The European market loves their big bikes, and Honda’s one of the premier providers of two-wheeled machines in the region. To keep things fresh for the 2023 model year, Big H is fielding a few minor updates for the Honda CB1000R and the Honda Rebel 500 just to keep things a little interesting for the two neo-retro models in the lineup.
As of now, these two models will get some minor cosmetic enhancements for the European market.
In the beginner-friendly corner, we have the Honda Rebel 500. The new year model refresh will receive a new lineup of colors which include Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic, Pearl Smoky Gray, and Candy Diesel Red. Black is black.
The Rebel refresh will also include a new Rebel S variant, which will include a few choice accessories to spruce up the bare-bones small-capacity cruiser. The special edition will get a headlight cowl, all-black fork gaiters, and a diamond-stitched saddle, and it will be painted in a sleek Titanium Metallic colorway.
On the other end of the spectrum, we have Honda’s flagship naked offering, the CB1000R. The flagship Neo Sports Cafe naked bike gets quite a few enhancements that keep it competitive with the rest of the liter-class bikes. The model gets a full-color TFT display which is equipped with Honda’s Smartphone Voice Control and owners can enjoy a USB charging socket under the seat. We still get all the goodies with this bike like a high-end riding tech package which includes advanced traction control and ABS among other things. You also get high-end componentry in the form of the Showa Big Piston front fork, radially-mounted four-piston brake calipers, and of course that gorgeous single-sided swingarm.
We’re also seeing a special Black Edition for the CB1000R, and spoiler alert, it’s black. The liter-class naked bike gets a stealthy look, with blacked-out trimmings, but with a little silver sprinkled here and there to add some pop to the otherwise all-black machine. On top of that, Honda also fitted an all-black fly screen, seat cowl, and even a quick shifter. As for the colors, the CB1000R will sport the new Bordeaux Red Metallic colorway, while the Black Edition flaunts a sleek Mat Jeans Blue Metallic hue.