Here are just a few of the new models that Honda Canada showcased at the 2019 shows!
Colour Outside the Lines
The liquid-cooled 649 cc four-cylinder engine uses a compact internal architecture with cylinders canted forward 30 degrees for a lower centre of gravity and an impressive power-to-weight ratio.
The DOHC 16-valve cylinder head with direct cam actuation and 11.6:1 compression ratio contributes to the engine’s effortless performance at low and mid rpm, allowing you to smoothly pull away from 1,500 rpm.
Upgrades to the pistons and valve timing for 2019 boost power even higher, giving the CBR650R an even sportier character.
The sleek side-swept 4-1 exhaust features a dual-pass internal structure to reduce back pressure and deliver an addictive high-rpm howl that attests to the bike’s CBR racing heritage.
Take the Road Less Traveled
The DOHC liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine uses a square bore & stroke of 67 mm x 66.8 mm for an optimum combination of strong low-end torque and excellent top-end power. A 4% boost in horsepower and torque for 2019 results in even sportier performance.
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection keeps the engine running efficiently in all conditions and ensures crisp throttle response.
Improved airflow in the exhaust system—now featuring dual exit pipes—results in extra power and a sportier-sounding edge to the exhaust note.
The new gear indicator and adjustable shift-up indicator make it even easier to use the smooth-shifting six-speed gearbox.
Adventure Follows You
A 999 cc, quick revving, naturally-aspirated, parallel twin, powers the Talon 1000X — this isn’t Honda’s only 999 cc engine; it builds on years of experience with the Pioneer 1000 and CRF1000L (Africa Twin). Here, it’s been updated, refined and tuned to provide increased performance while maintaining Honda engine durability; essentially purpose-built for the Talon 1000X.
In a low throttle or relaxed ride situation the Talon 1000X shifts smoother at lower RPMs for quiet operation. In a more aggressive riding situation, you’ll experience quicker shifts at higher RPMs to maximize torque and power.
In a Class of its Own
New to the CB650R, the Honda Selectable Torque Control System (HSTC) controls torque output by detecting differences in the slip ratio between front and rear wheels. When the rear tire loses traction on a slippery surface, HSTC instantly kicks in and suppresses torque by controlling fuel injection to inhibit rear tire slip. The system can also be turned off.
The exposed side-swept downpipes pay homage to the vintage CB400 while offering a modern streetfighter design twist. The updated exhaust, featuring new twin air ducts on either side of the fuel tank, feeds the airbox with a larger volume of air (as opposed to the single, central duct of the old model), which also produces a throaty intake roar. The exhaust now also sports a larger bore tail pipe (up from 35 to 38.1mm) inside the muffler to flow more gas and, with its exit pipe angled upwards, to also howl emotively for the rider’s benefit.