The motorcycle market in the Philippines is really growing with more people using bikes for leisure and commuting. To serve the growing demand, Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI) officially introduced their newest lineup of Honda Big Bikes at Shangri-La at The Fort, Manila last December 2017.
These Big Bikes are meant to entice thrill-seekers to go on adventures that would require tougher bikes with higher engine capacities. The Big Bikes have been designed to deliver the appropriate speed and performance meant for highways and rough terrain.
I wasn’t able to attend the launch, but I’m sharing the materials and photos sent by PR friends at Honda for those interested in buying a new motorcycle this year. Honda brought in a total of eight Honda Big Bike models, under three main categories: Street, Sport, and Adventure. The new Honda Big Bikes revealed include the CB500X, CRF1000L Africa Twin, X-ADV, CBR500R, Rebel 500, CB650F, CB1100EX and CBR1000RR FIREBLADE SP.
Based on photos and overall looks alone, I’m most attracted to the Honda Rebel and Honda CB1100EX under the Street category and the CB500X and X-ADV under the Adventure category. Here’s a quick look at the bikes and how much they’re going to cost you.
The Honda Rebel 500 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. PRICE: Php 369,000
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. PRICE: Php 810,000
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. PRICE: Php 459,000
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. PRICE: 1,350,000
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. PRICE: 379,000
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. PRICE: Php 854,000
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. PRICE: Php 379,000
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. PRICE: Php 799,000
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 Flagship Shop is open from 8:30AM to 6:00PM, Mondays to Sunday. The Honda Big Bikes will also be launched in Cebu and Davao in January 2018.
Product and event photos provided by Honda Philippines. For more information on Honda Big Bikes including the detailed specs of each bike, visit https://hondaph.com/hondabigbike/ or like their Facebook page: Facebook.com/HondaPH.