Honda CBR500R ABS scoops two prestigious awards

Honda (UK) is celebrating success after the Honda CBR500R ABS model picked up winners’ accolades in the 2014 Awards presentations of two of the UK’s most well respected media titles – Motorcycle News and

Widely considered as the most prestigious awards in motorcycling, the 2014 MCN Awards were announced last week with the Honda CBR500R ABS being named as the ‘Best Sub-500cc Motorcycle’ for the second consecutive year. The A2-category machine is praised for its “eyebrow-raisingly good price” as well as its excellent handling and use of power.

The CBR500R ABS also scooped the accolade of ‘Best A2 Bike’ in the inaugural Visordown Awards, announced in September. The judging panel – made up of some of the industry’s most experienced road testers – deemed the machine to be a great all-rounder with excellent power delivery and a value-for-money price tag.

“We’re really pleased to collect both the MCN and Visordown awards for the CBR500R ABS”, said Nick Campolucci, Head of Motorcycles at Honda UK. “We wanted to create something that encapsulated the performance and quality of a Honda while appealing to the everyday rider with everyday needs. We even managed an everyday price tag!”

The fully faired twin-cylinder CBR500R ABS is aimed at riders looking to move up from a 125cc machine or those holding an A2 licence and provides an excellent first big sports bike experience. For the last two years, it has been the machine of choice for the one-make European Junior Championship, which runs alongside the World Superbike Championship and allows young riders to showcase their racing talent, developing the skills necessary for a racing career at world level.

The CBR500R ABS is available now through Honda dealers nationwide priced at £5,499 OTR and can be purchased on a three-year finance deal, which includes a free Super Sports Pack until 31 December 2014.

Other Honda models to receive special mentions in the awards were the CB650F, which was named runner-up in the ‘Best Naked Middleweight’ category in the MCN Awards, and the VRF800, which was voted Readers’ Choice in the ‘Best Sport Tourer’ category in the Visordown Awards.


October 28th, 2014  |  Published in Honda, News

Honda unveils brand-new Forza 125 scooter for 2015

Honda Motor Europe today announces a brand-new high-performance 125cc scooter for 2015. The Forza 125 is designed to offer more than any other scooter in its class – more all-round, class-leading performance from its four-valve engine and lightweight chassis designed for the perfect balance of highway performance and around-town agility; more visual appeal from its cutting edge style and premium full LED lights; and more practicality, with comfort for two, adjustable screen and massive storage capacity.

In designing the Forza 125. Honda’s aim was to create the ultimate 125cc scooter, offering today’s demanding consumer the best of both worlds: the highway ability and comfort of larger capacity ‘GT’ style scooters and the traffic-beating, sporty acceleration and easy-to-park utility of smaller, lighter machines.

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Brand new from front to back, the Forza 125’s slim exterior exudes an aggressive, sporting attitude and a dynamic, modern design and layout. Inviting ergonomics offer a perfect fit for both rider and pillion while the windshield is height adjustable to suit both highway and city riding. There’s 48 litres of storage room (enough for two full-face helmets) beneath the seat plus a 12V power socket in the glove box and – underlining its premium credentials – LED head and tail light.

The new 125cc liquid-cooled engine is a four-valve unit with an intake and exhaust system designed for strong mid-range and top end power. It offers swift pick-up from standstill, class-leading rolling acceleration from 55mph and strong high-speed performance. A host of low-friction technologies mean that this is combined with impressive fuel economy of approximately 123mpg (WMTC mode).

To manage city streets and cruise open highways, the steel frame – with carefully optimised wheelbase and steering geometry – employs supple 33mm telescopic forks and twin rear shock absorbers. A 15-inch front wheel provides stability and confidence, backed up by the 14-inch rear. Large diameter single disc brakes front and rear come with ABS as standard.

A range of purpose-built accessories is ready to tailor the Forza 125 perfectly to its owner’s lifestyle and includes heated grips, rear carrier and 35L colour-matched top box. The Forza 125 will be available in the UK from early Summer 2015 in three colour options: Matt Pearl Cool White with Matt Pacific Blue/Pearl Nightstar Black with Castagna Brown/Moondust Silver with Matt Cynos Grey


October 3rd, 2014  |  Published in Honda, News

LCR aims for two bikes in the MotoGP 2015 championships

The Honda satellite squad LCR is planning to expand its one-bike entry in the MotoGP with another addition from 2015.

Since 2006 it’s had a permanent one-bike entry, although it has occasionally entered a second wildcard entry.  Read the rest of this entry »

December 16th, 2013  |  Published in Honda, News

Ride to Work Day a Success for Honda’s Employees

Honda Supports RAFA huge number of Honda’s employees travelled to work on their motorcycles and scooters in celebration of the national Ride to Work Scheme.

The scheme aims to encourage motorcycle users to ride to work in an attempt to show the world how motorcycles can create less traffic, and also to show how enjoyable riding to work is. The campaign also aims to make road users aware of how cheap running a motorcycle can be with some motorcycles offering up to 160mpg and a significant saving on fuel. Read the rest of this entry »

September 30th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, Honda, News

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