The new XL750 Transalp is undoubtedly the queen of the Honda stand at Eicma 2022 and its presence also explains why the new Hornet was brought forward a month ago at the Intermot in Cologne. Two novelties of this caliber could not have coexisted without stealing each other’s attention from insiders and enthusiasts. The new Transalp, which was designed in the Honda R&D center in Rome, shares the parallel twin-cylinder engine with the naked, which in this configuration delivers 92 HP and 75 Nm. For the rest, the spirit of the Japanese road enduro is the same as ever: it is It’s been designed to feel comfortable everywhere, from rush hour city traffic and long journeys to off-road trails and winding mountain passes. The rims, in fact, are always 21″ at the front and 18″ at the rear, there is an inverted fork up front and a single shock absorber with Pro-Link linkage at the back.
The chassis is also all new and thanks to the Throttle by wire throttle control there are five riding modes that also manage engine braking, traction control and anti wheelie. The equipment includes instrumentation with a 5” color TFT display and integrates the connectivity of the voice control system available for both Android and iOS mobile phones. Another novelty that Honda unveiled at Eicma is the CL500, inspired by the CLs of the 1960s and 1970s. It is dedicated to young motorcyclists looking for an authentic scrambler, but also to the expert public desirous of a modern and easy-to-use motorcycle. The 471 cc and 35 kW parallel twin-cylinder engine makes it drivable even with the A2 license, while the fine-tuning of the electronics and transmission has increased the brilliance.
The tubular steel frame leaves the mechanics and chassis in sight, made up of wide-travel suspensions: telescopic fork with 41 mm stems and preload-adjustable shock absorbers, all associated with 19″ front and 17″ rims rear with semi-knob tyres. Finally, the third major innovation brought by Honda to Eicma is the EM1 e: electric scooter, whose marketing is expected for summer 2023. It is the first electric model of the recently announced EV range which foresees the introduction of over ten new electric vehicles globally by 2025. It is designed for a young audience that moves around in an urban context: it is compact, with a flat platform, and a soft design. The battery is removable and configures a range of over 40 km.