Honda’s motorcycle The department is continuing to be busy. While its car manufacturing partner is inaugurated a wind tunnel in Ohio, Honda’s motobike used Osaka Motorcycle Show in Japan to announce several new models including the sporty Hawk 11 and a new version of the Dax.
One of the most striking styling features of the Hawk 11 is the front spoiler, shaped like the part fitted to 1960s racing motorcycles. It incorporates a circular LED headlight. and a small windshield, and round mirrors on thin brackets protrude from the sides. The rest of Hawk 11 is quite bare, the engine is exposed for all to see. It’s a look inspired by older bikes but without the full vintage vibe.
Although the design is new, the foundational facilities are familiar. Enthusiastic site Motorcycle News reports that the Hawk 11 is an evolution of the NT1100, a relatively large bike in regards to the Africa Twin and develop for the open road. Parts like the frame, swingarm and 17-inch wheels come directly from the NT1100 parts bin. It was an exercise in part sharing that showed how modules can work.
Power comes from a 1.1-liter two-cylinder engine. Horsepower and torque figures have yet to be released, but the twin develops 101 horsepower and 77 pound-feet of torque in the Africa Twin. Water-cooled, it turns the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.
Honda will release additional details about the Hawk 11 in the coming months. As of writing, the model is only confirmed for the Japanese market. The company didn’t mention US availability, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the bike made it here.
Moving further into the two-wheeler segment, Honda also announced that Dax (shown above) will make a surprise comeback in 2023. Straddling the line between motocross and motorcycle, it stands out with The design is inspired by retro style, the saddle is long enough to fit two passengers and the single cylinder engine, 125 cc, air-cooled, capacity of 9 horsepower. Pricing for the modern Dax has yet to be announced, and it’s too early to say whether it will be sold in the US – one of the original model’s biggest markets.
Also known as the ST-Series, the Dax was offered in a variety of configurations from 1969 to 2000. Bringing it back makes sense: The nameplate hasn’t worked for the past 22 years, but the need hasn’t gone away, and the design was copied by some Chinese. companies.