Honda UK

Kajian terbaru yang dijalankan sebuah syarikat di UK mendapati motosikal jenis Honda C90 merupakan jentera klasik yang paling popular di negara itu. 

Berdasarkan kajian yang dijalankan Loop – sebuah syarikat komunikasi automotif – mendapati sebanyak 271,012 motosikal klasik – berusia lebih 30 tahun –  berada di atas jalan raya negara itu ketika ini. 

Honda mendominasi jumlah tersebut dengan 35,894 unit motosikal diikuti BSA dengan 28,713 unit dan Triumph (pra-1992) dengan 26,142 unit. 

Menariknya, sejumlah 4,035 unit melibatkan Honda C90 sahaja sekaligus mengukuhkan kedudukan selaku motosikal klasik paling popular di UK. 

Tempat kedua jadi milik Triumph Bonneville dengan 891 unit manakala Lambretta GP 150 ketiga dengan 659 unit masih digunakan. 

Selepas beroperasi lebih 35 tahun, Kilang Honda di Swindon, United Kingdom, kini sudah ditutup selamanya.

Pihak Honda telah memutuskan untuk menghentikan operasi kilang itu sejak Februari 2019 lagi, disebabkan peralihan kepada kenderaan elektrik, selain menumpukan perhatiannya kepada pasaran yang lebih aktif.

Penutupan ini menjejaskan pekerjaan seramai 3,000 orang, dan juga bermakna pengeluaran Honda Civic Type R akan berhenti di UK sambil menanti penggantinya yang akan datang tahun hadapan.

Pada kemuncak operasinya, kilang Swindon itu mampu menghasilkan kira-kira 680 unit kenderaan dalam masa sehari dan telah pun menghasilkan hampir empat juta kenderaan baharu sejak beroperasi pada tahun 1985.

Tapak kilang tersebut kini dijual kepada syarikat pembangunan industri yang digelar sebagai Panattoni yang memiliki kepakaran di dalam bidang logistik.

  • Honda UK turut mendedahkan harga bagi model Honda CBR650R 2019.
  • Motosikal CBR650R baharu telah dipertingkatkan keluaran kuasa dan dikurangkan beratnya.
  • Dan paling mengujakan sekali, ia kini tampak seperti sebuah CBR1000RR Fireblade!


  • Honda UK has also revealed the 2019 Honda CBR650R’s price.

  • The new CBR650R has gained power while lost some weight.

  • Best of all, it now looks like a CBR1000RR Fireblade!

Ready to lose sleep? We reported on Honda taking the wraps off the 2019 Honda CBR650R at EICMA 2018 and it garnered plenty of positive interest. But just as Honda UK revealed its CB650R sibling’s price yesterday, they now do so for the CB650R, as well.

The CBR650R is the replacement for the current CBR650F fully-faired midrange sportbike. The new bike uses the same engine as the CB650R Neo Sport Café, which has gained 5% more power. Together with a weight reduction of 6kg from the frame, fuel tank and other parts, the new bike gains 8% in terms of power-to-weight ratio. That is something a rider can feel.

Its ergonomics has also been revised to provide a more aggressive ride. The clip-on handlebars are 30mm further in front, in addition to being lower. Similarly, Honda moved the footpegs back by 3mm and 6mm higher. This arrangement puts more of the rider’s weight over the front wheel for sportier handling.

Honda has also updated the chassis. The new bike features fully-adjustable Showa SFF upside-down forks and radially-mounted Nissin four-piston calipers.

Last but not least, the package is wrapped in a bodywork inspired by the company’s flagship CBR1000RR Fireblade sportbike.

Although the CBR650R doesn’t produce as much power as the discontinued CBR600RR, the former is still a motorcycle worthy in filling the gap. In fact, the CBR600F would look like the CBR650R had it continued on its development arc.

Oh yes, the price. The 2019 Honda CBR650R sells for £7729 (RM 40,730.66 as on 15thJanuary 2019) on the road.

Try getting some sleep now. Goodnight.

  • Honda held the record for the World’s Fastest Lawn Mower recently.

  • But was beaten by a Norwegian group.

  • Honda UK retaliated with the second machine powered by a CBR1000RR SP engine.

We at Bikes Republic cover every two-wheeled news but wait, this is a four-wheeler. But it isn’t a car or an SUV.

It’s a lawn mower. A what? Yes, a sit in lawn mower which cuts grass (so, it still means we don’t cover car news).

You see, Honda built the first Mean Mower which could hit 185km/h some time back and it rightfully earned them the World’s Fastest Mower record. All was happy, happy for the Japanese manufacturer.

Until some mad(der) Norwegians stuck a GM LS1 small-block V8 (a 5.7-litre is considered considered small for the Americans *rolls eyes*) in a Viking T6 lawn mower and it hit 215km/h.

You see, it doesn’t matter if you’re Honda Japan or Honda Timbuktu or Honda UK, Honda is Honda and Honda hates getting beat.

In the spirit of one-upmanship, Honda UK went on to build the Mean Mower V2 to reclaim what was theirs – the world’s fastest mower record.

They started with a Honda HF2622 lawn tractor (okay so now it’s a tractor), custom made the chassis, which saved some weight and also to harness the mower’s new power. A Scorpion titanium exhaust full-system was added. The ECU, clutch and transmission were transplanted over as stock from the donor engine. All four wheels are driven by chains.

Yes, the engine came from a CBR1000RR SP, complete with 189 bhp and 115 Nm of torque, pushing the “tractor” from 0 – 60mph (96km/h) in under 3 seconds.

But surprise, surprise, this new vehicle could still mow your lawn at a maximum speed of 80km/h. There are two electric motors that spin carbon fibre blades underneath.

The Mean Mower V2 had been raced at the recently concluded 25th Annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. It competed in the Hill Climb event.

But not before moving the Duke’s lawn.

Honda UK introduces new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade TT Special and Black Edition models.


For UK citizen John Brown, a Honda dealership operator based in Manchester, his Christmas holiday got off to a good start when he became the world’s first customer to take deliver of his brand new Honda RC213V-S.

Brown took delivery of his prized machine on Christmas eve, and it will reportedly be added into his illustrious Honda bikes collection. Notably, the new Honda RC213V-S delivered to him isn’t the only rare Honda in said collection. Amongst them are other rarities from the famed Japanese red wing marque such as a RC30, SP1 and SP2. Also in Brown’s collection is a CBR900RR Fireblade and a VF1000F.

RC213V-S first customer handover (6)
RC213V-S first customer handover (6)

Brown was clearly delighted with his latest addition and relished in the opportunity to own the much hyped Honda RC213V-S. He added, “As soon as it went on sale I registered my interest on the website, and when I received the call from Honda to say my order was accepted it was a very special day for me.”

RC213V-S first customer handover (7)
RC213V-S first customer handover (7)

Based on the race- and championship winning Honda RC213V MotoGP bike, Honda’s racing arm, HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) began offering the street-legal RC213V-S for sale beginning July last year. Though the fanfare of Honda’s newest hyperbike was mixed due to the varied specifications, HRC still received a sizable numbers of orders.

The Honda RC213V-S reportedly commanded a price tag of £150,000 in the UK. HRC states that further deliveries have been slated for this year.

Source: Honda Europe via Asphaltandrubber and MCN


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