Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), the number one motorcycle manufacturer in the country, unveiled its newest Touring and Roadster Big Bike models, CB650R, CB1000R and the GOLDWING at a press conference in Parañaque City.
HPI first introduced its line-up of Big Bikes in the country last December 2017 as response to the growing economy and improving lifestyle of Filipinos that created a demand for higher engine capacities. The launch received an overwhelming response from the riding community and marked the company’s completion of its product line-up in the Philippines.
“We are overjoyed with the riding communities’ acceptance of the Honda Big Bikes when we first launched them in 2017. In fact, some models were completely sold out and many riders are asking for more,” said Mr. Jomel Jerezo, General Manager of Motorcycle Sales Office, Sales and Marketing Division of HPI.
“We want to continuously expand and improve our line-up to suit the improving lifestyle of our riders. With this, we are happy to introduce the newest Big Bikes which will once again excite Filipino riders.”
With the growing acceptance of the Philippine market for Big Bikes, HPI released its newest models CB650R, GOLDWING, and CB1000R from the Touring and Roadster categories for Filipino riders to experience the joy of riding Honda’s motorcycles on Philippine highways.
HPI launched the CB650R from the Roadster category, highlighting its Neo Sports Café design with a modern and minimalist styling concept. The in-line four-cylinder engine is fully on display, and the signature round headlight and sculpted fuel tank are part of the Neo Sports Café style.
This compact middleweight naked sports bike is equipped with full LED lighting, New Digital LCD Panel, and tapered handle bar. The design also gives it a more aggressive riding position. Like the CB500X, it also provides superior handling and riding comfort thanks to its lighter frame (13lbs lighter than CB650F), Showa Separate Function front suspension (SSF), and 4 pistol radial mount brake calipers.
The CB650R is equipped with a powerful engine—liquid-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC engine with assist/slipper clutch. The model also comes with Honda Selectable Torque Control, 4-2-1 exhaust which makes it a perfect a combination of looks, performance and top-line specifications. The Unified Suggested Retail Price (USRP) of the CB650R is Php501,000.
Finally, the CB1000R from the Roadster category was launched. Similar to the CB650R, it has a Neo Sports Café design, with a more compact and muscular big-sized naked bike look. Adding to the over-all style is the iconic circular headlight, flangeless fuel tank, and aluminum radiator cowl. Like most of models in the line-up, the CB1000R is built for superior handling and riding comfort, thanks to its light weight mono backbone steel frame, full LED lightings, radial mounted dual disk brake, Showa Separate Fork Function Big Piston (SSF-BP), Ride Mode, Full LCD display, and throttle by wire.
The model also boasts of a powerful engine, which is liquid-cooled, DOHC in-line 4-cylinder, 16-valve and HSTC, delivering maximum performance. The USRP of the CB1000R is Php865,000.
Honda also introduced the Goldwing, a Touring model, which embodied long range comfort, luxury and quality for over 40 years. Redesigned from the wheels up to be sharper, lighter, and more compact while maintaining its myriad of advanced features.
This bike is hailed as the ultimate performance tourer with its 1,833cc, liquid-cooled, horizontal opposed 6-cylinder SOHC, 4-valve per cylinder, 7-Speed, Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) Automatic transmission, slipper clutch, cruise control and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). This tourer also provides superior handling and riding comfort with its double wishbone front suspension, all aluminum swing-arm, combine-ABS, electronic suspension pre-load, radial front brake calipers, ISG (Integrated Starter Generator). It also comes with ride mode features such as the tour, sport, rain, and econ to provide you maximum functionality during any type of ride. Oh, and it a Reverse gear too!!
With top of the line equipment and technology based on automobiles, such as throttle by wire, hill start assist, walking/reverse mode, keyless ignition (SMART Key System), LED Lightings, and Airbag, the Goldwing provides the rider the best handling and comfortable rides. The USRP of GOLDWING is Php1,880,000.
The Motorcycling Media also had a chance to try the different Honda Big Bikes at the Honda Safety Driving Center (HSDC) at Km. 17 East Service Road, South Superhighway. This is the perfect venue to test-drive any vehicle, particulary motorcycles and scooters. HSDC has qualified and certified teaching personnel to teach both rookie and professional rider. They also offer different classes on riding and driving, and the track has every possible road twist, turns and straight, enough to familarize you with riding and regulations.
The Big Bikes are now available in Honda’s major stores nationwide now.
For more information, visit hondaph.com/hondabigbike
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Text/Images by Earl Manalansan