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Honda’s CB750 Hornet was officially unveiled in Europe last year, and has appeared in other markets globally—just not the US.
Honda’s CB750 Hornet was officially unveiled in Europe last year, and has appeared in other markets globally—just not the US. (Honda Europe/)

It’s been 25 years since Honda’s massively popular 600cc Hornet wheelied onto European tarmac, so when word got out a couple of years ago that a new Hornet was in development the buzz (sorry) around the internet was palpable. The first and second-gen Hornets were almost universally beloved for their light weight, revvy characterful engine, and uh, down-to-earth price tags. Fun, practical, and cheap? It’s no wonder crowds of riders signed up to own one. And while the naked-bike segment has evolved tremendously in the ensuing years, a midsize model with those same characteristics along with the reliability and build quality Honda’s known for—at the right price—might still put up a good fight against its Trident 660 and MT-07 rivals.

The Hornet’s chassis is dominated by a new lightweight diamond steel frame and Showa suspension front and rear.
The Hornet’s chassis is dominated by a new lightweight diamond steel frame and Showa suspension front and rear. (Honda Europe/)

Sure enough, Honda pulled the wraps off its long-anticipated CB750 Hornet at the 2022 Intermot show in Germany, and it had all the goods we could hope for: a rollicking 91 hp twin engine (not an inline-four like the old model), a robust menu of standard features, and a better-than-expected electronics package. The compact 755cc Unicam eight-valve parallel-twin engine was entirely new, as was the diamond steel frame, and the bike sported throttle-by-wire, ABS, four ride modes, traction and wheelie control, a six-speed transmission, and more.

Initial reports praised its fat midrange, agility, and unique sound (for a parallel twin). It weighed less than 420 pounds, and for a naked middleweight, the price was right; less than 8,000 euro (about $8,500 USD).

Related: 2024 Honda XL750 Transalp First Look Preview

The new Hornet shares its all-new compact 755cc parallel-twin engine with Honda’s just-released XL750 Transalp, though there are slight differences.
The new Hornet shares its all-new compact 755cc parallel-twin engine with Honda’s just-released XL750 Transalp, though there are slight differences. (Honda Europe/)

You can bet plenty of US riders immediately thought, “Great, North America will get it next year.” And really, that didn’t seem like an outlandish idea. The bike had been teased since at least 2021, beginning with computer illustrations and then more fleshed-out reveals of a concept version; it had now become a familiar formula, with Honda then usually releasing a full production model in Europe, followed a year later with entry into the North American market. But here we are at the end of 2023 and many of the 2024 US models have already been announced, including the reborn 2024 Transalp model, which—it almost feels like a slap in the face—uses the same exact 755cc engine as the Hornet. A bike with the same drivetrain as the Hornet, that wasn’t expected in the US at all this year, and yet…

Hello, Honda?

A 5.0-inch color TFT display allows access to rider modes, traction control, engine-braking, and anti-wheelie settings.
A 5.0-inch color TFT display allows access to rider modes, traction control, engine-braking, and anti-wheelie settings. (Honda Europe/)

As we said, the engine is all-new, with the parallel twin using Honda’s latest vortex airflow ducting to improve intake flow in the low-end and midrange. Peak power is 90.5 hp at 9,500 rpm, with max torque of 55.3 lb.-ft. coming on at 7,250 rpm. The Hornet’s 755cc mill also uses a 270-degree crank for an uneven firing interval that injects more character to its delivery as well as its sound.

To be fair, the Transalp’s mill is ever so slightly different, with the airbox inlets being longer to give it more midrange, and its back

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By: Andrew Cherney
Title: Where Is the 2024 Honda CB750 Hornet Naked Bike?
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-cb750-hornet-coming-soon-rumors/
Published Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2023 22:17:08 +0000

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HEMI HEAVEN: The Engine of Our Dreams

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HEMI HEAVEN: The Engine of Our Dreams
LOT #760 – 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA – NO RESERVE

The HEMI engine, known for its hemispherical shaped combustion chamber, stands as an icon in the realm of automotive engineering, renowned for its power, distinctive sound and enduring legacy. What sets the HEMI apart is its unique combustion chamber design, featuring hemispherical-shaped heads with the spark plug is placed at the top-center, which shortens the burn distance of the air/fuel mixture, allowing for optimal combustion that results in performance all car enthusiasts can appreciate.

One of the key factors contributing to the HEMI’s legendary status is its storied history. Developed by Chrysler in the early 1950s, the HEMI quickly gained a reputation for dominating the racetrack and the streets alike. Its presence in NASCAR, drag racing and other motorsports solidified its status as a symbol of speed and performance.

Beyond its racing pedigree, the HEMI engine has left an indelible mark on popular culture. From muscle cars like the Dodge Charger and Challenger to iconic vehicles like the Plymouth ’Cuda and the Chrysler 300, the HEMI has powered some of the most beloved and memorable collector vehicles in history.

The HEMI’s enduring popularity can be attributed to its ongoing evolution and innovation. While the basic design principles remain consistent, modern iterations of the HEMI engine feature advanced technologies that include variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation and direct fuel injection, enhancing both performance and efficiency.

The HEMI engine’s combination of history, performance and cultural significance has cemented its status as one of the most iconic and legendary powerplants in automotive history. With its distinctive design, unmistakable sound and unrivaled performance, the HEMI engine remains a symbol of power, speed and American automotive ingenuity. Check out these HEMI-powered vehicles selling with No Reserve at the April 18-20 Palm Beach Auction.

LOT #760 – 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA – NO RESERVE

Pictured above, this 1970 HEMI ‘Cuda is powered by a correct 426ci HEMI V8 engine with a 727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission. In Tor-Red with black graphics, Shaker hood, Rallye wheels, black vinyl upholstery, Rallye gauges, wood-rimmed steering wheel. Well documented; Wise Report included.

Powered by a 1,000hp-capable supercharged HEMI 6.2-liter V8 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Includes black leather, Brembo brakes, Demon badges and trim, yellow engine block and forged aluminum wheels. 11 actual miles.

LOT #694 – MR. NORM’S 1964 DODGE POLARA 330 HEMI FACTORY LIGHTWEIGHT DRAG CAR – NO RESERVE

Powered by a 426ci HEMI 8-cylinder engine fitted with Holley 4160 4-barrel carburetors, paired with a Chrysler 727 TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission. Glove compartment door signed by “Mr. Norm” Kraus. From The Washer Collection.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: HEMI HEAVEN: The Engine of Our Dreams
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/hemi-heaven-the-engine-of-our-dreams/
Published Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2024 16:36:23 +0000

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ROAR OF THE KINGDOM: Collector Cars Inspired by Wildlife

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ROAR OF THE KINGDOM: Collector Cars Inspired by Wildlife
LOT #685 – 1985 DE TOMASO PANTERA GT5 – NO RESERVE

Throughout automotive history, there has been an undeniable fascination with naming cars after nature’s creatures, whether for their attributes, characteristics or simply to evoke a sense of power and grace. These automotive creations not only reflect the natural world but also capture the essence of speed, agility and strength associated with their animal namesakes.

One iconic example is the Ford Mustang, named after the free-roaming wild horse. The Mustang’s sleek design and powerful performance embodied the spirit of its namesake, symbolizing freedom and adventure on the open road.

The Impala is one of Chevrolet’s most successful models and was named after the graceful and swift African antelope. Over the years, the Impala vehicle has evolved, but its association with speed and agility remains.

The Dodge Viper, with its venomous performance, derives its name from the deadly viper snake. Introduced in the early 1990s, the Viper has always been synonymous with raw power and a striking presence on the road. The name emphasizes the car’s aggressive design and high-performance capabilities, reflecting the qualities of its reptilian inspiration.

These are just a few examples of cars named after wildlife, each with its own story to tell and its own unique blend of style, performance and personality. Whether prowling the streets like a Viper or galloping down the highway like a Mustang, these automotive creations continue to capture the imagination of drivers around the world, forging a timeless connection between man and machine. Check out these vehicles inspired by nature’s creatures selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, April 18-20 at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

LOT #685 – 1985 DE TOMASO PANTERA GT5 – NO RESERVE

Pictured above, this 1985 Pantera GT5 is powered by a 351ci V8 engine mated to a ZF 5-speed manual transmission. Has air conditioning, power brakes, power windows, rack & pinion steering, widebody, rear wing and Campagnolo wheels wrapped in Pirelli P7s. 7,403 miles (title reads exempt).

LOT #669 – 1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD TRANS AM – NO RESERVE

Powered by a fresh YZ-code 400ci Ram Air III V8 engine with a rebuilt Muncie M20 4-speed manual transmission. Has QA1 adjustable coilover shocks, heavy-duty sway bars and an American Autowire full harness kit.

LOT #692 – 1972 DE TOMASO PANTERA – NO RESERVE

Powered by a 351ci V8 engine paired with a 5-speed ZF manual transmission. Power steering, power 4-wheel disc brakes, power windows and air conditioning. 1,592 miles (title reads exempt).

LOT #383 – 2003 DODGE VIPER SRT/10 CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Has had two owners. Powered by an 8.3-liter V10 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Equipped with new Continental Extreme Contacts tires. 1,491 miles (title reads mileage exempt).

LOT #687 – 1967 FORD MUSTANG ELEANOR REPLICA – NO RESERVE

Powered by a naturally aspirated Roush 427/546hp crate engine with custom 8-stack electronic fuel injection mated to a 5-speed TREMEC manual transmission. Built by Classic Muscle Motor Company in Daytona Beach, FL.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: ROAR OF THE KINGDOM: Collector Cars Inspired by Wildlife
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/roar-of-the-kingdom-collector-cars-inspired-by-wildlife/
Published Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2024 16:10:21 +0000

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Will the Insta360 X4 Be the Best Action Camera?

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Insta360 is pushing the limits of 360-degree image and video recording further with its new X4 camera, which starts at $499.99. Users can expect better image quality (including 8K video resolution), more sophisticated editing and shooting options, better battery life, and a roster of other improved features.

The Insta360 X4 has loads of new and improved features while retaining some favorite effects, like the Invisible Selfie Stick.
The Insta360 X4 has loads of new and improved features while retaining some favorite effects, like the Invisible Selfie Stick. (Insta360/)

The outgoing One X3 is one of our favorite motorcycling action cameras that we routinely use in our motorcycle review videos. So we’re thrilled to see the platform so thoroughly enhanced in the X4. For those shooting in 360-degree mode the X4 offers full 8K video recording at 30 fps along with 5.7K at 60 fps, and 4K at 100 fps. For those more accustomed to traditional cameras, the X4 has a single-lens mode that shoots ultrawide at 4K and 60 fps.

The new X4 has improved lens guards and a larger display screen.
The new X4 has improved lens guards and a larger display screen. (Insta360/)

“8K will be transformative for creators as reframed video now holds its own alongside footage shot on regular cameras. But X4 isn’t just about image quality, it’s designed to be the most robust, easy-to-use 360-degree camera ever, no matter your experience. This idea was at the heart of a lot of the changes we made,” said JK Liu, founder of Insta360, in a company press release.

These shot modes expand the possibilities when editing video, making it easier than ever for users to get crisp, smooth shots in real time or slow motion. New AI-assisted editing features have been introduced also, offering Quick Edit and AI Edit modes in the free-to-use smartphone and desktop apps. The company has also developed a plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro called Insta360 Reframe which allows users to manipulate footage directly in Premiere Pro.

With a wide variety of shooting modes and editing options, the X4 is sure to become a new standard in action camera technology.
With a wide variety of shooting modes and editing options, the X4 is sure to become a new standard in action camera technology. (Insta360/)

The camera features Gesture Control and Voice Control 2.0, so users can start and stop recording easily if the camera is mounted beyond reach. There’s a Timed Capture setting as well that will power on the X4, record, then shut the unit off. FlowState Stabilization and the 360-degree Horizon Lock help to ensure shots are as smooth and level as possible.

Some of the other modes include Bullet Time slow-mo which can be captured in either 5.7K at 120 fps or 3K at 240 fps. There is 8K Time Shift and 11K Timelapse modes as well. Cinematic motion blur can easily be added using the Motion ND effect, and for those using the camera during runs or rides, GPS data from Garmin or Apple products can easily be overlaid on video.

One of our favorite action cameras gets even better with the new X4.
One of our favorite action cameras gets even better with the new X4. (Insta360/)

The tech is bolstered by an improved physical design, with new removable lens guards, a larger 2.7-inch Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen, and cold-weather resistance down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit.

Additionally, the new X4 boasts a 135-minute run time (when shooting at 5.7K, 30 fps), a 67 percent improvement in battery performance over the X3.

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By: Byron Wilson
Title: Will the Insta360 X4 Be the Best Action Camera?
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/gear/insta360-x4-camera-preview/
Published Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2024 16:25:56 +0000

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