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Spoiler Alert: 2020 Honda e Interior Revealed

The hotly anticipated Honda e will be Honda’s first globally launched, pure electric car when it arrives next year. It promises to be super fun, with a torquey, responsive electric motor and ultralow center of gravity working in concert to deliver excellent driving dynamics– which brings me to an interesting point. That is, we actually know a lot about the upcoming electric Honda … but we really don’t know much about its interior. Or, we didn’t, because Honda just dropped a few pictures showing off the car’s digital interior– and it is absolutely stunning!   Honda e Electric Car Interior | Photo Gallery As you can see from the pictures, the new 2020 Honda e’s dashboard is made up of 5 screens. They’re high-res screens that occupy t...

5 More Carmakers Back Toyota’s Autonomous Play

Toyota launched its boxy “e-palette” multi-purpose concept vehicle last fall with a somewhat unorthodox business partner working to help them develop it. I say “unorthodox” because Toyota didn’t partner another automaker on this one. No, for this project, Toyota partnered up with SoftBank. In hindsight, that was probably a smart move– because five more automakers have decided to invest in the joint venture, as well. In a rare joint statement, Japanese automakers Suzuki, Mazda, Subaru, Isuzu, and Daihatsu will each invest 57.1 million yen ($530,620) in the venture– called “Monet”– in exchange for 2% of the Toyota/SoftBank company. SoftBank and Toyota will each retain their 35% stakes in the company, which is now capitalized at $26....

The 11 Best Fuel Efficient Motorcycles You Can Buy in 2019

It’s getting dark pretty early, these days– and the air is getting colder. For many, it’s time to put their bikes up for the season. For others, further south, it’s finally cool enough to start putting serious miles on them again. For nearly all motorcyclists, however, the winter is special for another reason: the new bikes are out! With new bikes come new lists. As such, it’s time for Gas 2 to once again put together our annual list of the Best Fuel Efficient Motorcycles you can buy. This list, like the others, is divided into categories, and the “winner” is selected for wildly arbitrary reasons based impressions gathered in 20+ years of riding experience as much as it is for its “green” cred. So, check out our choices, below, then tel...

Honda Reveals Electric CRF Concept (10 Photos)

If there was any lingering doubt that the future is going to be electric, Honda just put another nail in the internal combustion future’s coffin with the release of an incredibly sexy and obviously capable electric motorcycle concept this past weekend. Meet the Honda CR Electric concept, and understand that this isn’t a 125-equivalent trainer, like Yamaha’s electric concepts. This bike is intended to be a direct replacement for Honda’s awesome, bigger, and race-ready CRF250R. (!) Launched at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show a few days ago, the concept seems to be based on a modified CRF250 aluminum frame. The electric motor appears to be liquid-cooled, with a pint-sized radiator featured prominently behind the race-spec suspension. Other bits, too– from the Renthal F...

Go Fish! Honda Cross Cub Kai-Ruamaga is Ready for Action

My love for the Honda Cross Cub 110 has been well documented, both in these pages and elsewhere. Even so, I find myself loving this special-edition Cross Cub that debuted earlier this year at the 2019 Japan Fishing Show in Yokohama even more. Both useful and adorable, the Honda Cross Cub Kai-Ruamaga fishing special has been upgraded with knobby, go-anywhere tires, fishing-friendly racks and boxes, and rugged engine and frame guards to keep it running after it inevitably slips on wet rocks and gravel. It also gets some extra off-road capability from repositioning the exhaust from running under the bike to a scrambler-style high pipe. This leaves the underside free of vulnerable break-y bits for more “spirited” off-road running. I’d love to see Honda offer some of these acc...

Futur-iffic! 3D Printed Custom Honda Monkey

There are few things in life as purely fun as riding the absolute piss out of a Honda Monkey 125. One of those things might, however, be the little beach-combing runabout you see here. Yes, I know– it’s a Honda Monkey. But, crucially, it’s a Honda Monkey fitted with almost impossibly well-made, 3d printed custom aluminum body parts that make the bike both more practical AND better looking! This particular Monkey goes by “Jane”, and is the product of French design firm, VIBA. VIBA has plans to build a limited run of 23 Jane-styled Honda Monkeys, all of which will feature the same cargo-friendly numberplate deal with the HID headlight integrated underneath. Other than VIBA’s 3d printed custom bodywork, there’s nothing super unique about the Jane. The...

EICMA 2018: Honda CRF450L Rally (w/ Video)

Honda followed up its CRF250L with the introduction of the all-new 2019 Honda CRF450L earlier this year. With the success of the Dakar-inspired Rally version of the CRF250L already well documented, it was only a matter of time before a Rally version of the 450L appeared– and you can expect it to look a lot like this when it does. I know what you’re saying: EICMA was last week! Indeed it was, and Honda had a full stage with updated 500s, all-new trail bikes, and– of course– an all-new, Neo-Café CB650R making headlines. Honda wasn’t done, however, and quietly released this CRF450L Rally Concept on the sidelines. Which, I mean– that’s pretty wild on its own! Now, to the bike. In addition to the CRF450L’s lightweight frame and high-end suspension...

EICMA 2018: Honda Trail Bikes Get Fuel Injection

EICMA is known for its concept bike reveals and new product launches, and Honda didn’t disappoint, revealing a raft of new or updated products for 2019. We already covered the sporty new 2019 Honda CB650R, but now we’re shifting gears and playing a round of, “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need- roads” with Honda’s CRF line of trail bikes. All of which are getting electronic fuel injection for 2019! They’re two of the basic tenets of Gas 2. “The best way to appreciate nature is to get out in it,” and, “Two wheels are better than four.” Honda’s small-displacement trail bikes deliver nearly triple-digit fuel economy and, thanks to that fancy new fuel injection, they’ll do so with lower emissions than ever ...

EICMA 2018: All-new Honda CB650R

We knew Honda was teasing the new CB650R when we saw the Neo Café 2020 concept in Paris last month. What we didn’t know was just how soon the production version would follow it! Now, it’s here. Meet the all-new 2019 Honda CB650R. The new CB650R replaces the CB650F as Honda’s middleweight standard-bearer, and combines retro/modern styling with serious performance bits from the top-shelf CBR1000RR supersports bike. It’s a compelling package, on paper, but we’ll have to wait until April to ride one in person. I mean, unless Honda wants to send me to Texas to ride one again. I’ll let you know if that happens. In the meantime, check out the full spec sheet and more press photos of the new CB650R, below, then take some time to let us know what you think of the...

Want: Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle

Honda is a leader in both automotive and motorcycle technology. We know that, already– what’s less well-known is Honda’s strength in the ATV segment. Some of that is due to Honda’s focus on the utility side of the ATV and side-by-side market, but they’re hoping to change that utilitarian image. To that end, Honda have introduced this: the Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle. Blending the size and power of the Honda Ridgeline with the styling and off-road capability of the Honda Pioneer 1000 side-by-side, the Rugged Open Air Vehicle was built to show the world that Honda knows what it takes to have fun in the dirt. I think they make a pretty convincing argument, but that’s just me. What do you guys think of Honda’s latest sandbox toy? Does it go too far? ...

Honda Teases Neo Café CB650R at Paris Show

Honda didn’t have many announcements set for the INTERMOT show in Germany, leading many to believe that the company had nothing left to reveal this year. It turns out, Honda wasn’t out of ideas– they just decided to skip Germany and do Paris, instead. Here’s the proof: the Honda Neo Café 650 Concept. In a way, the Neo Café 650 is just Honda coming full-circle. The Honda CB4 concept that made its debut at the 2015 EICMA show in Milan launched the design theme, of course, and Honda has used that theme on both the 2018 CB1000R and 2019 CB300R. An all-new middleweight CB650R with Neo Café styling, then, is the next logical step for the resurgent Honda brand. You can check out the pictures of what will likely become the new CB650R above, and the Honda teaser video, below...

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