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Honda reveals sneak peek at updated CB500F

Honda today released a preview image of the updated 2016 CB500F, the naked version in the 500 trio alongside the CB500X and the CBR500R. The CB500F and the earlier released CB300F both boast excellent manoeuvrability and a comfortable riding position along with great performance across the rev range, says Honda Canada. For 2016, the CB500F receives a number of important updates that will be announced at its international unveiling, scheduled for the upcoming EICMA Show (November 17-22).

The Honda CB300F, new in 2015 returns in black for 2016. With standard ABS, it is the most affordable in its class, making it an easy choice for all riders.

For more info on the CB300F ABS version visit http://motorcycle.honda.ca/model/naked/cb300fa/2016

 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:16 Published in Industry News


Lorenzo Takes Win and Title in Valencia (Exclusive IM report)

Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo led from lights off to the checkered flag to win both the battle and the war, earning his third career MotoGP World Championship and his fifth career world crown with victory at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain today. Lorenzo experienced almost race-long pressure from the Repsol Honda of outgoing two-time world champ Marc Marquez, as well as a late race push from on-form Dani Pedrosa on the second Honda, to earn his crown.

Sunday, 08 November 2015 13:12 Published in News


Uncle Colin's blog: Ready for Valencia? Rossi vs Lorenzo for all the marbles

Four days from now, we should know who has won the 2015 MotoGP World Championship. I say “should" since protests and ongoing legal wrangling might delay the official results.

This type of behavior is rare in bike racing, more likely in automotive competition. However the days following October 25 and the penultimate 2015 season round in Malaysia have confirmed that we live in interesting times.

Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:57 Published in Colin Fraser


New CBR500R highlights 2016 Honda CBR lineup

MARKHAM, ON (Oct. 15, 2015) – Honda is pleased to announce its 2016 CBR lineup, with the aggressive new styling of the CBR500R leading the way. Almost 25 years after the introduction of the CBR900RR, Honda’s modern sport bikes have always placed performance hand in hand with reliability.

“Since the introduction of both of the CBR500 and CBR300 models, we’ve seen a continuous increase in their popularity. The updated 2016 CBR500R is a striking new take on the larger of the two models. Both draw from the successful racing DNA of the CBR family but in entry level packages that have large appeal,” said Derek Verheyen, National Sales Manager, Motorcycle Division.

CBR500RA (ABS)
With all-new styling that offers a sharper, more aggressive look and refinements like LED headlights and taillights, the new CBR500RA adds great curb appeal to legendary performance and reliability. Other updates include a new muffler design, an adjustable front brake lever, optimized gear change feel, a hinged fuel cap on a larger fuel tank and better suspension. For increased security, the CBR500RA now uses a wave ignition key. The inline twin 500cc engine offers accessible power output that smoothly revs up to redline, while emphasizing low to mid-range torque for real world usability.

Genuine accessories are also available for the new CBR500RA. Those include heated grips, a U-lock, seat bag, hugger-type chain case, rear seat cowl, tank pad, AC socket and a carbon-look front fender. Also available in non-ABS
version (CBR500R).

• Colours:
CBR500RA: Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic, Millennium Red, Pearl Metalloid White
CBR500R: Millennium Red

CBR1000RA (ABS)
Long heralded for its excellent handling and stellar realworld performance, Honda’s legendary CBR100RR is back for 2016 with a 999cc liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder engine, assisted slipper clutch and twin-spar aluminum chassis. It’s offered in standard and ABS configurations. The SP version with stand-out premium features for track-day enthusiasts, including fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, Brembo front brakes, Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC tires, a special lightweight subframe and solo seat cowl.

• Colours:
CBR1000RA: Matte Black Metallic
CBR1000RR SP: Repsol Special

CBR600RA (ABS)
Returning to Honda’s 2016 lineup in a new Black/Ross White colour is the versatile CBR600RR, comprising an impressive package of handling, power, compact size and overall performance. Whether customers are looking to tear up the track, carve through the canyons, or commute to work, this versatile middleweight sport bike can handle it all. The popular and race-proven CBR600RR is available with Honda’s revolutionary Combined Anti-Lock Braking System (C-ABS), offering added confidence under less-than-ideal conditions.

• Colour: Black/Ross White

CBR300RA (ABS)
Value-oriented riders desiring sporty but user-friendly performance will be pleased with the return of Honda’s popular CBR300RA, the smallest-displacement model in Honda’s sport bike lineup. Known for being an incredible value, the CBR300R impresses with enough versatility that it also appeals to experienced riders. A single-cylinder engine with counterbalance shaft and a wide powerband combines with a narrow cross section to provide a light, nimble motorcycle that boasts excellent fuel economy. Customers can opt for either the ABS or non-ABS version.

• Colours:
CBR300RA: Lemon Ice Yellow/Matte Black, Candy Orange
CBR300R: Millennium Red

ABOUT HONDA CANADA
Honda Canada Inc. was established in 1969 and is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and
side-by-sides in Canada. The Honda Canada Motorcycle Division is responsible for sales, marketing, and operational
activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda Canada powersports
products, please visit: motorcycle.honda.ca. (All information subject to change without notice.) Pricing and
availability to be announced through honda.ca

Friday, 16 October 2015 10:46 Published in Industry News


From the road: Honda Gold Wing vs. F6B Comparo

My dad and I are currently half way through our epic US Rock 'n Roll Ride aboard the 40th anniversary Honda Gold Wing and its bagger brother, the F6B (check out the IM Facebook page if you haven't been following our ride already). We've put down over 3,000 km so far. So what's better - the classic Wing or its streamlined offshoot?

Monday, 06 July 2015 23:31 Published in Feature Stories


Honda launches Youtube channel for powersports division

@HondaCA • @HondaPowerCA • Honda Canada is pleased to announce the launch of a Powersports YouTube channel. The new channel is designed to attract, engage and educate viewers on the brand's impressive new lineup ranging from entry-level sport bikes to off-road motorcycles to ATVs.

These short, informative clips showcase Honda's most popular models, complete with spec information and stylish shots of the product, with easy-to-understand dialogue that encourages viewers to learn about the new models in a fun and casual environment. The official Honda Powersports Canada channel will provide the latest news and updates from the Honda Powersports family with new videos to be posted regularly.

The new channel will also include highlights from Honda's two national race teams -- the motocross riders who are supported by the Honda GDR team and the Honda Accelerated Technologies team featuring Sportbike and Superbike racer Jodi Christie.

Please check out the Honda Powersports Canada channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/RedRiderTVCanada. If you're a Youtube subscriber, Honda welcomes you to subscribe to the channel directly to get instant updates.

Friday, 26 June 2015 15:15 Published in Industry News


Honda Generators Celebrates 50th Anniversary‏

@HondaPowerCA * @HondaCA * MARKHAM, ON. (June 25, 2015) - Honda celebrates its 50th anniversary of generator production that transformed from humble beginnings to a pioneering legacy made evident today through its burgeoning business and comprehensive product line.			  

Thursday, 25 June 2015 13:33 Published in Products


IT'S ALIVE! Honda finally introduces MotoGP-based RC213V-S street bike

After years of speculation and months of anticipation, Honda finally unveiled its MotoGP-derived street bike, the RC213V-S, live on the internet from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya ahead of the weekend's MotoGP race.

Thursday, 11 June 2015 10:39 Published in Industry News


Honda Canada announces first returning 2016 models

@HondaCA • @HondaPowerCA • MARKHAM, ON. (May 13, 2015) – Honda today announced the return of the CRF recreational family of motorcycles to
suit the needs of a wide range of off-road enthusiasts. Along with the off-road line up returns a pair of street models:
the category-shattering NM4 as well as the efficient PCX150 scooter.

CRF TRAIL MODELS RETURN
In 2016, the CRF family of recreational models returns in its entirety. From the CRF-F series, a line that has been
instrumental in getting riders started, to the woods riding fun of the CRF250X and CRF450X the CRF brand offers
options for all riders from beginner through to racer.

CRF450X
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With an impressive enduro-racing win record, including
victory at the recent inaugural SCORE Baja Sur 500, the
CRF450X is a hit with trail riders and off-road racers, who
love its proven strength and durability. Inspired by the
CRF450R, the X-model is user-friendly and well suited for
a wide variety of off-road terrain, from wide open fire road
to single track. It has a smooth power delivery with plenty
of low-end torque and excellent throttle response, and the
superior ergonomics maximize comfort for long days in
the saddle. The bike delivers exceptional handling, thanks
in part to works-style front and rear suspension, as well
as Honda’s Progressive Steering Damper, which improves
cornering and increases stability at high-speed. Also
standard are a gear-driven counterbalance and electric start.

CRF250X
A hit with the enduro/trail crowd, the CRF250X is based on
Honda’s successful quarter-liter motocross machine, but
with off-road-ready features like a headlight, push-button
electric start, wide-ratio five-speed transmission and
T-ring-sealed chain. The bike is powered by a lightweight,
liquid-cooled four-stroke Unicam engine, while suspension
is handled by a 47mm inverted Showa cartridge fork and
Pro-Link single shock. Also standard are works-type front
and rear hydraulic disc brakes.

CRF230F
Ideal for riders who want to focus on fun rather than
frequently performing maintenance chores, the CRF230F
offers value and performance in a great-looking package.
It has a proven 223cc air-cooled engine, durable six-speed
transmission, plush suspension and electric start, and its
lightweight components, reliable platform and full-size
ergonomics make it great for adults and larger teens who
put a premium on their riding experience.

CRF150F
Offering fun, maintenance-free riding, the midsized
CRF150F is the logical choice for riders moving up from
its smaller siblings. Electric start simplifies the learning
process, while a smooth-shifting, five-speed transmission
makes for easy gear changes. The motorcycle’s compact
149cc four-stroke engine is small enough for beginners
but packs enough power to entertain experienced riders.
Above all, the CRF150F offers fun in an in-between size
that is hard to beat.

CRF125F/BIG WHEEL
Honda’s commitment to riders of all ages is perhaps most
apparent in the CRF125F. The easy-to-ride package is
offered in both a standard size and a Big Wheel version
that has larger-diameter rims and a two-inch taller
seat height, ensuring that riders of varying sizes can
find a motorcycle with just the right feel. Both versions
come equipped with electric start, a smooth four-speed
transmission and a 125cc, air-cooled four-stroke engine.
While they’re smaller in size, both versions combine
reliability and fun in a big way.

CRF110F
Built with beginners in mind, the CRF110F offers a great
first-ride experience in a reliable package, with a proven,
automatic four-speed transmission and the option to use
either an electric-start button or a manual kick-starter.
Youngsters can focus on the fundamentals of riding, while
a built-in throttle limiter enables parents to customize the
amount of available power depending on the rider’s ability.
The CRF110F is a great choice as that “next” bike or even
for first-time riders.

CRF50F

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When it comes to a young rider’s first motorcycle, few
would dispute that the CRF50F is the best choice around,
and for 2016 the littlest Honda returns with the same
durable, low-maintenance, controllable engine that built
its reputation. With an automatic clutch and an adjustable
throttle limiter, the CRF50F represents an unintimidating
gateway to the world of motorcycling.

NM4 AND PCX150 BACK FOR MORE FUN
To continue the excitement for 2016 model announcements,
Honda Canada welcomes back the NM4 and the PCX150 scooter.

NM4
Since its introduction, the innovative NM4 has
accumulated a fan base from all walks of life, including
people who previously paid no attention to motorcycling.
That’s understandable considering the model’s radical
sculpted styling with integrated storage, plus features like
a 25-colour LED display and integrated front and rear LED
lights. That radical design continues below the surface as
well, with its revolutionary 670cc fuel-injected parallel-twin
engine, plus rider-friendly attributes like a low seat height,
six-speed Dual Clutch transmission (DCT), anti-lock brakes
and a passenger seat that flips up to become a backrest
for the rider. For 2016, the NM4 returns again in limited
quantities and is sure to continue turning heads and
creating unique riding experiences.

PCX150
Known for being practical and versatile, the PCX150 is
great for customers who are looking for a highway capable
commuter and a fun way to get around town. Powered
by a low-friction, liquid-cooled 153cc engine, the PCX150
has a sleek and nimble design, comfortable passenger
seat and 12-volt accessory adapter for charging personal
electronics. With excellent fuel efficiency and an 8 litre
tank, visits to gas stations are few and far between. For
2016, the PCX150 comes in Matte Silver Metallic.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 16:19 Published in Industry News


First Ride: Honda’s 2015 CBR models

Honda Canada invited a large contingent of Canadian media to Savannah, Georgia in late March for an event focused on the company’s broad CBR lineup for 2015.

Monday, 06 April 2015 15:22 Published in Feature Stories


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