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Honda CB Twister 110 Revealed

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Honda has announced the introduction of an all-new street bike, the 110cc CB Twister. No the little Twister isn’t slated for American shores. It’s directed toward the Indian market through Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) the Japanese marque’s wholly-owned production and sales subsidiary.

Honda expects to sell 220 000 of its new little Twister annually.
Small, fuel-efficient and affordable - the new CB Twister. Honda expects the Twister to be a hit in India.
2010 Honda CB Twister  India only
A 109cc air-cooled 4-stroke Single powers the Twister, producing a claimed nine horsepower that’s divvied out via four-speed transmission. The mind-boggling claim on the HMSI website is the small engine’s 70 kilometer per liter fuel efficiency, which converts to a too-good-to-be-true/has-to-be-a-typo 160 mpg (at least to our American mpg sensibilities). The chassis sources a front fork with twin rear shocks, a single 240mm front rotor and rear drum braking system and 17-inch wheels.

The Twister sports a modern look, mimicking, as Honda puts it in a press release announcing its new bike, “a stylish design from the school of large-sized European motorcycles.” Honda itself states the bike is targeted to the “younger generation.” It is priced at 42,000 Rupees, which converts to approximately $900.

The Twister will make its Indian debut at the Auto Expo 2010 in New Delhi on January 5th. For more information check out HMSI’s Honda Twister microsite.

If it’s not headed here, what makes the new Twister newsworthy in the US? Well, it serves to contrast the American and Indian markets.

For starters, India buys motorcycles – a whole lot of them. Honda cites industry-wide motorcycle sales in India from January through November of 2009 topped 7.9 million units – making it the second-largest market behind China. HMSI sales alone are 980,000 units. Even more impressive, as the world-wide motorcycle market has contracted in 2009, the aforementioned Indian sales figures represent a 14% growth (HMSI sales up 10%).

MIC (Motorcycle Industry Council) data for 2008 lists total US sales at 1.1 million. Year-to-date estimates for 2009 show almost a 40% drop as of the end of September. US sales for 2009 won’t even come close to hitting the million unit threshold - barring a Christmas miracle of made-for-TV-movie proportions.

Honda expects to sell 220,000 of its new little street bike annually in India.

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maccoy -top speed of honda cb110  January 28, 2011 08:01 PM
what is the maximum speed of honda cb110
melardenio -great bike  December 30, 2010 03:14 AM
nice bike I saw this here in the philippines.. http://www.melardenio.com/2010/11/in-review-honda-cb110.html
sivananda -sivananda-honda cb twister  October 29, 2010 03:44 AM
I bought honda cb twister on march 10 2010, the bike is very good...the highest speed is 98km/hr..mileage m getting only 55km/ltr
sachin -bought a Honda Twister last month!!  July 19, 2010 10:08 AM
i have been riding this bike for last one month.its primarily for city riding.its giving me about 65-68Km/liter in city driving and 72km/liter on highway in top gear.bike is good for driving under speed of 70km/hour after which it slowly runs out power.top speed is 93km/hour.
twincam -mileage kings  July 10, 2010 09:30 AM
this is in reply to 'cold's query regarding the longeivity of indian bikes. here the first owner typically uses his bike between 50,000-60,000 kms and then sells it for about 1/3rd its original price(that would be in about 5 years). the second and third owners will perhaps use for about 30,000 kms each. the life of engines is about 1,50,000 kms before they need to be scrapped. 100 cc honda bikes sold by subsidiary hero honda have been regularly giving about 60-80 km/ltr and there are several examples which have been ridden in excess of 3,00,000/- kms before requiring major overhauls. high mileage is not a miracle in india- it is a necessity. here 100-150 cc bikes of other home grown manufacturers such as bajaj and TVS regularly give about 50-60 km/litre, though their engines are not as bomb proof as Hondas, they are more fun to drive and better styled. the roads are extremely cramped and crowded and pot holed most of the time. normally bikes are ridden between 20-50 km/hr and they touch 60-70km/hr rarely only if there is a lucky break. Indian bikes have very low power as mileage is the most important criterion, ranging between as low as 8 bhp for 100 cc bikes to about 21 bhp for 225 cc bikes. remember the typical bike rider must get a salary equivalent to about US$ 250-1000. so every Rupee counts. Moreover, petrol is not cheap, its about US$ 1.2/ltr. I got a Honda twister today. it is my 7th bike since 1984. i have owned 5 cars from 1996 but there is nothing to beat the comfort and ease of use ( in the indian context) of a small bike. the 200-250 ccs are gradually catching up in India, but as they are relatively cumbersome and sporty they are not doing the kind of numbers the small bikes do. hope this was useful. ride on mates. regards fro twincam.
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Neil -Just bought a used Suzuki TU250  April 6, 2010 01:06 PM
Five speed transmission. Fuel injection. 18 inch wheels. I've had 750s and 1000s and it's nice to ride to and from work and around town on something simple. Riding is just not always about speed and horsepower. We need some 125s and 250s and we need the marketing that would make them happen. Suzuki came out with the TU, I sat on it at Daytona in October and it was like the good old days. I found one used and rode it to and from work yesterday and it was perfect. I don't need 100+ HP in rush hour traffic. My Zuma 125 scooter tired me out with its slanted seat and feet position as well as horrid, useless suspension for anyplace without smooth roads. My sport bikes were also tiring in traffic. The TU gets the job done and it's fun. I am 5'10 and 49 years old. Done deal.
Alex_Zuzaane -Japs Doesnt do too good in Indian Market.  February 17, 2010 11:17 PM
Honda is facing stiff compition in Indian market. The twisters big brother called "Honda Unicorn" having cut throat threat from "Bajaj Pulsar" & "TVS Apache", from local componies. Even other Japs like Suzuki & Yamahas doesnt came to 1/10 of the sale fig of those indian componies.
Just go through the search for Bajaj Pulsar or Tvs Apache on Google, u will find how sensible those bikes are.
Price of those bikes ranged around $1500, And fuel efficiency around 50 kmpl. Yummy! ( Dont blame for so called CHEAP manufacturing for low price. If USA dont get bike at lower price, its fault of their own. Nothing to do with Indian at all!)
mcguire -sewer rat  February 12, 2010 04:22 PM
Cute bike but 110's are not going to go over big in the US. Too much testerone around here. Remember the Honda 350? I bet they sold millions of those here in the 70's. We have this thing in the US called interstate expressways and if you have ever been on a 100 (I had a 72 yamaha)and had a tractor trailer pass you doing 80 you would see what is holding the little bikes back...cute though
ntrudr_800 -USA NEEDS A BIKE LIKE THIS  February 6, 2010 02:21 PM
All of USA's cheap motorcycles have an MSRP of $2700 to $4000! Too much! I have a car. I do not have that much money lying around for a cheap bike! Also, these $4k bikes do not have odometers or tachometers. USA is getting screwed! I would love a $1000 Honda Cub 110 or a bike like this! Also, America's youth could afford to ride a $1000 bike! Hello? Television Commercials! Kids these day are always on the computer and could use a good 100cc Honda Motorcycle to get them out of the house! Thanks.
donmobay -owner touring co. dominican republic  January 9, 2010 05:37 AM
i like that bike.
down here it is very rare to see a s90 from the 60/s or 70/s 80/s.of course there are few but these are not used for commercial taxi/purpose.The new asian cb125's etc haven't been around long enough to see the life range.
We mostly get cheap bikes here.honda clones etc. A honda is close to double the price and almost never sold or traded once owned.Yamaha/kawasaki four strokes the same. The two strokers are sold once in a while, probably due to circumstance.
CrazyCarl -Developing Nations... the place to be for Motos...  January 8, 2010 11:51 AM
The moto market in the US is depressed largely because of our "high" standards when it comes to quality, looks, branding, support, etc. While that's good on many levels, on others it not. There's a whole world of bikes out there that make the good money for manufacturers like Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki. (Kawasaki, as near as I can tell, isn't as active in the developing areas as much as the other three.) And the money made on these bikes isn't in new unit sales but rather the parts and service which results from these small engine being used at or beyond maximum capacity. Simple bikes for simple bikes are much easier to manufacture locally and don't need to be shipped in from Europe or Japan, saving both money and time... and you KNOW this 110 is manufactured in India. At the end of the day, market activity means business activity which is the life line of any manufacturer. When the market shrivels up in one area, smart businesses will adjust accordingly and focus on another, which is what we're seeing here. Suzuki is thinking about not even bringing any 2010 models to the US because there's still surplus 09 stock around. By contrast, countries in parts of South and Central America, South Africa and other places like Egypt are seeing an explosion of variety in the moto market fueled by Chinese and Indian exports who, in turn, motivate the Big 4 to secure their pieces of the pie. Regarding Sam's comment about the vacant space between the engine and frame, it's probably worth noting that many people who'd buy these bikes probably won't care too much. The frame is designed to handle a 200cc engine but they plopped a 110 in there for economic reasons. Many similar bikes have MUCH worse exposed engine than that! CC
David Hartwig -Import this to the US!!!!  January 3, 2010 06:09 PM
I want one bad. I have no use for a Hyubusa that will do 200mph. I use a bike to commute year round and don't want a scooter. I also don't need a chick magnet, ego booster, weekend warrior. I want a reliable affordable small motorcycle. I think US motorcycle dealers have abandoned the low profit small bike markets. They all make them and I don't know why they deny us. Soon all they will have for a customer base is old men. PLEASE sell me one of these. Cash in hand.
allrider -i would like one  December 27, 2009 09:58 AM
having owned a few bikes (100cc-1000cc), i am a big fan of these high milage low maintenance bikes.every bike has a specific purpose and i think this would be a useful utility bike for me, plus its grest looking. do you know if it will be manufactured by honda brizil? i live in south america and the most popular models here are the honda cg (125cc) and honda twister (250cc). if anyone has a link to order one of these bikes please post.
timb -new bike  December 26, 2009 05:24 AM
Take off the plastics. . . . save another $100. Imitation of a GP-styled work bike seems odd, somehow.
Navin -abt the price  December 20, 2009 08:52 AM
this motorcycle is cheap at $900. do you know how indian government literally force the customers to buy cheap, lower cc motorcycles?TAXATION. this lower cc motocycle comes at a low price because of the low tax imposed on it. on the contrary, the liter bikes comes at a hefty price tag because of the 114% tax imposed on them. a 2010 R1 costs 1250000($25000), a cbr1k at 1500000($30000). busa the same as cbr, the duc 848 at 2163000($43260), and the most insanely priced motorcycle of em all, the duc 1098R at 4803000($96060)! in us i could buy an r8 with that kinda money + a couple 1000$s more!
Navin -@Cold  December 20, 2009 07:55 AM
i've previously commented here, well i still ride a 98cc 2 stroke yamaha. it is almost 20 years old with the odo showing 99999km and the speedo meter cable disconnected when i bought it an year ago. i have myself covered 20000+ kms after i got it repaired(so looking at its age and the fact that the previous owner was still using it for his daily tasks before he sold it to me, i'm expecting a 200000 kms +) reputed companies like yamaha, honda and suzuki manufactures good quality motorcycles here. all i can say is the parts will hold together considering our motoX style roads. some riders i know doesnt even bother to get the engine oil changed even after 10k kms. and as some others commented, the average life of a Mc is around 75000kms in india. just another info, in india, there is only one superbike sold for every 20000 small capacity commuters sold. the indian motorcycle market depends entirely on high mpg small capacity commuters.
Mxster -I agree  December 18, 2009 01:22 PM
If this were offered here in the US I would most deffinatelty ride this to work since I only live 5 miles from work. So this would be great for me. but it would have to be all black tho lol, too bad we'll never see it.
Tim B -Nice Looking Scooter  December 18, 2009 11:15 AM
If we had more nice looking scooters like this in American I might actually ride one!
sri -longevity  December 18, 2009 08:54 AM
motorcycles in india r considered useful until it doesnt dent the owners pocket for running costs.
Nick -Sammy's Math  December 18, 2009 07:15 AM
100 thousand kilometers is 62 thousand miles, not 621.

Sammy -Math  December 18, 2009 04:31 AM
621k miles...Or about that...
Romit Mankame -Longevity of a small capacity bike  December 18, 2009 02:26 AM
Well the average longevity of a small capacity bike is anywhere between 75000km to 100,000km. I will leave the conversion to you guys.
Albin -Longevity of small capacity motorcycles  December 17, 2009 07:33 PM
@Cold - Most of the motorcycles in India will be ridden for at least 100000 kilometers (one lakh) and that too Indian traffic conditions are harsh. Son longevity is not a problem.
Cold -Now this is interesting!  December 17, 2009 03:46 PM
Very interesting to see Indian readers commenting here - and a good day to you all! Since some of you might be reading, this American rider has a question for you. What's the typical longevity of a small, 50-150cc motorcycle as sold in India? How many miles/kilometers are put on most of them before the owners feel they've outlived their usefulness? I'd be interested to contrast the attitudes towards replacing a motorcycle from a market like India, where a motorcycle is very much an everyday means of transportation, versus the US, where it's mostly strictly a recreational vehicle...
Navin -220mpg  December 17, 2009 07:37 AM
we got some 125cc air cooled motorcycles which returns an even more impressive 200-220 mpg. so 160mpg for the CB is low from an Indian POV(though the CB 'll be miles better in quality)
Dwihary A Putro -the future  December 17, 2009 04:59 AM
let's face the truth... gas is by miles expensive and raising! One way or another 250cc below class-bike is our future, no doubt! styling-design? heck, nobody cares... as long as it 'up-date'
Yogesh Sarkar -100kmpl bikes!  December 16, 2009 10:32 PM
You guys haven't obviously seen other motorcycle models in India, which claim fuel mileage of up to 100kmpl! (102kmpl in case of TVS Star City, http://www.tvsstar.com/Starcity/Specification.asp) Heck, even the 150-180cc motorcycles here, return a true on road mileage of ~50kmpl.
sam -Bike  December 16, 2009 08:33 PM
seen the pics. of new bike....but i think styling is not that great..i mean they should have covered the gap between the cylinder as it appears to be very thin and all that gap around..tho it looks a bit good from the rear. i think Shine's styling is far far better. I donot know when the bike comes in the market, any further modification will be there.