Posted: 04 Nov 2013
Along with four new models, Honda has also introduced seven upgraded existing models for 2014 head of the 2013 Milan Motorcycle Show which kicks off tomorrow.
As we reported earlier, the iconic CBR1000RR Fireblade has been given a slight upgrade for 2014, with the main change coming in the form of engine enhancement and an altered riding position. A track-focused, “SP” edition is also set for release.
The legendary VFR800F has had revamp with a contemporary new look, a brand new telescopic fork, Pro-arm swingarm, wheels and body work. Ten kilos lighter than the previous model, the new-look VFR comes with adjustable seat height, standard-fit Traction Control System and ABS, heated grips and Honda’s unique new self-cancelling indicators.
The 2014 Honda Crosstourer adventure sports touring model has also been upgraded for 2014. The main change comes with the introduction of the new Honda Selectable Torque Control system, allowing the rider to select between three different levels of engine torque and resultant drive to the rear wheel. The V4 1237cc machine comes standard with Honda’s new self-cancelling indicators and the seat has also been modified to improve rider comfort. A finishing touch has been added in the form of a new, Titanium Blade Metallic ‘Camo’ SE colour.
Part way between scooter and motorcycle, Honda’s Integra has also been treated to an upgrade for 2014 including a new 745cc engine in-line with its more orthodox siblings in the NC range (below), providing an increase power and torque. The Dual Clutch Control gearbox has received software updates and the design has evolved into something with a harder edge. There’s extra knee room, larger floor space and easier ground reach. The new lightweight aluminium swingarm and revised front/rear weight balance have been designed to improve handling and ABS is fitted as standard.
Sibling to the Integra, the NC750S and NC750X boast more power and torque from the 745cc engine. New instrumentation, plus a span-adjustable brake lever and two-channel ABS round out the updates. The NC range has the option of Honda’s unique DCT six-speed gearbox, which as stated has also received software upgrades for 2014.
Also upgraded for 2013 is the CBR250R, which has in fact been replaced by a larger capacity machine to become the CBR300R, designed largely around Honda’s flagship CBR.