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The big motorbikes Honda has launched (and their prices)

A total of 8 models are now available to Filipino riders

Tired of driving a car through Metro Manila traffic? Honda Philippines thought so. PHOTO FROM HONDA

Perhaps the biggest news in the local motoring community this weekend is the launch of Honda’s line of big motorbikes—or motorcycles with enough engine displacement to be allowed on the expressway. An impressive count of eight models was presented today at the Shangri-La hotel in Bonifacio Global City: CB500X, CB650F, CB1100EX, CBR500R, CBR1000RR Fireblade SP, CRF1000L Africa Twin, Rebel 500 and X-ADV.

All the models—except for the CB1100EX and the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP—are already available at the newly inaugurated Honda Big Bikes flagship store, Prestige Traders, located on EDSA corner Harvard Street in Makati City. The store is open from 8:30am to 6pm, seven days a week.

Next month, in January, these motorcycles will also be introduced in Cebu and Davao.

“Now is the time for the Philippines to enjoy the power and innovation of these motorcycles,” Honda Philippines president Daiki Mihara was quoted as saying.

Translation: “The traffic situation in the Philippines is so bad right now that we can’t think of a better time to sell nice, shiny motorcycles.”

Here are the new Honda motorcycles with their engine sizes and prices.

The CB500X: 471cc, P379,000. PHOTO FROM HONDA
The CB650F: 649cc, P459,000. PHOTO FROM HONDA
The CB1100EX: 1,140cc, P810,000. PHOTO FROM HONDA
The CBR500R: 471cc, P379,000. PHOTO FROM HONDA
The CBR1000RR Fireblade SP: 999cc, P1,350,000. PHOTO FROM HONDA
The CRF1000L Africa Twin: 998cc, P854,000. PHOTO FROM HONDA
The Rebel 500: 471cc, P369,000. PHOTO FROM HONDA
The X-ADV: 745cc, P799,000. PHOTO FROM HONDA

Tempting, isn’t it? Whichever model you end up getting, just always remember to take it easy on the open road. And wear your helmet.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 26 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.