Honda has done it, they’ve revived the Hawk nameplate in the form of the Honda Hawk11. Equipped with the same powertrain as the Rebel 1100 and the Honda Africa Twin 1100, the Hawk11 is the latest in the Japanese manufacturer’s lineup that adheres to the Neo Sports Cafe ethos.
The new model was launched and unveiled at this year’s Osaka Motorcycle Show and online on the HondaGO website. A few videos of the model were published, three in total at the time of this article’s writing, and it showcases the bike and its design. Stay tuned for more information on the HondaGO website, or on the brand’s YouTube channel as has marked two videos as “coming soon.” According to the titles, translated from Japanese, these last two pieces of the puzzle will cover the development story and the designer interviews of the Hawk11.
A cousin to the Honda CB650R and the Honda CB1000R, the Hawk11 features a round LED headlight with a daytime running light ring giving it a slightly modern—slightly retro flavor to it. Pair that with the cowl, and you get a rather racy look that is somewhat reminiscent of the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR. Whether Honda took a page out of the British brand’s books is a little questionable and up for debate, but there’s no denying that Honda did a bang-up job designing the Hawk11. The front cowl is new for Honda and features fairing-mounted mirrors. The clip-on handlebars are also a nice change of pace from the neo-retro naked bikes from the Japanese brand. The Hawk11 is also equipped with a set of dual front disc brakes and a single disc out back. The tail section is clean and rather unique to the hawk, and just like the other CB models in the lineup, the Hawk uses a reverse LCD display that serves as the interface for you to access the traction control, and engine brake control features that were borrowed from the Africa Twin.
Equipped with the 1100cc 270-degree parallel twin from the Honda Africa Twin, the Hawk11 get up to 1082ccs of displacement, with an unknown power figure. We’re speculating that the Hawk11 will likely have the same power output as the Rebel 1100. It may also be inferred that the Hawk11 will borrow the DCT found in the Africa Twin. While it’s not likely, Honda’s parallel-twin does offer support for it, and it could be an additional option for the Hawk. In our eyes, however, it’ll likely be manual only.