The Honda Hawk 11 motorcycle combines heritage style and modern technology
Honda’s motorcycle division is busy. While its automotive counterpart inaugurated a wind tunnel in Ohio, Honda took advantage of the Osaka motorcycle show in Japan to unveil several new models, including the sporty Hawk 11 and a new version of the Dax.
One of the most striking styling cues of the Hawk 11 is the front cowl, which is shaped like the unit fitted to racing motorcycles in the 1960s. It incorporates a round LED headlight and a small windscreen, and round mirrors on thin supports protrude from each side. The rest of the Hawk 11 is pretty bare, so the engine is exposed for all to see. It’s a look inspired by older bikes without being entirely retro.
Although the design is new, the underpinnings are familiar. Passionate website Motorcycle News reports that the Hawk 11 is an evolution of the NT1100, a relatively big bike related to the Africa Twin and developed for the open road. Parts like the frame, swingarm and 17-inch wheels come straight from the NT1100 parts bin. It’s a part-sharing exercise that shows just how modular a motorcycle can be.
Power comes from a 1.1-liter two-cylinder engine. Horsepower and torque figures have yet to be announced, but the twin makes 101 horsepower and 77 pound-feet of torque in the Africa Twin. Water-cooled, it spins the rear wheel via a six-speed manual transmission.
Honda will release additional details on the Hawk 11 in the coming months. At the time of writing, the model has only been confirmed for the Japanese market. The company made no mention of US availability, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the bike made its way here.
Moving further down the two-wheeler spectrum, Honda has also announced that the Dax (pictured above) will make an unexpected return for the 2023 model year. Straddling the line between a moped and a motorcycle, it will distinguished by a retro-inspired design, a seat long enough to accommodate two passengers and a 125 cubic centimeter air-cooled single-cylinder engine developing nine horsepower. Pricing for the modern Dax has yet to be announced, and it’s too early to tell if it will be sold in America, one of the original model’s biggest markets.
Also called ST-Series, the Dax was offered in numerous configurations from 1969 to 2000. Bringing it back makes sense: the nameplate had been dormant for 22 years, but demand hasn’t gone away and the design has been copied by several Chinese. businesses.