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Trevitt's Blog: What's a Qualifying Tire Worth?

At the final rounds of this year's Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship series, held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Dunlop offered qualifying tires to the top 10 riders for a separate, 15-minute final qualifying session. This was new for many of the competitors, as qualifying tires have not been used in the series for several years. Jeff Williams was one of the riders in the top-10 session, and I was able to get some data from the Accelerated Technologies Honda CBR1000RR that he was riding for the weekend.

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 11:23 Published in Andrew Trevitt


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


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


Honda introduces 2014 CBR1000RR and CBR1000RR SP

The original 1992 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade created a revolution in open class Super Sport
motorcycle design. Its combination of big-hitting litre-bike power and light, middleweight-size
chassis created a breathtaking – yet very useable – riding experience on the street and on the
track.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 14:09 Published in Industry News


Nesbitt debuts in AM Sport Bike and Superbike, Okubo shines in CBR250R action

Stacey Nesbitt made her CSBK AM Sportbike and Superbike debut at Round 2 of the series at the Autodrome in St-Eustache, QC.

Friday, 12 July 2013 16:42 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Inside Interview: Jodi Christie

Friday, 05 April 2013 10:57 Published in Multimedia


Christie Flies at 2013 Honda CBR600RR Press Launch at Chuckwalla

Honda Canada’s Jodi Christie was in California’s high desert on Tuesday, April 2 attending the launch of the latest CBR600RR at the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway facility.  The 21-year-old from Peterborough, ON, the reigning two-time CSBK Pro Sport Bike national champion, was excited to be on track for the first time since the final 2012 CSBK national round at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last August.

Thursday, 04 April 2013 12:38 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Honda outlines CBR250R National Series program; age restriction lifted

Honda has renewed its support of the Honda CBR250R Series for 2013, a program that introduces riders to motorcycle road racing. In a big move (and hopefully a welcome one in terms of bike counts), the previous year's age restriction will be lifted and riders of all ages will be allowed to compete.
"Honda recognizes the need to develop younger riders and, at the same time, recognizes that others above the previous age cap are also enthusiastic about racing the CBR250R," said a statement from Honda Canada.

Thursday, 04 April 2013 14:06 Published in Industry News


The New 2013 Hondas

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:14 Published in Multimedia