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Honda kicks off the New Year aggressively


HONDA motorcycles have kicked-started the New Year rather aggressively by launching an array of newly updated models.

Honda’s off-road line-up has certainly benefited the most as the manufacturer introduces the new CRF110F, which is a brand-new motorcycle, and replaces the popular CRF70F. It’s aimed squarely at the eight to 11-year-old age groups, and happily accommodates heights of between 120cm to 145cm and weighs between 30kg to 50kg.

Primarily designed for leisure riding, it also provides a valuable stepping-stone to more competition-focused 125cc/150cc MX and enduro machines, and bikes like the CRF125F.

Adding to the new models is the evolution of the CRF250R. Honda’s engineers focused their efforts around the CRF250R’s engine and suspension performance. The engine’s response at low and mid-rpm has been boosted thanks to recalibration of the fuel injection, while the rear shock has been revised with new internals and damping rates. The front fork has a new, stiffer spring with damping to match.  With an improved overall package, the CRF250R will prove itself a worthy competitor.

Completing the CRF stable is the CRF450R, renowned for its ease of handling thanks to its highly rigid chassis. This machine is competition-focused with absolute power and utilises the sixth generation aluminium twin-beam frame to improve rider feel. The entire CRF range boasts the same family face and design to create uniformity.

Additionally, Honda has also reworked its crossovers, including the NC700XD and the VRF1200XD. The NC700XD crossover offers the long-travel suspension, agility and commanding riding position of an off-road bike in an overall package with high standards of stability, braking and engine performance. It promises a fun, engaging riding experience together with the practicality and ease of use that make it a machine eminently suitable for daily commuting.

On the NC700XD there is the option to enjoy this new engine with the second generation of Honda’s innovative Dual Clutch Transmission offering both manual gear-shifting and fully automatic. While The new VRF1200XD, a special edition model, combines sports touring features, such as the powerful V4 engine configuration also found in the VFR1200F, with features found on off-road motorcycles such as long travel suspension and an upright riding position for reassuring handling and grip. This crossover, between two biking genres, makes the Crosstourer a unique and versatile package.

Lastly, the Integra, which takes its name from the fact it integrates the ease of use of a scooter with the dynamic performance of a motorcycle. It has a feet-forward riding position, protection from the elements, internal storage and the option of an automatic transmission in the shape of the second generation of Honda’s innovative Dual Clutch Transmission; at the same time it offers stability and handling not found on a scooter. The result is a unique and desirable modern machine, conceived to deliver a totally engaging riding experience while benefiting from the environmental and safety technologies customers expect from a 21st Century vehicle.

All these newly updated models are available from Honda Dealerships.

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