Honda PH Goes Bigger with 3 New Big Bikes
Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI) is going bigger for 2019 as it has brought to our shores the latest Touring and Roadster big bike models, led by the Honda Goldwing 1800. Apart from the Goldwing, the three newest offerings are the Honda CB650R and Honda CB1000R. The line-up of big bikes for the Japanese brand was first introduced locally back in December 2017 in response to the growing economy and improving lifestyle of Filipinos that created a demand for higher engine capacities. The launch marked the company’s completion of its product line-up in the Philippines. Jomel Jerezo, general manager of Motorcycle Sales Office, Sales and Marketing Division of HPI, said that the company is overjoyed with the acceptance of the Honda big bikes after the 2017 launch. "In fact, some models were completely sold out and many riders are asking for more,” he said. The strong demand led to their continuous expansion, thus--according to Jerezo--resulting in the latest batch of big bikes that are eyed to excite the Filipino riders. The Goldwing, the biggest of the three offerings, is a Touring Bike that also embodies long-range comfort, luxury, and quality for over 40 years. Powered by 1,833cc, liquid-cooled, horizontal opposed 6-cylinder SOHC, 4-valve per cylinder engine, this tourer has a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) automatic transmission, slipper clutch, cruise control and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). The Goldwing has a double-wishbone front suspension, all-aluminum swing-arm, combine-ABS, electronic suspension pre-load, radial front brake calipers, ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) for optimum comfort, and comes with various ride mode features such as Tour, Sport, Rain, and Econ to provide you maximum functionality during any type of ride. Priced at PHP1.880 Million, the Goldwing has top-tier features such as throttle-by-wire, hill start assist, walking/reverse mode, keyless ignition (Smart Key System), LED lightings, and an airbag. On the other hand, the CB1000R and CB650R from the Roadster category shares the Neo Sports Café design, with a more compact and muscular, big-sized naked bike look. The CB1000R has a lightweight mono-backbone steel frame, full LED lightings, radial-mounted dual disk brake, Showa Separate Fork Function Big Piston (SSF-BP), Ride Mode, Full LCD display, and throttle-by-wire. The CB1000R boasts of a powerful engine, which is a liquid-cooled, DOHC in-line four-cylinder, 16-valve and HSTC, delivering maximum performance while the CB650R is a liquid-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC engine with assist/slipper clutch. The price tag for the CB1000R is PHP865,000 and the CB650R is at PHP501,000. The Honda big bikes are available in Honda’s major dealers nationwide.