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Honda is rumored to be working on a neo-retro GB750 based on the CB750 Hornet

Could we soon be seeing yet another neo-retro addition to Honda’s big bike lineup?

Is a Honda GB750 coming soon?

It goes without saying that 2022 was a rather strong year for Honda, having debuted a number of impressive models both in the international and local markets. Here in the Philippines, we saw the introduction of the revamped CB500 model range, with an updated CB500X, CBR500R, and the entry of the CB500F. Across the board these bikes received inverted front forks, dual front disc brakes, and updated styling. 

Meanwhile, the global market was bustling with new and exciting models centered on Honda’s new 750cc platform. At Intermot 2022, Big Red unveiled the CB750 Hornet, a new middleweight naked bike that looks to go head to head with the likes of the Yamaha MT-07 and Kawasaki Z650. Meanwhile, at EICMA 2022, the Honda Transalp 750 broke cover, ready to lock horns with the Yamaha Tenere 700 and Aprilia Tuareg 660. Well, this time around, it’s rumored that Honda is working on yet another model based on the middleweight platform: the GB750. 

Honda Hornet CB750

For those of you unaware, the GB moniker in Honda’s lineup refers to retro-style naked bikes powered by single and twin-cylinder engines. Today, the GB moniker is still alive and kicking in the Japanese domestic market, with the GB350. That said, it could soon see a resurgence—just like the Hornet moniker did last year—with the new GB750. In the bigger scheme of things, we can assume that the GB750 will go head-to-head with the likes of the XSR700 from Yamaha, as well as Kawasaki’s Z650RS. However, whether or not it’ll cannibalize on the sales of the CB650R will be something to look out for. 

Neo-retro enthusiasts seeking a fast, torquey bike will undoubtedly be in for a treat if the GB750 follows the CB750's specification list. The CB750's engine is a true feat of contemporary engineering. It is a brand-new 755cc, eight-valve, liquid-cooled parallel twin engine with a 270-degree crank. It claims to generate 75 newton-meters of torque at 7,250 rpm and 90.5 horsepower at 9,500 rpm. Honda claims that the top speed is 205 kilometers per hour. It is connected to a six-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch.

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