Aesthetically speaking, no other motorcycle genre comes close to café-racers when it comes to stopping the bystanders dead in their tracks. They are focused and gorgeous to look at the same time. Modern-day café-racers are a perfect amalgamation of cutting-edge technology and curvy lines that harken back to the glorious yesteryears of motorcycling. Honda too, has joined the bandwagon by unveiling the Hawk 11 at the ongoing 2022 Osaka Motorcycle Show. The Hawk 11 is currently a fiery topic among motorcyclists around the globe and we can understand why.
The Hawk 11 is based on the same platform that has spawned the Africa Twin and the recently unveiled NT1100.
Honda made the headlines when it first unveiled the CB4 ‘Interceptor’ concept at EICMA 2017 and now that the Hawk 11 is officially unveiled, it is safe to say that the concept version has finally made it out of the shadows.
The Hawk 11 is essentially a neo-retro café-racer and has a distinguishable Monza fairing. Its café-racer traits are further accentuated by a set of clip-on handlebar and rearset footpegs.
A sleek fairing houses the circular headlamp which also include DRLs with chrome surround. The positioning of rear-view mirrors is rather unique and makes the Hawk 11 stand apart from the rest of the café-racers that have emerged in recent times. The single-seat setup gels well with the retro theme of the motorcycle.
The rear profile of the Hawk 11 is a lot more sedated as compared to the rest of the motorcycle as it will remind you of other Honda motorcycles like the CB300R and the CB1000R.
Although Honda is yet to make the performance figures public, assumptions are ripe that it will utilize the same 1082cc engine that finds itself slotted in the Africa Twin and the NT1100.
This parallel-twin motor is good enough for 100ps of max power at 7,500rpm and 103nm of torque at 6,000rpm. Up front, the Hawk 11 makes do with USD forks and at the rear, a monoshock can be seen handling the suspension duties. Expect Honda to tune the mechanicals of the Hawk 11 to suits its racy attire.
It is also expected to borrow Africa Twin’s electronic wizardry which will lend the Hawk 11 with heated grips, cruise control, throttle by wire, selectable and cornering ABS and wheelie control.