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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.

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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.”

Honda

  • 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

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November 25th, 2014  |  Published in Honda, News

New Honda CB125F to make European debut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Honda CB125F to make European debut at Motorcycle Live

Honda Motor Europe has today announced details of a brand-new model set to make its European debut at Motorcycle Live, the UK’s biggest bike show, which opens this Saturday at The NEC, Birmingham.

The CB125F is extensively revised with CB-F family ‘naked’ style plus a responsive new chassis and six-spoke 18-inch wheels. Built for real-world usability, its new air-cooled engine delivers strong low to mid-range torque, and features a balance shaft and revised PGM-FI settings. Build quality is also enhanced, while purchase and ownership costs remain outstandingly attractive.

The model’s predecessor – the CBF125 – has long-proved a tough, user-friendly entry-level motorcycle. It has been the UK’s best-selling 125 machine for the past six years.

The 2015 CB125F is drawn from a fresh gene pool and while it maintains the previous model’s core strengths, it builds heavily on quality, ease of use and a desirable new look. It’s a great bike to simply get riders where they need to be – or from where to begin a lifetime of motorcycling.

 

 

 

 

November 19th, 2014  |  Published in Honda, News

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