Honda Hawk 11 Revealed in Japan

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Honda has revealed the new Hawk 11 sportbike at the Osaka Motorcycle Show. As expected, it uses the same steel semi-double cradle frame and parallel-twin engine as the Africa Twin and NT1100.

Honda has revealed the brand new Hawk 11 sportbike on the Osaka Bike Present. As anticipated, it makes use of the identical metal semi-double-cradle body and parallel-twin engine because the Africa Twin and NT1100. (Honda/)

Honda has revealed the primary full photos of its new Hawk 11, and as anticipated, it reveals a bullet-faired evolution of the Neo-Sports activities Café design theme primarily based on the engine and chassis of the Africa Twin and NT1100 fashions.

The preliminary photos come on the opening of the Osaka Bike Present in Japan, though the complete launch of the Hawk 11 isn’t due till the Tokyo Bike Present on March 25, the place the bike would be the centerpiece of Honda’s show.

Bullet-nosed fairing, different ergos, and low-mounted mirrors signal a continuation of Honda’s Neo-Sports Café design theme.

Bullet-nosed fairing, totally different egos, and low-mounted mirrors sign a continuation of Honda’s Neo-Sports activities Café design theme. (Honda/)

The pictures are accompanied by restricted data in the meantime, nevertheless, it’s abundantly clear that the SOHC engine is similar to the 100 hp design that’s acquainted with the Africa Twin.

Honda’s data surprisingly says that the Hawk’s engine is a 1,082cc twin, whereas the agency’s official specs for the Africa Twin and NT1100 put the engine at 1,084cc, however, we’re not anticipating any actual change within the 92mm bore and 81.5mm stroke used on the present variations of the engine.

Honda might have merely rounded these numbers in another way to achieve the Hawk’s 1,082cc capability determine because it takes a lower than 0.1mm distinction in both measurements to make that 2cc change within the calculated capability.

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The SOHC engine is likely to have the same power figures of 100 hp and 77 pound-feet of torque. On the Hawk, however, you’ll only be able to have it with a conventional six-speed transmission.

The SOHC engine is more likely to have identical energy figures of 100 hp and 77 pound-feet of torque. On the Hawk, nonetheless, you’ll solely be capable to have it with a standard six-speed transmission. (Honda/)

Regardless of the ultimate specs, since each of the NT1100 and Africa Twin makes 100 hp at 7,500 rpm, and 77 pound-feet at 6,250 rpm the Hawk received be removed from these figures.

In contrast to the NT1100 and Africa Twin, which are each provided with the selection of Honda’s semi-automatic DCT gearbox as a substitute for the usual six-speed guide, the Hawk is provided solely with a standard six-speed, not less than initially. Given the bike’s back-to-basics intentions, that is sensible.

The 17-inch alloy wheels carry over from the NT1100, though the Hawk gets a different Showa SFF-BP fork.

The 17-inch alloy wheels carry over from the NT1100, although the Hawk will get a special Showa SFF-BP fork. (Honda/)

The body, just like the engine, comes straight from the Africa Twin and NT1100. Like these bikes, it’s a metal semi-double-cradle design, with a bolt-on subframe. It seems the subframe is the lighter design from the Africa Twin slightly than the NT1100′s stronger model, which was designed with passengers and baggage in thoughts.

The NT1100, nonetheless, donates its swingarm to the Hawk 11, in addition to its 17-inch alloy wheels. Up entrance, the Hawk will get its personal Showa SFF-BP fork, totally different to the one on the NT1100, in addition to Nissin four-pot radial calipers that seem a fraction bigger than these used on the NT.

The rotors, nonetheless, seem like the identical 310mm models used on the tourer.

The Hawk’s stretched-out ergonomics are said to accommodate a wide variety of rider sizes.

The Hawk’s stretched-out ergonomics are stated to accommodate all kinds of rider sizes. (Honda/)

Honda is especially pleased with the Hawk’s ergonomics, exhibiting that it might accommodate riders from as quick as 5-foot-1 to this 5-foot-11 or extra, apparently without the necessity for an adjustable seat peak.

The identical photos that illustrate the using place additionally present that the weird, low-mounted mirrors—which grasp from the fairing however are mounted under the bars—are far sufficient ahead to forestall the rider’s palms obstructing their sight.

As they mirror the view under the rider’s arms, they could really be clearer than typical, high-mounted mirrors that usually mirror extra of your shoulders than the visitors behind.

Although there’s ride-by-wire with multiple riding modes, the Hawk has a relatively uncluttered dash punctuated by a simple round gauge rather than a massive TFT screen.

Though there’s ride-by-wire with a number of using modes, the Hawk has a comparatively uncluttered sprint punctuated by an easy spherical gauge slightly more than a large TFT display. (Honda/)

Like the opposite fashions in Honda’s portfolio utilizing this engine, the Hawk has ride-by-wire with a number of engine maps and using modes, altering the outright energy ranges in addition to the throttle response. There’s additionally adjustable engine-braking management.

Nevertheless, the indications are that Honda desires this to be a reasonably priced machine; the devices use an easy liquid-crystal show, with a small round gauge containing all the data, slightly than the kind of outsized, full-color TFT that’s more and more frequent.

The big variety of elements shared with the Africa Twin and NT1100 make for economies of scale, hopefully permitting the Hawk to be priced decrease than you may anticipate for a twin-cylinder sportbike on this capability class.

The Hawk 11 from the rear, with a better view of the low-mounted mirrors.

The Hawk 11 from the rear, with a greater view of the low-mounted mirrors. (Honda/)

Initially, it appears probably that the Hawk will probably be a Japanese-market mannequin; thus far, all of Honda’s publicity for the bike has been targeted at Japan.

Nevertheless, with an engine that already meets all worldwide emissions rules, and chassis elements shared with two world fashions within the type of the Africa Twin and NT1100, all logic suggests the Hawk is ready to be unleashed internationally in the end.

The Hawk 11 in modified form, fitted with aftermarket parts.

The Hawk 11 is in modified type, fitted with aftermarket elements. (Honda/)

In addition to the usual Hawk 11, Honda has additionally revealed the primary parts of a set of aftermarket elements for the bike.

A modified model, with silver and black paint as a substitute for the blue and silver of the preliminary present mannequin, a Moriwaki exhaust, and various rear-set footpegs has been revealed, with extra bolt-on elements promised sooner or later alongside a deliberate variety of Hawk using gear.

According to Honda, the Hawk 11′s riding position will fit riders as short as 5-foot-1.

In response to Honda, the Hawk 11′s using a place will match riders as quick as 5-foot-1. (Honda/)

Head on view of the new Honda Hawk 11. When it launches, it will likely be offered only in Japan—at least at first.

Head-on the view of the brand new Honda Hawk 11. When it launches, it’s going to probably be provided solely in Japan—not less than at first. (Honda/)

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