23YM DAX

Model updates: Sprinting joyfully out of the traps – and after a 41-year absence from Honda’s European line-up – the new Dax joins the Monkey and MSX125 Grom in Honda’s mini-bike line-up. Authentic, robust and offering simple riding pleasure, it features a pressed steel frame, 31mm USD forks, 12-inch wheels and air-cooled SOHC two-valve engine with four-speed gearbox and centrifugal clutch. Full LED lighting, compact negative LCD display and pillion grab rail complete the full specification list, and the intangible and timeless appeal of the unmistakeable Dax styling is something no spec sheet can encapsulate.

23YM HONDA ST125 DAX

Colours:

  • Pearl Nebula Red
  • Pearl Cadet Grey

Price:

  • £TBC

 

Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Model overview
  3. Key features
  4. Milestones
  5. Technical specifications

 

 

  1. Introduction

Honda’s pocketful of mini motorcycles has struck a chord with young and old riders alike. The re-imagined Monkey 125 tugs at heart strings that remember the golden 1970s while  providing thoroughly modern, compact and funky urban transport for riders of any age. The MSX125 Grom serves up left-field, customisable style for ‘Generation Y’ but also as perfect paddock transport in the worlds of car and bike racing.

For 23YM a new bike joins the fold. The ST125 Dax fully owns the genuine authenticity of the 1969 original* but brings thoroughly 21st century performance from chassis, engine and ergonomics. The most recent version of the Dax was produced from 1995 to 2003 for the Japanese market. The more recent European success of its siblings has hastened its return and its mischievous charm and easy-going riding proposition bless the ST125 Dax with an extra layer of desirability.

Of course, nostalgia will play a part in the Dax’s appeal to riders now in middle age – riders who may have owned a Dax in their youth and are pleased to see it return. Equally, ‘retro’ is important to younger owners; that’s real retro, not faux. A certain style sets some machines apart and the Dax has just that in abundance thanks to the form of its iconic T-shaped frame. Which is also how the bike got its name: extending from under the seat to the handlebars, and sitting atop the small 12” wheels, the look is reminiscent of the universally-adored Dachshund. Or Sausage Dog, to give it its everyday English name…

Unique, easy, usable and great fun. That’s the new Honda Dax. A faithful old friend is back.

*See Dax Milestones below.

 

 

  1. Model Overview

As it should, the Dax keeps it simple. A steel frame provides strength and houses the fuel tank while 31mm USD forks, twin rear shocks and 12-inch wheels with chunky tyres provide light steering and good suspension performance. Braking is via hydraulic discs front and rear with ABS control.

Robust and fuel efficient, the 124cc SOHC two-valve engine’s power is linear in delivery with smooth torque. A centrifugal clutch manages shifting between the four ratios so there’s no need for a handlebar-mounted clutch lever. It offers twist-and-go simplicity with the added entertainment of changes via a traditional left-foot gear lever.

All lighting is LED and a circular LCD display shows exactly what the rider needs to know. The pillion gets a chromed grab rail, too.

 

 

  1. Key Features

3.1 Styling & Chassis

  • T-shaped pressed steel frame integral to handling and looks
  • 31mm USD forks, twin rear shocks and 12-inch wheels provide a smooth ride
  • Hydraulic disc braking front and rear with ABS
  • Full LED lighting and LCD instrument display

While the Dax is small, its proportions provide enough room to be comfortable for two adults to ride.

The styling really is the frame; everything is attached to, or held within it, giving the Dax its unmistakeable retro look. As do all the other parts; the thick dual seat – seat height is just 775mm – chrome high-set handlebars and the 1970’s dirt bike-inspired upswept muffler with drilled, slotted and chromed heat shield. The frame’s mid-section wears a black stripe with ‘Dax’ picked out in quirky font, right next to the classic Honda Wing logo that marks its special heritage. A unique finishing touch comes in the form of a cartoon image of a Dachshund.

A chromed mudguard leads and sits below the evocative, circular headlight. To add extra charm to the light, signature round LEDs are used and the front indicators/position lights sit snugly in between low and high beams. The compact instrument display is a round, negative LCD while the rear taillight and indicators take their cues from the headlight and are also LED.

There’s a neat chrome grabrail for the passenger to hold while a cover seals the drive chain away from weather and loose clothing. A rear carrier and heated grips are available as optional extras.

The iconic T-shaped frame design houses the fuel tank, is authentic in aesthetic detail and constructed in pressed-steel with modern engineering know-how. Rake and trail are set at 24.9°/84mm with wheelbase of 1020mm. Wet weight is just 107kg.

31mm USD forks provide supple suspension response and, combined with the wide upswept handlebar, easy steering. Twin rear shocks are tuned for smooth compliance, even with a pillion. Blacked-out 12-inch rims (from the super-cool MSX125 Grom) wear fat, balloon-like tyres; a 120mm wide front and 130mm rear. They add sure-footed grip allied to nimble agility.

Single-channel ABS manages braking force. Hydraulic front and rear calipers grip 220/190mm diameter discs respectively.

 

3.2 Engine

  • 124cc, air-cooled SOHC two-valve design produces 6.9kW and 10.8Nm
  • Stress-free centrifugal clutch and four-speed gearbox
  • Fuel economy of 63.7km/l (WMTC mode)

Drawn from the new Super Cub C125 – so flexible, efficient and durable – the Dax’s 124cc air-cooled engine features a SOHC two-valve cylinder head, with relatively long stroke and high compression; bore is set at 50mm, stroke at 63.1mm with compression ratio of 10.0:1. Peak power of 6.9kW arrives @ 7,000rpm, with peak torque of 10.8Nm @ 5,000rpm.

The engine’s strong performance means that even two-up a 90km/h cruising speed is achievable, with smart acceleration from low speed – just what’s needed for lively around-town amusement.

On the left-hand side of the bike the distinctive oval air box, filter and connecting tube ensure smooth, efficient airflow through the clean side, delivering crisp throttle response and driveability. The upswept muffler and heat shield is evocative of that golden motorcycling era of the ‘70s. A single catalyser is all that’s necessary; thanks to precise ECU settings and the engine’s combustion efficiency, EURO5 compliance is achieved.

In keeping with the laid-back, easy to ride feel the gearbox is a 4-speed unit (with neutral at the bottom) operated via centrifugal clutch, without the need for a clutch lever. At standstill the rider simply selects the gear required with the left-hand foot lever and, as the throttle is opened, the clutch operates automatically and does so through each ratio change, up or down.

Various low-friction technologies, like an offset cylinder and roller-rocker arms in the head, ensure impressive fuel economy of 63.7km/l (WMTC mode). This gives the Dax a range of approx. 240km from the 3.8L fuel tank.

 

 

  1. Origins of the Dax

In 1967, The Monkey Z50M was introduced in response to the demand for a ‘leisure-oriented bike’ for the American and European markets. Although well received, especially in America, by adults and children alike, thanks to its adjustable seat height and foldable features which allowed it to be loaded into a car, for 1969 American Honda requested a larger bike for its customers, but one that was still filled with the spirit of Monkey.

After visiting the US to better understand the requirements, engineers, inspired by the T-shaped frame of the CS90, which was a very popular bike in Japan, developed the Dax to have lower and longer proportions (compared to the Monkey) that allowed adults to have a more relaxed riding position as well as ride two up. The fuel tank, wiring and other components were housed in the T-shaped frame to create a unique, but also simple – and now iconic – design.

 

  1. Dax Milestones

1969 ST50/70 Dax Honda

Built for the export markets of Europe and the USA the original Dax was nifty, nimble and easy to ride. It appealed to both die-hard motorcyclists and recreational users as it was just plain fun. This is the bike that launched many two-wheeled journeys.

The engine was based on the well-established Super Cub engine, but with the addition of modifications to both the intake and exhaust system to provide more torque at low-mid range.

Available in both 50cc and 70cc versions, the Dax featured a 3-speed automatic centrifugal clutch, telescopic front suspension, hydraulic rear suspension and wide tyres with a unique tread pattern for stability and handling even when off-road.

 

1972 ST90 Mighty Dax

The ST90 Mighty Dax featured a more rigid T-shape frame, wider, more upright custom style ‘mini ape’ bars, high level front mudguard and a bigger engine that packed more speed and acceleration. The new larger 14in wheels came fitted with semi-off road pattern tyres to increase handling performance and stability, even when off-road.

 

1973 CY50 Nauty Dax

Aimed squarely at the RV (Recreational Vehicle) leisure market, the Nauty Dax was developed to offer even better riding performance and stability over rough terrain. Changes to the valve timing and the final drive – now with 4 speeds – increased torque in the low to mid range. With a new exhaust, fuel tank, side covers and unique rectangular shaped headlight, the Nauty Dax also featured a stepped seat and funky paint scheme. The new light and rigid diamond frame and the new fat balloon tyres made for easy rolling over rough campsite terrain

 

1995 ST50 Dax

After 14 years, the Dax returned to the Japanese market. All the iconic design cues remained in place – a pressed steel backbone frame, telescopic suspension, wide foldable bars, chrome mudguard, muffler and block tyres – and were joined by the addition of a longer seat. The 50cc engine featured an automatic cam chain tensioner and magneto ignition for easy starting. Enjoying an eight-year production run, the ST50 Dax finally went off sale in 2003.

 

2022 ST125 Dax

Straight out of the traps with a useful, usable 124cc engine, four speed gearbox and centrifugal clutch the Dax makes a welcome return to the Honda minibike fold, joining the Monkey and MSX125 Grom.

 

  1. Technical specification
ENGINE
Type Air-cooled SOHC 4-stroke 2-valve
Displacement 124cc
Bore x Stroke 50.0 x 63.1mm
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Max. Power Output 6.9kW @ 7,000rpm
Max. Torque 10.8Nm @ 5,000rpm
Noise Level (dB) 79.2dB
Oil Capacity 1 litre
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 3.8 litres
Fuel Consumption 63.7km/l
CO2 Emissions WMTC 35 g/km
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Battery 12V 3.5Ah
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Wet Multiplate and Automatic Centrifugal Clutch
Transmission Type 4 speed rotary
FRAME
Type Press backbone frame
CHASSIS
Dimensions (LxWxH) 1,760 x 760 x 1,020mm
Wheelbase 1,020mm
Caster Angle 24.9°
Trail 84mm
Seat Height 775mm
Ground Clearance 180mm
Turning radius 2m
Kerb Weight 107kg
SUSPENSION
Type Front Telescopic 31mm USD fork, 100mm axle travel
Type Rear Twin shock, 120mm axle travel
WHEELS
Type Front 5-spoke cast aluminium
Type Rear 5-spoke cast aluminium
Tyres Front 120/70-12M/C 51L
Tyres Rear 130/70-12M/C 56L
BRAKES
Type Front Single 220mm hydraulic disc with IMU-based ABS
Type Rear Single 190mm hydraulic disc
ABS Type Single Channel ABS
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Instruments LCD
Headlight LED
Taillight LED

 

All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice

Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

2022 CB300R

Model updates: Honda’s CB300R Neo Sports Café lightweight gains 41mm Showa ‘Separate Function front Fork Big Piston’ (SFF-BP) USD forks, plus an assist/slipper clutch and EURO5 compliance for its 286cc liquid-cooled engine. Specification includes radial-mount 4-piston front caliper, floating disc, IMU-controlled ABS and preload adjustable monoshock. Full LED lighting complements a smartly updated LCD display.

2022 HONDA CB300R

 

Colours:

  • Pearl Dusk Yellow **NEW for 2022**
  • Mat Pearl Agile Blue **NEW for 2022**
  • Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic
  • Candy Chromosphere Red

OTR Price:

  • £5,099

Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Model overview
  3. Key features
  4. Technical specifications

 

 

  1. Introduction

Strip motorcycling down to its bare essentials and often less equals more. Honda has long understood this, and for 18YM created the CB300R. Part of the Neo Sports Café family – which includes the flagship CB1000R, A1 licence-friendly CB125R and recently updated CB650R four cylinder middleweight – it distils all of the excitement of two wheels into lightweight form.

Representing a major stepping-stone for any young or new rider, the CB300R is very much a first ‘big’ bike after a 125cc machine, offering as it does engaging response and sensations from both engine and chassis without the weight, cost and licence implications of a larger capacity motorcycle. It’s also a great introduction to Honda, with the brand’s engineering prowess, design philosophy, premium equipment and high build quality firmly on display. Conversely, the CB300R also offers an attractive proposition for experienced riders looking to downsize.

Fun to ride, easy and affordable to own, the CB300R receives some major upgrades for 22YM, including high-quality front suspension, assist/slipper clutch and EURO5 compliance for the engine. Just as before, it brings unique style to Europe’s city streets, with a bare-boned attitude that is guaranteed to turn heads.

 

  1. Model Overview

Light weight – the CB300R tips the scales at a wet weight of just 144kg – gives Honda’s small-bore superstar an immediate performance advantage. Mix in a free-revving 286cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine, with new assist/slipper clutch and EURO5 compliance for 22YM, plus the unique Neo Sports Café naked bike presence and the CB300R has the perfect formula to excite and inspire young riders.

The frame mixes pressed and tubular steel for a tuned rigidity balance that gives great feedback. For 22YM the CB300R now features, as standard equipment, 41mm Showa Separate Function front Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks (the same high-quality specification as fitted to the CB650R, with spring rate and damping changes)  as well as a radial-mounted 4-piston caliper, hubless floating front disc, IMU-controlled ABS and radial tyres.

A tapered steel handlebar, updated LCD instrument display and full LED lighting exude quality and add to pride of ownership.

 

  1. Key Features

 3.1 Chassis

  • New 41mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks 
  • Radial-mounted 4-piston caliper and hubless 296mm floating front disc
  • ABS works through Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)

Underpinning the CB300R’s minimalism is its tubular and pressed steel construction diamond-style frame. The swingarm is manufactured from steel plate, irregularly shaped in cross-section. Both are designed to achieve high longitudinal rigidity and control torsion from wheel deflection without excess rigidity or weight.

The chassis’ core strength is anchored by the pressed steel swingarm pivot plates and swingarm, allowing the frame to deliver agile handling with stability and feedback; rake and trail are set at 24.2°/90.2mm. 24.7° / 93mm

41mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks are a major new upgrade for 22YM. A pressure separation damper in one fork tube and spring mechanism in the other deliver high damper performance and lighter weight. Together with the use of a larger sized piston the result is increased feel, bump absorption and control. The rear shock offers 5-step spring preload adjustment.

A 49.6% front/50.4% rear weight bias provides a positive feel for front-end grip and easy steering which is also helped by the low, 144kg wet weight and compact 1,352mm wheelbase. Seat height is set at 799mm.

Braking is managed by a 296mm hubless floating front disc, worked by a radial-mounted Nissin 4-piston caliper, the rear 220mm disc via a single-piston caliper. Both are modulated by 2-channel ABS. The high specification system works through an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) to give precise front and rear distribution of ABS operation depending on the vehicle behaviour.

A 150/60R-17 radial rear tyre matches the 110/70R-17 radial front.

 

3.2 Styling & Equipment

  • Unique Neo Sports Café style puts the hardware on display
  • New seat material improves comfort
  • Full LED lighting and LCD dash with updated gear position indicator

Styling is true to Honda’s Neo Sports Café naked bike design language, putting the CB300R’s blacked-out hardware on display. It’s also brutally neat; the cutaway tail unit is barely there, and supports separate rider and pillion seat. The seat features a new revised cover thickness for additional comfort and both rider and pillion footpeg hangers are aluminium.

A thin (23.5mm and weighing just 230g) full function LCD instrument display provides speed, engine rpm and fuel level, with gear position now highlighted in its own, negative form for 22YM. Warning lights are arranged across the top. Full LED lighting – including indicators – gives a premium feel and contributes to mass centralisation. The headlight uses a dual bar light signature, upper for low beam and lower for high beam and the taillight is extremely thin.

The 10L fuel tank is hidden underneath an angular cover and shrouds and houses an aircraft-style filler cap. With fuel economy of 30.2km/l (WMTC mode), the CB300R can cover over 320km from full.

 

Valerio Aiello, of Honda’s Rome R&D Department on the Neo Sports Café design aesthetic: 

“The entire current Neo Sport Café range from Honda is the result of the CB4 Concept model presented at EICMA in 2015. Our desire was to explore the world of the café racer and reinterpret it in a modern key.

All the models of this CB series are not simply retro-vintage motorcycles, but rather neo-classics – that is, modern motorbikes showcasing classic design styles combined with modern techniques.

 We wanted to create a new stylistic dimension, different from the muscular streetfighters of the last few years, and at the same time, far from the simpler café-racer style. The end result is that none of the bikes from the competition resemble the Neo Sports Café range and, like them or not, they are easily recognisable as Hondas. The competitors have classic or very modern motorcycles in their ranges, but in my opinion, not something that goes in the wake of both styles.

 During development of the CB4 concept, I found inspiration from outside the world of motorcycles, in watches. I’ve always liked their technicality and one of the key concepts used during the Neo Sports Café design was ‘Mechanical Art’.

 ‘Mechanical Art’ is the desire to show the beauty of the various mechanical elements to which Honda has always given great importance. Watches do this very well indeed, with their mechanics always creating a certain charm.”

 

 

3.3 Engine

  • Responsive single-cylinder DOHC 4-valve engine
  • 9kW peak power/27.5Nm peak torque with EURO5 compliance
  • Redesigned underslung side-exit exhaust
  • Assist/slipper clutch now managing 6-speed gearbox

The CB300R’s compact, 286cc DOHC 4-valve liquid-cooled single cylinder engine is a diminutive jewel that has won many fans for its free-revving and responsive nature. And while it may pump adrenaline as revs rise it’s also an engine that works well in real-world road riding conditions, around town or out on the highway. Peak power of 22.9kW arrives @ 9,000rpm, with peak torque of 27.5Nm delivered @ 7,750rpm.

New for 22YM, an assist/slipper clutch allows super-smooth shifts and manages rear wheel ‘hop’ on rapid downshifting and hard braking. The 6-speed gearbox offers an even spread of gears for strong acceleration and the gear change mechanism employs an adjustable rose joint linkage.

Bore and stroke is set at 76 x 63mm, with compression ratio of 10.7:1. PGM-FI fuel injection – with 38mm throttle bore and straight-shot intake path – delivers crisp throttle response across the rev range. For EURO5 compliance – alongside an OBD2-compatible crank sensor – the underslung exhaust mid-section has been redesigned and incorporates a new larger catalyser. The right-side exit muffler also features a new, simpler internal structure.

To reduce maintenance costs – an important factor for younger riders – the engine is also designed with the minimum number of moving parts. Details like the low-friction piston rings, high-density core radiator and iridium spark plug help increase fuel efficiency.

 

 

  1. Technical Specifications
ENGINE
Type Liquid-cooled 4-valve DOHC single
Engine Displacement (cm³) 286cc
Bore ´ Stroke (mm) 76mm x 63mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Max. Power Output 22.9kW @ 9,000rpm
Max. Torque 27.5Nm @ 7,750rpm
Oil Capacity 1.8L
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 10.0L
Fuel Consumption 30.2km/litre
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Battery Capacity 12V-7AH
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Wet, multiplate hydraulic clutch
Transmission Type 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
FRAME
Type Steel diamond
CHASSIS
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2012mm x 802mm x 1052mm
Wheelbase 1352mm
Caster Angle 24.2° 24.7°
Trail 90.2mm 93mm
Seat Height 799mm
Ground Clearance 157mm 151mm
Kerb Weight 144kg
Turning radius 2.3m
SUSPENSION
Type Front 41mm Showa Separate Function front Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks. 130mm stroke
Type Rear Monoshock damper with 5 stage adjustable preload, 107mm travel
WHEELS
Rim Size Front 17inch
Rim Size Rear 17inch
Tyres Front 110/70R17M/C 54H
Tyres Rear 150/60R17M/C 65H
BRAKES
ABS System Type 2 channel;
Front 296mm hubless floating disc with radial-mount Nissin 4-piston caliper
Rear 220mm disc with single piston caliper
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Instruments LCD
Headlight LED
Taillight LED
Connectivity No
USB No
12V Socket No
Auto Winker cancel No
Security System No
Cruise Control No
Additional Features No

 

# Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

2022 MSX125 GROM

Model updatesHonda’s pocket-sized funster rides into 22YM with its retro-cool style, quick-detach body panels, LCD dash and EURO5-specification air-cooled engine driving through a five-speed gearbox. A fresh new colour ­– Pearl Queen Bee Yellow – sweetens the deal.

 

Colours:

  • Pearl Queen Bee Yellow **NEW**
  • Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic
  • Gayety Red

Price:

  • £3,849 OTR

 Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Model overview
  3. Key features
  4. Technical specifications

 

  1. Introduction

Easy to use, fun and functional, the original leisure motorcycle was defined by Honda in 1963 with the iconic, small-wheeled Monkey bike and carried on – redefined for each respective generation – with the Dax, Ape and the Monkey, itself reborn in 18YM.

The formula has found resonance with the new breed of young riders. Known as ‘Generation Y’ in the USA, ‘Dek Neaw’ in Thailand and ‘Street-Kei’ in Japan, they have grown up in the borderless internet age, and share a culture, outlook and spirit that defies convention.

Instinctively drawn to motorcycling, they need their first two-wheeled transport to be exciting but not unduly challenging, with a design that sets them apart and a reasonable price tag. In 13YM Honda introduced the MSX125 (Mini Street X-treme 125) to cater specifically for such young riders.

A truly global product the MSX125 (known as the ‘Grom’ in Japan and USA) has been a hit across the world. In its first sales season the MSX125 joined the CBF125 in the ranks of Europe’s top 5 best-selling 125cc motorcycles. And, over the last few years, it has established itself as a firm favourite, whether used for simple urban transport or as a heavily customised style statement by its target market.

After 6 years of quiet success and several small styling evolutions, with an eye on the next wave of young riders, 21YM saw a new MSX125 hit the streets with an even cooler direction of travel, and a new name – the MSX125 Grom. For 22YM, a new colour sees it remain Honda’s little machine that continues to brim with big dreams.

 

  1. Model Overview

21YM’s completely redesigned bodywork gave the MSX125 Grom a new design language: fresh and fun, and also easily removed ready for an owner’s creativity to get to work. The LCD dash was also updated to include a rev-counter and gear position indicator.

A new air-cooled engine maintained usable, real-world performance but added a fifth gear to help longer-range riding. And the chassis – tried and tested – offers the same small-bike dimensions with big-bike suspension, braking and handling qualities.

 

  1. Key Features

 3.1 Styling & Equipment

  • Bodywork injects fresh individuality 
  • Easy custom potential; all four panels attach with just six bolts each side
  • LCD dash includes rev counter and gear position indicator

There’s a cool kind of quirkiness about the MSX125 Grom’s bodywork; a distinctive individuality that mixes the modernity of sleek LED headlight, pared-down seat unit and subframe with the retro of the super-compact side panels and tank covers. And, influenced by customers’ ongoing efforts to make their bike unique, the MSX125 Grom is designed around the concept of adaptability and easy customisation – all of the bodywork attaches with six bolts each side, a detail highlighted by large bolt surrounds for another unique design touch.

The gold finish to the USD front forks, and yellow shock spring stand out in bright contrast to the blacked-out engine, exhaust, wheels and swingarm. Easy to read for its compact size the LCD digital dash includes a rev-counter and gear position indicator, alongside the speedometer, twin trip meters, fuel gauge and clock. Resetting of the trip meters and clock, or alternation between odometer and trip meter, is managed by the switches either side of the display.

 

3.2 Engine

  • 125cc, air-cooled fuel-injected two-valve engine; 7.2kW peak power/10.5Nm torque
  • Five-speed gearbox for higher-speed cruising
  • EURO5 compliance

 The MSX125 Grom’s 125cc, two-valve air-cooled engine uses a 50mm bore and 63.1mm stroke, with compression ratio of 10.0:1. Peak power of 7.2kW arrives at 7,250rpm, with peak torque of 10.5Nm at 5,500rpm.

It packs a perfect blend of zippy roll-on performance with useful, accessible all-round ability. Really, this unit all about the fun of twisting a throttle; the five-speed gearbox amplifies the pleasure (and usability) and allows top speed of 94km/h.

Manual clutch operation imparts a full-sized motorcycle experience, while the 15T gearbox sprocket, 38T final drive sprocket and 12-inch wheels deliver lively around-town response plus the ability to travel slowly in a high gear – perfect for threading easily through tight traffic.

It’s also economical, returning 66.6km/l (WMTC mode) by using low-friction technologies, such as an offset cylinder and roller-rocker arm for the valve gear. Sophisticated PGM-FI guarantees highly efficient combustion, and works in conjunction with both air intake and exhaust to deliver an involving experience at the throttle. A large, 2.5L airbox and panel-type, wet paper filter provide reliable and quiet airflow; the filter itself has a life of 10,000 miles. The exhaust downpipe and muffler are two separate parts.

The MSX125 Grom is homologated for EURO5, which from January 1st 2020, introduced significantly stricter engine emissions standards compared to EURO4. These requirements include substantial reductions in permitted carbon monoxide emissions, an over 40% decrease in total hydrocarbon emissions, tougher misfire detection and the introduction of a particulate matter limit.

 

3.3 Chassis

  • Steel mono-backbone frame provides central strength; 761mm seat height
  • Quality suspension performance from 31mm USD forks and rear monoshock
  • 12-inch wheel rims and hydraulic disc brakes front and rear

The MSX125 Grom’s well-proven chassis was essentially unchanged during its 21YM makeover, and the original priorities of design remain relevant: provide the base for a practical bike that new riders could use – and park – with ease in an urban environment, but be just as useable and enjoyable out of town, and also readily accept a pillion.

A steel mono-backbone frame ensures the MSX125 Grom’s core strength. Its rigid, square-section tube joins the headstock directly to the swingarm pivot plates and every other part in effect hangs visibly from the frame, greatly contributing to the minimalist look. Specifically tuned vertical/horizontal rigidity and flex in the swingarm pivot and engine hanger plates provides the perfect balance of comfort and confidence.

The frame structure also enables efficient storage of PGM-FI-related components and electrical parts inside the tank cover and fuel capacity is increased (6.0L). Wheelbase is a snug 1200mm, with rake and trail of 25°/81mm. Kerb weight is reduced to 103kg. A low 761mm seat height makes the MSX125 Grom very manageable; its size also ensures that motor home owners find it easy to load/unload, transport and use.

Suspension front and rear delivers ‘beyond class’ quality. The 31mm USD fork reduces unsprung weight and, thanks to the pistons’ greater pressure-bearing area (compared to a standard telescopic fork) offers improved damping feel throughout the stroke. The top and bottom yokes are full-sized, further enhancing handling and rider fee

Fundamental to the MSX Grom’s form and function are its 5-spoke (re-styled) 12-inch cast aluminium wheels, which feature wide 2.5-inch rims. Front 120/70-12 and 130/70-12 rear tyres also inject dynamic looks and performance. Hydraulic dual piston front (finished in gold) and single piston rear brake calipers work front 220mm and rear 190mm discs. The ABS system operates through an IMU.

 

 

  1. Technical Specifications
ENGINE
Type 2-valve air-cooled single cylinder
Displacement 125cc
Bore & Stroke 50.0mm x 63.1mm
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Max. Power Output 7.2Kw @ 7,250rpm
Max. Torque 10.5Nm @ 5,500rpm
Oil Capacity 1.1 litres
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 6.0 litres
Fuel Consumption 65.7km/l
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Starter Electric Motor
Battery Capacity 12V 3.5AH
ACG Output 225W/5000rpm
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Wet multiplate
Transmission Type 5 speed
Final Drive Chain
FRAME
Type Steel mono-backbone frame
CHASSIS
Dimensions (L´W´H) 1,760mm x 720mm x 1,015mm
Wheelbase 1,200mm
Caster Angle 25⁰
Trail 81mm
Seat Height 761mm
Ground Clearance 180mm
Kerb Weight 103kg
Turning radius 1.9 metres
SUSPENSION
Type Front USD Front Forks, 31mm
Type Rear Mono shock, steel square pipe swingarm
WHEELS
Type Front 5 Spoke Aluminium Cast
Type Rear 5 Spoke Aluminium Cast
Rim Size Front MT 2.5-12
Rim Size Rear MT 2.5-12
Tyres Front 120/70-12
Tyres Rear 130/70-12
BRAKES
Type Front Single 220mm disc with hydraulic dual-piston brake caliper
Type Rear Single 190mm disc with hydraulic single-piston brake caliper
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Instruments LCD digital dash with speedometer, twin trip meters, fuel gauge and clock.
Headlight LED Headlight and Taillight

 

All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.

# Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors

2022 Forza 125

Model updatesHonda’s premium sports/GT Forza 125 scooter maintains its place in the spotlight with new colour options for 22YM. Standard specification includes HSTC, electric screen adjustment, USB Type-C socket, storage space for two full-face helmets, full LED lighting and Smart Key operation.

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Electric screen adjusts through 180mm,
  • Room for two full-face helmets under the seat; new USB charging socket
  • Smart Key operation of ignition and (optional) 45-litre top box
  • Emergency stop signal function (ESS) warns other road users of sudden braking
  • 125cc engine puts out 11kW peak power with 12.2Nm torque
  • 42.7km/l gives range of nearly 500km between fill-ups
  • Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) increases rider confidence
  • Steel frame, 33mm telescopic forks and preload adjustable twin shocks
  • Wet weight of just 161kg aids agility and ease of use
  • Cast aluminium wheels, front and rear disc brakes, ABS fitted as standard

 

Colours:

  • Pearl Falcon Grey **New for 2022**
  • Mat Pearl Pacific Blue **New for 2022**
  • Pearl Nightstar Black
  • Mat Cynos Grey Metallic
  • Mat Carnelian Red Metallic

Price:

  • £5,149 OTR

 Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Model overview
  3. Key features
  4. Accessories
  5. Technical specifications

 

  1. Introduction

Honda’s Forza 125 was designed specifically for discerning European customers who demand the very most out of their scooter in every respect. And right from its introduction in 2015 it has met and exceeded all expectations, evolving year on year in response to owner feedback, and selling over 80,000 units to date.

Straight out of the crate the Forza 125 hit the ground rolling, proving an instant sales hit thanks to its comprehensive mix of sporty and ‘GT’ elements wrapped up in a distinctive design package. A lively new four valve version of Honda’s eSP  (‘enhanced Smart Power’) engine, compact dimensions, sports-oriented attitude and handling ability provided traffic-busting agility around town, while its sit-in comfort, wind protection and strong top end power made easy work of longer-range highway commuting. Add in plenty of storage, premium features front to back, a new sharp-edged design aesthetic and Honda build quality, and the reasons for its immediate popularity are clear.

Fittingly, it’s never stood still, either. In 18YM – maintaining a steep development curve – the Forza 125 received a complete, sporty re-style and rider-focused upgrades that included full LED lighting and electric screen. 21YM saw the addition of enhanced desirability and practical functionality.

 

  1. Model Overview

For 21YM, cosmetic updates were applied to the front and side fairings, mirrors, rear side panels and engine covers to refresh the Forza 125’s styling, creating a sleeker overall look, and improving aerodynamics. The re-shaped electric screen adjusted with an extra 40mm travel to maximise wind protection. And a USB socket replaced the ACC charger.

The chassis remained unchanged, but the four-valve water-cooled SOHC engine received Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) to maintain rear tyre grip. It also gained EURO5 compliance.

For 22YM, two striking new colour options add further desirability and style.

 

  1. Key Features

 3.1 Styling & Equipment

  • Electric screen adjusts through 180mm,
  • Room for two full-face helmets under the seat; new USB charging socket
  • Smart Key operation of ignition and (optional) 45-litre top box
  • Emergency stop signal function (ESS) warns other road users of sudden braking

The Forza 125’s lines flow back from its electric screen (controlled by a switch on the left handlebar) which adjusts through 180mm. It’s designed to provide wind protection, with airflow directed around and over the rider’s head, and reduce wind noise.

Stability and comfort at higher speeds – and long distances – can be instantly exchanged for a greater sense of freedom around town, by lowering the screen. For comfort at higher speeds a larger front air duct manages negative pressure in front of the rider, reducing the natural effect of the wind pushing the rider back.

Sculpted for both style and aerodynamic efficiency, the Forza 125’s sharp design lines give a clean, smooth modernity, creating an impression of energetic sportiness and premium desirability. The styling team’s key words of ‘aggressive, technical and powerful’ find expression in a new spoiler-type surround below the headlight, refreshed fairing side panels with a distinctive ‘Z’ design line, and a steeply descending character line for the rear side panels that create a forward-looking, purposeful aesthetic.

Handlebar width remains 750mm as does mirror height of 1125mm, the perfect dimensions for slipping through congested city streets. Seat height is also unchanged at 780mm; there’s plenty of room for two and the riding position cups the rider securely. All lighting is LED.

Two full-face helmets can be stored under the seat, and it’s also possible to partition the storage area to house a helmet and/or rain gear and A4-sized bags. The front left inner fairing pocket is lockable and its internal space can be arranged for the rider’s convenience to hold a phone and water bottle, for instance. A USB socket replaces the ACC 12V charging point.

The Forza 125’s Smart Key – as well as controlling the main ignition switch knob and compartment locking – also manages the optional 45L Smart top box. With the Smart Key in the rider’s pocket the box is unlocked, and automatically locks when the rider walks away. It can also be locked from the key. To maintain the internal volume of the box the actuator mechanism is located in the rear body of the machine.

Instruments present analogue speedometer and rev-counter (with redesigned dials) flanking a digital display that can switch between 3 modes: 1) odometer, range remaining and current mpg, 2) trip meter, average mpg and timer and 3) ambient temperature thermometer and battery sensor.

 

3.2 Engine

  • 125cc engine puts out 11kW peak power with 12.2Nm torque
  • The engine features Honda’s eSP technologies, plus Idling Stop
  • 7km/l gives range of nearly 500km between fill-ups
  • Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) increases rider confidence

 The Forza 125’s enhanced Smart Power (eSP) four-valve, water-cooled SOHC powerplant delivers 11kW@ 8,750rpm, with peak torque of 12.2Nm @ 6,500rpm. Bore and stroke is set at 53.5 x 55.5mm with compression ratio of 11.5:1.

From a standing start the Forza 125 accelerates rapidly (0-200m is covered in just 13.3s) while sharp mid-range makes for responsive roll-on performance in the typical 40-60km/h around-town speed range. It will cruise happily around 90km/h and V-max is 108km/h.

Honda’s eSP low-friction technologies are found throughout the engine. A compact combustion chamber and PGM-FI fuel injection – fed by 4.7-litre airbox and 26mm diameter inlet duct – optimise combustion velocity and cooling performance. Clever packaging of items like the oil pump (which is built in to the crankcase) help to further heighten the efficiency.

An offset cylinder reduces friction caused by contact between piston and bore, efficiently transmitting combustion energy to the crankshaft. A ‘spiny’ cast-iron sleeve – with tiny surface extensions – keeps in check any distortion of the inner bore diameter. This design lowers tension in the piston ring, reducing friction.

A high-efficiency radiator – integrated into the exterior of the right-side crankcase – employs a small, light fan that reduces frictional losses and lowers drag. Rolling resistance within the transmission unit is reduced by the use of three low-friction main bearings, all designed to deal with the loads they individually receive. The drive pulley features a fin design that lowers air resistance and the follower pulley reduces pressure on the drive belt, cutting transmission losses.

The electronically controlled, brushless ACG starter is an integrated component mounted directly on the end of the crankshaft, serving as starter motor and alternator. It spins the engine directly, eliminating any noise from gear engagement or meshing. The redesigned engine cover and swingarm for 21YM, complement the new bodywork.

Idling Stop automatically stops the engine running after three seconds at idle when the Forza is stationary and the brakes applied, and re-starts it instantly when the throttle grip is twisted. It’s seamless in use thanks to ACG and the swing-back system that returns the crank to its position before air intake, and a decompression mechanism that negates cranking resistance from compression. It has the functionality to ‘read’ the battery charge and turns itself off to avoid excessive drain. The battery is a long-life YTZ8V unit.

One of the original aims of the Forza 125 is that the trip to the fuel station should happen just once a week for the average user, and a near 500km tank range is possible thanks to the engine’s fuel efficiency of approximately 42.7km/l (WMTC mode) and 11.5-litre tank.

The engine is homologated for EURO5, which from January 1st 2020 introduced significantly stricter engine emissions standards compared to EURO4. These requirements include substantial reductions in permitted carbon monoxide emissions, an over 40% decrease in total hydrocarbon emissions, tougher misfire detection and the introduction of a particulate matter limit.

An additional technology to boost rider confidence in wet conditions is the inclusion of Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), which works in the background to deftly manage rear wheel traction. A ‘T’ indicator flickers on the dash when HSTC is actively reducing wheelspin, and the system can be turned off completely.

 

3.3 Chassis

  • Steel frame, 33mm telescopic forks and preload adjustable twin shocks
  • Wet weight of just 161kg aids agility and ease of use
  • Cast aluminium wheels, front and rear disc brakes, ABS fitted as standard

Unchanged for the 22YM year model, the tubular steel frame that underpins the Forza 125’s chassis provides the necessary rigidity and strength for the broad variety of riding conditions it will face. Sturdy 33mm telescopic forks are matched by twin rear shock absorbers – adjustable through 7-stage spring preload – working through a 1-piece aluminium swingarm.

The Forza 125’s light weight, just 161kg, makes it easy to manage at walking speeds, and easy to park. A wheelbase of 1,505mm provides stability; the steering geometry – 26.5° rake and 89mm trail – delivers nimble steering.

The cast aluminium 15-inch front wheel is fitted with a 120/70-15 tyre while the 14-inch rear wears a 140/70-14 tyre, offering maximum traction and ride comfort. A large 256mm single disc performs stopping duties up front, mated to a 240mm rear, with the benefit of ABS for extra braking control on slippery surfaces.

 

  1. Accessories

A range of Genuine Honda Accessories are available for the Forza 125. They include:

  • 45-litre Smart top box
  • 35-litre top box
  • Rear carrier rack (direct fitment)
  • Inner bags
  • Heated grips

 

 

  1. Technical Specifications
ENGINE
Type 4 stroke-4 valve liquid-cooled
Displacement 125cc
Bore x Stroke 53.5mm x 55.5mm
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Max. Power Output 11.0 kW @ 8,750 r/min
Max. Torque 12.2 Nm @ 6,500r/min
Oil Capacity 0.9 litres
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 11.5L
Fuel Consumption 42.7km/L
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Starter Electric
Battery 12V-7A
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Automatic Centrifugal Clutch Dry Type
Transmission Type V-Matic
FRAME
Type Under bone type, steel
CHASSIS
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2,140mm x 755mm x 1,500mm
Wheelbase 1,505mm
Caster Angle 26.5°
Trail 89mm
Seat Height 780mm
Ground Clearance 145mm
Turning radius 2.3m
Kerb Weight 161kg
SUSPENSION
Type Front 33mm Telescopic
Type Rear Twin shock
WHEELS
Type Front Cast aluminium
Type Rear Cast aluminium
Tyres Front 120/70-15 56P
Tyres Rear 140/70-14 68P
BRAKES
Type Front 256mm, single disc
Type Rear 240mm, single disc
LIGHTING
Headlight LED
Taillight LED

 

All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.

 

*Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

2022 Forza 350

Model updatesHonda’s mid-size sporty/GT sit-in scooter benefitted from increased engine capacity for 21YM and with it faster top speed and improved acceleration. The enhanced Smart Power+ (eSP+) engine also became EURO5 compliant. Standard specification includes HSTC, electric screen adjustment, USB Type-C socket, storage space for two full-face helmets, full LED lighting and Smart Key operation. As an option, the Forza 350 can wirelessly connect its rider to various smartphone functions via the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system. A new colour option adds fresh appeal for 22YM.

 

KEY FEATURES

  • 330cc engine puts out an extra 2.3Kw peak power @ 7,000rpm.
  • Top speed of 137km/h, and 0.7s faster acceleration to 200m.
  • ‘enhanced Smart Power+’ technology ensures fuel economy of 30km/l (WMTC mode), with EURO5 compliance.
  • Hydraulic cam chain adjuster and scavenger pump to reduce internal friction.
  • Electric screen adjusts 180mm, an extra 40mm, for improved comfort.
  • Room for two full-face helmets under the seat; new USB charging socket.
  • Smart Key operation of ignition and (optional) 45-litre top box.
  • Emergency stop signal function warns other road users of sudden braking.
  • Short wheelbase with sharp steering geometry.
  • Both wheels cast aluminium; 14-inch diameter rear and 15-inch front.
  • Can wirelessly connect its rider to various smartphone functions via the new Honda Smartphone Voice Control System.

 

Colours:

  • Mat Carnelian Red Metallic **NEW**
  • Matt Cynos Grey Metallic
  • Pearl Falcon Grey
  • Mat Pearl Pacific Blue

Price:

  • £5,799 OTR

Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Model overview
  3. Key features
  4. Accessories
  5. Technical specifications

 

  1. Introduction

The Forza name has long been a powerful force in Honda’s two-wheeled line-up. Its history as a premium, mid-size scooter goes back to the year 2000: the first model set the template, delivering a lively ride, plenty of storage room and an innovative combined braking system. It was well received throughout Europe, where owners found its multi-role capability useful in every aspect of daily life.

While retaining its trademark mix of sporty and GT character, the Forza 300 has constantly evolved, aiming to exceed owners’ expectations with every upgrade. In 04YM it gained Honda’s S MATIC electronically controlled CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), a theft-deterring Smart key, highly efficient PGM-FI fuel injection for the engine and space for two full-face helmets under the seat.

05YM saw the addition of ABS brakes and, in 08YM, luxurious touches like an audio package and speakers plus upgraded S MATIC (with phased auto shift mode) and Combined ABS brakes were added. In 16YM it moved on again, as the Forza 300 with a new ‘sit-in’ design large enough to carry two people in total comfort, even at highways speeds.

18YM marked the unveiling of a radically revised Forza 300 – lighter, smaller, sharper and sportier – following in the hugely successful wheel tracks of its little sibling, the Forza 125, while retaining all the best attributes of its ‘GT’ nature. A ‘Limited-Edition’ model with Grey/Gloss Black colour scheme and matching Smart top box added an exclusive choice in 2020.

In 21YM it was time for another advance – the Forza 350. Faster, even more useful – with new features like Bluetooth connectivity and Honda Smartphone Voice Control system – and, of course, stylishly desirable with it.

Mechanically unchanged for 22YM, a premium new colour option adds further appeal.

 

  1. Model Overview

Developing 21.6kW and 31.9Nm, the Forza 350’s 330cc engine is strong all the way through its rev-range, delivering crisp acceleration and a top speed of 137km/h. It’s also EURO5 compliant.

Alongside the new engine, in 21YM, cosmetic and aerodynamic updates were applied to the front fairing sides, mirrors, rear side panels and engine cover for a sleeker overall look with even more premium appeal. The chassis was unchanged but connected to a lighter swingarm, and the adjustable electric screen gained an extra 40mm travel to improve wind protection.

The instrument panel was also refreshed, with the Forza 350 rider having the possibility of linking to their smartphone via Bluetooth via the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system which is available as an option from new.

A USB Type-C socket provides convenient charging, with room for two full-face helmets in the under seat storage compartment.

 

  1. Key Features

3.1 Styling & Equipment

  • Electric screen adjusts through 180mm
  • Room for two full-face helmets under the seat; USB charging socket
  • Smart Key operation of ignition and (optional) 45-litre top box
  • Emergency stop signal function (ESS) warns other road users of sudden braking

The Forza 350’s lines flow back from its electric screen (controlled by a switch on the left handlebar) which adjusts through 180mm. It’s designed to provide wind protection, with airflow directed around and over the rider’s head, and reduce wind noise. Stability and comfort at higher speeds – and long distances – can be instantly exchanged for a greater sense of freedom around town, by lowering the screen. For comfort at higher speeds a larger front air duct manages negative pressure in front of the rider, reducing the natural effect of the wind pushing the rider back.

Sculpted for both style and aerodynamic efficiency, the Forza 350’s sharp design lines give a clean, smooth modernity, creating an impression of energetic sportiness and premium desirability. The styling team’s key words of ‘aggressive, technical and powerful’ find expression in a new spoiler-type surround below the headlight, refreshed fairing side panels with a distinctive ‘Z’ design line, and a steeply descending character line for the rear side panels that create a forward-looking, purposeful aesthetic.

Two full-face helmets can be stored under the seat, and it’s also possible to partition the storage area to house a helmet and/or rain gear and A4 sized bags. The front left inner fairing pocket is lockable, and its internal space can be arranged for the rider’s convenience, to hold a phone and water bottle, for instance. It also houses a USB socket. All lighting is premium LED.

Keeping its rider fully connected, the Forza 350 also has the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system available as an option from new, which links the rider to their smartphone while on the move and allows voice management of phone calls and music. A helmet-mounted headset is needed and the smartphone connects via Bluetooth; management of Honda Smartphone Voice Control System is from the left switchgear and dash.

The Forza 350’s Smart Key – as well as controlling the main ignition switch knob and compartment locking – also manages the optional 45L Smart top box. With the Smart Key in the rider’s pocket the box is unlocked, and automatically locks when the rider walks away. It can also be locked from the key. To maintain the internal volume of the box the actuator mechanism is located in the rear body of the machine.

The front and rear indicators of the Forza 350 have an auto-cancelling Emergency Stop Signal feature. Once the ABS modulator detects sudden braking, the rear indicators flash at high speed to warn other vehicles.

Instruments present analogue speedometer and rev-counter flanking a digital display that can switch between 3 modes: 1) odometer, range remaining and current mpg, 2) trip meter, average mpg and timer and 3) ambient temperature thermometer and battery sensor.

 

3.2 Engine

  • 330cc engine puts out 21.6Kw peak power with 31.9Nm torque
  • enhanced Smart Power+ (eSP+) technology ensures fuel economy of 30km/l (WMTC mode)
  • EURO5 compliance

The Forza 350’s eSP+ engine achieves both high environmental performance and strong output characteristic through comprehensive adoption of technologies for friction reduction.

Liquid-cooled the 330cc, fuel-injected SOHC four-valve unit produces peak power of 21.6kW @ 7,500rpm, with maximum torque of 31.9Nm @ 5,250rpm. Top speed is 137km/h and, from a standing start, the Forza 350 will cover 200m in 10.4s.

Bore is set at 77mm with stroke of 70.7mm; compression ratio is set at 10.5:1. Roller-type rocker arm, plain journal crank bearings and sealed crankcases deliver long-term reliability together with strong performance. To enhance piston cooling, an oil jet, as used on the CRF450R, sprays oil right to the back of the piston, advancing ignition timing and improving combustion performance. Oil capacity is 1.8 litres.

Air is supplied via a 5.5 litre airbox which feeds a 36mm throttle body. The intake port draws air efficiently, utilising a ‘tumble’ flow within the cylinder for more consistent fuel combustion. Exhaust gases are expelled via a straight exhaust port and, to reduce exhaust gas resistance, the muffler consists of two distinct chambers.

Internal friction is reduced through a 5mm offset cylinder, a hydraulic cam chain adjuster and the use of a scavenger pump. Used on high performance machines, the pump lowers the internal pressure within the engine, reduces oil agitation and decreases pumping losses and internal rotational friction. A balancer shaft further reduces vibration and contributes to a smooth enjoyable ride.

An automatic centrifugal clutch works a V-Matic transmission (with ratios set for fast low speed reaction and smart acceleration) and belt final drive.

The Forza 350’s engine is equipped with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). The system detects any difference between the front and rear wheel speeds, calculates the slip ratio and then controls engine torque via the fuel injection to regain rear wheel traction. HSTC can be switched ON-OFF via a switch on the left handlebar. A ‘T’ indicator in the digital display flickers when the system is working to manage grip.

The engine is homologated for EURO5, which from January 1st 2020 introduced significantly stricter engine emissions standards compared to EURO4. These requirements include substantial reductions in permitted carbon monoxide emissions, an over 40% decrease in total hydrocarbon emissions, tougher misfire detection and the introduction of a particulate matter limit.

Fuel economy is a frugal 30km/l (WMTC mode); the 11.5L tank capacity gives a potential 340km+ range.

 

3.3 Chassis

  • Short wheelbase with sharp steering geometry
  • Compact body dimensions paired with a practical seat height
  • Both wheels cast aluminium; 14-inch diameter rear and 15-inch front

A sturdy, yet lightweight, tubular steel frame is at the heart of the Forza 350’s reassuring feel on the road. Wheelbase is 1510mm, rake is 26.5° and trail 89mm. The radiator is located in front of the fuel tank for better cooling performance, and the battery is found between the fuel tank and the under-seat storage area, focusing mass to the centre. Wet weight is 184kg.

Seat height is 780mm and the riding position naturally upright, promoting excellent all-round visibility. Handlebar width is 754mm, with front width of 580mm and mirror width of 860mm; compact dimensions that make slipping through traffic-heavy streets easy.

Rigid 33mm telescopic forks are matched by twin rear shock absorbers – adjustable through 7-stage spring preload – working through 1-piece aluminium swingarm.

The cast aluminium 15-inch front wheel is fitted with a 120/70-15 tyre while the 14-inch rear wears a 140/70-14 tyre, offering maximum traction and ride comfort. A 256mm single disc performs stopping duties up front, mated to a 240mm rear, with the benefit of 2-channel ABS for braking control on slippery surfaces.

 

  1. Accessories

A range of Genuine Honda Accessories are available for the Forza 350. They include:

  • 45-litre Smart top box
  • Rear carrier rack (direct fitment)
  • Inner bags
  • Heated grips
  • Alarm

 

 

  1. Technical Specifications
ENGINE
Type 4 stroke, 4 valve liquid-cooled
Engine Displacement 330cc
Bore and Stroke 77mm x 70.7mm
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Max. Power Output 21.6kW @ 7,500rpm
Max. Torque 31.9Nm @ 5,250rpm
Oil Capacity 1.8L
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 11.7L
Fuel consumption 30km/l
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V-8.6 AH
ACG Output 340W
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Automatic centrifugal clutch; dry type
Transmission Type CVT
Final Drive V-Belt
FRAME
Type Underbone type; steel
CHASSIS
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2147mm x 754mm x 1507mm
Wheelbase 1510mm
Caster Angle 26.5°
Trail 89mm
Seat Height 780mm
Ground Clearance 135mm
Kerb Weight 184kg
Turning radius 2.4m
SUSPENSION
Type Front φ33 Telescopic
Type Rear Twin Shock
WHEELS
Rim Size Front 15 inch
Rim Size Rear 14 inch
Tyres Front 120/70R15
Tyres Rear 140/70R14
BRAKES
ABS System Type 2 Channel
Front φ256mm, single disc
Rear φ240mm, single disc

 

All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.

 

*Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

2022 SH125i

Model updates: The SH125i is one of Europe’s most popular scooters for a reason: its rich specification includes a four-valve eSP+ engine with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and Idling Stop, sleek signature SH style with flat floor design, LCD dash, full LED lighting, 28L storage space, USB Type-C socket and Smart Key operation. Two new paint options for 22YM add further appeal.

 

 

Colours:

  • Mat Pearl Cool White **NEW**
  • Mat Rock Gray **NEW**
  • Timeless Gray Metallic
  • Pearl Splendor Red

Price:

  • £3,949 OTR

Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Model overview
  3. Key features
  4. Accessories
  5. Technical specifications

 

 

  1. Introduction

 

Part of the million-selling SH family whose founding member, the SH50, went on sale in 1984, the four-stroke Honda SH125 first hit the market in Europe in 2001. Ever since, it has quietly and consistently gone about its mission to provide stylish, fun and fuss-free transport – becoming one of the continent’s favourites along the way.

That first machine laid down the blueprint for success: a frugal-natured but lively engine tied to nimble, sure-footed handling underpinned by the stability that large diameter 16-inch wheels deliver – all wrapped in elegant, premium styling.

Fuel injected with PGM-FI in 05YM, over the last 14 years the SH125i has come to represent the ultimate in urban transport with the perfect balance of style, reliability, economy and downright usability.

And of course its story is one of constant, careful evolution reflecting the developing needs and expectations of owners, and Honda’s desire to keep on giving them an even better version of their SH. In 2013 it gained Honda’s eSP (enhanced Smart Power) low friction engine and Idling Stop, boosting both power delivery and fuel economy. And in 2017 the look was refreshed with more chiselled design lines, and LED front/rear lights and Honda Smart Key added.

In 20YM the SH125i – manufactured at Honda’s Atessa factory in Italy – was, effectively, a brand-new scooter. Standing squarely on the shoulders of its forbears it instantly became faster, even more stylish, comfortable, convenient to use and as cost effective as ever to own and run. Of course, it could never be anything else. It is an SH, after all.

For 22YM, two stylish new colour options make the SH125i even more desirable.

 

  1. Model Overview

Making the SH125i better was no easy goal for the 20YM update – it is one of Europe’s favourite scooters for a reason. But more power, torque and improved fuel-efficiency from a EURO5-compliant four-valve eSP+ engine was a good place to start. The addition of HSTC was also a bonus for any owner’s peace of mind.

A redesigned frame allowed extra and ever-useful storage space (plus inclusion of a USB charger) and optimisation of the rear suspension geometry enhanced comfort. And premium new bodywork and stylish front signature redefined and reinforced the SH125i’s presence, with full LED lighting and crisp LCD dash.

Five configurations are on offer:

  1. Standard SH125i without accessories
  2. SH125i with Smart top box
  3. SH125i with Smart top box, knuckle guards and windscreen
  4. SH125i with standard top box
  5. SH125i with standard top box, knuckle guards and windscreen.

 

  1. Key Features

3.1 Styling & Equipment

  • Stylish, SH signature flat-floored design
  • 28L total under seat storage capacity, with USB socket
  • All lighting LED with LCD instrument dash

 

Smooth and solid were the two words that led the design direction for the sleek, unified body style with the tension between the two reinforcing a premium presence. And the SH125i’s ‘face’ sets it apart – the fairing-mounted headlight (almost an LED ‘H’) features a central main beam splitting dual dip beams, while position lights reside above on the handlebar nacelle.

The elegant looks are matched to effortless practicality. The overall compactness, flat floor and upright riding position (essential for ease-of-use and visibility in busy town traffic) are conspicuous hallmarks of the SH look. Less obvious is the 28L of under seat storage, capable of holding a full-face helmet. A USB charging point is also included.

The flat seat provides plenty of support and room to move around and its carefully contoured shape, plus slim floor width, makes reaching the ground easy. As many journeys around town involve a pillion there’s plenty of room for two; retractable aluminium pillion footplates tuck away when not in use and provide a stable platform – especially under braking – when needed for the passenger.

The rear light is LED with a chrome surround, matching the front, and the LCD dash presents all warning lights – including Smart Key, HSTC/ABS and Idling Stop operation – neatly around a central digital speedo/odometer display. All operations on the dash are carried out via A/B buttons on the left handlebar.

The SH125i’s Smart Key resides in the rider’s pocket and does away with the need to constantly insert and withdraw a key for ignition, fuel cap and seat. It has two switches: the smart function on/off and ‘answer back’, which flickers the indicators for identification from a distance.

With the Smart Key present one push of the machine-mounted main switch powers it up and makes it possible to turn, giving the rider control of the ignition and steering lock, and, via two rocker switches, the fuel cap and seat. It also illuminates when pushed – or from the answer back function of the Smart Key – with a blue light.

 

3.2 Engine

Four-valve eSP+ engine produces 9.6kW peak power and 12Nm torque

  • Also employs Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)
  • EURO5 compliant, with Idling Stop and low-friction technologies

The SH125i’s 125cc liquid-cooled four-valve enhanced Smart Power+ (eSP+) engine produces peak power of 9.6kW @ 8,250rpm with 12Nm torque delivered at 6,500rpm.

Full economy (without Idling Stop activated) is 45.7km/l (WMTC mode). And just as important to owners and for a machine that will spend most of its time in an urban environment, the SH125’s engine is EURO5 compliant; the allowable limits for exhaust tailpipe pollutants such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrous oxide specified by EURO5 are drastically lower than those of EURO4.

Technology to boost rider confidence in wet conditions is Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) that works in the background to deftly manage rear wheel traction. An indicator flashes on the dash when HSTC is actively reducing wheelspin and the system can also be turned off completely.

Bore is set at 53.5mm with stroke of 55.5mm; compression ratio is 11.5:1. The compact engine is a masterpiece of mass centralisation. The radiator, rather than being mounted at the front of the machine is built into the engine itself for a simple, light layout. Its highly efficient core allows for the use of an ultra-compact, light cooling fan.

Low-friction technologies are employed internally; the cylinder sleeve uses minute splines on its outer surface to keep oil consumption low and improve cooling and the cylinder is offset to keep frictional losses to a minimum. Rolling resistance within the transmission is kept in check by the use of three main bearings, all designed to deal with the loads they each individually receive.

A key fuel-saving technology incorporated into the SH125i is Idling Stop. It’s operated via a switch on the right handlebar and, when enabled, automatically stops the engine running after three seconds at idle, and re-starts it instantly when the throttle grip is twisted.

It is seamless in use, thanks to a swing-back system that returns the crank to its position before air intake, and a decompression mechanism that negates cranking resistance due to compression. The ACG starter also generates electricity, doing away with a conventional system’s motor and gears.

 

3.3 Chassis

  • High-tensile tubular steel underbone frame
  • Optimised rear suspension geometry ride comfort
  • 16-inch front and rear wheels deliver sure-footed confidence

The high-tensile tubular steel underbone frame sites the 7L fuel tank under the floor  beneath the rider’s feet, which frees up 10L additional space. Wheelbase is set at 1,350mm with rake and trail of 26°/85.2mm and turning radius of 2.05m. Seat height is 799mm with wet weight of 133.9kg.

For ride comfort the engine hanger link angle and rear suspension angle are optimised to reduce rotational load toward the engine link, making for supple bump absorption and control.

Lightweight 16-inch aluminium die-cast wheels have always been key to the SH125i’s sure-footed handling ability and stability on a variety of road surfaces and mount Michelin City Grip tubeless tyres sized 100/80-16 front and 120/80-16 rear.

The rear shocks feature 5-step preload adjustment with 83mm axle travel. The 33mm telescopic front forks, with 89mm of travel, ensure excellent road holding and are tuned to give a compliant, yet controlled ride. ABS is fitted as standard; both front and rear discs have a 240mm diameter; the front caliper is a two piston design, the rear a single piston.

 

  1. Accessories

Alongside the standard top box are the redesigned screen and knuckle guards for enhanced weather protection. The Smart top box – which operates together with the Smart Key – and opener kit can also be retro-fitted.

 

 

  1. Technical Specifications
ENGINE
Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke SOHC
Engine Displacement (cm³) 125 cc
No. of Valves per Cylinder 4
Bore ´ Stroke (mm) 53.5 x 55.5
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Max. Power Output 9.6kW/8,250rpm
Max. Torque 12Nm/6,500rpm
Oil Capacity 1L
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 7L
Fuel Consumption 45.7km/litre
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V7Ah
ACG Output 570w/5,000rpm
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Automatic; centrifugal
Transmission Type CVT
Final Drive V-Belt
FRAME
Type Tubular Steel Underbone
CHASSIS
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2,090mm x 730mm x 1,130mm
Wheelbase 1,350mm
Caster Angle 26°
Trail 85.2mm
Seat Height 799mm
Ground Clearance 145mm
Kerb Weight 133.9kg
Turning radius 2.05m
SUSPENSION
Type Front Telescopic 33mm
Type Rear Dual-damper unit swing arm
WHEELS
Rim Size Front 16M/C x MT2.50
Rim Size Rear 16M/C x MT2.75
Tyres Front 100/80-16 inch
Tyres Rear 120/80-16 inch
BRAKES
ABS System Type 2 channel
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Instruments Honda Smart Key, USB charger
Headlight LED
Taillight LED

 

All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice

** Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

2022 X-ADV

Model updates: The ground-breaking X-ADV – after a comprehensive update for 21YM which injected more power while reducing weight, gets three new contemporary colour options for 22YM. Specification includes Throttle By Wire management, 4 default riding modes, 3 level Honda Selectable Torque Control. The 22L seat storage compartment includes a USB charger while a glovebox adds further convenience. Twin LED headlights feature Daytime Running Lights and a 5-inch TFT display allows smartphone connectivity via the Honda Smartphone Voice Control System.

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Sharper, slimmer and more aggressive styling.
  • EURO5 compliant, with 3.6l/100km fuel efficiency.
  • Honda Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT).
  • USER mode allows choice of 4 settings, from smooth to aggressive.
  • Differing shifting schedules link with riding modes.
  • Throttle By Wire delivers 4 default riding modes, plus USER customisation.
  • Honda Selectable Torque Control features much finer management and 3 levels of intervention.
  • Honda Smartphone Voice Control System offers smartphone link through new 5-inch TFT display.
  • New LED twin headlights include Daytime Running Lights.
  • Larger 22L storage space with a USB charger.
  • 41mm cartridge-style USD fork and Pro-Link swingarm
  • Radial mount four-piston front brake calipers, 296mm discs and ABS
  • 120/70 R17 and 160/60 R15 front and rear tyres
  • 35kW A2 licence conversion available.
  • Harvest Beige Limited edition colour

 

Colours:

  • MAT BALLISTIC BLACK METALLIC
  • MAT BALLISTIC BLACK METALLIC
  • GRAND PRIX RED
  • HARVEST BEIGE *LIMITED EDITION*

Price:

  • £11,099 OTR

Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Model overview
  3. Key features
  4. Technical specifications

 

  1. Introduction

It’s not often in the world of motorcycling that a fresh line of thinking emerges to create a new breed of machine. But Honda specializes in innovation and in 16YM unveiled a completely new concept, straight out of left field – the X-ADV.

The thought processes that led to its birth? Consider the attributes of the average adventure-style motorcycle – tough go-anywhere appeal, an upright riding position giving superb visibility and remarkable all-round usefulness, work or play. Then take a look at the typical commuter; it might be a scooter or motorcycle, but in either case it will be easy to manage, nimble and loaded with convenience, efficiency and useful storage space. Honda’s forward-thinking engineers combined the two together, and something special happened.

The machine they created had a rugged, stylish SUV image fully at home navigating the urban sprawl. And while it was loaded with all of the premium features that enable easy life in the big city, it also had the looks, engine power and chassis ability to inject every ride with the promise of adventure.

The X-ADV captured the essence of two-wheeled freedom in an exciting new form and garnered the attention of an army of riders around Europe, eager for something new, and has proved itself a genuine sales success. And, proving its off-road credentials, in the hands of seasoned Italian racer Renato Zocchi a lightly modified version took overall Class 2 victory in the gruelling 7,000km 2019 Gibraltar Rally.

And it has not stood still. In 21YM Honda upped the X-ADV’s engine performance, trimmed weight, enhanced style and added even more usefulness. Making the X-ADV even cooler and more desirable in the process.

 

  1. Model Overview

The 21YM updates were comprehensive, starting with 3kW more peak power for the EURO5-spec engine, and an extra 600rpm to the redline. Shorter ratios for first, second and third gears delivered smarter acceleration, while taller fourth, fifth and sixth ratios allowed relaxed higher speed cruising and excellent fuel economy. Throttle By Wire (TBW) brought with it 4 default rider modes plus a custom choice. The Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) used Automatic shifting schedules that link with the riding modes.

A new frame and detail improvements saved 1kg alongside a sharper, more aggressive edge to the X-ADV’s bodywork. The dual LED headlights also gained Daytime Running Lights (DRL), as used by the CRF1100L Africa Twin.

For easier ground reach the seat was re-contoured at the shoulders. The redesigned under seat storage space grew in volume and also housed a USB charging point; relocating the parking brake to the right handlebar freed up space for a useful new glovebox. And a revised TFT instrument display also featured Honda Smartphone Voice Control System.

 

 

  1. Key Features

 3.1 Engine

  • Throttle By Wire control; peak power figure of 43.1kW with 69Nm torque
  • EURO5 compliant, with 3.6l/100km fuel efficiency
  • 35kW A2 licence version available

The design of the X-ADV’s liquid-cooled, SOHC 8-valve parallel twin-cylinder engine ensures punchy performance in the low-to-mid range. Its relatively long-stroke architecture and specially shaped combustion chambers combine with the high-inertial mass crankshaft to produce large amounts of effortless torque from very low rpm. A forward cant brings the centre of gravity down for optimum stability.

Peak power is set at 43.1kW @ 6,750rpm, with maximum torque of 69Nm @ 4,750rpm. From 30 km/h the X-ADV will cover 20m in 1.7s, 50m in 3.2s, while at 60km/h the torquey engine is turning at just 2,500rpm.

For A2 licence holders a 35kW version is available, which can be easily converted to the full power version by a Honda dealer at the appropriate time. Equally, it is possible to restrict the full power version to 35kW by a Honda dealer remapping the ECU.

Twin balancers counteract vibration from higher rpm inertia without affecting the distinct ‘throb’ delivered by the engine’s irregular firing order and 270° phased crankshaft. Bore and stroke is set at 77 x 80mm. Where possible components are made to do more than one job: the camshaft drives the water pump, while one of the balancer shafts drives the oil pump.

By keeping the number of parts to a minimum in this way, the engine is kept light, efficient and reliable.

The X-ADV engine sips fuel ­– with a measured consumption of 27.8km/l (WMTC mode) providing a potential 366km range from the 13.2-litre fuel tank. It is also compliant with EURO5 regulations, which from January 1st 2020 introduced significantly stricter engine emissions standards compared to EURO4. These requirements include substantial reductions in permitted carbon monoxide emissions, an over 40% decrease in total hydrocarbon emissions, tougher misfire detection and the introduction of a particulate matter limit.

 

3.2 Engine Electronics

  • Throttle By Wire delivers 4 default riding modes, plus USER customisation
  • Honda Selectable Torque Control features 3 levels of intervention

With TBW managing engine performance and character there are 4 modes for the rider to choose from, covering all riding conditions. Mode selection is managed by the left-hand switchgear.

  • STANDARD delivers a balanced middle point between engine power delivery, engine braking and HSTC intervention, with the strongest level of ABS intervention.
  • SPORT gives more aggressive engine power delivery and engine braking, with low HSTC intervention, high ABS.
  • RAIN transmits low engine power delivery and engine braking, high HSTC and ABS input.
  • GRAVEL employs high power and engine braking with low HSTC and ABS.
  • USER offers custom options of low/medium/high between engine power delivery and engine braking and low/medium/high/off for HSTC.

Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) offers refined control as it uses TBW to manage torque delivered to the rear wheel, with 3 levels of input:

Level 1 allows the minimum intervention for some rear wheel spin – on gravel or dirt for instance, and its level of intervention is reduced from the previous design.

Level 2 is the default setting and provides confidence-inspiring traction for general riding conditions.

Level 3 provides maximum control for slippery roads.

HSTC can also be switched OFF.

 

3.3 Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT

  • Differing shifting schedules link with riding modes
  • USER mode allows choice of 4 settings, from smooth to aggressive

Honda’s DCT technology is now in its 12th year of production, and over 200,000 units of DCT-equipped Honda two-wheelers have been sold in Europe. It delivers consistent, seamless gear changes up or down and very quickly becomes second nature in use. It uses two clutches: one for start-up and 1st, 3rd and 5th, the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, with the mainshaft for each clutch located inside the other for compact packaging.

Each clutch is independently controlled by its own electro-hydraulic circuit. When a gear change occurs, the system pre-selects the target gear using the clutch not currently in use. The first clutch is then electronically disengaged as, simultaneously, the second clutch engages.

The result is a consistent, fast and seamless gear change. Furthermore, as the twin clutches transfer drive from one gear to the next with minimal interruption of the drive to the rear wheel, any gear change shock and pitching of the machine is minimised, making the change feel direct as well as smooth. Extra benefits include durability (as the gears cannot be damaged by missing a gear) impossibility of stalling, low stress urban riding and reduced rider fatigue.

The DCT system offers two distinct riding approaches – the Automatic settings, with pre-programmed shift patterns which constantly read vehicle speed, gear selected and engine rpm to decide when a shift should occur, and the Manual Transmission setting for gear changes using the paddle-shift style triggers on the left handlebar.

Through TBW control there are 5 Automatic shifting schedules available. Level 1 is the most relaxed, with upshifts and downshifts operating at relatively lower rpm; it is linked with the RAIN riding mode. Level 4, on the other extreme, shifts up at higher rpm and also downshifts earlier for more engine braking effect; it is linked with the SPORT mode. Level 2 is linked with STANDARD riding mode, with Level 3 situated between STANDARD and SPORT.

For the GRAVEL riding mode, the X-ADV uses the relatively sporty ‘G’ shifting pattern; this has the added functionality of a decreased level of ‘slip’ as the clutches operate from a fully open or closed throttle – to give the rider more direct feel for traction at the rear wheel, and the ability to perform controlled sliding off road. Whereas this functionality was previously activated by the separate G Switch, it is now integrated into the new ‘G’ shift pattern of the DCT.

The USER mode functionality allows the rider to select any of the DCT shift patterns with the preferred permutations of the other parameters – power delivery, engine braking, ABS and HSTC.

 

3.4 Styling & Equipment

  • Sharp, slim and aggressive SUV styling 
  • Honda Smartphone Voice Control System offers smartphone link through 5-inch TFT display
  • Twin LED headlights include Daytime Running Lights
  • Large 22L storage space includes a glovebox, and houses a USB charger

The X-ADV’s unique head-turning styling, originally conceived and developed by Honda’s R&D team in Italy, became slimmer and sharper in 2021. The silhouette still deliberately upright, but with each body-panel honed to create stronger intent.

Dual LED headlights feature Daytime Running Lights (DRL) that automatically adjust to ambient light intensity and give a bright, highly visible light improving safety. All lighting is LED.

In terms of ergonomics, the 820mm seat height (shaped for easy ground reach) and wide handlebar set at 910mm ensure a high eye point, giving great visibility. For commuting or touring, the X-ADV’s screen adjusts without tools through 5 positions from low-to-high to maximise or minimise airflow. The total height difference is 139mm, with an 11° rake between the highest and lowest points.

Incorporated into the X-ADV’s rider interface and viewed through the 5-inch TFT display is the Honda Smartphone Voice Control System, which links the rider to their smartphone while on the move and allows voice management of phone calls, email, music and navigation. A helmet-mounted headset is needed and the smartphone connects to the dash via Bluetooth; management of the system is also possible through buttons on the left switchgear.

Tough plastic hand guards deflect wind and rain, while adding protection for hands and levers from stones when off-road. A shot-peened 2.5mm thick aluminium bash plate guards the underside.

The under seat 22L luggage space accommodates a full-face helmet and is lit with an integral LED, whose textured surface delivers uniform illumination without glare. A USB charging socket is located at the rear of the compartment. A centre stand – with tilt sensor – is fitted as standard and allows the X-ADV to be parked on an incline without fear of toppling.

For added convenience the X-ADV uses a Smart Key, which lives in the rider’s pocket and does away with the need to use a key for ignition, fuel cap and seat. With the Smart Key present one push of the knob-type main switch powers it up and makes it possible to turn, giving the rider control of the ignition/steering lock and, via two rocker switches, the fuel cap and seat. It also has an ‘answer back’ function, which makes the indicators flash for easy identification from a distance, and locks and unlocks the optional Smart Top Box. A clutch mechanism in the main switch stops the handlebars unlocking by force.

The X-ADV’s rear indicators also have a self-cancelling Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) function. If negative acceleration of 6.0m/s2 is detected at a minimum speed of 53km/h with either brake working, the hazard lights flash to warn other road users a hard stop is in process. At the same speed the threshold is reduced if ABS is activated to a negative acceleration of a minimum 2.5m/s2.

The indicators also auto-cancel. Rather than using a simple timer, the system compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the situation.

 

3.5 Chassis

  • Lightweight tubular steel diamond frame 
  • 41mm cartridge-style USD fork and Pro-Link swingarm 
  • Radial mount four-piston front brake calipers, 296mm discs and ABS
  • 120/70 R17 and 160/60 R15 front and rear tyres

The X-ADV gained a new tubular steel diamond frame in for 21YM, which saved 1kg weight and freed up more useful space for the storage compartment.

Rake and trail are set at 27°/104mm with wheelbase of 1590mm. A 39° steering angle (and turning radius of 2.8m) makes the X-ADV manoeuvrable in tight traffic. Long travel suspension –153.5mm up front and 150mm from the rear – is matched to 165mm of ground clearance. Overall wet weight is 236kg.

For handling rough terrain, the 41mm cartridge-type USD fork adjusts for spring preload and rebound damping. The spring preload adjustable rear shock is a single tube split pressure design and operates the aluminium swingarm – constructed from a machined-hollow cross member and U-shaped (in cross section) arms – through Pro-Link.

The 17-inch front wheel and 15-inch rear use stainless steel rust-resistant spokes and contribute to the X-ADV’s ability to comfortably soak up rough terrain. Block-pattern tyres add to the ride quality and L-shape valve stems make checking air pressure easy. Tyres are sized 120/70 R17 and 160/60 R15 front and rear.

Dual radial-mount opposed four-piston calipers grip 296mm discs and work through ABS.

 

  1. Accessories

A full range of Honda Genuine Accessories are available for the new X-ADV and include:

  • Rear carrier
  • Smart Top Box
  • 38L/50L top box with aluminium/colour matched insert option
  • Pannier stays
  • Panniers – right 26L, left 33L – with aluminium/colour matched insert option
  • Console bag
  • Knuckle guard extenders
  • Side protector bars
  • Fog lights
  • Heated grips

 

 

  1. Technical Specifications
ENGINE  
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve, SOHC parallel 2-cylinder. EURO5 compliant.
Displacement 745cc
Bore & Stroke 77mm x 80mm
Compression Ratio 10.7 : 1
Max. Power Output 43.1kW @ 6,750rpm
Max. Torque 69Nm @ 4,750rpm
Oil Capacity 4.0L
FUEL SYSTEM  
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 13.2 litres
Fuel Consumption 3.6L/100km
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM  
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V/11AH
DRIVETRAIN  
Clutch Type Wet multiplate hydraulic 2-clutch
Transmission Type 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission
Final Drive Chain
FRAME  
Type Diamond; steel pipe
CHASSIS  
Dimensions (L´W´H) 2215mm x 940mm x 1370mm
Wheelbase 1590mm
Caster Angle 27°
Trail 104mm
Seat Height 820mm
Ground Clearance 165mm
Kerb Weight 236kg
SUSPENSION  
Type Front 41mm USD,153.5mm fork stroke (137mm axle travel)
Type Rear Monoshock damper, Pro-Link swingarm, 150mm axle travel (53mm cushion stroke)
WHEELS  
Type Front Spoke wheel
Type Rear Spoke wheel
Rim Size Front 17M/C x MT3.50
Rim Size Rear 15M/C x MT4.50
Tyres Front 120/70-R17M/C
Tyres Rear 160/60-R15M/C
BRAKES  
ABS System Type 2-channel
Type Front 296mm dual discs with 4-piston calipers
Type Rear 240mm single disc with single-piston caliper
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS  
Instruments 5 inch colour TFT Meter
Security System Smart key system
Headlight LED DRL
Taillight LED

 

All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.

# Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

2022 CB650R

Model updatesHonda’s Neo Sports Café middleweight continues to carve out a strong following. Specification includes 41mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston USD forks, high-revving four-cylinder engine, HSTC, assist/slipper clutch and LCD dash. Minimal styling makes a bold statement, and includes practicality of a USB Type-C socket under the seat. The choice of colours grows to four for 2022, with the addition of a Sword Silver Metallic option.

 

KEY FEATURES

  •  New side panels and rear mudguard/number plate mount.
  • Handlebar angle increased for easier low-speed manoeuvring.
  • LCD display now easier to read; USB Type-C socket under the seat.
  • New Showa Separate Function Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks.
  • Four-piston, radial-mount front brake calipers and floating discs.
  • 120/70-ZR17 and 180/55-ZR17 front and rear tyres.
  • 70kW peak power, 63Nm peak torque with 35kW A2 licence option.
  • Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).
  • Full EURO5 compliance.
  • 35kW A2 licence conversion available.

 

Colours:

  • Sword Silver Metallic **NEW**
  • Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic
  • Candy Chromosphere Red
  • Mat Jeans Blue Metallic

Price:

  • £7,699 OTR

Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Model overview
  • Key features
  • Accessories
  • Technical specifications

 

  1. Introduction

Honda has always thrived on exploring new boundaries – in design as well as engineering. In 18YM, the CB1000R, CB300R and CB125R brought a fresh identity to its naked motorcycle line-up, mixing café racer inspirations with a forward-looking ultra-minimalist look under the ‘Neo Sports Café’ design theme.

One segment remained for the new aesthetic to find expression: the hugely competitive naked middleweight arena and, in 19YM, the CB650R confidently took on this role. Aimed at a young demographic that looks to show off in style and enjoy to the maximum a combination of exhilarating four cylinder engine performance and light, versatile, refined chassis handling, it has proved a great success.

Building on the momentum, in 21YM the CB650R received a major front suspension upgrade, plus a range of detail improvements to enhance comfort, usability and practicality. For 22YM, the CB650R gains a cool new colour option.

 

Valerio Aiello, of Honda’s Rome R&D Department on the Neo Sports Café design aesthetic: 

 “The entire current Neo Sport Café range from Honda is the result of the CB4 Concept model presented at EICMA in 2015. Our desire was to explore the world of the café racer and reinterpret it in a modern key.

 All the models of this CB series are not simply retro-vintage motorcycles, but rather neo-classics – that is, modern motorbikes showcasing classic design styles combined with modern techniques.

We wanted to create a new stylistic dimension, different from the muscular streetfighters of the last few years, and at the same time, far from the simpler café-racer style. The end result is that none of the bikes from the competition resemble the Neo Sports Café range and, like them or not, they are easily recognisable as Hondas. The competitors have classic or very modern motorcycles in their ranges, but in my opinion, not something that goes in the wake of both styles.

 During development of the CB4 concept, I found inspiration from outside the world of motorcycles, in watches. I’ve always liked their technicality and one of the key concepts used during the Neo Sports Café design was ‘Mechanical Art’.

 ‘Mechanical Art’ is the desire to show the beauty of the various mechanical elements to which Honda has always given great importance. Watches do this very well indeed, with their mechanics always creating a certain charm.”

 

  1. Model Overview

The CB650R received a significant refresh for 21YM. The major news was the application of 41mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston (SSF-BP) USD forks – high quality suspension that really elevates the bike’s handling ability.

EURO5 compliance for the engine was achieved with no loss of top end power; other detail improvements included slightly more forward-set handlebars, improved visibility for the LCD display and USB Type-C charging socket under the seat. New side panels and rear mudguard were also minor cosmetic changes.

 

  1. Key Features

 3.1 Chassis

  • Showa Separate Function Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks
  • Four-piston, radial-mount front brake calipers and floating discs
  • 120/70-ZR17 and 180/55-ZR17 front and rear tyres

 The CB650R’s steel diamond frame uses pressed swingarm pivot plates and twin elliptical spars with a rigidity balance specifically tuned (stiffer around the headstock and more flexible in the spar sections) to deliver balanced handling characteristics, with high levels of rider feedback. Rake is set at 25.5° with trail of 101mm and wheelbase of 1,450mm. Kerb weight is 202.5kg.

Showa’s Separate Function Big Piston (SFF-BP) 41mm USD forks offer high-quality reaction. A pressure separation damper in one fork tube and spring mechanism in the other deliver high damping performance and lighter weight. Together with the use of a larger sized piston the result is increased feel, bump absorption and control. Adjustable for 10-stage spring preload, the single-tube monoshock operates directly on the curvaceous gravity die-cast aluminium swingarm.

Four-piston radial-mount front brake calipers work 310mm wave-pattern floating discs, and are paired with a single-piston rear caliper and 240mm disc. The ABS is a two-channel system.

Cast aluminium wheels mount 120/70-ZR17 and 180/55-ZR17 front and rear tyres.

 

3.2 Styling & equipment

  • Minimal side panels and rear mudguard/number plate mount
  • Handlebar angled for effortless low-speed manoeuvring
  • LCD display easy to read; USB Type-C socket under the seat

Tightly wrapped and aggressive, the CB650R’s Neo Sports Café style features the signature compact ‘Trapezoid’ proportion of short, stubby tail and short overhang headlight. The long fuel tank is a key motif of the family design; its smooth lines accentuate the solidity of real metal surfaces and crown the engineering of the four cylinder powerplant. It also houses the ignition.

A 35° handlebar angle makes tight, slow-speed turns and U-turns straightforward. Compact side panels accentuate the minimalism, as does the steel rear mudguard. There’s a USB Type-C socket located under the seat, for easy charging of a mobile device; seat height is set at 810mm.

The round headlight is one of the key words of the Neo Sports Café design language. It’s LED, as is the rest of the lighting. Sharp LCD instruments use the CB1000R as a baseline and include Shift Up, Gear Position and Peak Hold indicators.

 

3.3 Engine

  • 70kW peak power, 63Nm peak torque with 35kW A2 licence option
  • Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)
  • Full EURO5 compliance

 The 649cc, DOHC 16-valve engine is tuned to create the purest, most enjoyable mid-sized four cylinder performance possible, with the classically fast ‘pick-up’ through the rev range and hard-hitting, high-revving top end for which Honda’s in-line’s fours are renowned. Peak power of 70kW arrives @ 12,000rpm with peak torque @ 63Nm delivered at 9,500 rpm. An easy 35kW conversion is available for A2 licence holders. EURO5 compliance required revisions to the ECU, cam lobes, intake timing, exhaust pipe, catalyser and silencer, as well as the addition of a crank pulsar.

Direct cam actuation makes for a compact cylinder head; bore and stroke is set at 67mm x 46mm with compression ratio raised of 11.6:1. Iridium spark plugs are employed and twin air ducts – either side of the fuel tank – feed the airbox and produce a throaty intake roar.

Asymmetric piston skirts minimise bore contact and reduce friction. Ferrous spines on the outer surface of the cylinder sleeves reduce oil consumption (and friction) with improved heat transfer and a silent SV cam chain reduces frictional losses by using a Vanadium coating on its pins. Internal water channelling from cylinder head to cylinders does away with most of the exterior hoses.

The engine uses a compact internal architecture, stacked six-speed gearbox and starter layout with the cylinders canted forward 30°. An assist/slipper clutch eases upshifts while managing rear-wheel lock up under hard braking and rapid downshifts. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) is fitted to manage rear wheel traction; it can be turned off should the rider choose.

Fuel consumption of 20.4km/l (WMTC mode) gives a range of over 300km from the 15.4L

fuel tank.

 

Accessories

A range of Genuine Honda Accessories are available for the CB650R:

Several aluminium parts and aluminium inserts to maximise the Neo Sport Café design that CB650R and CB1000R have in common (meter visor, front mudguard panels, shroud covers, side covers, seat cowl).

  • Under cowl
  • Wheel stripes
  • Tank bag and seat bag – the same as those for Honda’s naked flagship, the CB1000R
  • Quick shifter
  • Front visor
  • 12V socket
  • Heated grips
  • Tank pad

 

 

  1. Technical Specifications
ENGINE
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4 cylinder
Engine Displacement (cm³) 649cc
Bore ´ Stroke (mm) 67.0 x 46.0
Compression Ratio 11.6:1
Max. Power Output 70kW/12,000rpm
Max. Torque 63Nm/9,500rpm
Oil Capacity 2.7L
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 15.4L
Fuel Consumption 20.4km/litre
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V/8.6AH
ACG Output 370W
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Wet, multiplate disc
Transmission Type 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
FRAME
Type Steel diamond
CHASSIS
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2130 x 780 x 1075mm
Wheelbase 1450mm
Caster Angle 25.5°
Trail 101mm
Seat Height 810mm
Ground Clearance 150mm
Kerb Weight 202.5kg
Turning radius
SUSPENSION
Type Front 41mm Showa Separate Function front Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks
Type Rear Monoshock damper with 10 stage adjustable preload, 43.5mm stroke
WHEELS
Rim Size Front Hollow section 6-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Rear Hollow section 6-spoke cast aluminium
Tyres Front 120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)
Tyres Rear 180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)
BRAKES
ABS System Type 2 channel; hydraulic dual disc 310mm front, hydraulic disc 240mm rear
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Instruments Digital speedometer, digital bar graph tachometer, dual trip meter, digital bar graph fuel gauge, gear position and upshift indicator, digital clock
Headlight LED
Taillight LED

 

# Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

2022 ADV 350

Model updates: A new scooter takes its place in the Honda range. The ADV350 mixes the tough adventure style of its X-ADV sibling with a rugged chassis spec. that includes tubular steel frame, 37mm USD forks and remote reservoir rear shocks. Its 330cc engine produces a healthy 21.5kW and 31.5Nm, with rear wheel grip managed by HSTC. The screen is height adjustable, there’s room for two full-face helmets under the seat and a USB Type-C socket in the glovebox. An LCD dash integrates the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system, while Smart Key operation adds day-to-day riding convenience.

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Evocative styling unchanged; pillion pad and footpegs now standard-fit
  • Completely new 124cc engine is smoother, more powerful and more efficient
  • Revised ECU settings, intake and exhaust for EURO5 compliance
  • Alternating Current Generator (ACG) gains uprated output
  • New Telescopic springs for the front forks and Twin rear shock absorbers to improve ride quality offering 100mm of travel
  • All lighting is LED and Smart Key operation comes as standard
  • Single Channel ABS

 

 

 

Price:

  • £5,799 OTR

Colours:

  • Spangle Silver Metallic
  • Mat Carbonium Grey Metallic
  • Mat Carnelian Red Metallic

 

Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Model overview
  3. Key features
  4. Accessories
  5. Technical specifications

 

  1. Introduction

In 2016, when Honda unveiled the X-ADV – part big-bore scooter, part adventure motorcycle and clothed in all-new SUV-style bodywork – a rich vein of desire was opened with a bike that Europe didn’t know it needed. As an example of genuine innovation it has few equals in the past decade.

Its success has more than justified Honda’s decision to break that new ground – through September 2021, the X-ADV is second in the sales list in the hotly-contested ‘on-off’ category. And now it’s time for some of that forward thinking to filter down to the mid-capacity scooter market. Designed around the concept of ‘New Urban Adventure’ the new 22YM ADV350 mixes the sophistication and practicality of a polished scooter with rugged SUV style, drawing inspiration from the X-ADV.

It’s a fresh model that will appeal to a broad demographic (especially younger riders) and destined for a popular European segment. The ADV350 is born ready to explore the city, and beyond.

 

  1. Model Overview

With its tough stance the ADV350 already stands out from the homogenous crowd, and rugged angles and block colours promote the off-road look. The X-ADV is an obvious style benchmark, but so too is the CRF series of off-road performance machines.

Practicality has not been forgotten: there’s room for two full-face helmets under the seat, USB charger in the glovebox and convenience of Smart Key operation. The screen is height-adjustable and the LCD dash also integrates the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system.

The adventurous styling shows off the ADV350’s front end; the riding position offers natural control and the chassis – which includes 37mm USD forks, tubular steel frame and remote reservoir rear shocks – tuned to deliver agile steering, feedback and feel. Lightweight 15-inch front/14-inch rear wheels wear 120/70-15 front and 140/70-14 rear block-pattern tubeless tyres, allowing the ADV350 ample grip across all conditions. A 256mm single disc is matched to a 240mm rear.

There’s plenty of acceleration on tap, for urban and highway use. A 330cc, enhanced Smart Power+ (eSP+) SOHC four-valve engine delivers peak power of 21.6kW and 31.9Nm torque. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and Emergency Stop Signals are standard.

 

  1. Key Features

 3.1 Styling & Equipment

  • Dual LED headlights lead the adventure style, set high above the front wheel
  • Two-stage height-adjustable screen
  • LCD instruments and Honda Smartphone Voice Control system
  • Two full-face helmets can be stored under the seat; USB Type-C socket in the glovebox and Smart Key operation

The ADV350’s styling gives more than a slight taste of adventure. Dual LED headlights (all lighting is LED) are set high above the front wheel, with the fairing sides cut out to show off the USD forks. Further accentuating the off-road feel, the painted panels are set high on blacked-out lower and rear seat cowl, giving an impression of the higher centre of gravity of machines like the X-ADV and competition-specification CRF450R.

A host of detail features are found around the ADV350 to add genuine versatility. The screen adjusts easily with a slide-lock mechanism through 2 stages and 133mm travel. In the high position airflow is controlled to wrap around the shoulders to reduce fatigue during longer, higher speed journeys. For city environments – where some cooling air is often appreciated, as is open visibility – the low position is perfect.

There’s plenty of room under the seat – 48L in total – which means two full-face helmets can tuck neatly away. The compartment can be divided using a separator plate, to suit the owner’s preference. A USB Type-C socket is also found in the lockable front left glove box, for smartphone charging. Seat height is an easy-to-manage 795mm.

Keeping its rider fully connected, the ADV350’s LCD dash integrates the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system, which links the rider to their smartphone while on the move and allows voice management of phone calls and music. A helmet-mounted headset and Honda’s RoadSync app are all that is needed to activate the system, and the smartphone connects via Bluetooth; management of Honda Smartphone Voice Control System is from the left switchgear.

Another convenient feature is the Smart Key, which controls the main ignition switch knob and seat locking from the rider’s pocket, and automatically locks the ADV350 when the rider walks away. It also manages the optional 50L Smart top box; with the Smart Key present the box is unlocked. An answer back switch also flashes the indicators for easy location.

 

3.2 Chassis

  • Lightweight tubular steel frame, 37mm USD forks and remote reservoir rear shocks deliver agile handling and natural control.
  • Six-spoke cast aluminium wheels run block-pattern tubeless tyres
  • Disc brakes front and rear plus Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) technology

As a scooter designed to handle the rough-road rigours of the city – and even light off-road conditions – the ADV350’s chassis is built to be confidence-inspiring. A lightweight tubular steel frame provides core strength; wheelbase is set at 1520mm, with rake of 26.5° and 89mm trail. Wet weight is 186kg.

Motorcycle-style 37mm USD forks (with 125mm stroke) are clamped by motorcycle-style top and bottom yokes, increasing rigidity for the entire front end. Twin remote reservoir shock absorbers use progressive, dual rate springs and offer excellent suspension reaction on a variety of road surfaces, and when two-up. With 130mm travel, they work a one-piece aluminium swingarm.

The wheel design is a new one for any Honda scooter. Cast aluminium and finished in black, the lightweight 15-inch front/14-inch rear use an X-shaped 6-spoke criss-cross pattern. The design elevates road feel and all-round agility; 120/70-15 front and 140/70-14 rear block-pattern tubeless tyres offer a supple ride thanks to wide tread width and ample air volume.

A 256mm single disc performs stopping duties up front, mated to a 240mm rear, with the benefit of 2-channel ABS for braking control. The Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) system also operates (and self-cancels) the rear indicators during a hard-stop situation, alerting road users behind.

 

3.3 Engine

  • 330cc, enhanced Smart Power+ (eSP+) SOHC four-valve engine
  • Peak power of6kW @ 7,500rpm31.9Nm torque @ 5,250rpm
  • Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)
  • 5L fuel tank and 30km/l economy (WMTC mode) gives a potential 340km+ range

The ADV350’s 330cc, enhanced Smart Power+ (eSP+) SOHC four-valve engine achieves both high environmental performance and strong output characteristic – for use in and out of the city – through comprehensive adoption of low-friction technology.

Peak power of 21.5kW @ 7,500rpm is matched to 31.5Nm torque @ 5,250rpm. Bore and stroke are set at 77mm x 70.7mm, with compression ratio of 10.5:1. A roller-type rocker arm, plain journal crank bearings and sealed crankcases deliver long-term reliability together with strong performance. To enhance piston cooling, an oil jet, as used on the CRF450R, sprays oil right to the back of the piston, advancing ignition timing and improving combustion performance. Oil capacity is 1.8 litres.

Air is supplied via a 5.5 litre airbox and a 36mm throttle body feeds fuel/air mixture to 28mm inlet valves. The intake port draws air in efficiently, using a ‘tumble’ flow within the cylinder for consistent fuel combustion. Exhaust gases are expelled via a straight exhaust port. To reduce exhaust gas resistance the muffler uses dual chambers.

Internal friction is reduced through a 5mm offset cylinder, hydraulic cam chain adjuster and the use of a scavenger pump. Used on high performance machines, the pump lowers the internal pressure within the engine, reduces oil agitation and decreases pumping losses and internal rotational friction.  A balancer shaft further reduces vibration and contributes to a smooth, enjoyable ride. An automatic centrifugal clutch works V-Matic transmission (with ratios set for fast low speed reaction and smart acceleration) and belt final drive.

The ADV350’s engine is also equipped with two level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). The system detects any difference between the front and rear wheel speeds, calculates the slip ratio and then controls engine torque via the fuel injection to regain rear wheel traction. HSTC can be switched ON-OFF via a switch on the left handlebar. A ‘T’ indicator in the display flickers when the system is working to manage grip.

The engine is homologated for EURO5, which from January 1st 2020, introduced significantly stricter engine emissions standards compared to EURO4. These requirements include substantial reductions in permitted carbon monoxide emissions, an over 40% decrease in total hydrocarbon emissions, tougher misfire detection and the introduction of a particulate matter limit.

Fuel economy is a frugal 30km/l (WMTC mode); the 11.5L tank capacity gives a potential 340km+ range.

 

  1. Accessories

A range of Genuine Honda Accessories are available for the ADV350. They include:

  • 50-litre Smart top box
  • Rear carrier rack (direct fitment)
  • Inner bags
  • Heated grips
  • U Lock
  • Outdoor cover

 

 

  1. Technical Specifications
ENGINE  
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke, 4 valve SOHC single; Euro 5 compliant
Displacement 330cc
Bore & Stroke 77mm x 70.8mm
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Max. Power Output 21.5 kW @ 7,500 rpm
Max. Torque 31.5 Nm @ 5,250 rpm
Noise Level (dB) Lurban 76.9db / Lwot 81.9db
Oil Capacity 1.8 L
FUEL SYSTEM  
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 11.7L
CO2 Emissions WMTC

 

79g/km

 

Fuel Consumption 29.4km/L
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM  
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V-8.6 AH
DRIVETRAIN  
Clutch Type Automatic centrifugal clutch; dry type
Transmission Type CVT
Final Drive V-Belt
FRAME  
Type Steel underbone
CHASSIS  
Dimensions (L x W x H) 2200mm x 895mm x 1430mm
Wheelbase 1,520mm
Caster Angle / Fork Angle 26.5°
Trail 89mm
Seat Height 795mm
Ground Clearance 145mm
Kerb Weight 186kg
SUSPENSION  
Type Front 37mm Upside down forks – 125mm stroke
Type Rear Twin Shock – 130mm travel
WHEELS  
Type Front 15 inch six spoke cast aluminium
Type Rear 14 inch six spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front 3.5in
Rim Size Rear 4.0in
Tyres Front 120/70-15MC 56P
Tyres Rear 140/70-14MC 62P
BRAKES  
ABS System Type 2-channel ABS
Type Front Single, 2 piston Nissin caliper. Single 256mm disc
Type Rear Single 1 piston Nissin caliper. Single 240mm disc
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS  
Instruments Full LCD, clock, two trip meters, fuel consumption gauge, Honda SMART Key indicator.
Security System Immobiliser
Headlight LED
Taillight LED
Connectivity Yes
USB Yes
Cruise Control No
Additional Features HSTC (Honda Selectable Torque Control) and ESS (Emergency Stop Signals)

 

All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.

# Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

2022 CMX500 Rebel

Model updatesThe Rebel, Honda’s popular A2 licence-friendly 500cc parallel twin-cylinder compact cruiser, receives a fresh new paint option for 22YM. Standard specification includes assist/slipper clutch, LED lighting and gear position indicator. A Rebel S version with factory-fitted accessories – headlight cowl, all-black fork covers and gaiters plus diamond-stitch style seat – is also available.

 

KEY FEATURES

  • 471cc liquid cooled parallel twin.
  • Torque heavy bottom-end output.
  • Assist / slipper clutch.
  • Nitrogen charged front and rear shocks
  • LAF exhaust sensor helps meet Euro 5 regulations.
  • 120mm ‘shotgun’ style exhaust.
  • Lean and low ‘bobber’ styling.
  • Negative LCD display with white backlight and gear position indicator
  • All lighting is LED, including indicators.

 

Colours:

  • Pearl Organic Green **NEW**
  • Mat Jeans Blue Metallic
  • Graphite Black
  • Mat Axis Grey Metallic

Price:

  • Rebel £6,299 OTR
  • Rebel S £6,699 OTR

Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Model overview
  3. Key features
  4. Technical specifications

 

  1. Introduction

For many riders in their early 20s – Generation Z, who have grown up through the digital age – motorcycles mean so much more than just transport. They need to represent a lifestyle, an attitude, and allow them to express their own individual identity. These riders’ expectations are different to those of the motorcycling mainstream and the machines that speak to them reflect this. They have to fit in with their life but must also contain the potential for further individualisation. Fusing tradition and ground-breaking new ideas and perspectives, the CMX500 Rebel set out to be that motorcycle.

Showcasing a classic, timeless look, but imbuing it with a forward-looking, contemporary style all of its own, the CMX500 Rebel was an instant hit on its introduction for the 2017 season. Its continued popularity ever since – including among female riders, who account for 33% of owners – has made it the best selling European model in the ‘custom’ category in 2021.

For 20YM, the Rebel received more comfort and practicality thanks to a revised seat and suspension settings, plus a gear position indicator. Both the headlight and tail-light were new, and the addition of LED indicators meant all lighting became LED. A refined exhaust system, including a new exhaust sensor, ensured EURO5 compliance.

Accessible, easy to ride and easy to live with, the Rebel goes its own way but is also a blank canvas, ready for whatever its owner’s imagination has in store. It carries on mechanically unchanged for 22YM, but gets an aesthetic boost from a brand new – and suitably off-beat – paint choice.

 

  1. Model Overview

Development of the Rebel began in North America, with an outlook geared toward firing the imagination of a younger generation of riders in a different way to traditional cruiser motorcycles. Powered by a 471cc parallel twin-cylinder engine, with strong bottom end torque and a smooth, linear power delivery, the Rebel is A2 licence friendly. It’s also slim, with a low seat height and therefore easy to manage at low speeds. The riding position is relaxed and neutral, with gently outstretched arms matched to mid-mounted footpegs.

The Rebel’s tubular steel frame draws fresh, contemporary lines into stripped-back, fat-tyred ‘bobber’ style. Blacked out to the maximum, with the minimum of paint, it also switches from solo-only to pillion-possible via two bolts.

 

  1. Key Features

 

3.1 Styling & Equipment

  • Lean and low ‘bobber’ styling
  • Negative LCD display with white backlight and gear position indicator
  • Pillion pad and rear pegs easily removed for customisation
  • Factory fitted accessory kit available

Two key words ran headlined throughout the Rebel’s development programme: ‘SIMPLE’ and ‘RAW’. But to do so much with so little is an art form in itself, an exercise in minimalist design where every detail matters.

And the Rebel does not disappoint; rolling on fat tyres, its low and lean ‘bobber’ silhouette – crowned by the steeply raked 11.2L fuel tank and fat handlebars – sits the rider firmly ‘in’ the machine. From every angle of its stripped form it expresses an off-beat individuality.

Everything that can be is blacked out, which highlights the Rebel’s lithe design as well as underlining the subtle paintwork. All lighting is LED, and the evocative round headlight features a compact 175mm diameter lens and die-cast aluminium mount. The ultra-thin oval tail-light and licence plate light match the Rebel’s low-down stance; mini circular LED indicators measure only 55mm in diameter, with a circular position light included in the front indicators.

The speedo is a compact 100mm dial with negative LCD display and white backlight and is both striking and effective and features a gear position indicator and fuel consumption display. The ignition is housed below the left side of the fuel tank

The pillion pad and rear footpegs are easily removed and the accessories line-up includes a rear rack, backrest, tank pads and meter visor; a nylon saddlebag also available alongside the leather ones.

An ‘S’ edition – in Mat Axis Grey Metallic paint – comes complete with factory-fit headlight cowl with smoke screen, retro front fork covers and gaiters and a special diamond-stitch style seat.

 

3.2 Engine

  • 471cc liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder engine, A2 licence compatible
  • Torque heavy bottom-end output
  • Assist/slipper clutch aids control
  • 120mm ‘shotgun’ style exhaust

The Rebel’s 471cc 8-valve, liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder engine is drawn from the sporty CBR500R. For cruising duties, revised PGM-FI fuel injection mapping and different valve and ignition timings mean its character is shifted away from the high rpm-focused performance of the CBR to a torque-heavy bottom-end output, with smooth and linear delivery throughout the rev-range. Punchy maximum torque of 43.3Nm torque @ 6,000rpm combines with peak power of 34kW @ 8,500rpm.

It’s a power unit that strikes a great balance between physical size and flexible output. Bore and stroke is set at 67mm x 66.8mm with compression ratio of 10.7:1. Internally the cylinder head uses roller rocker arms; shim-type valve adjustment allows them to be light, for lower valve-spring load and reduced friction.

A silent (SV Chain) cam chain has the surface of its pins treated with Vanadium, reducing friction with increased protection against dust. Inlet valve diameter is 26.0mm with exhaust valve diameter of 21.5mm.

Friction is reduced by the addition of striations on the piston skirt (a finish that increases surface area, introducing gaps in which oil can flow for better lubrication). An AB 1 salt bath process, used after isonite nitriding, forms a protective oxidisation membrane.

The crankshaft pins are phased at 180° and a primary couple-balancer sits behind the cylinders, close to the bike’s centre of gravity. The primary and balancer gears use scissor gears, reducing noise. The crank counterweight is specifically shaped for couple-balance and its light weight allows the engine to spin freely, with reduced inertia.

The crankcases use centrifugally cast thin-walled sleeves. Their internal design reduces the ‘pumping’ losses that can occur with a 180° phased firing order. A deep oil sump holds 3.2L. Slick to use up or down the six-speed gearbox is designed to offer effortless changes, especially around town. An assist/slipper clutch makes the shift lighter and smoother, and controls rear wheel ‘hop’ on rapid downshifting.

The 2-1 exhaust scrubs spent gases in its catalyser, which then speeds them through its first chamber into the second resonator chamber; the sound produced has a heavy-duty pulsing feel that fits the torque delivery. A Linear Air Flow (LAF) sensor and internal adjustments to the 120mm diameter ‘shotgun’ style muffler help the engine’s EURO5 compliance.

 

3.3 Chassis

  • Low slung tubular steel frame
  • Compliant, supple damping front and rear; shocks nitrogen charged
  • 130/90-16 front and 150/80-16 rear tyres

To support the Rebel’s low-slung look its attractive tubular steel frame grips the engine in three places and is designed to be as narrow as possible around the rider’s inseam. The fork spring rates and oil volume are optimised to give compliant damping and a smooth ride. Trail is set at 110mm with 28° rake; the 30° off-set of the forks, combined with 1490mm wheelbase, allows a low 690mm seat height. Mid-mounted footpegs help ensure a natural riding position, with balanced and neutral steering.

The frame includes an innovative rear loop that separates the thicker seat from the textured metal mudguard; the bolt-on cast aluminium subframe provides further scope for customisation.

At 230mm apart the 41mm front fork stanchions are set wide for handling rigidity, comfort and style. The tubular steel swingarm has a 45mm diameter and works twin, nitrogen-charged shock absorbers that feature 5 step preload settings.

Dunlop tyres are fitted as standard sized 130/90-16 front and 150/80-16 rear. The style of the 16-inch cast aluminium wheels is crisp and simple, with the 296mm front disc acting as mirror to the spoke pattern. A twin-piston front caliper is matched by a single-piston rear.

 

Accessories

As a motorcycle born to be accessorised there are a range of Honda Genuine Accessories available both individually or as part of the ‘comfort’ or ‘travel’ packs, that are ready to bolt straight on to the CMX500 Rebel including:

  • Headlight cowl
  • Pillion backrest
  • Meter Visor
  • Adjustable Brake Lever
  • Tank pads
  • Rear carrier
  • Throw-over saddlebags (leather or lightweight nylon)
  • 12v socket

 

 

  1. Technical Specifications
ENGINE
Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC
Engine Displacement (cm³) 471
No. of Valves per Cylinder 4
Bore ´ Stroke (mm) 67 x 66.8
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Max. Power Output 34kW/8,500rpm
Max. Torque 43.3Nm/6,000rpm
Oil Capacity 3.2 litres
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 11.2L
Fuel consumption 27km/litre
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V
ACG Output 0.5kW
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Wet multiplate
Transmission Type 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
FRAME
Type Steel Diamond
CHASSIS
Dimensions (LxWxH) mm 2,205 x 820 x 1,090
Wheelbase 1490mm
Caster Angle 28°
Trail 110
Seat Height 690mm
Ground Clearance 125mm
Kerb Weight 191kg
Turning radius 2.8m
SUSPENSION
Type Front 41mm Telescopic forks
Type Rear Showa twin shock
WHEELS
Rim Size Front 16M/C x MT3.00
Rim Size Rear 16M/C x MT3.50
Tyres Front 130/90-16M/C 67H
Tyres Rear 150/80-16M/C 71H
BRAKES
ABS System Type Two channel
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Instruments Digital
Headlight LED
Taillight LED

 

Please note that all specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice. Fuel consumption figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.