Honda Philippines Inc. (HPI) opened its Honda big bike showroom to the public in its flagship shop at Lahug, Cebu City.
The shop has a total land area of 2,344 square meters, and highlights Honda’s latest collection of big bikes. This shop has a multi-rack display, riders’ lounge, and test ride facility which sets it apart from other 3S Shops.
“The power and innovative features of Honda Big Bikes have been seen in action by motorcycle enthusiasts in many countries. Now, it’s time for Filipinos to experience all of these through our latest big bike offerings,” said Daiki Mihara, president of HPI. “Last December 2017, we’ve already launched our latest collection in Manila, however, since we consider Cebu as one of the important markets, we also see the value of showcasing our latest Honda big bikes collection to the Cebuano public, here, in our Flagship Store.”
A total of eight new Honda big bike models will be housed in the showroom, as categorized into four types: Roadster, Sports/Racer, Traveler, and New Adventure.
Honda introduced its roadster category, starting with the Rebel 500, which is designed for both laid-back cruising and a more active sports riding. It features a rider’s triangle, as well as its 471cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin cylinder, four-stroke engine that is tucked in a low chassis, and minimalist design.
Also available is the CB650F, a middleweight, naked street style motorcycle with stylish exhaust pipes that wrap around its four-cylinder, 649cc, DOHC inline engine. It also comes with a new six-speed ratio gearbox, a two-channel ABS, a 41mm SDBV telescopic fork and a fully adjustable Showa suspension for smoother riding.
The CB1100EX, on the other hand, has a classic design integrating modern features with its fuel tank, deep chrome exhausts, 17-inch cast aluminum wheels, and a hand-built look. It also has 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. This model is set to arrive in the Philippine market this year.
Meanwhile, for sports enthusiasts, Honda boasts of its CBR500R, a big bike infused with a inline-twin 471cc engine with power suited for racing. This middleweight sports bike has an aerodynamic fairing and air ducts, specially designed all the way to the two-channel ABS and 41mm SDBV telescopic fork.
There is also the CBR1000RR FIREBLADE SP, which is designed with the MotoGP racing DNA in mind. It is engineered to have lightness, precision, and controllable handling as evidenced by its Selectable Torque Control and Engine Break Systems, New ABS Brakes, Quickshifter, Riding Mode Select System, Power Selector, and an ӦHLINS Smart EC Suspension. This model is set to be available in the Philippine market this 2018 along with the CB1100EX.
Honda’s traveler big bikes include the CB500X, a mid-displacement bike, designed for all-around use. It is also suited for taking on any type of terrain. This bike also features a liquid-cooled, 471cc, parallel-twin engine, suited for short and long-distance rides, while still being fuel efficient.
Honda also unveiled the CRF1000L Africa Twin. It has a 998cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, parallel-twin engine and has the Honda Selective Torque Control for power delivery on a range of road conditions. It is also ideal for adventure riding that requires natural and athletic movements, especially since it is built with Biaxial Counterbalance for strength and handling to deliver a vibration-free ride.
Finally, Honda introduced its New Adventure Category of Big Scooter (Automatic) with the X-ADV featuring a crossover platform. It is built around a 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 dirt roads, Honda X-ADV is also built with a 41mm upside-down fork, a preload-adjustable Pro-Link rear shock, and a ground clearance of 162mm. It is equipped with a five-way adjustable screen, tapered aluminum handlebar, Africa Twin hand guards, Rally-style instrument display, and center stand.
These Honda big bikes are now available in HPI’s flagship shops in Cebu and Makati, except for the CB1100EX and CBR1000RR FIREBLADE SP, which are set to arrive this 2018. Meanwhile, the Honda flagship shop in Davao will also feature this new collection this February.
The big bike showroom is located at Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City and is open to accommodate customers every day from 8:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.