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Honda’s new cafe racer hits dealerships this fall

In the past, Honda’s Hawk models were typically no-nonsense standards with a reputation for good handling and excellent pricing. The new Hawk 11 is more of a neo-retro, and as for pricing, it’s hard to say, as it hasn’t been confirmed for Canada yet. Photo: Honda

If you were sitting, waiting, wishing that the Honda Hawk 11 would actually come to market, well—your wish is coming true. Sort of. Honda’s new cafe racer is reportedly going to hit dealerships this fall, but there’s a problem: It’s only been confirmed for Japan at this point.

A cafe racer with an adventure bike pedigree

Honda debuted the Hawk 11 on the Japanese motorcycle show circuit last month, and as far as we know, that’s the only place it’s been exhibited. It’s the perfect summation of Honda’s modern-day design principles, using an engine and chassis borrowed from another bike in the lineup mixed with a visual makeover to create something new. Honda does this with its 125 lineup, its 300 lineup, its 500 lineup, and now with its 1100 lineup, since the Hawk 11 uses the same parallel twin engine that originally debuted in the CRF1100L Africa Twin adventure bike, and is also currently used in the Rebel 1100 cruiser and NT1100 sport tourer.

Not for Canada (yet)

Aside from the engine, other parts of the bike are also borrowed from Honda’s parts bin, particularly the chassis, which is close to the same arrangement as the NT1100. And, like the NT1100, the Hawk 11 is not currently confirmed for North America. European magazines report it’s confirmed for Japan this fall, with a 1,397,000 yen price tag (roughly $14,000 CAD). However, there is not even a peep of the bike heading to North America anytime soon, and even Europe seems doubtful in 2022 (2023 is likely, we’d think).

How long will we wait?

So the next question is, how long until Honda actually brings the Hawk 11 here? Again, no word, but we could be in for a bit of a wait, as the NT1100 still isn’t confirmed for Canada. No surprise there; a couple of years after its debut, we’re still waiting for the CT125 mini dual sport, despite massive demand. Honda seems a bit slow to bring some of its newer models to Canada, and in fact, if you compare Honda’s motorcycle lineup in the US to its lineup in Canada, there are also some machines available there that have been discontinued in Canada, like the XR650L dual sport. In other words: Don’t expect the new Hawk 11 cafe racer to come here quickly, as it unfortunately seems we are not a priority in Honda’s global plans.

Having said that, if you are interested in this bike, pester your local dealer and stay tuned for the 2022 fall show circuit in Europe. That should give us an idea as to Honda’s plans for global sales of the Hawk 11, and we’d expect confirmation in the weeks following those shows if we are to see it here in 2023.

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