We might assume Honda’s VFR1200F is the most important bike on the Japanese giant’s agenda for 2010, and that the company’s desperately concerned about criticism of its iffy tank range, but chances are we’re wrong.
Instead, it’s more likely Honda will be concentrating on this; the CB Twister – a 9bhp, 186mpg 110cc bike that was launched in India today.
If they get this right, the CB Twister could have more financial importance to Honda than 10 VFRs.
The size of the Indian market is so vast that even selling the Indian-made bike at a cut-price 42,000 rupees (about £550) it could make a far more significant contribution to Honda’s fortunes than the V4 super-tourer.
In the first quarter of this year, for example, Honda sold 1,118,987 bikes India.
In Britain in the whole of 2008, a total of 139,715 motorcycles and scooters from all manufacturers were sold – Honda alone sells that many bikes in India every six weeks.
The 110cc single-cylinder CB Twister itself is inspired by the CB1000R supernaked.
More details about the bike and its launch are available at www.indianautosblog.com