Honda fires up with new mod­els

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By MARK HINCHLIFFE

NAT­U­RAL dis­as­ters have not pre­vented Honda from re­leas­ing a huge range of new mo­tor­cy­cles.

The Ja­panese com­pany may have been crip­pled by the earthquake and tsunami in Ja­pan and the floods in Thai­land last year, but it is re­leas­ing seven new mod­els and six ma­jor model up­dates this year.

Honda has also ex­panded its car-de­rived dual-clutch trans­mis­sion op­tion to five mod­els.

The new mod­els are the In­te­gra maxi-scooter, NC700X and NC700S naked bikes, Cross­tourer ad­ven­ture tourer and three small scoot­ers (Vi­sion 50, Vi­sion 110 and Wave 110i).

Aus­tralia will not be get­ting the NC700X, Vi­sion 50 or Wave 110i.

The Vi­sion 110 is called the Dio NSC110 here and is al­ready in show­rooms.

The up­graded bikes are the CBR1000RR Fire­blade sports­bike, GL1800 Gold Wing tourer, VFR1200F sports tourer, and three dirt bikes (CFR450R, CRF250R and CRF150R).

The re­turn of the In­te­gra name­plate to Honda comes in the form of a 670cc scooter with dual-clutch trans­mis­sion, rather than a sporty car. It ar­rives early this year.

The most in­ter­est­ing new­comer is the Cross­tourer due early this year.

It will tar­get BMW’S long­time ad­ven­ture tourer king, the R 1200 GS, as rid­den around the world by ac­tors Ewan Mc­gre­gor and Charley Boor­man.

And like the BMW, it will have a so­phis­ti­cated trac­tion con­trol sys­tem.

It will also come with op­tion of dual clutch trans­mis­sion and will have com­bined an­tilock brak­ing, although how ef­fec­tive this is on gravel is yet to be seen.

Honda has also added two mid­size mo­tor­cy­cles, the NC700X naked com­muter and NC700S up­right cross­over, both with the op­tion of dual-clutch trans­mis­sion.

Aus­tralia will only get the com­muter.

The up­dated Fire­blade and Gold Wing ar­rive early this year, while the up­dated CFR mod­els are al­ready in deal­er­ships.

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