Friday, June 15, 2007

Honda and Aprilia to get big and naked in 2008

Honda are likely to build the Hornet 1000, which may look like this, next year

As reported on the Motociclismo website some time ago, Honda are looking all set to build a bigger Hornet for 2008. The bike will borrow its engine from the CBR1000RR Fireblade, so even if it’s ‘tuned for torque,’ there should still be at least 125bhp to play with. Styling is very likely to be an evolution of the Hornet 600, with its trademark stubby exhausts and mini fairing. The new Hornet 1000 will be proper sportsbike tackle, with sticky rubber, USD forks, and radial brakes (ABS may be an option), but also all-day, two-up ride comfort. Should be interesting to see how it stacks up against the likes of the Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 and the Kawasaki Z1000.

The Aprilia 1200 supermotard will be on the lines of the Ducati Hypermotard
Pic: Motociclismo

Italians, of course, will have a different take on the big naked theme. Ducati have showed the way with their Hypermotard, and now Aprilia want to follow in their footsteps. Expect a Hypermotard-style supermoto from them by the end of this year. Initially, the engine may be the Shiver’s 750cc v-twin, but as reported earlier, they are also working on a 1200cc v-twin, so expect a 130 horpower, 1200cc version of the Aprilia supermoto by the end of 2008.

Update (20th Sep, 2007): Stunning new Honda Evo6, CB1100R and CB1100F revealed!

More of big and naked:
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CR&S Vun: Whacky, naked and Italian...
The Freddie: Spencer tribute with no clothes on!
MV Agusta Brutale 910R: The most beautiful naked...
...and finally, a KTM just for women!

External link:
Aprilia 850 Mana picture gallery

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