Admit it, you have at all times needed to crouch down behind a bullet fairing and peg the throttle extensive open simply to see what 1100 ccs of uncooked whining energy are able to. We have all been there, however not all of us have been handled to the pleasure of such an expertise. Honda needs to vary that, however with out the mess of carburetors or decades-old spaghetti-framed loss of life wobble. Meet the brand new Honda Hawk 11. It has the neo-vintage look we have all been begging for, however with a contemporary chassis and dependable electronics.
This wonderous machine is powered by the identical 1100 parallel twin as the venerable Africa Twin and the Insurgent 1100, It is a good strong motor with sufficient energy to have enjoyable, but it surely’s additionally a compact and light-weight unit, which makes it superb for a sport-ish experience. Full particulars for the bike have not been launched but, however you possibly can count on basically the identical 101 horsepower 77 lb-ft engine. Judging by the pictures, it even makes use of the identical ahead part of the exhaust because the Africa.
It seems just like the Hawk 11 even goes as far as to share the identical metal framework because the Africa Twin and NT1100, and the swingarm seems prefer it’s cribbed instantly from the touring-focused NT. Equally, the NT’s 17-inch wheels additionally make an look right here. For a sportier experience, Honda noticed match to equip redesigned Showa forks and bigger Nissin calipers. The bodywork, clearly, is all new, however a lot of this bike is constructed from the components bin, which implies it is a simple shoe-in for manufacturing proper because it sits.
It is an attention-grabbing option to construct a throwback aesthetic sport tourer from the bones of an journey tourer, however depart it to Honda to proceed to make daring selections. The engine is an effective one, if not a very inspiring one, and the form is completely superior, whereas selling an upright and comfy using place. It is not going to set any velocity information, but it surely’ll look hella cool with out killing your pockets or again.
Honda hasn’t but introduced something actually about this bike, dropping slightly greater than images across the net. We do not know but which markets will get the Hawk 11, but it surely’s a fairly good wager that it will find yourself within the US market. Pricing is a complete unknown for the time being, however we are able to make some educated guesses. The Africa Twin begins at $14,499, for instance, so I might wager the Hawk 11 will find yourself costing round that, perhaps barely extra.
Honda already sells a smattering of upright bare sports activities bikes underneath the lineup title of “neo-sports cafe” and this seems like it might match proper in with them. I actually preferred my time with the CB650R, and would love a revamp of that bike with a bullet fairing. In order for you one thing with an even bigger and extra touring-focused ergonomic format, then perhaps the Hawk is the bike for you. I look ahead to swinging a leg over one quickly.