Honda Digital Odometer Rollback How To

+++06.05.2015+++


I come back to the hotel courtyard. The machine that I actually wanted to drive now comes towards me. So now I have to look for something else for the next round. Shortly afterwards, I am already rolling back from the yard. With me the CBR650 F!
A round of super sports
Honda has sorted them into the "Supersport" category, and I turn the handle with appropriate awe. Hey, I know the sound! I already had that this morning! Sure, the same engine is in the CBR as in the CB650 F! And also to a large extent the rest of the CB. The handlebars are different and there is a fairing. Although I'm not used to the sporty handlebars, I sit comfortably on the bike and feel comfortable right from the start. After driving through town, I stop as usual and take a closer look at the motorcycle.
It looks so similar and yet completely different, as it stands in front of me at the edge of the forest. The four pipes on the front of the engine are even less visible than you can see them on the sister's with her apron because of the fairing. The frame, fork and swingarm appear to be identical to the CB, but there is a slightly different rear fairing.
Like the splash guard of the rear wheel, the front fender in carbon look and the rim decoration, this comes from the accessories shelf.
The handlebar is more angled, it is also not a continuous bar, in short, it is a clip-on handlebar. Anything else would not do justice to the sporting claim. Otherwise there are no surprises up here.
The cockpit is familiar from the sister and provides information about the essentials. As with the sister, there are no overloaded menus, nothing that can be set large. What is not there cannot be broken.
The handbrake lever can also be adjusted here.
The other handlebar contributes to the slim silhouette, sporty, but not too sporty, it stands in front of me.
I swing myself back into the saddle and let the four-cylinder in-line engine purr under me. Walk in and go. On the way, I try to find out what is different about her, in contrast to the naked sister. The handlebars put me in a more active sitting position. That has changed a lot. In contrast to the VFR800 F, on which I sat down for a moment, I don't have the feeling of falling over the windshield right at the front. I'm lying a little more on the tank, but it's not uncomfortable. However, I cannot observe that I would now drive faster. Nevertheless, it's fun how I accelerate out of Rothenbuch and waggle through the corners. I give it a little more gas on the main road. She doesn’t give herself any of the pure driving performance with her sister, but the experience of driving with her is different. The disguise alone makes you think there is more to it. The roundabout feels a little faster than the others in front of it. If you have to put it briefly as it is: It's just fun. Without overwhelming you.
Forward! Backward!
As I park it, I see that the motorcycle I was about to ride is now free. Lets go! It's a classic beauty! The CB1100 EX. I sit down on the comfortable, quilted saddle. A grin spreads immediately! Why don't I have casual leather and a cool jet helmet with me now? Oh ...! The engine runs, purrs, four cylinders. Brrr ... I accelerate and drive quickly from the yard. It goes through the village in no time, passers-by look at the white beauty below me. Behind the village you can see again what kind of benefit a deep focus can be. I swing simply and easily through the curves, past my photo spot, and over the uneven part of the route. I don't notice much of it where I sit. The chassis is the best I've ridden today so far. With the CB1100 EX, I'm actually faster on the road. I stop in Rothenbuch before I forget to take pictures because of my ecstasy.
Huge motor, four-in-two system, chrome-plated mirrors, round instruments, round lights - a classic line.
Chromed metal fender.
Just a motorcycle. This is what motorcycles looked like when I was a kid. But if you look at the details, you can guess that a retro design is not synonymous with old-fashioned technology.
In the cockpit you notice that it is quite modern. In addition to the indicator lights that are common today, there is a fuel gauge and a gear indicator. But I don't see the digital display as a break. It's like it's always been there. I discover ABS on the front wheel. So this corresponds to the current state.
The helmet lock reminds me of the past ...
When I swing myself back on the bench to drive on, only the sun should shine and my old Nikon F should be there, then everything would be great. It has to go without, and so I hum quickly from the parking lot and uphill to the main road. The motor provides enough power at all times and it makes you want to turn the handle. I feel like anything else and also feel a bit transported back in time when I glided through the forest on the main road, the canopy of leaves over me, the strip of asphalt in front of me. In contrast to cars, where design quotes sometimes seem a bit strange, sometimes embarrassing, here I have the feeling of driving a real motorcycle like in the past, only that everything is better than it used to be and of today. At the roundabout I drive a lap and then decide to add another half. I drive off in the direction of Mespelbrunn and just drive a few more kilometers with the CB1100 EX. I don't want to go back with her yet. It curves gently over a hill and then downhill in a wide curve. At some point there will be a stop, I drive out and turn around. The handling of the machine is very good. Up the hill again, accelerate, shift, accelerate ... Hey, cool! Can you read out enthusiasm? Think so...
But it doesn't help, I have to bring it back, because the test day won't last forever and I want to drive other things too.
Contrast program
The contrast to what is coming now could hardly be greater. When we sat in the presentation before the lunch break, it flickered across the room from the projector on the wall. Now I'm standing next to her and wondering if I really want that. Next to me is the CB125 F. It seems almost fragile next to me. Well.
I get down on the saddle and start them. The engine sounds like a scooter. In the previous presentation we were told that it was intended for beginners and those who are new to it. The low fuel consumption was praised. I can't test that out now, there was talk of a range of 600 kilometers.
Even if the engine sounds like that, it's not a scooter, it's a motorcycle with a normal manual transmission. It’s brisk through the village, I don’t need any effort whirling past parked cars. I step on the gas behind the village. Yes, something is happening. But not a lot. In my photo corner I stop again and look at the small motorcycle.
The look is quite grown-up, without comparison you could definitely take it for something bigger. In terms of appearance, it is reminiscent of the CB500 F and the NC750 S, just smaller.
If you have the A1 certificate in your pocket, you have a friendly motorcycle that will reliably get you from A to B for a reasonable amount of money. And maybe even after C.
In the cockpit it is surprising that there is even a gear indicator. This is just as digital as the odometer, but who cares.
I find the tools and instructions under the seat. Probably Honda will also be here - typically a place for a U-lock.
Overall, the machine makes a solid impression. You get something for the money. I keep driving.
On the bumpy part of the route, I notice that the suspension is pretty hard. A good part will also be my responsibility, I'm probably a little too heavy for the struts. It will also be up to me, my height and my weight that I come up the incline so heavily behind Rothenbuch. On the main road I get it, placed low on the tank, even accelerated to 80 things. 96 should go, but I can't get there. I guess if you weigh fifty pounds, things get a lot easier. If you're 16 and looking for a reliable buddy to take you to school, or to the apprenticeship and back, or to town, then the CB125 F is the right choice. The rabbits won't stand in line, but you won't always have to go back alone. I'm sure.

Could that have been my experiences on the 2015 Honda Press Day? No! Something else is to come, stay tuned!