Honda arrives at Eicma 2021 after having already launched several 2022 models, such as the Super Cub, the Monkey, the Africa Twin, the CRF250R, the CB500F, the CBR500R, the CB500X and the new NT1100. Thus, at the Milan Fair at the center of the stage are the updated versions of the CBR1000RR-R and the new ADV, that is, a medium-sized adventure scooter. To celebrate the original Fireblade and its 30-year career that began in 1992, Honda has created a special “30th Anniversary” edition of the Fireblade SP, which will be the spearhead of the sports range; its tricolor livery pays homage to that of the first CBR900RR. The updates begin with a new tuning of the 217hp in-line 4-cylinder engine, aimed at increasing acceleration and traction in the middle of the corner and on exit.
The final transmission receives a chainring with 3 more teeth, now from 43, with the aim of making the most of the thrust in all gears. Then, the HSTC traction control was refined thanks to the inputs received from the HRC riders, also improving the sensitivity of the throttle control. On the base Fireblade, on the other hand, the Nissin front calipers have pistons made of a new material that improves performance and consistency of performance in extreme driving conditions on the circuit. On the Fireblade SP, Öhlins Smart Electronic Control suspension and Brembo brakes offer the maximum possible performance for an extreme super sports car like the CBR1000RR-R. The refinement of the Quickshifter tuning makes the mechanics, chassis and electronics package ready-gar. After the success of the X-ADV, Honda has decided to decline the same formula in the mid-displacement scooter segment.
The new ADV350 is built in the Italian factory of Atessa and is capable of tackling dirt roads with ease. The under-saddle compartment can hold two full-face helmets, there is a USB-C socket in the front storage compartment and the key is a Smart-Key type. The windshield is height-adjustable and the LCD dashboard integrates the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system with Bluetooth connectivity and the proprietary Honda Road Sync app. HSTC traction control is standard. The 330 cc single-shaft 4-valve engine delivers 29.2 HP and 31.5 Nm, the fork is of the upside-down type, while the rear shock absorbers have a separate gas tank. Finally, the wheels are 15 “at the front and 14” at the rear. Finally, Honda has unveiled a teaser of the new Hornet, which will return to the market in the coming years.