“We’re pleased that the improved CB500F headlines our latest new-product announcement for the 2016 model year,” said James Marchand, Assistant Vice President, Motorcycle Division. “The CB brand has a proud history with Honda, and with sharp ne w styling, this fun, capable naked bike continues to be worthy of the name. The CBR650F and Giorno have been revised as well, and the announcement also includes several exciting returning models. We look forward to sharing them with our c ustomers during the 2016 motorcycle consumer show tour.”
Featuring sculpted new bodywork for an aggressive look that highlights the motorcycle’s functional components, the 2016 CB500F with its standard ABS brakes is now an even better choice for a midsize naked sport bike. LED lights are now standard front and rear, and the shortened muffler has an improved exhaust note. The fuel tank is now larger and has a hinged cap, while the fork gets externally adjustable spring preload. Rounding out the improvements to the 2016 Honda CB500F are an adjustable front brake lever, aluminum die-cast passenger foot pegs, transmission updates that result in improved shifting feel, and a “wave”-style ignition key.
Colour: Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic; Candy Orange
Since its 2014 introduction, Honda’s CBR650F has steadily built a reputation as a midsized sport bike that does it all, and for 2016, it gets an updated look, with an all-new radical colour treatment. With sharp handling and a 649cc inline-four-cylinder engine that has a broad spread of power and standard ABS brakes, the CBR650F has been well received as a step up to high-performance sport riding or a first step into sport touring.
Colour: Matte Black Metallic/Candy Red
Honda’s faithful, friendly little scooter gets a styling refreshment for 2016, with all-new bodywork. The Giorno features a V-matic® automatic transmission and is ideal for zipping around town or campus, especially with its easy to operate features and low operating costs. Practical details include a convenient hook for holding shopping bags, an inner storage bin that can hold a 1-litre bottle of water and a 22-litre under-seat lockable storage that’s large enough to hold a bag of groceries or a full face helmet. The fuel-efficient 49cc four-stroke engine offers big fun in a small affordable package.
Colour: Pearl Blue; Black Metallic
THE FOLLOWING MODELS RETURN FOR 2016
It’s hard to imagine a more user-friendly vehicle than Honda’s Forza™ scooter, which boasts a host of rider conveniences, including a simple automatic Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT), a handy power outlet for accessories, and enough integral storage to hold a pair of helmets. The liquid-cooled, 279cc engine sips fuel, but it also has plenty of power for riding two-up and for highway cruising.
Colour: Pure Red; Seal Silver Metallic
Rarely does a model inspire its own culture the way that the tough-but-approachable Ruckus has built a dedicated following, with owners personalizing their scooters and getting together for rides and social gatherings. A thrifty, liquid-cooled 49cc engine gets the job done on the road, but it’s the Ruckus’s look—highlighted by chunky tires, a tubular frame and minimalist bodywork—that attracts such a diverse array of customers.
Colour: Black; White/Red
Honda’s CTX700T continues to offer a distinctive look with its low 719-mm seat height and forward-set foot pegs put the rider in a position that’s comfortable for all-day touring. The 670cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine provides excellent torque and plenty of power for spirited riding on twisty roads. Practical features like integrated storage and ABS brakes make it both convenient and confidence inspiring. A fixed fairing and windscreen help protect the rider from the elements and a range of Honda Genuine Accessories have been developed to extend the CTX700T’s touring capability.
Colour: Gray Blue Metallic
The CRF250L has established itself as Canada’s favourite dual sport model, outselling the competition by a wide margin. The CRF250L returns for 2016 with its balance of practicality and adaptable fun. Electric start, light weight and affordability make this machine great for first-timers, but many longtime enthusiasts also choose it for long-distance, or even worldwide adventures where reliability is paramount. The nimble CRF250L offers excellent fuel economy thanks to its fuel-injected, counterbalanced, double-overhead cam, liquid-cooled four-stroke engine, and with its wide-ratio, six-speed transmission, the model is equally at home on the trail and daily city commutes.
- Press release from Honda Canada