Honda launches retro-styled CB190SS in China

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In Asia and Europe, motorcycle makers have rolled out small-capacity, retro-styled machines to satisfy the growing, fashion-conscious entry-level market. This also works in favor of the manufacturers, because a “retro-tax” is definitely implemented on these elegant machines. I mean, there’s definitely a reason the Yamaha XSR700 costs $ 800 USD more than the MT-07, although the two are the same under the skin.

That being said, there haven’t been as many retro-inspired bikes on the market as there are today. Honda, in particular Wuyang-Honda, the Chinese subsidiary of the Japanese company, has released the 2022 CB190SS, a retro-modern roadster suitable for beginners. Unlike Honda’s other CB bare sport motorcycles which follow the company’s Neo Sports Café design language, the CB190SS uses a more traditional styling, accented by metal wire wheels. It also brings a touch of modernity with LED lights, a digital dashboard and high-end inverted forks.

It is clear that Honda has paid special attention to the finest details when it comes to the fit and finish of the CB190SS. The roadster has a very slim build, giving it a classic café racer aesthetic. The rear part, in particular, is shortened and features a two-part one-piece saddle. The fuel tank sits atop a fake carburetor, for that authentic classic bike appeal. It receives an analog-digital instrument panel housed in an asymmetric circular housing which is slightly off-center on the handlebars. Finally, the large circular headlight receives full LED lighting, lending itself to modern appeal.

Honda launches retro-styled CB190SS in China

On the performance side, the CB190SS is very docile and accessible. Equipped with a single-cylinder, fuel-injected, air-cooled 184cc engine, it puts out the best part of 17 horsepower. This wattage is nowhere near enough for use on US highways, however, it’s just for urban service, especially in China and the dense urban cities of neighboring Asian countries. It sells in China for 16,980 CNY, or the equivalent of US $ 2,656.

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