Honda Motorcycles’ Australian arm told INFO MOTO that it will not be launching the recently revealed 2021 Honda CB1000R sportsbike Down Under.
For 2021, the Honda CB1000R modern retro takes on a more aggressive design and receives a boost to standard equipment, however, it is not to be for the local market at this stage.
At time of writing, Honda still offers its outgoing 2020 CB1000R from around $19,239 rideaway, while the smaller CB650R and CB300R check in from $12,153 and $7620, respectively.
The Japanese company this week unveiled seven new models in Europe, including the NC750X tourer, the X-ADV adventure scooter, the CB125R naked bike and the CB1000R.
Honda also unveiled updates to its lower-capacity ‘SH’ and PCX125 scooter line-ups, neither of which are sold locally.
With Australia’s taste for power, it’s understandable why the NC750X would not be a necessary addition, with the litre-class Africa Twin taking up serious adventure duties, while the CB500X provides a touring option for LAMS riders.
Popular in Europe, the NC750X has received a significant upgrade for 2021, with improvements to both the engine and chassis.
The bike’s 750cc engine is now more powerful, outputting 43kW and 69Nm, and a more advanced rider-assistance suite sees greater mode customisation, among other upgrades.
With a new frame and body features, the NC750X is lighter than its predecessor, while sharper LED lighting and a modernised LCD dash should lift its appeal.
Meanwhile, Honda’s innovative, and frankly rivalless X-ADV benefits from a similiar update, though it gains higher-spec features like a 5.0-inch TFT instrument cluster with smartphone mirroring, twin LED headlights and daytime running lights and sharper styling throughout.
The entry-level CB125R debuts a new 125cc engine, delivering more torque, and as a world-first for its segment, boasts large Showa SFF-BP upside down forks as standard.
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