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Honda has developed a new 670cc motorcycle engine, with powerful torque in the low-
Honda has developed the engine as a centre-
This new engine can be coupled with a lightweight, compact second-
The first machine to feature the new engine will be the Integra, a model based on the New Mid Concept revealed at EICMA (Milan show) in November 2010, although this machine will have limited availability in the UK due to mainland Europe being its primary markets. Two further models for 2012 will be unveiled at EICMA this November that will also incorporate the same engine technology and be available with both manual and DCT options across Europe.
Honda today confirms that the Crosstourer model unveiled as a concept (see images
above) at the 2010 EICMA show will go into mass production, and will be first revealed
at the 2011 EICMA Milan show in early November, followed by its UK debut for customers
to see at Motorcycle Live show from 19-
The Crosstourer will deliver all the fun and excitement of a sports-
Underpinned by Honda's V4 expertise, the machine will also be offered with the option
of Honda's innovative second-
Yosuke Hasegawa, leader of the Crosstourer development team said, "The Crosstourer
offers a high-
Honda's versatile ST1300 Pan European 'tourer' motorcycle has been chosen by the
AA (Automobile Association) to enhance its two-
The previous fleet of Silverwing 600 scooters and NT700VA Deauvilles, supplied by Honda (UK) in 2008, reached the end of their service and the AA has once again chosen Honda to supply the new fleet. In total, 50 ST1300 Pan Europeans, in the distinctive yellow AA livery, will be riding around the streets of London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Derby and Nottingham, as these areas are heavily congested areas and so best suit a mixture of two and four wheeled vehicles to service the AA's members.
The Pan European was considered the most suitable motorcycle for road-
Steve Ives, the AA's Chief Engineer, said: "We carried out an extensive evaluation of a number of different motorcycle models but the Honda Pan European tipped the balance on a number of counts. It has an exceptional carrying capacity as standard, so our patrols can carry extra tools and equipment without the need for pannier upgrades. Other considerations were its larger battery, which will allow us to charge car batteries using the bike, the shaft drive for improved durability, as well as its excellent handling and comfort for the rider. The Pan European is a very capable bike that will allow our motorbike patrols to respond to a wider range of breakdowns than before. We have always had great service from them in the past so look forward to welcoming the Pan back as the flagship of the AA motorbike fleet."
Honda (UK) is delighted to announce the acclaimed 'blood runners' charity, SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers), has been nominated by staff as the company's supported charity for the year.
SERV, a member of NABB (Nationwide Association of Blood Bikers), is a charity that transports blood, plasma, platelets, samples, vaccines and other urgently required medical items to hospitals completely free of charge. It is run by dedicated volunteers who receive no financial compensation for their time or costs, allowing the NHS to divert funds to where they are needed most.
Having formed in 1981 so celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, SERV is now
seeking to expand. This will enable them to provide a more comprehensive service
within their current fourteen operating areas across the South East which respond
to over 5000 emergency calls annually across the region -
Honda (UK)'s support includes a financial donation as well as ongoing fundraising
activities being organised internally with Honda employees undertaking their own
initiatives which are fund-
The association with SERV is also timely, as it coincides with the recent launch
of the latest mini-
This latest short film features a gentleman called Roger who volunteers for SERV
with his trusty ST1300 Pan European motorcycle. Roger voluntarily dedicates his evenings
to transporting blood from central blood banks to hospitals across his local area
in the home counties on his beloved Pan-
Tim Goodman, Chairman of SERV, commented, "We have some great Honda motorcycles on the SERV fleet and it is also the most popular choice of bike manufacturer amongst our volunteer blood runners who use their own machines as well" they have time and again proved to be an ideal equipment partner. We are absolutely delighted that Honda's staff have chosen SERV as their nominated charity. We believe the opportunity of a partnership with the Honda brand will provide enhanced recognition for SERV, and encourage a better public understanding of the ways in which socially caring businesses and not for profit organisations can work together to benefit the community at large."
Steve Martindale, Honda (UK) Motorcycles General Manager said, "SERV is a highly
regarded charitable organisation and the work they do, coupled with the dedication
and passion of their volunteer riders, is truly humbling and worthy of total support.
There were a number of motorcycling related charities we identified but our staff
voted unanimously to support SERV, mainly because it is a service which can potentially
benefit everyone and anyone, and not just those within the motorcycling industry
or community, and Honda and two-
To find out more about SERV and how you could get involved, support or donate, visit www.serv.org.uk or Twitter @SERV_Bloodbikes.
Honda has officially unveiled its revised CBR1000RR Fireblade for 2012, a model which celebrates 20 years of this iconic sports bike following its debut as a CBR900RR in 1992.
The new machine was revealed simultaneously at two world class racing events, the
Le Mans 24 hours round of the Endurance World Championship in France, and the eleventh
round of the World Superbike Championship in Imola, Italy, to great praise from attending
The revised Fireblade sports a new styling package with a more angular front end,
layered main fairing and revised tail section, with new front and rear suspension
providing a key new feature. Introduced for the first time on a production motorcycle,
an advanced new rear shock uses a double-
New fuel injection settings for the 999cc inline-
Final revisions to the Fireblade focus on its multi-
On hand to unveil the new machine were John McGuinness, 17 times TT winner and racing at Le Mans for the Honda TT Legends Team, and Jonathan Rea, rider for the Castrol Honda Team in the World Superbike Championship.
John McGuinness commented, "I've got a real soft spot for the Fireblade. I've ridden
it in many of its evolutions and different racing events over the years and had a
lot of success with it. In fact, some of the most memorable moments of my career
have been on the Fireblade -
Jonathan Rea said, "I feel like I have grown up with the Fireblade. It's such an iconic machine and it's an unbelievable feeling being the man to actually reveal the latest version. It really looks fantastic and I can't wait to get my hands on it."
Hirofumi Fukunaga, the 'Large Project Leader' for the 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade concluded, "This is a model allowing all sports bike lovers, including the most experienced, to savour the joy of owning the CBR1000RR Fireblade, while at the same time feeling more fun in sporty riding and more joy of riding than ever before, whether it be on winding open roads or at a circuit."
The colour schemes for the 2012 Fireblade include Pearl Sunbeam White (tri-
Honda today announces its comprehensive 2012 model line-
Honda’s much awaited 2012 full motorcycle model line-
The new models cover a huge range of rider needs and styles. Highlights include:
In addition to a total of 7 new models (Integra, NC700X, NC700S, Crosstourer, Vision 50, Vision 110 and Wave110i) and 6 upgraded machines (CBR1000RR Fireblade, GL1800 Gold Wing, VFR1200F, CFR450R, CRF250R and CRF150R), a total of 15 models will also be offered with new colours.