Yamaha Motor, Honda and BMW Motorrad collaborate for safer powered two-wheelers

Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd., BMW Motorrad, Honda Motor Co. Ltd. and are now collaborating to enhance Cooperative-Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS) applications in powered two-wheelers (PTWs) and working together to establish a consortium named Connected Motorcycle Consortium. According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed by all ACEM manufacturing members in 2014, C-ITS features will be introduced from 2020 onwards (ACEM: European association of motorcycle manufacturers, In order to accelerate this process, the three manufacturers will begin their cooperation in the field of C-ITS now.

The new cooperation was announced on October 6th 2015 at the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux (France), the world’s largest event for intelligent transport systems and services. The three partners also encouraged other motorcycle manufacturers to join the consortium so as to further increase safety in powered two-wheelers.

“In order to speed up more motorcycle-specific safety developments, we intend to cooperate to promote a successful implementation of C-ITS in motorcycles and scooters,” says Mr Tetsuo Suzuki, Operating Officer at Honda Motor Co., Ltd.. Mr Takaaki Kimura, Chief General Manager of Technology Center and Executive Vice President and Representative Director of Yamaha Motor Co.Ltd. adds: “Our companies are already active members of the Car2Car Communication Consortium, in which we work with car and truck makers and other stakeholders on common specifications and standards. We came to realize that the specific requirements of motorcycles are beyond the scope of this consortium, however. The next logical step is to enter into a cooperation dedicated solely to the challenges relating to powered two-wheelers.”

“Our aim is to promote a timely and comprehensive use of cooperative ITS systems in powered-two wheelers offering the potential to improve safety. We therefore encourage other companies to join us,” explains Prof. Dr. Karl Viktor Schaller, Executive Vice President Development BMW Motorrad.

The European Motorcycle Manufacturer Association welcomes the initiative

Antonio Perlot, ACEM Secretary General, stated: “This initiative is fully in line with the ACEM road safety strategy and shows the willingness of the motorcycle industry to increase safety for riders based on very concrete and practical developments.”

ITS technologies will contribute to motorcycle safety

If well considered and properly deployed, ITS technologies offer the potential to further increase safety, security and efficiency in all transport systems, in particular for motorcycles.

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) require the integration of information and communications technology including transport infrastructure, vehicles and users. Basic applications currently exist in GPS navigation systems, where real-time traffic information is provided such as rerouting advice based on traffic jams ahead. For road transport in particular, interoperable networked wireless communication between vehicles can enable road users to make coordinated and informed decisions about their route as well as allowing safer manoeuvring in busy urban environments.

ITS technologies are expected to generate particular safety benefits in regard to powered two-wheelers (PTWs), not least by offering a level of electronic communication which can be shared between riders and drivers of other road vehicles.

The three companies have already gained experience of connected vehicle technology in several European field tests. Together with car makers and major suppliers, BMW Motorrad participated in simTD (, a large scale field test carried out on connected vehicles in the greater Frankfurt area in Germany. Honda and Yamaha participated in DRIVE C2X (, a Europe-wide ITS field test project.

In view of the challenges experienced in these real world tests, the three manufacturers are now joining forces to evaluate the principles of cooperative intelligent transportation systems (C-ITS) to enhance motorcycle safety.

Motorcycle ITS systems will be different from those for cars

ITS systems designed for cars cannot simply be transferred to motorcycles. Due to the limited space available, electronic systems have to be smaller and be resilient to water, dust and vibration.

Since motorcycles exhibit different driving dynamics, software development and algorithms need to consider special requirements.

October 7th, 2015  |  Published in Honda, News, Yamaha

The Africa Twin is back! CRF1000L Africa Twin confirmed for 2015.

Honda is delighted to announce the return of one of motorcycling’s most celebrated and evocative names – the Africa Twin. Having clearly shown the direction of its development and intent with the reveal of the True Adventure prototype at EICMA in November 2014.

Nick Campolucci Head of Honda Motorcycles, Honda (UK) commented “We look forward to seeing the Africa Twin here in the UK, the return of this iconic name is already causing quite a stir and we’re looking forward to the excitement it will bring when it arrives in UK showrooms next year.”

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Some motorcycles encapsulate perfectly what an adventure motorcycle is all about. The original XRV650 Africa Twin – which debuted in 1988, after the first 3 out of 4 consecutive wins at the Paris-Dakar* – was one such machine. Its go-anywhere ability, rugged durability, easy-handling agility and all-day comfort made it the perfect partner with which to explore. And it helped to define a motorcycling segment that has now grown into one of the most popular worldwide. The new Africa Twin remains true to all the attributes and abilities of the XRV650 and its successor the XRV750, while adding the benefits of everything Honda has learnt on and off-road over the last decade, including Team HRC’s return to the Dakar in 2013**.

Furthermore, in a first for the category, the Africa Twin will feature the option of a new evolution of Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) *** technology, which remains unique to Honda in motorcycling. This latest evolution of DCT has been specifically developed and programmed to provide the off-road ability with which the Africa Twin is synonymous.

The all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin is set to redefine expectations of just what a large-capacity adventure motorcycle can and should be capable of, both on and off-road, and opens an entirely new chapter in Honda’s illustrious history of dual-purpose motorcycles made for true adventure.

May 18th, 2015  |  Published in Honda, News

New SH300i for 2015 season

The pinnacle of Honda’s SH range receives a host of improvements to enhance its engine response, carrying capacity, convenience and economy – all wrapped up in new, sharper bodywork.

Over a million SH scooters have been sold in Europe over the last 30 years and the letters SH have come to stand for premium performance and build quality, together with Honda reliability. The SH300i, with its compact, flat-floored step-through design and 16-inch front and rear wheels carries all of the SH signature touches, with maximum performance for both city and highway.


The new SH300i builds on the proven formula and features a brand new steel underbone frame with a slightly longer 1438mm wheelbase that offers increased under seat storage capable of holding a full-face helmet, whilst still providing the SH’s trademark agile handling. Subtle geometry changes create a slightly more upright, neutral riding position and the optimal combination of all-round visibility and easy ground reach from a seat height of 805mm.

Having built its reputation on punchy all-round performance and crisp throttle response, the SH300i’s 279cc liquid-cooled 4-valve single-cylinder engine – fuelled by PGM-FI – is now equipped with increased torque for instant acceleration in the low-to-mid range. It’s a strong, willing and well-balanced powerplant, perfect for dealing with aggressive city traffic while making longer journeys out of town a pleasure. For 2015, fuel economy has also been significantly improved through the use of low friction technologies and bearings. The low-emission engine is Honda’s first Euro 4-compliant unit.

The SH300i’s new lines exude strength and purpose. Fittingly for the machine that crowns Honda’s premium SH range, new front and rear LED lights inject more stylish desirability. The addition of a Smart Key also elevates convenience and security. The compact fob works in conjunction with a mode dial positioned in the right hand side inner front cowl to enable operation of ignition and seat release, whenever the rider is within two metres of the machine.

Up front, 35mm telescopic forks give supple ride quality and accurate control, matched by the preload-adjustable twin rear shock absorbers and cast aluminium swingarm. At 169kg (wet weight), 1kg has been shaved compared to the previous model, contributing to the SH300i’s light feel and nimble handling. Two-channel ABS is now standard fitment to the front and rear disc brakes.

A range of Genuine Honda accessories are ready for the SH300i owner to create their perfect long-range commuting partner, including colour matched 35L top box, heated grips, windshield and knuckle deflectors.

The SH300i will be available in six colours:

Pearl Cool White

Pearl Nightstar Black

Matt Cynos Grey Metallic

Moondust Silver Metallic

Pearl Siena Red

Pearl Pacific Blue

May 7th, 2015  |  Published in Honda, News

Honda reaches 300 million unit milestone in cumulative global motorcycle production

Tuesday 25th November, 2014 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that Honda’s cumulative worldwide motorcycle production reached the 300 million-unit milestone in September 2014, and held a ceremony at Kumamoto Factory, Honda’s primary motorcycle production plant in Japan, to commemorate this remarkable milestone.

A Gold Wing 40th Anniversary Edition produced at Kumamoto Factory became the 300 millionth motorcycle that Honda has produced globally. 2015_GL1800_Gold_Wing (2)

The 300 million-unit milestone was reached in the 66th year since Honda began motorcycle production in 1949 with the Dream Type-D.

The history of Honda’s motorcycle business began with the start of mass-production in Japan in 1949. Production outside of Japan began in Belgium in 1963, and since then Honda has been expanding its local production to many countries around the world based on Honda’s commitment to “build products close to the customer.” With a longstanding passion to create technologies that make people’s lives more convenient and fun, Honda has been developing and offering products that accommodate the diverse needs of customers in a large number of countries and regions around the world.

Having grown into a brand beloved by many customers around the world, Honda is currently producing motorcycles at 33 plants in 22 countries, sharing joys with its customers. Honda will continue offering products which fulfil the needs of its customers around the world.

Takanobu Ito, President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

“Thanks to support from our customers and all of the people involved in development, production and sales, Honda was able to reach the 300 million-unit milestone. We will continue to provide products that will please our customers in each country and region in the world.”


  • Founded in 1948 by Soichiro Honda, Honda is the world’s largest engine manufacturer.
  • Since 1986, it has been actively involved in robotics, and released the first ASIMO humanoid robot in 2000.
  • In 2006, Honda announced its plan to enter the aviation market with a compact business jet aircraft. The HondaJet is now entering the final stages of certification process.

Honda motorcycle facts

  • In 2013 Honda sold 16.8 million motorcycles worldwide, an increase of 8.7% compared to 2012.
  • It has been the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959.
  • The Honda Super Cub is the most-produced motorcycle in history. Cumulative worldwide production reached 87 million units in March 2014. It has been sold in more than 160 countries.
  • The Honda Gold Wing celebrates its 40th anniversary of production in 2015, This milestone is being commemorated with a Special Edition colour scheme for the GL1800 Gold Wing.
  • Honda has an unequalled record of success in motorcycle racing, having won 21 Constructors Titles in the premier class (known currently as MotoGP), 63 Constructors Championships and 697 races across all categories in the premier class.
  • 21 year old 2014 MotoGP champion Marc Marquez won a record 13 Grand Prix in the 2014 season.
  • Over 30,000 motorcycles equipped with Honda’s unique Dual Clutch Transmission have been sold in Europe since its introduction in 2010.

Kumamoto Factory

  • Established:  1976
  • Location:       1500 Hirakawa, Ohzu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto, Japan
  • Business:      Production of motorcycles and power products
  • Area:              Approximately 1,616,000m2
  • Production capacity:      160,000 units/year (including ATVs)
  • Employees:   Approximately 2,600 associates
  • Main production models:    GL1800 Gold Wing, CBR1000RR Fireblade, VFR800F, CRF off-road models, NM4 Vultus, power product engines, etc


November 25th, 2014  |  Published in Honda, News