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Behold, the new 2024 Honda CB500 Hornet, the newest member of the growing Hornet family. When will we see it in the States?
Behold, the new 2024 Honda CB500 Hornet, the newest member of the growing Hornet family. When will we see it in the States? (Honda/)

We’re still bemoaning the fact that the US didn’t get it (read the Where Is the 2024 Honda CB750 Hornet Naked Bike? article), but when Honda rolled out the CB750 last year in Europe of course the entire motorcycling population cheered heartily. The Hornet’s streetfighter silhouette, punchy powerband, and sharp handling proved so popular it became 2023′s bestselling naked bike in Europe (year to date through August 2023).

And the grumbling might get louder still, since we just got news Honda has released the new 2024 CB500 Hornet at the EICMA show this week. It remains to be seen whether we’ll get stiffed on this one too, but the newest and smallest Hornet looks to be a fresh take on Honda’s popular 500 streetfighter formula, which has served the brand well in the past.

Related: Where Is the 2024 Honda CB750 Hornet Naked Bike?

“Inspired by the streetfighter DNA of its big sibling,” the smallest Hornet borrows its sharper styling cues from the CB750. The Hornet family now includes the CB750, the new CB500, and the also new CB1000 Hornet.
“Inspired by the streetfighter DNA of its big sibling,” the smallest Hornet borrows its sharper styling cues from the CB750. The Hornet family now includes the CB750, the new CB500, and the also new CB1000 Hornet. (Honda/)

The new Hornet is essentially an overhaul of the CB500F, with aggressive new styling that skews closer to the design language of the CB750. Honda says it’s “inspired by the streetfighter DNA of its big sibling,” and leans toward a silhouette that’s weighted more up front with a beefy fuel tank and sharp new nose fairing, followed by a slim rear section. Up front, the fairing incorporates headlight side ducts that channel airflow around to the upper fuel tank area, and a new LED headlight design throws out a wider beam of light for better visibility. It’s matched to a sleek new LED taillight.

Angular fuel tank is fronted by a sharp new nose fairing incorporating side ducts to channel airflow.
Angular fuel tank is fronted by a sharp new nose fairing incorporating side ducts to channel airflow. (Honda/)

But this isn’t a ground-up redesign—the CB500 is powered by the same entertaining and high-revving 471cc parallel-twin engine used in everything from the Rebel 500 to the CB500X, wrapped in a lightweight, sporty chassis. Honda says it’s rated for the same 47 or so horsepower, with the peak arriving at 8,600 rpm, with new ECU updates said to improve acceleration. The CB500 also keeps the upgraded Showa USD fork and radial-mount four-piston calipers with dual front discs the CB500F received in the 2022 update.

Related: 2022 Honda CB500F ABS First Look Preview

The 41mm Showa SFF-BP inverted USD fork, Nissin radial-mount four-piston calipers, and lightweight wheels carry over from the last CB500F update.
The 41mm Showa SFF-BP inverted USD fork, Nissin radial-mount four-piston calipers, and lightweight wheels carry over from the last CB500F update. (Honda/)

But with the new name there is some new tech too, in the form of a 5-inch color TFT screen inherited from the CB1000R, and operated via switch gear on the left handlebar. The screen is sealed for better visibility and is customizable as well as offering smartphone connectivity via the Honda RoadSync app.

New customizable 5-inch TFT dash is operated via switches on the left handlebar, and offers smartphone connectivity.
New customizable 5-inch TFT dash is operated via switches on the left handlebar, and offers smartphone connectivity.

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By: Andrew Cherney
Title: 2024 Honda CB500 Hornet Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-cb500-preview/
Published Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2023 17:14:23 +0000

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Grunter—A Six-Figure Vincent Rapide Headlining Bonhams

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1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle
Countless motorcycle manufacturers popped up in the 1920s and ’30s in Britain, but somehow, none quite as cool as Vincent. High-end speed machines, combining old-school big-displacement twins, monochrome finishes and titillating names like Rapide and Black Shadow, a Vincent V-twin welcomes you into any roundtable of motorcycling, and it’s not hard to see why. A seat rarely opens at the Vincent Owners Club, even more so when you’re talking about an ultra-rare first-series Rapide.

1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle

One of just 79 built, the Series-A Rapide represents Vincent’s first foray into V-twins—an endeavor that established Vincent as the superbike of the day. There are faster Vincents, and on occasion more valuable ones, but the rarity and significance of the Series-A Rapide is hard to overstate. As such, this restored 1938 Rapide highlights Bonhams’ upcoming Spring Stafford Sale with an estimated hammer price of $300,854 to $350,997.

While Vincent didn’t pioneer the V-twin, their execution is at least worthy of an honorable mention. Philip Vincent’s start in motorcycles echoes many of his peers of the era, becoming interested in bikes at a young age and crafting a few ‘specials’ of his own design in the late 1920s. At age 20, Vincent filed a patent for a cantilevered rear suspension design, and with backing from his family, he purchased the financially troubled HRD brand from Howard R Davies in 1928.

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By: Dean Larson
Title: Grunter—A Six-Figure Vincent Rapide Headlining Bonhams
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/vincent-rapide-bonhams
Published Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2024 17:00:38 +0000

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Fast Tubes

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1969 Rennmax BN3Photo: Ian Welsh
1969 Rennmax BN3
Photo: Ian WelshIt can’t be denied that the world of motor racing, both contemporary and historic, is saturated with egos. Some would say that it’s all really driven by egos, and that is sometimes directly connected to the size of the wallet. Perhaps without such egos we wouldn’t have motor racing at all.

So egos are certainly important, but there is something else that’s behind so many involved in motor racing and, in particular, historic motor sport. I am referring of course to the passion that many have for the sport. A passion that is so strong in some that it outweighs the need for podium finishes and is certainly far stronger than whatever shekels may influence others.

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Title: Fast Tubes
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Published Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2024 06:59:17 +0000

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Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line

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Premium British vehicle manufacturer Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has announced a strategic move of its T.50 supercar production to the company’s newly-built Group headquarters at Highams Park, Surrey. The new site has already taken over manufacturing of the GMA T.50 supercar from its previous production facility at Dunsfold Park. This decision will see T.50 manufacturing benefit from a wealth of efficiencies, while enabling the business to streamline carbon fiber monocoque production for T.33 prototypes and future models at Dunsfold Park. Used for development, testing and homologation-related crash testing, the monocoques will now be produced on-site, accelerating the supercar’s pre-production processes.

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GMA advances T.50 production to new Highams Park HQ to streamline future model manufacturingMove sees the continuation of T.50 customer car production at new multi-million-pound facilityDecision enables dedicated T.33 prototype monocoque production at GMA’s Dunsfold Park siteHighams Park will continue to build the T.50, ahead of producing the T.50s, T.33, and T.33 Spider

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Building the new Gordon Murray Group HQ at Highams Park near the village of Windlesham saw investment of more than £50 million, and the creation of a broad range of specialized job roles to support full scale production. The new campus will be the Group’s global headquarters – home to a purpose-built 4,300 square meter Vehicle Production Centre, and the Gordon Murray Heritage collection. The site also features a specially-designed Vehicle Dynamics Test Road, used for final validation and pre-delivery checks of new GMA supercars – all set in 54 acres of beautiful English parkland. For customers opting to take delivery of their cars from Highams Park, the new HQ offers the ideal setting at its dedicated Driving Perfection Customer Centre, where owners can specify, set-up, and take delivery of their GMA supercar.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/gordon-murray-automotives-new-t-50-production-line/
Published Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2024 15:42:33 +0000

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