2016 promises to be a strong year for Honda Motorcycles. Two Honda motorcycles, the CB500F and the CBR650F, and one Honda scooter, the Metropolitan, are being revamped for the new model year. The new 2016 Honda lineup includes a lot of old favorites as well, like the CB1000R, the Forza and the Ruckus.
2016 Honda Motorcycle Improvements
The 2016 Honda CB500F is a midsize naked sports bike. The bodywork has been completely redesigned giving the bike a more aggressive look and highlighting the functional components of the bike. The just-under 31-inch seat height will suit most of the riding population and, at 414 lbs, it is the lightest of the Honda 500 twins four-stroke engine and easy to handle.
The CB500F now has a larger fuel tank with a hinged cap, a shortened muffler with an imporved exhaust note, front and rear LED lights, externally adjutsable spring loaded front forks, an adjustable front brake lever, aluminum die-cast passenger foot pegs and a “wave”-style ignition key. The seat feels natural, and the wide handlebars provide excellent leverage for easy rider maneuvering. The controls fall naturally to hand. For riders with smaller hands, the clutch engages smoothly.
The transmission has also undergone some updates for improved shifting. You’ll notice the budget front and rear suspension, it’s not unstable, but nothing plush, either. Both the ABS model and the Standard model bikes come in a Black Matte Metallic and Silver color.
The 2016 Honda CBR650F that originally hit the market in the 2014 model year, is a midsized sportbike that can do it all. This comfortable, sharp handling Honda motorcycle with a 649cc inline-four-cylinder four-stroke engine can be a daily commuter or a weekend canyon carver. Honda claims this new engine produces a max output of 86 horsepower at 11,000 rpm and 46 foot-pounds of low-end torque at 8,000 rpm.
Seat height is at 31.9 inches, and the bike has a wet weight of 454 lbs. The front suspension is a 41 mm Showa fork with 4.7 inches of travel but is not adjustable. The rear suspension of this sports bike is a single shock, with 5 inches of travel with a seven-step adjustment for spring preload.
The updated look for 2016 is a new Matte Black Metallic with Candy Red color option and a new graphics layout. The CBR650F is available in an ABS option or a non-ABS model.
The Honda Metropolitan, a fuel-efficient, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected four-stroke 50cc scooter, has been updated for the Honda motorcycle model lineup 2016 model year. The all-new bodywork with rounded lines is available in three new color choices: Pearl White, Pearl Blue and Red and has a new Metropolitan emblem. Some people may think that this scooter may be an electric bike, because of it modern looks, but it still has a reliable and clean engine to boot.
A great ride for running errands around town or driving to class across campus, this scooter has a convenient hook for holding shopping bags or book bags, and an under seat, locking storage compartment that can hold a full-size helmet. The liquid cooled engine is quieter and environmentally friendly compared to an air-cooled, two-stroke engine.
Popular Returning 2016 Honda Motorcycles & Scooters
- The CB1000R – another naked bike with a single-sided swingarm, a four-into-one exhaust and a beautiful red, gravity-die-cast aluminum frame. An electric start, the fuel-injected four-cylinder 998cc engine provides overflowing and right now power. The DOHC inline four engine is perfect for street riding, with lots of torque and power on tap, offering a smooth but powerful ride. The color combination is Black and Red.
- The CTX700 – a full-fairing motorcycle with a relaxed seating position and the option of a fully automatic or push button shift Dual Clutch Transmission, this is a great choice for highway commuting with the fairing and windshield offering excellent weather protection. You can get the CTX700 in two models – one with our conventional six-speed manual transmission and one with the exclusive automatic transmission called the Honda Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). The CTX700’s liquid-cooled parallel-twin, electric start engine provides lots of torque and enough power for easy two-up cross-country touring.
- The CTX700N – a low 28.3-inch seat height and forward-set footpegs offer riders comfort for all-day cruising or frequent stop errand running. Like the CTX700 there are two different trans version available, with the DCT models coming standard with ABS.
- The CRF250L – Honda motorcycle dealers can’t keep this dual-sport motorcycle in stock. Electric start, fuel injection, and affordability make this a popular motorcycle for first-time off-road bike riders as well as longtime enthusiasts. The dual-purpose motorcycle oversquare engine is based on the Honda CBR300R’s Moto3-inspired liquid-cooled 250cc DOHC motor providing lots of low and mid-range torque fir for off-road riding and off-road racing. It is one of the best dirt bikes of the 2016 Honda motorcycles lineup.
- The Forza – Honda’s Forza scooter is a 279cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-efficient ride for one or two, that also has a power outlet for accessories and integrated storage that can hold two full-size helmets. The Forza features under-seat storage compartment,12-volt power socket, and anti-lock braking system.
- The Ruckus – with chunky tires, minimal bodywork, and a tubular frame, this scooter comes in either Black or a White/Red combination.
Final Thoughts on the New 2016 Honda Lineup of Motorcycles
The New 2016 Honda lineup of motorcycles and scooters can be seen across the country at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows or on the showroom floor of Honda Powersports Dealers.