Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India has announced new plans to expand its premium motorcycle portfolio in our market. The company has confirmed that its premium big bike business vertical Honda BigWing will expand from current 7 products to 13 models in the next fiscal (FY2020-21).
The Indian arm of the Japanese two-wheeler brand has confirmed that three of its products – CBR1000RR-R Fireblade, CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports and CB1000R – that were unveiled at the 2019 EICMA motorcycle show in Italy, will soon reach our market.
Honda will also focus on ‘Make in India for the World’ to foray into mass production of select big bikes from India. The company, however, is yet to reveal the names of the models that would be manufactured in India.
Speaking about the company’s aggressive plans of expanding its premium product portfolio, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India said:
Starting April 2019, Honda spearheaded its new premium bike business identity under Silver Wing-Mark branded as - Honda BigWing. Honda will unleash Phase II of its premium business vertical in the new BS-VI era. Customers can expect double the fun with 13 iconic global models including 5 brand new models. This will be supported by exclusive Honda BigWing network for sales and service in 75 cities.
Here’s what’s coming to India:
CBR1000RR-R Fireblade and CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP
The 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade and the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP draw inspiration from the RC213V MotoGP machine and its street-legal counterpart, the RC213V-S. The litre-class motorcycles use the most powerful inline four-cylinder engine that Honda has ever made. The company will offer both, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade and the premium-spec CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP in the Indian market.
CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports
The 2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports made debut well before the EICMA motorcycle show. The latest iteration of Honda’s flagship adventure tourer motorcycle packs a bigger engine that delivers more power and torque than the CFRF1000L. The Adventure Sports model is the premium version of the new CRF1100L Africa Twin range, and it is equipped with tubeless tyres compatible cross-spoke wheels, five-stage adjustable screen, three-stage cornering lights, and a 24.8-litre fuel tank.
The 2020 Honda CB1000R has received very few upgrades and the list of changes are far more subtle than the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade range. The subtle cosmetic changes on the flagship Neo Sports Café naked machine aim to further enhance its premium look. Mechanical upgrades bring more power (143.4 hp vs 123.3 hp) and torque (104 Nm vs 99 Nm) to the 2020 CB1000R.