen through the market growth of bikes used for leisure aside from commuting. To serve such demand, HPI decided to introduce Honda Big Bikes.
These Big Bikes are set for thrill-seekers that go on adventures that would require tougher bikes with higher engine capacities, as these bikes are designed to deliver the appropriate speed and performance meant for highways and rough terrains.
“Honda Big Bikes have seen action in many different countries. Now is the time for the Philippines to enjoy the power and innovation of these motorcycles,” HPI President Mr. Daiki Mihara said in relation to Honda’s commitment to expand the brand experience and make it more engaging and compelling for stakeholders considering the current state of the market.
With this, Honda brought in a total of eight Honda Big Bike models, which are categorized in four: Traveler, Sport/ Racer, Roadster, and New Adventure. These are the CB500X, CRF1000L Africa Twin, X-ADV, CBR500R, Rebel 500, and CB650F; which are already available at the newest Honda flagship store. While the CB1100EX and CBR1000RR FIREBLADE SP will be available next year.
This mid-displacement bike was designed for all-around use and for handling of all-terrain rides; from city commutes or ride on unpaved and open roads. The liquid-cooled, 471cc, parallel-twin engine is suited for both short and long-distance rides, while also being fuel efficient.
CRF1000L Africa Twin
The Africa Twin has a 998cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, parallel-twin engine and Honda Selective Torque Control for effective power delivery in a wide range of road conditions. With adventure riding requiring natural and athletic movements, the Africa Twin was built with Biaxial Counterbalance for strength and handling that delivers a smooth and vibration-free ride.
The CBR500R is infused with a next-level, inline-twin 471cc engine with power suitable for racing. Designers of the bike fused aggressive style with its comfortable framework for riding; as well as traditional bike image and modern styling.
The middleweight sports bike has aerodynamic fairing and specially designed air ducts all the way to the two-channel ABS and 41mm SDBV telescopic fork.
The Honda Rebel500 functions for both laid-back cruising and more active sport riding with its rider’s triangle, its 471cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin cylinder, four-stroke engine that is tucked in a low chassis, and minimalist design.
The CB650F is a middleweight naked street style motorcycle with notable exhaust pipes that wrap around its four-cylinder, 649cc, DOHC inline engine with a new 6-speed ratio gearbox. It also has a two-channel ABS, a 41mm SDBV telescopic fork and a fully adjustable Showa suspension for smoother riding.
Designed to have the stability of a scooter and the power and toughness of an off-road motorcycle, the X-ADV has a unique crossover platform. It is built around a strong, tubular-steel chassis and has a 745cc twin-cylinder engine and Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) for firm handling on different road surfaces and conditions. To handle the dirt and rocks off-road, it is built with a 41mm upside-down fork, a preload-adjustable Pro-Link rear shock, and a ground clearance of 162mm. It is also equipped with a 5-way adjustable screen, tapered aluminum handlebar, Africa Twin hand guards, Rally-style instrument display and center stand.
CBR1000RR Fireblade SP
The FIREBLADE, which will come along with the CB1110EX this 2018, is designed with MotoGP racing DNA. It was engineered to have lightness, precision, and totally controllable handling as evidenced by its Selectable Torque Control, Selectable Engine Break, New ABS Brakes, Quickshifter, Riding Mode Select System, Power Selector, and an ӦHLINS Smart EC Suspension.
The CB1110EX has a classic design integrating modern features with its seamless fuel tank, deep chrome exhausts, 17-inch cast aluminum wheels and hand-built look. It was built with an air-cooled, inline four-cylinder, 6-speed transmission, 1140cc, engine, a two-piece front fork, remote reservoir rear shocks, four piston caliper brakes, floating discs, and a sharper chassis.
After the unveiling of Honda Big Bikes, HPI inaugurated its newest flagship shop in Manila, the Honda Prestige Traders, Inc., which will house its complete lineup of products. Located along EDSA corner Harvard Street, Barangay Pinagkaisahan, Makati City, the shop is made to be an accessible hub for Honda’s growing community.
The Honda Big Bikes will also be launched in Cebu and Davao in January 2018. They are now available in HPI’s flagship shop in Makati.