2019 Honda Announced For America : PCX150 & CB300R

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2019 Honda PCX150 Announced – New engine, frame and optional ABS

American Honda announced a revamped PCX150 scooter for the 2019 model year with a new chassis, a revised engine and an ABS option. The 2019 Honda PCX150 will be offered for $3,699, a $100 increase over the 2018 model, while the ABS version is priced at $3,999.

The new PCX150 uses a steel duplex cradle frame instead of the “underbone” tubular steel frame of the previous version. According to Honda, the new frame improves stability. The front fork remains a 31mm telescopic unit, while the twin rear shocks receive tri-rate springs, are now situated further back and have 3.33 inches of travel (compared to 3.1 inches on the 2018 model).

New eight-spoke wheels are thinner and lighter than the previous five-spoke wheels, further helping to reduce the PCX’s overall curb weight to a claimed 289 pounds from 295 pounds. The new wheels also come with new, larger rubber – a 100/80-14 front tire and a 120/70-14 rear (compared to the 2018 model’s 90/90-14 and 100/90-14). The braking is comprised of a 220mm single front disc and 130mm rear drum, with ABS optional.

The new engine is actually a bit smaller than the previous unit. Honda reduced the bore by 0.7 mm to 57.3 mm while keeping the stroke at 57.9 mm. Few people would notice the difference in a reduction of 4cc to 149cc, but if it’s any consolation, the U.S. model is still larger than the version offered in Europe, which only displaces 125cc.

Honda also added a larger airbox (achievable thanks to the new rear shock position) and revised the intake for smoother airflow. The engine is paired with Honda’s low-friction V-Matic automatic transmission.

In Europe, Honda is offering a 125cc version instead of the 150 we get here. This image of the PCX125 from Honda Europe illustrates how the LED signals look when illuminated.

Visually, the 2019 PCX150’s bodywork is curvier without venturing too far from the existing model’s look. The most noticeable change is to the front face with the new LED lighting. A large, central LED headlight is accompanied by a pair of long, upwardly-slanting LED turn signals. The new look was actually shown late last year when Honda introduced new electric and hybrid versions of the PCX for Asian markets.

Other features include LCD instruments, a helmet hook, 7.4 gallons of underseat storage, a smaller storage space in the dash, and 12-volt adaptor.

“Over the years, the PCX150 has earned a legion of followers through its mix of enjoyable performance and remarkable efficiency,” says Lee Edmunds, American Honda’s Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications. “For 2019, Honda has expanded on that winning formula with a long list of updates that will appeal to an expanding audience. Lighter, more comfortable, and now available with optional ABS, this latest PCX150 will turn heads wherever it goes.”

The 2019 Honda PCX150 arrives in showrooms in July in a Bright Bronze Metallic color.

2019 Honda CB300R Announced For America

It took a while longer than we had hoped, but American Honda has finally announced the new Neo-Sports Café-inspired CB300R is coming to the United States as a 2019 model. At $4,649 for the base model and $4,949 with ABS, the 2019 Honda CB300R is priced $300 higher than the 2018 CB300F which it will replace.

For that extra three Benjamins, you get the Neo-Sports Café styling resembling the new CB1000R, following an industry trend of a modern take on old-school aesthetics. The round headlight, radiator guards, two-step seat all look similar to the CB1000R. The sculpted fuel tank also shares the same shape as the CB300R’s big brother, though it does sacrifice some volume, carrying just 2.7 gallons of fuel (compared to the CB300F’s 3.4-gallon tank).

2019 Honda CB300R and CB1000R

The CB300R (right) shares a visual aesthetic with the bigger CB1000R that Honda calls a “Neo-Sports Café” design.

The engine remains the same 286cc Single found in the CB300F (and the faired CBR300R). For the CB300R, Honda refined the intake path and added a new underslung exhaust with a dual-chamber muffler. Along with a significant weight reduction (a claimed 317 pounds, down from the CB300F’s claimed 348 pounds), Honda claims the new intake helped improve initial acceleration by 4%.

While the CB300F had the frame and pivot plates as a single unit, the CB300R uses a new high-tensile steel tube frame with separate steel pivot plate. According to Honda, this new design reduces the amount of stress transferred from the rear wheel to the main frame between the head and seat rail. The design also allowed Honda to optimize the strength of each piece separately, using thinner materials and reducing weight.

2019 Honda CB300R

The swingarm is also new, with thicker material at the cross member but tapering towards the rear axle. The new 17-inch aluminum wheels with five Y-shaped spokes resembles the design of the larger CB1000R.

The suspension system is comprised of a 41mm inverted fork and a revised single rear shock with seven steps of spring preload adjustment. Nissin supplies the radial-mount four piston front brake caliper and 296mm front disc and the rear wheel’s 220mm disc and single-pot caliper. An IMU-controlled two-channel ABS is an available option.

2019 Honda CB300R

Other features a new full-function LCD display, full LED lighting, and aluminum rider and passenger foot-peg hangers.

The 2019 Honda CB300R will be offered in two colors: Chromosphere Red and Matte Gray Metallic. Expect to see the CB300R in showrooms in July.

2019 Honda CB300R

(motorcycle.com, goo.gl/T4CN1G & goo.gl/9HYD9t)

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