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Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports review

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by Geoff Hill from https://www.mirror.co.uk

It may have more gizmos than the Space Shuttle, but once Geoff had figured out how to make them work using his incredible bloke superpowers, it turned out to be simply a very good motorcycle

Here is an urgent message for Honda. In the cupboard under the stairs in your factory at Kumamoto is a spy.

At night, when all your workers have gone home via that little karaoke bar on the corner, he creeps out to unleash his secret weapon – an unlimited supply of buttons paid for by the other Japanese manufacturers.

And by the time the rising sun of Nippon creeps into the eastern sky at dawn, he has stuck all of them on to the new Africa Twin.

As a result, they’ve been sneaking out of the factory without your quality control chappies noticing that there are 14 buttons on the left bar. Fourteen!

And if that wasn’t bad enough, another four on the right. Sack your Head of Button Counting immediately.

After I picked up the bike from Mark McCully of dealer Charles Hurst, bringing a tape measure to make sure we stayed 2m apart, there was only one solution – use the traditional bloke method of pressing all the buttons until something happened, then if all else failed, as a last resort, read the manual.

I started at dawn and, as darkness fell that night, was just about to give up when I heard a mysterious hissing sound which at first I took either to be a cobra in the undergrowth (unlikely in Belfast, I grant you) or my liver finally collapsing after over-enthusiastic lockdown drinking.

But then the bike started to mysteriously levitate as if by magic and closer inspection of the splendid TFT screen revealed that I’d changed the electronic suspension setting from Anorexic Jockey to Two Sumo Wrestlers with Kitchen Sink. Although why sumo wrestlers need a kitchen when someone else does all their cooking is beyond me.

Anyway, where was I before I interrupted myself? Ah yes, realising that it was time to have a midnight snack, go to bed and actually go riding the next day, which happened to be my birthday.

I’ll have more details in my next report, but on a nice run down to the coast for ice cream, it was obvious that the bike had more grunt than its predecessor and great brakes, with lovely feel and bite from the back for trailing into downhill corners.

A quick toggle into Urban mode made the power delivery nice and docile through town, and the most impressive change of all was when I changed the suspension from one rider to one rider and luggage to take into account the fact that I’m heavier than the average Honda test rider, who weighs the same as a wet lettuce.

The result, as the bike hunkered down, shot its sleeves and eyed the next corner like Bond sizing up Blofeld/his next female conquest/a martini, was fabulously pinpoint handling.

Will it beat the BMW R1250 GS, the king of adventure bikes and a grand more? Only time will tell.

Stand by for a full report next time, once I’ve figured out which button to press to get back into my house.

The cat’s gone and changed the alarm code again, the little furry fiend.

The Facts: Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Beauty: Looks great in the tricolour scheme

Engine: 1084cc liquid-cooled parallel twin

Power: 101bhp @ 7,500rpm

Torque: 77 lb ft @ 6,250rpm

Colours: White/red/blue; black

Price: From £13,049; this model £16,049

Honda hit with cyberattack, US production paused at some plants

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by Sean Szymkowski from https://www.cnet.com/

US plant operations still remain offline in Ohio.

As Honda continues to ramp up production following an extended shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Japanese automaker faced a new setback on Monday.

Bloomberg first reported the automaker was the target of a cyberattack of some sort, which led Honda to halt production at various plants around the world. A Honda spokesperson confirmed the cyberattack with Roadshow and said the attack “has affected production operations at some US plants.” The spokesperson added, “There is no current evidence of loss of personally identifiable information.” Production has restarted at all plants save for its Ohio facilities.

According to the spokesperson, Honda is still working to restart production at its car and engine plants in the state. Honda notably builds the Civic sedan, Accord sedan and CR-V at its Ohio facilities. The Acura NSX is also made in Ohio.

As for what the attack took down, Honda didn’t offer detailed information. TechCrunch reported it was a ransomware attack, meaning it would encrypt Honda’s data and ask for payment before unencrypting it. Bloomberg reported the issue affected a car inspection system. The system checks for defects before cars ship out to dealers and the factories weren’t able to register vehicle information.

Honda hit by cyber attack, some production disrupted

from https://www.channelnewsasia.com

Honda Motor Co suspended some of its auto and motorcycle production globally as the Japanese car giant grappled with a suspected cyber attack, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

TOKYO: Honda Motor Co suspended some of its auto and motorcycle production globally as the Japanese car giant grappled with a suspected cyber attack, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

The suspected attack affected Honda’s production globally on Monday, forcing some plants to stop operations as the company needed to ensure that its quality control systems were not compromised.

Honda suspects the ransomware hit the company’s internal servers, the spokesman said.

Production resumed at most of the plants by Tuesday, but its main plant in Ohio, as well as those in Turkey, India and Brazil remain suspended as the ransomware disputed the company’s production systems, he said.

Honda CG Pop Trio Make Up a Crazy Art Statement, Honor BMX

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

Back in the 1970s, an extreme bicycle-based sport called BMX started to take hold. In a way short for bicycle motocross, the sport came to be once bicycle riders got a taste of motocross tracks, and the world saw the potential of properly-built two-wheelers and a talented rider.

BMX was particularly appealing to Europeans. This time of biking and the bikes used for it quickly became norm on the continent, and by the end of the 1980s one would have had trouble finding a kid riding something else.

The three bikes in the gallery above pay tribute to the “80’s BMX craze that so influential in our childhood.” This is how the garage behind them describes the motivation behind the builds. But we are also told they are works of art.

All three have been Honda CGs made in the 1980s at one point. They got stripped down to the bare minimum, in an attempt to keep them “light and simple,” and gifted with crazy colors meant to represent the artistic approach.

The three motorcycles are officially called Black!, Rock!, and Punk! and all received a mechanical overhaul as well: the engines have been cleaned and refreshed, the hoses and cables replaced, and the batteries removed.

As a nod to BMX bikes, special handlebars, pegs and grips were fitted. More modern elements, like LED lights at the rear, have also been included in the design.

The most striking and eye-popping elements on these Hondas remain the colors, bright neon hues from the House of Kolor palette.

These builds, completed about half a decade ago, are the work of a Spanish custom shop that goes by the name El Solitario MC. We’ve already talked about some of their designs over the past few days, and we’ll probably talk some more as part of our Two-Wheeler month coverage in June.

Vagabund V13 Dominator Is a Partially 3D Printed Honda NX 650

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

3D printing is slowly making its way into car and motorcycle manufacturing processes. Still to be adopted on a large scale by established players in the two segments, 3D printing is gaining increased traction in the world of startups and smaller, more adaptable entities.

And that’s a good thing, seeing how extraordinary projects came to light over the past few years. And a fine example of that manufacturing process is the Vagabund V13 Dominator based on an otherwise unassuming motorcycle.

Vagabund is an Austrian design studio that specializes in making custom motorcycles. And by that we don’t mean the usual Harley conversions and not even custom frames. Vagabund uses 3D printing for certain parts of the bikes, and it does it really well.

The motorcycle in the gallery above was once a 1991 Honda NX 650 Dominator that got modified beyond recognition and turned the sport bike into a true off-roader. Its modern, yet utilitarian design is heavily due to 3D printing.

A host of new parts for the bike were created this way: the fuel tank, which also features a mini speedometer, the rear end, air filter cover, indicator light bracket, and the handlebar switch housings.

Accompanying these custom made parts were an engine rebuild and the addition of elements sourced from third parties: the front fender comes from a Husqvarna TC 85, there are Kellerman turn signals, and Bridgestone tires.

Despite its minimalistic, borderline futuristic look, the V13 is a road legal motorcycle, at least in its home country of Austria. So much so, that the bike’s official page on Vagabund’s website reads the build is sold – we have no information on how much it went for.

As part of our Two-Wheeler Month coverage, we’ll probably talk more about Vagabund’s creations over the following 30 days, as we’re trying to uncover the best custom motorcycle shops from around the world.

Honda Customers Request Google to Add Android Auto to 2020 Africa Twin

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by Bogdan Popa from https://www.autoevolution.com

Honda customers who have recently bought the 2020 Africa Twin are now publicly requesting Google to add Android Auto to their motorcycles.

The new model only works with Apple CarPlay, as Honda itself explains. In most of the cases, head units that support Apple’s platform should also be able to run Android Auto, but right now, it’s not known who is to blame for the lack of Google’s application on the 2020 Africa Twin.

Some claim it’s Google the one that should allow Honda to enable Android Auto on their motorcycles, so they’re now requesting the company to make it happen.

“Sadly was just looking at the new Africa twin and saw it only works with apple. Wouldn’t have been a problem if it didn’t include any infotainment system but because it includes one and it is only apple I’m going to have to pass,” someone says on the Google forums.

“It’s not Honda’s fault. Google just didn’t want to put Android Auto on a motorcycle,” somebody else continues.

And while both Honda and Google have remained tight-lipped on support for Android Auto on the 2020 Africa Twin, there’s a chance such an update would arrive rather sooner than later.

More recently, Honda announced that the Gold Wing will be updated with Android Auto support later this summer. The first wave of bikes would get the update in mid-June, Honda said.

The Gold Wing was another Honda model that came with Apple CarPlay exclusively, so Android Auto will some three years after support for Apple’s platform was originally released.

If this is the same approach that Honda wants to use for the 2020 Africa Twin is something that remains to be seen, but for the time being, the only thing customers can do is make themselves heard in an attempt to convince Honda and Google to work together and bring Android Auto to their motorcycles.

Naso Nero Is a 1978 BMW R100 RT Disguised as a Honda

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

A body that looks old, but at the same time fit, a big tank on top with Honda all over it, and a combination of British Racing Green and black that makes it look apart. The bike in the gallery above is not a Honda, as the letters on its tank say, but in fact a decades old BMW R100 of the RT variation.

BMW started making the R100 line in 1976, and it would become the last line of the air-cooled airheads made by the Germans, with production ending in 1996. The family included a variety of models, starting with the R100 T and ending with the R100 GS. Somewhere in between it’s the RT that entered production in 1978.

Despite the misleading looks, the bike in the gallery above is exactly such a motorcycle, born in the first year of production. Its current shape is owed to a long restoration process conducted by a Paris-based garage going by the name of Blitz Motorcycles.

The group has made a habit to bring back to life bikes that should have been long ago scrapped, at the request of customers. In this case, the work was perhaps more engaging because it “came to us in a very worn out condition: over 120 000 kms mileage and an aesthetic that was proving it had had a very very long life.”

As with most other Blitz restoration projects, this time a full engine rebuild was needed also, to give the motorcycle a new life, as was the fitting of new wiring.

Accompanying the mechanical upgrades is a new look for the motorcycle. The main change is, of course, the addition of a Honda tank, but there are also some other fine touches, like the addition of LED blinkers around the fork tubes, or the vintage Triumph handlebar.

The tank itself has a special paint design on it, mixing British Racing Green on most of its body with a black section at the front. This scheme gave the motorcycle its name, Black Nose, translated into Naso Nero because it is Italy where the motorcycle now roams.

Honda Gold Wing: World’s first motorcycle with Apple CarPlay now also supports Android Auto

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by Abhilasha Singh from https://www.financialexpress.com

The method to update software for Honda Gold Wing is planned to be available in the mid of June 2020. Honda has said it will introduce Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration to more models eventually.

Honda Gold Wing cruiser motorcycle will now come with Android Auto, the update for which will be available by June this year. Android Auto will be integrated with the current-model Gold Wing allowing customers with Android smartphones will be able to use application services such as music, phone calls and messaging. The method to update software is planned to be available in the mid of June 2020. Honda has said it will introduce Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration to more models eventually.

The Gold Wing GL1000 was first introduced in the North American market in 1975 and has been the flagship for Honda for over four decades now. In October 2017, the Gold Wing launched in North America became the world’s first motorcycle with Apple CarPlay integration. By connecting their smartphones using either of the operating systems, customers can use features like navigation and application-specific services.

Android Auto will offer a simplified interface and easy-to-use voice actions to Android users. Honda says that the system has been designed to minimise distraction. Android Auto makes it easy to access music, media, and messaging apps on the motorcycle. With your Google Assistant on Android Auto, riders can use functions while keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the bar, using voice.

Gold Wing riders will now have Google Maps on their instrument cluster screens along with streaming YouTube Music. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity systems are coming to more bikes in the future, so this will perhaps not remain a one-off upgrade for long. But it sure points to how keen Google is to put Android Auto at more places.

Honda Gold Wing Gets Android Auto This Summer

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

It’s been about three years since one of the most appreciated touring motorcycles on the American market, Honda’s Gold Wing, got the blessing of Apple Carplay connectivity. During these three years, Android devices owners must have felt quite left out.

That will change as of this summer, as starting next month the Japanese bike maker plans to roll out Android Auto on its Gold Wing bikes sold globally, and promises more motorcycles will be gifted with it in the not so distant future.

“Honda announced that Android Auto will be integrated with the current-model Gold Wing,” Honda said in a statement Wednesday.

“Customers with Android smartphones will be able to enjoy application services seamlessly such as music, phone calls and messaging. The method to update software is planned to be available in the mid of June, 2020.”

It’s a big year for Android Auto on the motorcycle market, and the battle to make it available to customers is heating up. Earlier in March, Harley-Davidson too announced the bikes it makes for the 2021 model year (Trike, CVO, and Touring) would also begin using Android Auto.

The Honda Gold Wing is nearly half a century old. First shown in Germany in 1974, it managed to quickly become a hit, turning into the flagship model of the brand and enjoying a great deal of success especially on the North American market.

The Gold Wind range presently comprises two versions for the American market, the standard and the Tour. Prices for the standard Gold Wing start at $23,800.

For that, the bike comes with a 1,833cc six cylinder engine, ran through a six-speed manual transmission with overdrive or optionally a 7-speed automatic.

The Gold Wing offers a lot of modern technologies. For instance. the so-called HomeLink feature can be had, which allows owners to control some of the functions of the home devices from the bike, allowing for instance the opening of the garage doors by using a switch on the center console.

Honda’s upcoming inline-four ADV to take on Ducati Multistrada: Patent images leaked

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by Pradeep Shah from https://www.financialexpress.com

Looks like Honda’s Multistrada V4 challenger will come with a breathtaking design! Find all details here.

Honda is currently working on a full-fledged ADV and very recently, the patent for the same has been filed with the European Intellectual Property Office. While on one hand, Honda’s Africa Twin CRF1100L aims at serious off-roading, on the other, the said ADV model will have a focus on the roads and will compete against the likes of the upcoming Ducati Multistrada V4, BMW S 1000 XR and the Kawasaki Versys 1000 in the segment. One of the important highlights of the upcoming Honda ADV will be that it will feature an inline four-cylinder engine. The ADV will get 17-inch alloy wheels at both ends. As one can see in the patent images, courtesy RideApart, the bike will get a semi-fairing and should get a full-LED lighting system.

Moreover, in terms of features, the ADV is expected to get a fully coloured TFT instrument cluster and the unit should support Bluetooth connectivity as well. The bike is also expected to get an adjustable windscreen. Also, as one can see in the patent images, the bike will get inverted forks upfront along with a rear monoshock. Moreover, the bike will come with dual disc brakes upfront along with a single disc at the rear and a dual-channel ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) will be a part of the package as well. The bike will get a single-sided swingarm too.

Coming to the powertrain, there aren’t much details available yet. However, we believe that being a full-fledged, full-size ADV, the bike will draw power from a litre-class engine that should have a power output of well over 100hp. We can expect to see this bike sometime next year with a public debut likely at the 2021 EICMA motorcycle show.

2020 Honda Grom 125 minibike makes global debut

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by Abhinand Venugopal from https://www.rushlane.com

The 2020MY Honda Grom 125 remains mechanically unchanged from its previous version

Honda Motorcycle has unveiled the 2020 Grom 125 for international markets. Also known as the Honda MSX125 in certain regions, the modern-day minibike (with naked street motorcycle traits) receives minimal changes for the 2020 model year.

The mechanical department remains untouched while Honda has added new colour choices depending on the market. In the US, the 2020MY Honda Grom 125 is available in four colours: Cherry Red, Blue Raspberry, Halloween Orange and Incredible Green. The ABS version comes only in Cherry Red. US prices stand at $3,399 (Rs 2.57 lakh) and $3,599 (Rs 2.73 lakh), respectively.

For the niche minibike market, Honda has got another fun product under its miniMOTO category: Monkey. Available from $3,999 (Rs 3.02 lakh) in the US, the Honda Monkey is so popular that it coined the term “monkey bikes” to minibikes — as Xerox did to photocopy or “fridge” (from Frigidaire) to the refrigerator.

Coming back to the 2020 Honda Grom 125, its 124.9cc air-cooled FI single-cylinder motor makes a humble 9.57bhp and 10.9Nm of torque. Even though these figures look low on paper, the Grom weighs just about 103kg to make the best out of the least. The engine is mated to a 4-speed gearbox.

Despite being smaller than the usuals, the Grom 125’s seat height is decently high at 762mm. Braking duties are carried out by 220mm and 190mm disc brakes at the front and rear, respectively. The minibike rides on 12-inch wheels supported by 31mm USD forks and a rear monoshock. Fuel economy figures are claimed to cross well over 50km/l no matter how much you abuse the engine. The Honda Grom 125 gets a 5.5-litre fuel tank.

Other notable features include full-LED lighting, digital instrument console, ABS (optional), etc. The Grom 125’s construction is as simple as it can get and this is the most fun part of owning a minibike. In a safe and legal environment, minibikes are excellent starter motorcycles for kids and lady riders. Its compact dimensions make it a joy to ride in tight traffic conditions.

For our market, Honda Motorcycle India had tried something similar with the NAVI. However, it ended up being an odd-looking CVT scooter that could not garner enough sales or interest. At one point, it was even offered for free while buying the BS3 Honda CBR250R. The outdated CBR250R was discontinued well ahead of BS6 emission norms as sales fell drastically due to tough competition.