Honda has revealed its full 2019 European motorcycle line-up at the EICMA show in Milan, with the introduction of two new model names and three extensively upgraded models, which bring new energy to the middleweight area of Honda’s uniquely broad and deep product line-up.CB650RHaving introduced the CB1000R, CB300R and CB125R trio of naked models for 2018, Honda now brings its unique Neo Sports Café’ look to the middleweight arena. The styling language’ is modern and minimalist, and mixes café racer inspirations and a super-compact trapezoid’ form to eye-catching effect. The in-line four-cylinder engine is fully on display, and the signature round headlight and sculpted fuel tank underline the Neo Sports Café’ family feel.With the premium look comes premium specifications: 41mm Showa upside-down Separate Function’ forks, radial-mount four-piston front brake callipers, Honda Selectable Torque Control, assist/slipper clutch and ultra-modern instruments.The result is a desirable naked middleweight with a unique combination of looks, performance and top-line specifications.CBR650RAnother new model name on the Honda line-up is the CBR650R sports middleweight.It features new styling which draws strongly on the CBR1000RR Fireblade for its sharp, aggressive lines and extended side fairings, plus super-short rear section and narrow dual LED headlights. The CBR650R is 6kg lighter than the CBR650F (which it replaces) with a sportier riding position thanks to handlebars repositioned 30mm forward, and footpegs moved both rearward and higher.It’s classically-Honda in-line four-cylinder engine revs 1,000rpm higher, producing 5 per cent more top end power with a peak output of 94bhp arriving at 12,000rpm ensuring that along with the sculpted looks and honed chassis the new machine’s new R’ designation is well deserved.advertisement47bhp conversions will be available for both the CB650R and CBR650R.CB500F, CBR500R and CB500XHonda’s lively parallel twin 500cc engine has been sold in over 75,000 motorcycles in Europe since its arrival in 2013.Having first arrived in the A2 licence-friendly CB500F, CBR500R and CB500X, for 2019 the engine has stronger power and torque between three and seven thousand rpm, and powers the light middleweight trio in upgraded packages with higher specifications and stronger roadster, sport and adventure identities.All three models now have new rear suspension, assist/slipper clutch, full LED lighting, modernised LCD instruments with gear position and shift-up indication, and new dual-exit muffler for a richer engine note.The CB500F roadster has sharper new styling from front to back, with more angled nose fairing and side shrouds that interlock cleanly with the fuel tank. The CBR500R is also re-styled: it’s narrower and sharper with strong Fireblade styling inspiration and a sportier riding position.The CB500X compact adventurer, meanwhile, has a much stronger X-factor’ thanks to a new 19 front wheel, longer suspension travel front and rear, slimmer seat, wider steering angle and tougher, more rugged fairing which also improves wind protection.The 500cc and 650cc engine platforms constitute 35% of Honda’s large motorcycle sales in Europe. These five new products for 2019 offer a well-rounded balance of exciting middleweight performance for riders of all experience levels while providing potential stepping stones to Honda’s flagship roadster, adventure and sports models.Also revealed at EICMA are a number of other product updates:CBR1000RR Fireblade and CBR1000RR Fireblade SPAfter a full model change in 2017, the Fireblade’s Next Stage Total Control’ is enhanced for 2019, with changes to its electronics package aimed at optimal circuit performance. Thus, HSTC and ABS have been modified, and the top Power setting boosted based on input from the HRC MotoGP programme. Honda Selectable Torque Control and Wheelie Control functions are now separated, with a new W’ indicator on the instrument panel.The Grand Prix Red colour has a thicker white stripe for a slightly more tricolore’ effect, while the Matt Ballistic Black Metallic version is now totally black, save for its red CBR logo.X-ADVHaving been an instant hit on its arrival in 2017 and upgraded in 2018 with multi-level Honda Selectable Torque Control and a G’ switch for more off-road friendly gear changes from its Dual Clutch Transmission, for 2019 Honda’s motorcycle SUV’ will now come in new colours including a striking camouflage’ green.GL1800 Gold WingSynonymous with long-range comfort, luxury and quality for over 40 years, the Gold Wing was redesigned from the wheels up for 2018 to be sharper, lighter and more compact, while maintaining its reputation as a technological flagship with numerous new features including the first adoption of Apple CarPlay on a motorcycle.advertisementFor 2019, both the GL1800 Gold Wing itself and the Manual Transmission version of the Gold Wing Tour’ will be available in a new moody’ Darkness Black Metallic colour. The top of the range Gold Wing Tour’ with Dual Clutch Transmission will be available in a new Pearl Hawkeye Blue’.SH300iFor 2019, the perennially popular high-performance mid-sized scooter is newly equipped with Honda Selectable Torque Control and a Smart’ Top Box linked with its remote key system.Further colour updatesCB1000R Honda’s flagship Neo Sports Café’ naked model will be available in a sharp new Sword Silver Metallic colour, both in standard guise and in a CB1000R+’ version with a wide range of factory-fit’ accessories including heated grips, aluminium fender panel and rear hugger panel, flyscreen, single seat cowl, radiator grille with CB1000R logo, and quickshifter.Rebel Honda’s unique 500cc take on custom cool will be available in a new Pearl Cadet Grey and Matt Axis Grey Metallic.Integra a new Pearl Glare White for the machine which integrates scooter usability and motorcycle dynamic performance.NC750X darker silver side fairings for the supremely practical do-anything’ 750cc machine.SH125 and SH150 black (silver for the white colour) front panels and floor side panels add further class to the premium step-through scooter.
Stephen Constantine resigned as the head coach of the Indian football team after they crashed out of the AFC Asian Cup here on Monday.India needed a draw against Bahrain in their final group match to qualify for the knockout stages for the first time ever in their history.However, their hearts were broken in in cruel fashion as an 89th minute penalty from Jamal Rashed handed Bahrain all three points.Immediately after the defeat, Constantine announced that he has decided to step down from his position.”Stephen Constantine is stepping down after this game. I was here for four years. My objective from day 1 was to qualify for the Asian Cup. I have done that and we have broken a few records.”I am proud of the players for what they have given. I have to thank the AIFF for the support. My cycle has finished. It’s time for me to move on,” he told reporters at the post match press conference.India got off to a flying start with an emphatic 4-1 win over Thailand. But defeats to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain saw them finish last in their group.Constantine took over as the coach of the Indian team in 2015 in his second stint and managed to guide them into the Asian Cup after a hiatus of eight years.Earlier, Constantine had coached India from 2002 to 2005.Under Constantine, India broke into the top 100 of the FIFA rankings last year from the 173rd spot in 2015.”I am bitterly disappointed. To go out in the 90th minute due to a penalty is really tough. The boys gave everything.advertisement”We perhaps did not create enough chances as we did in the previous two games. We go home,” the coach said reflecting on the game.Asked what was the thought behind starting Rowlin Borges in place of Anirudh Thapa, he explained: “Borges is one of the best passers of the ball in India. When he gets on the ball, he can create things in terms of getting the ball out to Udanta and Hali. Also Thapa had a back injury, it wasn’t a major injury. We just thought Borges would give us fresh legs.”Constantine stressed that India did not deserve to bow of the competition so early after their brave brand of football.”I don’t think we deserved to go out of the group. The boys have exceeded expectations. Unlucky we could not score 3-4 against the UAE.