Honda, or the big H of motorcycles has shown its 2014 line up. The biggest disappointment was the lack of a V4 engine for its CBR 1000 RR but the motorcycle did receive some small changes that should keep it going till the all new motorcycle makes its debut sometime towards the end of 2014, at the next EICMA perhaps?
Honda have done well to recast the lower capacity in the same mould as the CBR 1000 RR rather than the VFR mould and call them CBR. The existing CBR 250 R has constantly faced one criticism and that is that Honda has tried to paw off the VFR looking bike as a CBR. Now that the game is growing in this sector Honda has wisely upped the cubic capacity to 300 like Kawasaki did with the Ninja 250 R and made the motorcycle look like a shrunk CBR of big capacity. In India too it is expected that the VFR look alike CBR will be replaced by this new CBR 300 R which not only has extra cubic centimetres but also the look of the CBR family. So its a matter of time before the VFR look alike will stop selling in the market. And talking of the VFR, Honda has introduced a smaller capacity VFR and funnily enough this does not look like the bigger and original VFR. Some think that it has a CBRish look.
However Honda also had new offerings in the 650 cc segment as well. These are the F spec motorcycles and not R spec. Looks like Honda is concentrating on the commuter/tourer space with these.
And what about this the CBR 650 F
But this is got to be the big daddy of the road going Hondas shown at the EICMA.
Honda also had an off roader motorcycle and like all off roader and dual purpose (on and off road) motorcycles it too has a beak. We still do not know the significance of the beak which is a feature on all motorcycles of this genre from Ducati to Honda.
Big H also had a large capacity maxi scooter, the Integra, the two wheeled equivalent of a crossover, so its a motorcycle with the features of a scooter or it is it that it is a scooter with features of a motorcycle? Honestly we have no clue.
Rumours from Milan also suggest that Honda is actively considering launching a naked Goldwing to be called the Goldwing F6C and that this will sit in between the CTX 1300 and the existing fully dressed Goldwing F6B. Clearly Honda is experimenting. Signs of a healthy company, but when was Honda not a healthy and intelligent company?