Max Verstappen launches limited edition Honda e

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Red Bull's Max Verstappen and the Honda e Limited Edition

Red Bull F1 racing driver Max Verstappen has taken an all-new special edition Honda e for a test drive.

The reigning World Drivers’ Champion was impressed with the car’s zero emissions performance and eye-catching style as he manoeuvred through the tight and twisty streets of the medieval village of Dozza, just south of Bologna.

“The Honda e Limited Edition is simply lovely,” said Max. “It has funky looks, a compact design and is fun to drive. It’s a great electric urban vehicle.”

Red Bull's Max Verstappen and the Honda e Limited Edition

On sale from £38,120, the Honda e Limited Edition is based on the top spec ‘Advance’ grade. Restricted to only 50 cars across Europe, it is exclusively finished in Premium Crystal Red and unique 17-inch black alloys.

Honda’s 100% electric city car has received critical acclaim worldwide and has been praised for its innovative design and progressive technology.

It has won numerous awards, including World Urban Car of The Year and the Red Dot Design Awards.

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10 Custom Honda Rebels Coming To Wheels And Waves 2022

If you’re looking for inspiration to tweak your CMX500 or CMX1100, then you might want to check out the 10 custom Honda Rebels coming to Wheels and Waves 2022 in Biarritz, France. But if you can’t make it to the event, you can also vote for your favourite via the Honda Customs page with the winner announced at the end of August.

What’s most impressive is how difference each bike is, considering every custom builder was starting from the same base. Everything from cruisers to flat trackers, sand racers and a modern neo retro style is represented in the selection of 10 of the very best European Honda Rebel customs.

Motoveiga

Builder: Motoveiga, Braga, Portugal

Custom Honda Rebel: Motoveiga
Motoveiga

Portuguese dealer Motoveiga has taken inspiration from the beauty in 16th Century Spanish armour and Florentine lilies to turn their CMX500 Rebel into a rolling work of art. A hand painted tank is complemented with equal attention to the headlight surround and clutch cover. A Vance and Hines muffler and leather seat add the finishing touches.

Lucy

Builder: Honda Garonda, Portugal

Custom Honda Rebel: Lucy
Lucy

Lucy reflects the Portuguese sunshine and is the creation of the Honda Garonda dealer. The one-of-a-kind gold and white paint scheme, complete with a handcrafted Rebel logo on the tank, is reflected in the use of white walled tyres on gold wheels. Inspired by the classic CB175 of the late sixties and early seventies, Lucy is completed by upgraded rear suspension, new radiator grills and a Vance and Hines muffler.

5Four Honda Rebel Street

Builder: Guy Willison, 5four Motorcycles, UK

Custom Honda rebel: 5Four Honda Rebel Street
5Four Honda Rebel Street

Having already created customisations of the CB1100RS and the CB1000R, UK bike builder Guy Willison continues his Honda journey with the 5Four Honda Rebel Street. Inspired by urban lightweight street flat trackers, the ‘5Four’ CMX500 wears a striking crackle ivory and candy red paint scheme from Pro Kustom that shimmers in the sunshine. Hand built details are found throughout, including a mirror polished under tray, Brazilian hard wood grips, racing tail piece and stainless-steel front number board, complete with rally high / low headlights. The look is completed with a one-off titanium Racefit Urban Growler exhaust.

Mannboard

Builder: MAAN, Motocicli Audaci, Sardinia

Custom Honda rebel: Mannboard
Mannboard

Sardinian custom builder Motocicli Audaci, have taken their inspiration from the Sand Racers of the 1930s. Headlining the customisations are the completely rebuilt front suspension featuring springer forks, 19in wire spoke wheels and the full stainless steel exhaust system, capped off by a SC-Project muffler. A stunning candy and gold leaf paint scheme adorns the tank and bespoke custom tail, with handlebar risers and a new leather seat completing the Mannboard’s look.

Akaimoto

Builder: Akaimoto, Barcelona, Spain

Custom Honda Rebel: Akaimoto
Akaimoto

No stranger to customising Honda’s, having made successful CB1000R and CB650R builds, now Barcelona dealer Akaimoto have taken the look and feel of the CMX1100 Rebel to a new level. Taking their inspiration from retro sports bikes and Honda’s Neo Sports Café range, the bikes wears bespoke bodywork, complete with a higher positioned fuel tank and a custom paint scheme from designer Chopinart. The purposeful look is finished with a Kalex undercowl clip on bars and a bespoke short muffler.

Mikuniguro

Builder: Ikono Motorbike, Madrid, Spain

Custom Honda Rebel: Mikuniguro
Mikuniguro

Designed and built in partnership with Nomade Cycle and Dave Design painting studios, Mikuniguro is named after General Samurai Honda Tadakatsu’s horse, which, legend has it, was never injured in battle. Inspired by the Honda D-Type, brat style and the Japanese Bobber trend, this CMX500 features a bespoke paint scheme from Dave Designs, who design and paint the helmets for HRC riders Mark Marquéz and Pol Espargaró, plus a Vance and Hines muffler, upgraded front and rear suspension, handlebar risers, micro LED tail light and indicators and fork gaiters.

Mallorca Moto

Builder: Mallorca Moto, Mallorca, Spain

Custom Honda Rebel: Mallorca Moto
Mallorca Moto

There is no mistaking the look of Mallorca Motos CMX1100 Rebel. Metallic Green wrap, featuring matt black and white details highlight angles and features across the bike including the fly screen, front mudguard, tank and high angled muffler. The Neo Retro inspired bike is completed by underslung round mirrors, a modified CB300R muffler, fork gaiters, under seat tail light, a diamond stitched seat and a sporty forward-facing riding position.

The Sport

Builder: FCR Original, Chauvigny, France

Custom Honda Rebel: The Sport
The Sport

FCR Original wanted to highlight the practical and playful side of the Rebel, but make it more sporty, muscular and aggressive. A swingarm modification allowed fitment of a pair of black Öhlins rear shocks, as well as 17-inch CB500F rear wheel and Dunlop D212 190/55-ZR17 tyre. The front mudguard is scratch-built and 25mm lower; oversize handlebars add leverage while the speedo has been moved to the top yoke.

Stunning in its simplicity, the bodywork is result of a complete 3D scan and consists of custom polyester-carbon fuel tank (with aluminium filler) and rear seat unit with LED lighting and Alcantara seat. Hand-built footrests add a racing feel while the red/black paint and detailing pays subtle homage to classic Honda imagery. The engine is stock, but breathes through an FCR Original stainless steel exhaust.

The Bobber

Builder: FCR Original, Chauvigny, France

Custom Honda Rebel: The Bobber
The Bobber

Inspired by the ‘elemental’ design of the CMX1100 Rebel, this interpretation has a more custom feel, pushing it even further toward the bobber style. The swingarm and suspension are stock, but lowered 25mm at the front while custom-built black-spoke wheels wear fat Bridgestone tyres.

Building on the bobber vibe are aluminium handlebars, leather seat with perforated leather ribbing, simple aluminium front mudguard with Mirrachrome finish and painted headlight surround. Mini-Bates FCR Original LED indicators tuck neatly away and like the CMX Sport a 3D scan produced the custom polyester-carbon fuel tank – with Mirrachrome/blue satin finish – and aluminium filler. A ceramic-coated FCR Original exhaust is the finishing touch, highlighting the mechanical beauty of the bike.

Honda CMX Rebel Waves

Builder: FCR Original, Chauvigny, France

Custom Honda Rebel: Honda CMX Rebel Waves
Honda CMX Rebel Waves

The third member of the ‘family’, FCR has revisited all the original lines of the CMX500 giving it a whole new purposeful identity. Taking their inspiration from the feeling of the Wheels and Waves festival and the Californian spirit, they have left the engine stock, but have made changes to the rear suspension, the bars, indicators, front mudguard, exhaust, tank and rear luggage rack. The whole bike is finished off with a blue and white paint scheme featuring a wave motif on the fuel tank.

You might recognise The Bobber and The Sport from FCR Original, as they were originally built in 2021, but as the Wheels and Waves Festival was postponed, both bikes were revealed online instead.

Wheels and Waves runs from June 29th until July 3rd in Biarritz France and is celebrating 11 years of combining motorcycles, skateboarding, surfing, music and more at the beach. While it might be a little late for this year, you can always start planning now for 2023.

And in the meantime, keep up with all the latest new, custom or classic Honda motorcycles, here. Or start building your own custom creation with secondhand Honda CMX1100 Rebels on sale via eBay, here, or the CMX500 Rebels on offer, here.

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2022 Honda Civic Type R breaks lap record at Suzuka

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2022 Honda Civic Type R

Honda’s next-generation Civic Type R has set a new lap record for a front-wheel drive car at the iconic Suzuka Circuit in Japan.

The hot hatch lapped the 5.8km track in 2 minutes 23.120 seconds, 0.873 seconds faster than its predecessor, the stripped back 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition.

The all-new Civic Type R, which launches in Europe later in 2022, is the latest performance vehicle to prove itself on the iconic Suzuka International Racing Course, famous for its high-speed chicanes and challenging corners.

Suzuka, often described as one of the world’s greatest circuits, has been a test bed for performance Hondas since 1962 and has been home to the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix for all but two years since 1987.

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Honda ST125 DAX Returns To Europe After 41 Years

Originally launched in 1969, and known as the Trail in the US and Canada, the Honda ST125 DAX returns to Europe for 2022. It’s more than four decades since the model was last available in the UK, with the most recent version sold in Japan until 2003. But the success of the Honda Monkey and MSX125 Grom mean they’re now joined by the simple and authentic new DAX.

The Honda ST125 DAX returns to the line-up in 2022 for the first time in decades

And along with the chrome pillion grab rail, the drive chain cover also means less risk for your clothes. The optinional extras also include heated grips and a rear luggage carrier if you need to shop for supplies.

The new Honda ST125 DAX gets LED lights, a chrome pillion rail and more modern features...
The new Honda ST125 DAX gets LED lights, a chrome pillion rail and more modern features…

While the weight stays low at 107kg wet, the Honda ST125 DAX returns with a larger engine and plenty of modern features. The engine comes from the Super Cub C125, meaning a 124cc air-cooled SOHC two-balvle with 6.9kW peak power and 10.8Nm of torque. And that translates into comfortably cruising around 55mph, even two-up.

A larger capacity, more power, and EURO5 compliant emissions for the new Honda DAX
A larger capacity, more power, and EURO5 compliant emissions for the new Honda DAX

The 4-speed gearbox does away with a clutch lever, and for more ease-of-use, there’s the single-channel ABS, along with LED lights, a round LCD instrument panel, hydraulic front and rear calipers gripping 220/190 discs, and a single catalyser in the exhaust to comply with EURO5 emission regulations. But it’s still contained in the upswept 1970’s style exhaust and heat shield, which echoes dirt bikes and allows for better ground clearance.

Choose from Pearl Nebula Red or Grey paint

And it’s not just the frame and exhaust which echo the original DAX. You also get an authentic fuel tank with a 3.8 litre capacity, claiming to offer around 240km from a single tank. And there’s the chrome front mudguard, the retro paint which includes the DAX logo, and the classic Honda Wing badge. The paint choices are either Pearl Nebula Red or or Pearl Nebula Grey.

Honda have brought back their own retro alternative to the Monkey

The fact that the Honda ST125 DAX returns to the line-up is interesting, considering Honda already offer three simple and practical options. Obviously those looking for a smaller modern machine will be tempted by the Grom, and the CT125 Super Cub is a practical choice for commuting. But there’s definitely a bit of a crossover with the similarly retro Monkey, which differs witha 5-speed gearbox and manual clutch, single seat and larger fuel capacity.

The Honda ST125 DAX returns to offer a mix of fun and practicality

Ultimately the Monkey is probably better for solo urban riders looking to have some fun commuting and riding around town. Whereas the DAX is a better choice if you’re planning for pillions, messing around in the countryside or near the sea, or just prefer the style of it. The price is yet to be announced, but expect it to be near to £4,000, similar to the other three Hondas, with the Super Cub at £3499, and the Monkey at £3,899

For more on new, custom and classic Honda motorcycles, click here. And if you’d prefer to find a classic, secondhand Honda Dax, see if you can find the right one from the selection available via eBay.

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2022 Honda CB300R Neo Sports Cafe Launched

The 2022 Honda CB300R gets some big upgrades for the new model year with improvements to the suspension, clutch and more as it continues to provide an option between the CB125R and the larger CB650R. Plus there are two new paint colours to choose from.

The 2022 Honda CB300R Neo Sports Cafe has officially launchedThe 2022 Honda CB300R is lighter and easier to ride than ever
The 2022 Honda CB300R is lighter and easier to ride than ever

You get 31.8 bhp (22.9kW) power and 27.5Nm of torque, and the new addition of an assist/slipper clutch means it’s easier to ride, especially as it will manage the rear wheel hopping under rapid downshifts or hard braking. And that’s on top of the Inertial Measurement Unit-controlled ABS, linked to the 296mm hubless floating front disc and Nissin 4-piston caliper, and a rear 220mm disc and single-piston caliper. Wheels and tyres are a 110/70R-17 at the front, and a 150/60R-17 at the rear.

Upgrades to the 2022 Honda CB300R include a Euro 5 engine and exhaust, LED headlights, Showa front forks and more

Another change for 2022 is the upgrade to 41mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston USD forks, the same as the larger CB650R, and giving you a pressure separation damper in one fork tube, and a spring mechanism in the other. Which means better damper performance and lighter weight. And you get 5-step pre-load adjustment at the rear to make the most of the tubular and pressed steel frame.

The 2022 Honda CB300R launch video

From a styling perspective, the Euro5 rules mean a new underslung side exhaust. But you also get tapered steel handlebars, full LED lighting, and an updated LCD instrument panel which is lighter and thinner, but gives you speed, engine rpm, fuel level and a gear position indicator. And the 10 litre fuel tank gets an aircraft-style filler cap under the angular cover and shrouds, giving a claimed range of more than 320km.

The new dash is thinner, lighter and more useful
The new dash is thinner, lighter and more useful

Valerio Aiello, of Honda’s Rome R&D Department: “The entire current Neo Sport Café range from Honda is the result of the CB4 Concept model presented at EICMA in 2015. Our desire was to explore the world of the café racer and reinterpret it in a modern key. All the models of this CB series are not simply retro-vintage motorcycles, but rather neo-classics – that is, modern motorbikes showcasing classic design styles combined with modern techniques. We wanted to create a new stylistic dimension, different from the muscular streetfighters of the last few years, and at the same time, far from the simpler café-racer style.

The colour choices for the 2022 Honda CB300R are the existing Mat Gunpower Black Metallic and Candy Chromosphere Red. But the new options are Pearl Dusk Yellow or Mat Pearl Agile Blue.

The 2022 Honda CB300R in Candy Chromospere Red
The 2022 Honda CB300R in Candy Chromospere Red
The 2022 Honda CB300R in Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic
The 2022 Honda CB300R in Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic
The 2022 Honda CB300R in Mat Agile Blue
The 2022 Honda CB300R in Mat Agile Blue
The 2022 Honda CB300R in Pearl Dusk Yellow
The 2022 Honda CB300R in Pearl Dusk Yellow

The 2022 Honda CBR300R Neo Sports Cafe will cost you £4,899 on the road. For more on new, custom and classic Honda motorcycles, click here. And older models are available secondhand from various sites, including eBay.

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