Honda’s long-running CB1300 lives on in its homeland with a refreshed four-variant line-up, however, the iconic naked bike range is unlikely to launch in Australia.
The 2021 CB1300 range kicks off with the standard Super Four, while the Super Bol D’Or adds a small front fairing to enhance wind resistance, and swaps a classic round headlight for a more angular setup.
Both the Super Four and Super Bol D’Or are available in a higher-spec ‘SP’ grade overseas, adding fully adjustable Ohlins suspension at both ends, Brembo monoblock brakes and a unique seat fabric.
While the new CB1300 sees some modern features, like LED lighting, rider modes, a USB socket, cruise control and heated grips, the analogue instrument cluster and rather basic 1284cc inline four-cylinder engine hark back to its origins.
This motor is still rated at 83kW (111hp), although Honda says that a new four-into-one exhaust system has resulted in a “heavier” sound.
Performance can also be enhanced with an optional up/down quickshifter.
The news follows last year’s reveal of the reimagined Honda CB350, which has been developed specifically for the Indian market.
Known as the H’ness CB350 overseas, the retro-styled Honda draws power from a 15kW (21hp) and 30Nm 348cc air-cooled, fuel-injected single.
The bike is sold in India in six colours and two variants, Deluxe and Deluxe Pro, the latter of which is distinguished by two-tone paint, Smartphone connectivity and an extra horn.
Honda Motorcycles Australia currently offers a number of ‘CB’ models, including the CB125e ($3448 rideaway), CB300R ($7620 rideaway) and the CB650R ($12,153 rideaway).
The range-topping CB1000R, which is sold from $19,239 rideaway, has been discontinued in Australia following the reveal of the updated model.
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