Euro4 standards stifle several Honda motorcycles
The Euro4 European standards, imposed on new motorcycles since the start of 2016 and compulsory on all new models from January 1, 2017, are claiming victims among all manufacturers: Honda is no exception with four motorcycles sacrificed, including the iconic CBR600RR .
The Euro4 European standards, imposed on new motorcycles since the start of 2016 and compulsory on all new models from January 1, 2017, are claiming victims among all manufacturers: Honda is no exception with four motorcycles sacrificed, including the emblematic .
Bye, bye the Varaderao 125, the hardworking Deauville and the excellent CBF1000F
After, or again, Honda communicates to us the list of its two-wheelers sacrificed on the altar of Euro4: this one counts "only" four motorcycles and a scooter (the), but certain models concerned are true institutions…
Questioned by MNC, the French branch of the winged blazon informs us that the valiant will leave the range in August 2016. Just before the 125 cc trail, two other motorcycles very appreciated for their road qualities will also bow out: the and the .
The indestructible NT700V Deauville sees its 15-year career coming to an end without much fanfare … and above all without a real replacement in the current range: would Honda have in its boxes a future cardan road bike equipped with practical integrated cases, in addition to being financially accessible (Deauville is currently sold off at € 9,749) ?
Notwithstanding its absence of a gimbal, the NC750 platform and its DCT double-clutch gearbox would constitute an excellent basis for building a worthy successor of the name at the Deauville. But is the game worth the candle? There is room for doubt in the immediate future with regard to the declining sales volume of the "Deauv", with only .
Same question regarding the, one of the most balanced motorcycles on the market since its appearance in 2010: its disappearance is expected this summer, stripping the Honda offer of its latest large-displacement semi-faired roadster.
Again, nothing indicates that this gaping hole in the range will be completed with a novelty: stay connected to the various motorcycle shows this fall (Cologne then Milan) !
Goodbye to the iconic CBR600RR too !
Finally, the last Honda motorcycle taken to the slaughterhouse by Euro4 standards: the, supersport flagship of the winged crest, whose disappearance comes at the dawn of its thirty years (the initiator, the CBR600F, dates from 1987). Quite a symbol for this model with exceptional notoriety but in decline since the end of the 2000s, just like the entire Supersport segment..
– more aesthetically than technically – the Honda bomber leaves the track for lack of profitability: bringing it up to Euro4 standards would require a considerable investment, especially since its mechanical basis goes back to a few details near the .
As much to say an eternity on this kind of motorcycles, "condemned" to evolve towards always more performances to keep the aspiration of their competitors.
If the reasoning leading to its withdrawal seems irrefutable (even the CBR1000RR, however less push-to-crime on the road because more torque, just happens), MNC can not help feeling a rather sharp pinch in the face of the disappearance of this CBR600RR, formidable motorcycle of homogeneity with which Fabien Foret and Sebastien Charpentier had won the title in World Supersport, respectively in 2002 then and .
Another corollary effect to this announcement: the lack of succession in the Honda range, at least for now. It is therefore to (or even to) that falls the responsibility of putting the boot to the foot to all the young bikers attracted by a sports motorcycle of medium displacement (to read precisely our).
Of course, radars do not encourage gaudriole on the road, but it is a sign of the times that we would have gone well…
Like the models above, the CBR600RR will officially desert the French dealerships no later than January 1, 2017. However, to support the implementation of Euro4, a flow of stocks to the tune of 10% of sales for the previous year is granted to each brand: the opportunity to make good deals next year on motorcycles whose price will undoubtedly be "sacrificed" too (11,999 € currently on promotional stocks of CBR600RR).
In addition, logic dictates that the CBR600RR will continue to be produced for countries other than Europe – such as the United States for example, less demanding on motorcycle pollution standards – insofar as its in-line 4-cylinder 119.7 hp propels all Moto2 in Moto Grand Prix until 2018 inclusive (read).
Finally, the last Honda two-wheeler condemned by the Euro4 European standardization: the maxi-scooter SW-T600, the last update of which was however only in 2011 (read our).
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