Expanded 2019 Honda Motorcycles line up

By thoriq, 26 January 2019

Malaysian custodians of the mighty Japanese red wing motorcycle marque Boon Siew Honda is kicking off their 2019 campaign with a bang. At a recent Chinese New Year gathering held earlier this week, the firm rolled out three new additions to its line up.

Here’s what you can expect to see at the next time you visit your nearest authorised Honda bikes dealer or Honda Big Wing centres nationwide.

Honda Super Cub C125

Things kicked off with the long awaited price and availability announcement of yet another pint-sized, cult favourite Honda bike. We’re talking about the Super Cub C125, and it goes on sale locally starting this month at a starting price of RM13,999.

Previewed throughout last year, most notably during the MAI Auto Show and KLIMS 2018, this moped celebrates Honda’s iconic ‘Cub’ moped from yesteryear. This modern day rendition isn’t too dissimilar from MSX 125 and Monkey siblings.

Power comes from an air-cooled and fuel-injected 125cc single cylinder – similar to the MSX 125’s and Monkey's – that makes 9.1hp and 10Nm of twist. Both of which are sent to the rear wheel using a four-speed manual and chain final drive setup.

Aptly, this single-seat retro special was designed to pay homage to the original Honda Cub, and is aimed squarely at both collectors and avid fans alike. By the way, this nostalgia-inducing special is available in three colour choices – blue, red, and black.

Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP

Next up comes an expansion of the mighty red wing marque’s CBR1000RR Fireblade superbike line up. Introduced locally is the near race-ready SP variant that now sits above its standard-spec sibling that was launched during KLIMS 2018.

In a nutshell, this is the Honda litre-class missile built for avid trackday and weekend warriors as it packs a performance-oriented electronics and hardware package. Notable here are things like the Brembo brakes and fully adjustable Öhlins suzzies.

Those, plus an uprated electronics suite, should grant enhanced control over the ‘Blade’s manic 1,000cc four-cylinder heart sitting underneath plus both its 189hp and 114Nm outputs, especially during trackdays.

Of course, these newly added go-faster bits do cost a pretty penny, so be ready to fork out RM114,999 for each CBR1000RR Fireblade SP, which comes exclusively dressed in the signature HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) tri-colour scheme.

Honda CB1100 RS

Lastly comes a surprise new addition into the local Honda big bikes line up, and one that’s perhaps long overdue. We’re of course talking about the CB1100 RS modern retro offering, and it’s now finally available here in Malaysia via Honda Big Wing.

Honda’s rather understated modern retro ticks all the right boxes as far as bikes of this genre go. Paired with the retro looks is an equally retro-like air-cooled 1,140cc four-cylinder heart. It is primed with electronic fuel injection, delivering 89hp and 91Nm.

Paired with the mill is 6-speed manual box and chain final drive setup. Notable chassis hardware include a pair of Showa SDBV front forks paired with a set of twin rear shocks, dual disc brakes setup up front, not forgetting the presences of a dual-channel ABS suite linking said front anchors and a single-disc setup at the rear.

This rival against the likes of the BMW R nineT, Triumph Bonneville T120 and Ducati Scrambler 1100 arrives with a tempting base price tag of RM75,999, and it comes in a choice of two elegant paintjobs – black or silver.