Honda – Motorcycle.com News https://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:00:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 <![CDATA[Yoshimura Introduces 2018 Honda CB1000R Exhaust, Fender Eliminator Kit]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/10/25/manufacturers/honda/yoshimura-introduces-2018-honda-cb1000r-exhaust-fender-eliminator-kit/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/10/25/manufacturers/honda/yoshimura-introduces-2018-honda-cb1000r-exhaust-fender-eliminator-kit/#respond Thu, 25 Oct 2018 23:28:58 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=78907 Yoshimura Introduces 2018 Honda CB1000R Exhaust, Fender Eliminator Kit
Some choice options from Yoshimura to clean up the tail of your Honda CB1000R, and add a little more power more]]>
Some choice options from Yoshimura to clean up the tail of your Honda CB1000R, and add a little more power.

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The brand-new Honda CB1000R is a naked bike that is built for taking on the streets. At Yoshimura we couldn’t  wait to get our hands on the new CB1000R and do some massaging of our own to perk up the new liter machine.

We replaced the stock muffler with our iconic Alpha T muffler profile to the liking of the new CB. The result is a 4% increase in HP and a 6.6% increase in torque! Now this new Honda has fire in its belly!

We also went to work on the stock rear fender with the goal of improving aesthetics and to save weight. Mission accomplished! Our new Fender Eliminator kit not only looks good, it is good! This kit features a Yoshimura Powder coated 6061 aluminum license plate frame, our new Shrink Solder Connectors and new improved weather tight DOT compliant LED license plate light. Another great feature it removes over
4 Lbs. of unwanted un-sprung weight.

When paired together our Alpha T and our Fender Eliminator saves 9 Lbs. of weight. Another win-win!

Proudly made in the USA!


2018 Honda CB1000R Street Alpha T SO SS/SS/CF
Part #  12101BP520
MSRP: $579.00
QUALIFIED MANUFACTURER DECLARED “REPLACEMENT PART”

2018 Honda CB1000R Fender Eliminator Kit
Part #070BG121010
MSRP: $139.95

Stock muffler weight: 9.3 Lbs.
Stock fender weight: 5.1 Lbs.

Yoshimura Alpha T SS/SS/CF Slip-on weight: 4.6Lbs.
Yoshimura Fender Eliminator weight: 0.9Lbs.

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<![CDATA[Yoshimura Announces 2019 Honda CRF450X Exhaust Systems]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/10/24/manufacturers/honda/yoshimura-announces-2019-honda-crf450x-exhaust-systems/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/10/24/manufacturers/honda/yoshimura-announces-2019-honda-crf450x-exhaust-systems/#respond Wed, 24 Oct 2018 18:34:45 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=78795 Yoshimura Announces 2019 Honda CRF450X Exhaust Systems
Yoshimura has wasted no time in developing an exhaust system for the CRF450X more]]>
Honda’s new line of CRF450s are sure to be hugely popular. Yoshimura has wasted no time in developing an exhaust system for the CRF450X. Read more below.

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Red Rider off-road fans can now rejoice as Honda has now released their CRF450X. A serious offering to take on the 450cc off-road category.

As soon as we got our hands on the CRF450X we rolled up our sleeves and went to work. The goal – improve power in every area we could while keeping the goal making the new 450X easier to ride in a variety of off-road conditions. We tailored the power delivery to give the machine more usable rideablity.  Power is up and weight is down for a win-win situation for the new red off-road machine.

Benefits for the 2019 CRF450X Yoshimura RS-4 system include:

– Significant power gains with both slip-on and full system
– Full system incorporates a more “tucked in” header design, making it less susceptible to damage
– Header boasts a thicker 18 gauge spec that provides better protection in off-road conditions
–  A USFS spark arrestor is included with slip-on and full system

If you’re serious – it’s only Yoshimura. Proudly made in the USA!



2019 Honda CRF450X Enduro RS-4 SO SS/AL/CF
Part # 224502D320
MSRP: $569.00
QUALIFIED MANUFACTURER DECLARED “REPLACEMENT PART”

2019 Honda CRF450X Enduro RS-4 FS SS/AL/CF
Part # 224500D320
MSRP: $729.00
QUALIFIED MANUFACTURER DECLARED “REPLACEMENT PART”

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<![CDATA[Marc Marquez Reveals Some Interesting Moments In His 2018 Title Chase]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/10/24/racing/marc-marquez-reveals-interesting-moments-2018-title-chase/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/10/24/racing/marc-marquez-reveals-interesting-moments-2018-title-chase/#respond Wed, 24 Oct 2018 17:40:50 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=78783 Marc Marquez Reveals Some Interesting Moments In His 2018 Title Chase
Marc Marquez sits down with Red Bull to reveal some interesting moments in his 2018 title chase more]]>
In this exclusive interview conducted by Red Bull – one of the primary sponsors of Repsol Honda – Marc Marquez let’s known some of the surprises and defining moments of the 2018 season. This, of course, after he had secured his fifth MotoGP title in six years at the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.

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Marc Márquez has revealed the crucial moments in the 2018 MotoGP World Championship season thus far that helped him seal his fifth title in six years racing motorbikes at the elite level.

Márquez won the Japanese GP at Motegi on Sunday to create enough of a gap from Italian Andrea Dovizioso and MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi to seal his fifth title at the tender age of 25.

The Spaniard has won seven world titles, if you include his 2010 125cc and 2012 Moto2 triumphs, and needs two more to match Rossi in the all-time 500cc/MotoGP standings and three to match Giacomo Agostini.

Here are a selection of answers from an exclusive Márquez interview in Japan:

Who was the surprise rider of the season for you? Who impressed you?
I already expected a really strong rivalry with (Andrea) Dovizioso and he was very, very fast but, maybe, the one that surprised more in one part of the season was Jorge Lorenzo because he was very, very strong in the Mugello race. He surprised me because last year he struggled a lot with Ducati and this year he was very fast.

What has been the defining moment of 2018 so far?
Aragon because, the second part of the season starting in Brno (Czech Republic GP), Ducati riders were very, very strong, very fast and winning all the races. They were catching me step by step and it was important in Aragon to stop that philosophy. That was nice because I was able to win, increase my advantage and get the confidence again.

How did 2018 compare to your 2017 title triumph?
2017 was harder in terms of competition. I started in a very good way this season. I got an advantage and it is easier to manage your confidence but, in the last part of the 2017 season, we were fighting with Dovizioso and it was much more stressful with so few points between us.

How do you handle the pressure? What’s the best way to unwind?
I like to have the pressure because when I have it, I work in a better way. I have extra motivation and extra concentration. I like it. Of course sometimes in a home GP, or something like this, you try to forget and the best way to forget this pressure is to ride the bike. Just trust in your instincts, trust in your talent, keep on riding and try to find a flowing mood.

How do you handle always being the leader of the pack, the man everyone always wants to beat?
This is maybe the most difficult thing. To always be the guy that everybody wants to beat. For example, in some races I finish third or out of the points, and people say, ‘Why do you finish third?’ This kind of pressure is the most difficult to control because you feel the pressure from the fans and especially from the press and the journalists. I know that each weekend I need to fight for the victory because otherwise people will ask, ‘What is going on?’ It is a good way also to understand that we are there and we have the level.

Records are there to be broken. Are they in your mind or will you only think about them once retired?
Honestly speaking, I never thought about the records or I never will think about them. It comes naturally if you work in a good way. You need to enjoy the moment and then everything will arrive. Records are, of course, important but the most important are the titles. Try to fight every season for a new title.

Marc Márquez fact file:

Age: 25
Nationality: Spanish
Place of birth: Cervera
2010 125cc World Champion
2012 Moto2 World Champion
MotoGP debut: 2013
MotoGP team: Repsol Honda
Third place in MotoGP debut at 2013 Qatar Grand Prix
First MotoGP title: 2013 with six wins and 334 points
Overall MotoGP titles: 5
MotoGP pole positions: 50
MotoGP victories: 43
MotoGP podiums: 76

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<![CDATA[American Motorcyclist Association Announces 2019 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/10/17/events/american-motorcyclist-association-announces-2019-ama-vintage-motorcycle-days/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/10/17/events/american-motorcyclist-association-announces-2019-ama-vintage-motorcycle-days/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:35:28 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=78681 American Motorcyclist Association Announces 2019 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days
Honda to be the featured marque at the 2019 AMA Vintage Motorcycle days more]]>
If you’re a fan of vintage motorcycles, then the AMA Vintage Motorcycle days is not to be missed. For 2019 Honda will be the featured marque, as the company celebrates the 50th anniversary of the CB750, and the 60th anniversary of American Honda. Read on for more info.

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The American Motorcyclist Association welcomes Honda Motorcycles as the sponsor and featured marque of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Honda Motorcycles, America’s grandest celebration of vintage motorcycles and the people who love them. The event is July 5-7, 2019, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

“The staff at American Honda is very excited to be sponsoring AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days,” said Manager of Experiential Marketing Keith Dowdle. “As a member organization, the AMA stands proud as the representative for those of us who love motorcycles, and AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days brings together generations of people and motorcycles that reflect the true passion of our customers and the brands that they love.”

In addition to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking CB750, which Honda introduced in 1969, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will acknowledge the 60th anniversary of American Honda Motor Co. Inc. The North American subsidiary of Honda Motor Co. was founded in 1959.

“What does a multi-national corporation do when it’s taking the world by storm with small bore, functional two wheelers, like the Honda Cub, the Dream and the CB450?” asked AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “If you’re Honda, you go in an entirely different direction and invent the original superbike — the CB750 — and you change motorcycling forever. That ingenuity and influence has driven innovation across the American motorcycle landscape for generations, and we’re excited to honor it all at the 2019 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Honda Motorcycles.”

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course President Craig Rust encouraged everyone to come out and celebrate the holiday at the track.

“AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio is a great family fun event, and with it being held over the Fourth of July weekend in 2019, that only makes this summer tradition more special,” said President of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Craig Rust. “We are thrilled to see Honda come on board for next year’s event and encourage all motorcycle enthusiasts to come out and join us for this wonderful celebration of motorcycling.”

AMA members can purchase discounted tickets now at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com. All camping and RV passes, as well as non-AMA member ticket sales, will be available at www.mid-ohio.com in December.

The Grand Marshal honoree, an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer who has played a significant role in Honda’s history in America, will be announced soon.

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Honda Motorcycles, welcomes riders and racers of all brands to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the annual event. All activity at the event will financially support the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the 501(c)(3) that raises money for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Honda Motorcycles, will feature vintage competition in road racing, motocross, hare scrambles and trials at Mid-Ohio and flat track racing at the nearby Ashland County Fairgrounds. Riders in these disciplines are racing for national championships or national championship series points. In addition, there will be exhibition pit bike races and dirt drags.

The event will include vendors from all areas of motorcycling, selling gear and services for motorcycles old and new. Past vendors have included vintage and modern gear sellers, painters and pinstripers, parts and tools dealers, community garages and much more.

There will be a drawing for a vintage raffle bike that raises additional funds for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. In 2019, the winning ticket will be drawn for a 1951 Harley-Davidson Panhead.

Motorcycling experts will speak on numerous topics at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Honda Motorcycles, including motorcycle restoration and travel. Speakers often include AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers — true legends of the sport.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show recognizes exceptional examples of motorcycles from all eras and countries of origin. Bike owners are encouraged to bring out their best original and restored machines for fans to appreciate.

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Honda Motorcycles, will also include North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, with more than 700 spaces of vintage motorcycles, parts, gear and memorabilia.

In addition, demo fleets will be on hand for riders to experience some of the best modern motorcycles available to purchase today.

Much more takes place at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days for photos, video and articles from past events, see www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.

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<![CDATA[Yoshimura Introduces Fender Eliminator for 2019 Honda Monkey]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/10/17/manufacturers/honda/yoshimura-introduces-fender-eliminator-2019-honda-monkey/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/10/17/manufacturers/honda/yoshimura-introduces-fender-eliminator-2019-honda-monkey/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:11:50 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=78669 Yoshimura Introduces Fender Eliminator for 2019 Honda Monkey
The Honda Monkey might have only been available for a few weeks now, but already Yoshimura has developed a fender eliminator kit for it more]]>
The Honda Monkey might have only been available for a few weeks now, but already Yoshimura has developed a fender eliminator kit for it. Check it out below.

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Cleaning up the back of the 2019 Honda Monkey is easy, just add a high-quality Yoshimura Fender Eliminator Kit.

This new kit comes with a Yoshimura powder coated 6061 aluminum license plate frame, our new Shrink Solder Connectors, and the new and improved weather tight DOT compliant LED license plate light.

Proudly made in the USA!


2019 Honda Monkey FE kit pricing and info
2019 Honda Monkey Fender Eliminator Kit
Part # 070BG121300
MSRP: $129.95

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<![CDATA[Yoshimura Monkey Exhaust]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/10/16/manufacturers/honda/yoshimura-monkey-exhaust/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/10/16/manufacturers/honda/yoshimura-monkey-exhaust/#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:37:12 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=78651 Yoshimura Monkey Exhaust
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You know they’re going to sell a few of these. Yosh says its RS-3 pipe boosts max horsepower over 7%, max torque over 3%, and gives improved monkey jungle noises at full chatter.


Yoshimura Press Release:

2019 Honda Monkey Exhausts,
it’s time to Monkey around!
CHINO, CA (October 11, 2018)
Without a doubt one of the most anticipated new bikes for 2019 is the Honda Monkey. Using a platform of the best-selling Grom, Honda added in a slew of cool new retro styled fun and the Monkey is sure to bring miles of smiles.

For Yoshimura, getting the details right on the Monkey was critical. Sure we added performance. Our full system max HP is up 7.3% as well as max torque being up 3.1%, but the sound had to be fitting for the new two-wheeled primate – enter the custom developed pint-sized RS-3. With a custom hard anodized cap featuring a titanium tip,
a special inner core baffle, and an integrated heat shield, this little guy delivers style, performance, tone and fun! Our Race Series full system even includes an 18mm o2 sensor. Its all about the details on this new system for the new Monkey!

Our Monkey Fender Eliminator is coming soon!

 Proudly made in the USA!

2019 Honda Monkey with Yoshimura RS-3 SO SS/SS/TI
RS-3 slip-on Dyno
The RS-3 slip-on adds fun, performance AND sound! CLICK HERE!
2019 Honda Monkey with Yoshimura RS-3 FS SS/SS/TI
2019 Honda Monkey with Yoshimura RS-3 FS SS/SS/TI
RS-3 features a hard anodized aluminum cap with titanium tip and custom rivet band.
Its all about the details with this little primate!
RS-3 full system Dyno
Take a listen to the Money with the RS-3 full system CLICK HERE!
2019 Honda Monkey FS/SO pricing and info
Slip-on high resolution images can be found here:
Full system high resolution images can be found here:
 
2019 Honda Monkey Street RS-3 SO SS/SS/TI
Part # 12130B5500
MSRP: $ 549.00

QUALIFIED MANUFACTURER DECLARED “REPLACEMENT PART”

2019 Honda Monkey Race RS-3 FS SS/SS/TI
Part # 12130A5500
MSRP: $ 629.00 
 QUALIFIED MANUFACTURER DECLARED “MODIFIED PART”
2019 Honda Monkey Fender Eliminator Kit
Part # COMING SOON!
 
Stock Full system weight: 11.2  Lbs.
Yoshimura RS-3 SS/SS/TI Slip-on weight: 5.8 Lbs.
Yoshimura RS-3 SS/SS/TI full system weight: 5.5 Lbs.

    

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<![CDATA[Honda CBR600RR: Still Feisty After All These Years]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/09/19/manufacturers/honda/honda-cbr600rr-still-feisty-years/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/09/19/manufacturers/honda/honda-cbr600rr-still-feisty-years/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:25:09 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=78211 Honda CBR600RR: Still Feisty After All These Years
Stock, the Honda CBR600RR may not be the most potent weapon, but these pieces can make a difference more]]>
In stock form the Honda CBR600RR may not be the most potent weapon, but these aftermarket pieces can really make a difference in performance.

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While the Honda CBR600RR has gone unchanged since 2013 and been surpassed technologically by its competition in the middleweight sportbike market, many racers find that it’s still a competitive weapon on the track while street riders know that it’s one of the most comfortable and reliable 600cc machines ever built. Kyle Smith is currently ranked tenth in points in World Supersport competition on the CIA Landlords Insurance CBR. American Honda chose not to import the middle CBR in 2018 but has released information about a new model all set for 2019. The 2013 and newer CBR600s can be made lighter, better looking and sounding and more ready for the track.


The Full Spectrum Power Pulse IPT 9 battery is the lightest, most powerful battery you can put in your Honda CBR600RR. Measuring just 5.9 x 3.4 x 3.7 inches and weighing only 2 lbs., it will drop right into your CBR. (The stock battery weighs over 5 lbs.) It’s part of a series of entirely new batteries that are the lightest and most powerful lithium powersports batteries available today. Each one is individually fitted to your bike and has features unavailable in any other similar battery. Full Spectrum Power is the only lithium powersports battery made in the USA. Certified safe for shipping by the United States Department of Transportation and the United Nations.

Pulse IPT P.9 Battery

Batteries for Other Motorcycles


The Competition Werkes GP Race Slip-On Exhaust for the 2013 and newer Honda CBR600RR takes off pounds of weight and increases performance while making the CBR look and sound much, much better. Made from the finest stainless steel tubing, it is welded instead of bent to avoid weak spots, just like a MotoGP pipe. Much more affordable than a full system. Made in the USA.

Slip-On Exhaust


The Competition Werkes Fender Eliminator for the 2013 and newer Honda CBR600RR mounts in the stock location and is made of stainless steel. It replaces the heavy and bulky stock rear fender and comes complete with LED turn signals, license plate light, all mounting hardware and easy-to-follow instructions that make installation a breeze. The best improvement in looks for the least amount of money.

Fender Eliminator


Carbonin Avio Fiber fairings (epoxy resin) are an alternative to standard fiber glass fairings (GFK) because they are lighter, stronger and more flexible. Reinforced with carbon fiber, these fairings are of the high standards required by professional race teams for perfect fitment and ease of installation and removal. The Carbonin Avio kit for the Honda CBR600RR comes complete with all the replacement panels prefitted with Dzus fasteners. The kit can be supplied pre-painted with your logos. Send us a message for more information.

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Carbonin Avio CBR600RR Bodywork


Taking your CBR600RR to the track? Check out the Aim Sport Solo 2 GPS Lap Timer. The new Solo 2 is a completely automatic lap timer based on the latest GPS technology from AIM. It receives data from two satellite constellations, GPS and GLONASS, making it much faster and more precise than the previous version. Lap times are calculated every 2/100 of a second. The Solo 2 displays and records speed, acceleration and braking. When the Solo 2 is powered up, it automatically recognizes the start/finish line coordinates of the track you are visiting based on the huge list of world tracks stored on Solo 2’s internal memory and starts sampling and displaying lap times automatically. At the end of the day, you can review all the key information on the Solo 2. All of the GPS and ECU based data recorded on the Solo 2 can be analyzed with the Race Studio 3 professional software. Graphs, histograms and tables will help you understand your performance at all positions on the track. There is no better device to help you improve your performance than the Aim Sport Solo 2.

Aim Sport Solo 2 GPS Lap Timer


Nothing says “Professional” like custom-designed team shirts. At FLEX Racing, we have years of experience designing team shirts for racers. Turn-around time is quick and the price is surprisingly low. Send us a message for more information.

Team Shirt Request


FLEX Racing Canopies let you display your image and your sponsor logos up to 70 square feet in size.

All three walls on FLEX Racing 10 foot x 10 foot canopies can be printed on both sides, giving you up to 420 square feet to post images of yourself, your sponsor logos or anything else you like.

Our 10 foot x 20 foot canopy gives you up to 560 square feet.

Imagine the possibilities!

Unlimited design consolidation is included in every purchase to make FLEX Racing your first choice for custom event materials.

For a quote, send us a message.

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Flex Racing Canopies

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<![CDATA[2018 Honda CRF250R Recalled for Clutch Failure]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/08/16/recall-2/2018-honda-crf250r-recalled-clutch-failure/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/08/16/recall-2/2018-honda-crf250r-recalled-clutch-failure/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:26:46 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=77482 2018 Honda CRF250R Recalled for Clutch Failure
Honda is recalling all 2018 CRF250R motocross bikes because the clutch basket can break, potentially causing the engine to lock up and increasing the risk of a crash. The recall affects about 3,200 motorcycles in the U.S. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, American Honda has received 19 reports of clutch failures, including […] more]]>
Honda is recalling all 2018 CRF250R motocross bikes because the clutch basket can break, potentially causing the engine to lock up and increasing the risk of a crash. The recall affects about 3,200 motorcycles in the U.S.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, American Honda has received 19 reports of clutch failures, including two that resulted in the engine locking. No injuries were reported.

Here’s what Honda has to say about the recall:


Honda Issues Safety Recall for 2018 CRF250R

American Honda is conducting a safety recall, in conjunction with CPSC, to replace the clutch basket and judder spring on all 2018 CRF250R motorcycles. Under certain conditions, the clutch basket can break and possibly cause the engine to lock up, increasing the risk of a crash and injury hazard.

All registered owners will receive a letter about the safety recall. The clutch basket and judder spring will be replaced with modified parts and the repair will be carried out at no cost to the owner. Dealers have been instructed to stop selling new or used 2018 model-year CRF250R motorcycles until the issue has been rectified.

Additional assistance is available from Honda Motorcycle Customer Support at 866-784-1870, or online at http://powersports.honda.com. (Click “Recall Information” at the bottom of the page.)


And here’s the U.S. CPSC’s statement:


Off-Road Motorcycles Recalled by American Honda Due to Crash and Injury Hazards (Recall Alert)

Recall Details

Description:

This recall involves all 2018 Model Year CRF250R off-road motorcycle s. The recalled motorcycle s were sold in a red color. The names “HONDA” and “CRF250R” are printed on the sides of the motorcycle. The model name and model year are printed on a name plate label located at the front right top of the frame, near the steering head.

Remedy:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled off-road motorcycles and contact their local authorized Honda Powersports dealer to schedule an appointment for a free repair. Honda is contacting all known purchasers directly.

Incidents/Injuries:

American Honda has received 19 reports of clutch failure, including two that led to engine lock up. No crashes or injuries reported.

Sold At:

Authorized Honda Powersports dealers nationwide from November 2017 through July 2018 for about $8,000.

Manufacturer(s):

American Honda Motor Company Inc., of Torrance, Calif.

Manufactured In:
Japan
Recall number:
18-759

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<![CDATA[Dream Yuga Sales Boost Hondas Bottom Line]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/08/01/manufacturers/honda/dream-yuga-sales-boost-hondas-bottom-line/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/08/01/manufacturers/honda/dream-yuga-sales-boost-hondas-bottom-line/#respond Wed, 01 Aug 2018 22:30:46 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=77259 Dream Yuga Sales Boost Honda’s Bottom Line
Big Red sold more than 800,000 Activa scooters in India last quarter more]]>
According to this story at Morningstar.om, Honda’s motorcycle sales were up 14% in the last quarter, bolstered by strong sales in particular in India, where the Dream Yuga is a big hit. Honda raised profit projections for the full fiscal year ending in early 2019.

The Morningstar.com story goes on to say:

“The bulk of its motorcycles are sold in poorer nations, often for less than $1,000. But they are profitable. Honda’s operating margin for its motorcycle business was 16.6% for the June-ended fiscal first quarter, compared to 5.3% for its car business.

“In India, Honda’s biggest motorcycle market, sales grew by 28% in June. It sold more than 800,000 Activa scooters there during the quarter. The bike starts at around $800. Another popular model, the Dream Yuga, is targeted at younger Indians and comes in colors with names like lemon-ice yellow.

How about a nice new Activa for $800?

“Honda became famous in the 1950s for its motorcycles and entered the car market only later – an unusual heritage for car makers. Today, revenue from cars far outweighs motorcycles, but profit from the inexpensive bikes is bailing out Honda’s car business, some of which is literally underwater.

“Honda said Tuesday that its auto plant in Celaya, Mexico, was damaged by floodwaters and wouldn’t resume production until mid-November. The factory produces the Fit subcompact and the HR-V small sport-utility vehicle.

“The company said the plant shutdown will reduce operating profit by Yen50 billion ($450 million) this fiscal year and reduce sales volume in North America by 75,000 units.

“An even bigger hit – an estimated Yen75 billion – will come from rising raw-material costs, Honda said. Prices for steel and aluminum have risen sharply, particularly in the U.S. as a result of tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump’s administration. That makes foreign steel more expensive and allows domestic producers to raise prices, boosting costs at Honda’s production facilities in the U.S.

“Honda also produces more than 200,000 vehicles in Mexico, including some of its best-selling models. Seiji Kuraishi, Honda’s chief operating officer, said the “biggest impact” from trade conflicts would come if there were changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, which allows Honda to export freely to the U.S. from Mexico.

“Overall for its latest quarter, Honda posted profit of Yen244.3 billion, up 18% from a year earlier, while revenue climbed 8.4% to Yen4 trillion.”

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<![CDATA[Honda UK Offering Free Tracking Devices with All New Motorcycles]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/07/04/manufacturers/honda/honda-uk-offering-free-tracking-devices-motorcycle-purchases/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/07/04/manufacturers/honda/honda-uk-offering-free-tracking-devices-motorcycle-purchases/#respond Wed, 04 Jul 2018 21:56:22 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=76789 Honda UK Offering Free Tracking Devices with All New Motorcycles
To help combat motorcycle theft, Honda UK will offer free tracking devices with the purchase of all on-road motorcycles. The devices will allow owners to keep track of where their motorcycles are and can help  authorities recover their bikes if they get stolen. Honda claims the TrakKING Adventure devices from Datatool have produced a recovery […] more]]>
To help combat motorcycle theft, Honda UK will offer free tracking devices with the purchase of all on-road motorcycles. The devices will allow owners to keep track of where their motorcycles are and can help  authorities recover their bikes if they get stolen. Honda claims the TrakKING Adventure devices from Datatool have produced a recovery rate of 90%.

The devices typically cost £349 (US$461.80), and Honda UK will cover the cost of the equipment and installation. New owners will, however, be responsible for the subscription fees which come in at around £10 (US$13.25) a month.

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Honda becomes the first manufacturer to provide free motorcycle trackers

Honda Motorcycles UK has joined forces with Datatool in the first partnership of its kind to offer tracking equipment fitted free-of-charge to riders of every single on-road Honda motorcycle. Available on purchases from Monday 2nd July 2018, the initiative is part of Honda’s ongoing commitment to advance motorcycle safety and security.

New Honda Motorcycle customers will have the option of receiving Datatool’s innovative Thatcham-approved tracking solution – TrakKING Adventure system, supplied and fitted at no extra cost by Honda dealerships. Honda is also offering existing owners a discount on purchase and installation costs. The only cost to the customer is the ongoing 24/7/365 monitoring subscription.

In addition to the automatic theft monitoring and instant notification, Datatool TrakKING Adventure provides a detailed journey history with every journey automatically uploaded to the cloud for later review, as well as the ability to provide location and event-based alerts.

Once activated, the TrakKING Adventure software allows riders to record and review their routes with friends online and via the free iOS or Android smartphone apps. This mapping technology and the tracking capability covers the whole of Western Europe, allowing Honda owners to take their bikes abroad with complete peace of mind.

The UK’s top-selling motorcycle brand, Honda has thrown its support behind the recently-announced MCIA Secured initiative and is keen to highlight the role that manufacturers can play in ensuring riders have access to the tools which will keep them and their bikes safe.

As well as being Thatcham Quality Assured, TrakKING Adventure is also accredited as a Police ‘Secured by Design’ product, which means it meets the high standards set by police forces around the UK to reduce and prevent crime.

Neil Fletcher, Head of Motorcycles at Honda UK, said: “This ground-breaking safety and security initiative is a long-term Honda commitment to ensuring peace of mind for riders of Honda’s on-road range.

“Fitting a tracking device such as TrakKING Adventure is a significant deterrent, looked on favourably by insurance companies and can lead to around 90% of bikes being returned to their owner if they are unfortunate enough to be stolen. For riders, dealers and insurers, it’s a win-win scenario, speeding up the process of getting back on the road and ensuring customers retain their Honda motorcycle.”

Dave Plummer, Datatool Brand Manager at Scorpion Automotive, commented: “Tracking technology is increasingly important for riders looking to protect their motorcycle or scooter, particularly within urban areas. It’s an incredibly positive step from Honda UK to commit to providing our TrakKING Adventure hardware to its customers free-of-charge. We’re keen to work together to develop the product to meet the needs of Honda riders throughout the UK.”

Tony Campbell, CEO at the MCIA, added: “Following the announcement of the MCIA Secured scheme due to be rolled out over the coming months, it is great news to see Honda take this important step in fighting motorcycle & scooter theft which has become a growing problem in recent years. The MCIA Secured programme has been introduced to make it clear to customers which anti-theft security is fitted as standard to new motorcycles and scooters and at the same time encourage manufacturers to invest more in security for the customer. The MCIA and industry has been working tirelessly hard with government and authority to tackle the problem of theft and therefore we are extremely pleased to see Honda introduce TrakKING as a standard fit security item on all new Hondas.”

Datatool TrakKING Adventure is available on all new Honda scooters and motorcycles sold after Monday, 2nd July 2018. Honda dealers are also offering discounted purchase and installation prices for existing owners, typically £349 fitted. Monthly subscription costs come in at less than £10 per month, with the option to pay for the year upfront.

For more information, visit: http://www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles

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<![CDATA[2018 Isle of Man TT: Pokerstars Senior TT Results]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/06/08/racing/2018-isle-man-tt-pokerstars-senior-tt-results/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/06/08/racing/2018-isle-man-tt-pokerstars-senior-tt-results/#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2018 21:48:10 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=76145 2018 Isle of Man TT: Pokerstars Senior TT Results
Dean Harrison led the 2018 Senior TT for five and a half laps until Peter Hickman laid down a record time of 16:42.778 on the final lap to steal the victory by just two seconds. Hickman’s final lap made him the first person to average faster than 135 mph on a single lap of the […] more]]>
Dean Harrison led the 2018 Senior TT for five and a half laps until Peter Hickman laid down a record time of 16:42.778 on the final lap to steal the victory by just two seconds. Hickman’s final lap made him the first person to average faster than 135 mph on a single lap of the Isle of Man’s Mountain Course. His overall pace of 131.700 mph over the full six laps also set a new record for the Senior TT.

The outright single-lap record was actually broken several times by both Hickman and Harrison. In fact, both their final lap times were faster than the previous record, with Hickman’s ultimate run averaging 135.452 mph being the difference maker.

Third place went to Conor Cummins with Michael Dunlop sliding in fourth. That was enough for Dunlop to give him 94 points on the week and secure the Joey Dunlop TT championship. Hickman was second with 86 points followed by Harrison at 81 points.

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 8/6/2018: Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) at Kirk Michael during the Senior TT at TT2018. Photo by Tony Goldsmith.

The race was not without incident however, with Swedish rider Bjorn Gunnarson getting in an accident at Glen Tramman. Gunnarson was taken to hospital but the injuries are not expected to be serious. Four other riders crashed during the Senior TT but all were reported as unhurt.

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Hickman pips Harrison in record breaking PokerStars Senior TT thriller

A packed trackside crowd were treated to one of the greatest races in the TT’s long illustrious history as Peter Hickman won a sensational PokerStars Senior TT race at the Isle of Man TT races, fuelled by Monster Energy, on Friday when he set a new outright lap record of 135.452mph on the final lap to defeat Dean Harrison by just two seconds.

The pair featured on the cover of the Official TT Programme and the ‘H-Bomb’ feature only hinted at the spectacular race that was to unfold at the climax of this year’s TT meeting as lap, race and sector records were all obliterated as the pair battled for the historic trophy.

Photo by Stephen Davison

Harrison had led the race for five and a half of the six laps but Hickman reeled him on the sixth lap and, having been quicker over the Mountain all race, he turned a 3.7s deficit at Glen Helen into a lead of 0.8s at the Bungalow and he smashed the race record by 48.064s to take his second win. Harrison took second with Conor Cummins in third.

After the race Hickman paid respect to Harrison and revealed that he had targeted the Mountain section of the Course as an opportunity to make up time;

“I knew that Dean was going to be fast but I’d always been strong on the Mountain section throughout the week. It’s a bit like a short circuit and I came into my own on it. I thought it if I was within five or six seconds on the last lap I could have a go over the Mountain.”

Harrison led Hickman by 1.2s through Glen Helen on the opening lap with Dunlop a further second back in third as Hillier, Cummins and David Johnson completed the top six and by Ramsey, the Kawasaki rider had doubled his advantage to 2.4s. Dunlop remained in third but was some 8.4s behind Hickman. Hillier’s strong week ended though with a retirement at Westwood.

Dean Harrison (Kawasaki/Silicone Engineering) at Union Mills during the Pokerstars Senior TT race. Photo by Dave Kneen/Pacemaker Press Intl.

Cummins led on the road with a lap of 131.754mph but it was Harrison who led with a lap of 133.678mph. However, Hickman was only 1.4s behind although Dunlop’s challenge looked to be already over as he was almost 13 seconds behind his fellow BMW rider. Cummins, David Johnson and Josh Brookes completed the top six but Johnson pulled into the pits to retire promoting namesake Gary Johnson into sixth.

Leading privateer Sam West was close to his maiden 130mph lap in eighth with newcomer Davey Todd performing superbly in tenth.

Through Glen Helen on lap two and Harrison had edged away from Hickman again to the tune of 3.5s with Cummins now third as Dunlop slipped further back. Brookes was up to fifth and West now a superb sixth and Todd a stunning eighth.

Harrison had added another second to his lead as he rounded Ramsey Hairpin and he came into his first pit stop at the end of lap two having lapped at 133.704mph. His lead had been slashed though with Hickman now only 1.4s in arrears once more. Cummins, Dunlop, Brookes and West rounded out the top six. Todd was now in eighth.

Dean Harrison (Silicone Kawasaki) during his pit stop in the Senior TT today. Photo by Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press Intl.

After the pit stop and through Glen Helen for the third time, Harrison’s lead had crept out to 4.8s and the duo were over half a minute clear of Cummins who was now coming under pressure from Dunlop with the gap just over half a second.

Throughout the first half of lap three, Harrison continued to pull away, with his lead at Ramsey over eight seconds, but Hickman was again quicker over the Mountain and as they started lap four, the difference between the two was back down to 5.8s. Cummins was looking more comfortable in third with Dunlop now 13.6s behind in fourth as Brookes and West held onto fifth and sixth.

At Ramsey Hairpin on lap four, Harrison had stretched his lead over Hickman to 6.9s but Hickman again showed his strength over the Mountain reducing the deficit at the Bungalow to 4.4s. And he wasn’t done there either, setting a new outright lap record of 134.456mph on his way into the second pit stop, the gap now just 1.402s. The order behind stayed constant as Cummins pulled further away from Dunlop with Brookes looking comfortable in fifth but Gary Johnson had overhauled West for sixth.

Conor Cummins (Honda/padgettsmotorcycles.com) at St Ninian’s during the Pokerstars Senior TT race. Photo by Dave Kneen/Pacemaker Press Intl.

The second and final pit stop saw changes though as by Glen Helen on lap five Harrison’s lead had shot back up to 6.2s although by Ramsey Hickman had shaved 1.2s off despite his engine sounding significantly louder than how it started.

It was down to 3.6s at the Bungalow, 2.5s at Cronk ny Mona and as Hickman crossed the line to start the final, thrilling lap, his deficit to Harrison was only 1.9s. Harrison’s superiority over the first nine miles saw him open up the margin to 3.7s as traffic also came into play on the final lap and he pulled even further away on the high speed run to Ballaugh, his advantage now 5.7s.

However, Hickman really flew on the run to Ramsey bringing the lead down to just two seconds and by the Bungalow, he’d taken the lead for the first time by the slender margin of 0.834s. He doubled that at Cronk ny Mona but all eyes were on the chequered flag and Harrison crossed the line with a new lap record of 134.918mph/ 16:46.742 which he held for forty five seconds before Hickman crossed the line in a sensational, new outright lap record of 135.452mph, pipping Harrison to the race win by two seconds.

Cummins was over a minute and a half back in third with Dunlop, Brookes and Johnson finishing in fourth to sixth, Brookes’ final lap of 131.745mph the fastest by Norton and by an Australian.

West’s superb ride ended on lap five and although that promoted Phil Crowe up into seventh, the Lincolnshire also went out after coming off at Whitegates on the final lap, fortunately without injury, and the eventual seventh place finisher was Martin Jessopp with Jamie Coward, Todd and Brian McCormack completing the top ten.

Photo by Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press Intl.

Dunlop’s fourth place was enough for him to pick up the Joey Dunlop TT Championship with 94 points, with Hickman (86) and Harrison (81) taking second and third.

Todd’s brilliant week saw him pick up the TT Privateer’s Championship as well as the Newcomer’s Trophy.

Swedish rider Bjorn Gunnarsson had an accident at Glen Tramman and was taken by airmed to Nobles hospital and treated for bruising while Dom Herbertson (Laurel Bank), Mike Norbury (Keppel Gate), Michael Mylchreest (Gorse Lea) and Philip Crowe (Whitegates) also came off their machines during the race but all were reported as unhurt.

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<![CDATA[2018 Isle of Man TT: Monster Energy Supersport TT 1 Results]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/06/04/racing/2018-isle-man-tt-monster-energy-supersport-tt-1-results/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/06/04/racing/2018-isle-man-tt-monster-energy-supersport-tt-1-results/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 20:40:08 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=75878 2018 Isle of Man TT: Monster Energy Supersport TT 1 Results
Michael Dunlop set a new Supersport TT lap record en route to his 17th Isle of Man TT win and second of the week. Post-race celebrations were muted however, after confirmation that racer Adam Lyon had died in a crash on the third lap of the race. Dunlop set the new lap record on the […] more]]>
Michael Dunlop set a new Supersport TT lap record en route to his 17th Isle of Man TT win and second of the week. Post-race celebrations were muted however, after confirmation that racer Adam Lyon had died in a crash on the third lap of the race.

Dunlop set the new lap record on the second go-around of the Mountain Course, recording an average speed of 129.197 mph and eclipsing his own Supersport TT class lap record of 128.666 mph set in 2013.

Dean Harrison at the start of the Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1. Photo by Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press.

Dean Harrison finished in second, spending much of the final lap close to Dunlop. This almost cost him, as the duo eased up near the end, allowing Peter Hickman to finish just 0.258 seconds behind in third.

Winners enclosure for the Monster Energy Superstock TT Race 1. Photo by Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press.

2018 Isle of Man TT: Supersport TT Race 1 Top Six Results
Pos. Rider Machine/Team Time Speed
1 Michael Dunlop Honda/MD Racing 1:11:51.072 126.027 mph
2 Dean Harrison Kawasaki/Silicone Engineering 1:12:01.350 125.727 mph
3 Peter Hickman Triumph/Trooper Triumph by Smiths Racing 1:12:01.608 125.720 mph
4 James Hillier Kawasaki/Quattro Plant JG Speedfit 1:12:03.414 125.667 mph
5 Conor Cummins Honda/PadgettsMotorcycles.com 1:12:44.356 124.488 mph
6 Joshua Brookes Yamaha/McAMS Yamaha 1:12:57.357 124.119 mph

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Michael Dunlop wins Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1

Michael Dunlop (MD Racing Honda) took a record-breaking win in Monday’s Monster Energy Supersport race at the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, coming home 10.2s clear of Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki).

Dunlop’s second lap of 129.197mph shattered his own lap record from 2013 and it propelled him to his second win of the week and 17th in total. Harrison’s second place went some way to make up for the disappointment of retiring from Saturday’s RST Superbike race with the same applying to Peter Hickman (Trooper Beer Triumph) who took third.

Harrison led through Glen Helen on the opening lap, the Bradford rider holding a one-second lead over Dunlop with James Hillier a further two seconds behind in third. Hickman, Gary Johnson and Lee Johnston rounded out the top six.

At Ballaugh, the gap between first and second was just 0.2s and by the time they swept round Ramsey Hairpin, Dunlop was in front by a second. Hillier was now eight seconds adrift in third with Hickman still in fourth and only 0.2s behind but Conor Cummins was now up to fifth ahead of Johnson.

Dunlop’s opening lap was 128.265mph which put him 1.7s ahead of Harrison and it was now Hickman in third, his advantage over Hillier 2.5s. There were changes happening further back too with Johnston now ahead of team-mate Cummins as Johnson, Josh Brookes, Derek McGee and Jamie Coward completed the top ten.

Second time around through Glen Helen and Harrison had pulled back a tenth of a second and it now looked to be a two-horse race with Hickman now some 14.2s adrift. He’d edged away from Hillier though with the gap up to 3.3s with the gaps to Johnston and Cummins three seconds each.

On the run to Ballaugh, Dunlop added another second to his lead and by Ramsey it had increased further to 4.6s. Indeed, as he came into the pits for his solitary pit stop, a stunning new lap record of 129.197mph gave him a healthier advantage of 6.4s. Harrison was 22.7s clear of Hickman but the final podium position was still wide open with Hickman only 3.6s ahead of Hillier who, in turn, was only three seconds ahead of Johnston. Johnson, Brookes, James Cowton and McGee were filling seventh to tenth.

Hillier was now leading on the road and a superb pit stop meant he was only 0.2s adrift of Hickman at Glen Helen on lap three and over ten seconds clear of Johnston whilst Dunlop’s advantage had moved up to nine seconds. And by Ballaugh, Hillier had taken over third from Hickman albeit by 0.6s but this had doubled to 1.2s by Ramsey.

Going into the final lap, Dunlop and Harrison were now together on the road with the official gap being 9.4s and Hillier still held onto third with the difference between him and Hickman still only 1.5s. Cummins was a further 19.2s back in fifth with Johnston continuing to hold onto sixth although the gap to Johnson was down to five seconds.

The final lap saw Dunlop and Harrison circulate together and with neither having any issues, they duly came home in first and second. The duo eased back in the closing stages so much so that Harrison was only 0.258s ahead of third placed Hickman, who got the better of Hillier for the final podium position by 1.8s.

Cummins was secure in fifth but sixth place was also in doubt until the chequered flag and Brookes took the position after a final lap in excess of 126mph. Johnson, Johnston, Cowton and Ivan Lintin completed the top ten.

McGee finished in an excellent 11th to be the first privateer home ahead of Todd (12th) and Dominic Herbertson (14th)

The Joey Dunlop Championship sees Dunlop lead with a maximum of 50 points ahead of Cummins (31) and Hillier (29) while McGee now leads the TT Privateer’s Championship on 38 points from Phil Crowe (35) and Sam West (33).

Shortly after the conclusion of the Race ACU Events Ltd confirmed that newcomer Adam Lyon from Scotland had been involved in a fatal accident at Casey’s. ACU Events Ltd wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Adam’s family and friends.

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<![CDATA[2018 Isle of Man TT: RST Superbike TT Results]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/06/03/manufacturers/honda/2018-isle-man-tt-rst-superbike-tt-results/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/06/03/manufacturers/honda/2018-isle-man-tt-rst-superbike-tt-results/#respond Sun, 03 Jun 2018 20:56:10 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=75836 2018 Isle of Man TT: RST Superbike TT Results
Michael Dunlop captured his 16th TT win to open the 2018 Isle of Man TT, in a time of 1:44:13.398. He was the only one to top an average speed of 130 mph. Dunlop took the lead after Dean Harrison retired on Lap 4. Conor Cummins finished second with James Hillier in third. 2018 Isle […] more]]>
Michael Dunlop captured his 16th TT win to open the 2018 Isle of Man TT, in a time of 1:44:13.398. He was the only one to top an average speed of 130 mph. Dunlop took the lead after Dean Harrison retired on Lap 4.

Conor Cummins finished second with James Hillier in third.

Conor Cummins (Honda/padgettsmotorcycles.com) at Ballacrye during the RST Superbike TT race. Photo by Dave Kneen.

James Hillier (Kawasaki/Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki) at Ballaugh Bridge during the RST Superbike TT race. Photo by Dave Kneen.

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Emotional victory for Dunlop and Tyco BMW in RST Superbike TT Race

Michael Dunlop gave Tyco BMW an emotional victory in today’s RST Superbike race, the opening race of the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, with the Ulsterman taking over the lead on lap four after long time leader Dean Harrison retired at Sulby Crossroads.

The Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider shattered the outright lap record from a standing start with a lap of 134.432mph to open up an 18 second lead but as he hit problems, Dunlop took his 16th TT win by 50.8s from Conor Cummins (Padgetts Honda) with James Hillier (Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki) taking third.

At Glen Helen on the opening lap, Harrison had already opened up a 3.7s lead over Dunlop with Peter Hickman a further 1.9s behind in third. Hillier, Cummins and Gary Johnson completed the top six. But Harrison was really pressing on, extending his advantage to 5.6s at Ballaugh and adding another 2.2s by the time he reached Ramsey.

With a sensational opening lap of 134.432mph – a new outright lap record and from a standing start to boot – Harrison held an 11.3s lead over Dunlop with Cummins moving up to third as Hickman dropped back. Indeed, the Smiths Racing BMW pulled in to the pits to retire which meant Hillier, David Johnson and Gary Johnson now filled the top six positions.

By Glen Helen second time around, Harrison was 14.7s clear of Dunlop who in turn was 10.7s ahead of Cummins. Fourth to sixth remained the same as Michael Rutter, Josh Brookes, Jamie Coward and Lee Johnston rounded out the top ten.

With the fastest ever times in all six sectors now under his belt, having not held one before the race, Harrison led by 17s at Ramsey and as he came in at the end of the lap for his first pit stop, he stopped the clocks at 134.180mph. His lead was a healthy 16.3s over Dunlop, who lapped at 133.513mph. Cummins was still in third after setting a new personal best lap of 132.589mph as Hillier, David Johnson and Gary Johnson maintained the fourth, fifth and sixth places.

After the first set of pit stops, Harrison swept through Glen Helen for the third time with his gap over Dunlop still over 16 seconds with the Ulsterman in turn some 24.3s clear of Cummins. Indeed, the gaps between the riders were extending with Hillier ten seconds adrift of Cummins but 13s clear of David Johnson with Gary Johnson over 30s back in sixth. However, a better pit stop saw Rutter get ahead of Brookes at Glen Helen.

At half race distance, Harrison’s lead had been cut by 11.5s as Dunlop began to make his charge, the Ballymoney rider taking back one of the fastest sector times from Cronk ny Mona to the Grandstand. The race was really hotting up and by Glen Helen on the fourth lap, Dunlop had taken a further 2.5s out of his deficit, the difference now just nine seconds.

Harrison still led on the road at Ballaugh but all was not well as he lost over five seconds on the run from Glen Helen and the gap was just 4.6s over the famous hump-backed bridge. And shortly afterwards, news came through that Harrison’s superb race had ended with retirement at Sulby Crossroads.

Dunlop completed lap four with a lap of 133.240mph and a 40.3s lead over Cummins with Hillier now in third some 20.5s in arrears. David Johnson was up to fourth with Rutter and Lee Johnston promoted to fifth and sixth respectively as Gary Johnson’s strong ride came to an end with a retirement at Sarah’s Cottage.

With considerable gaps between the leading riders, positions stayed the same over the final two laps and although Hillier halved the deficit to Cummins after the second pit stop, the Manxman responded to edge away once more and secure his second place finish.

Dunlop duly took the chequered flag for his 16th TT win with Cummins equalling his best ever result in second as he took his seventh TT podium. Hillier rounded out the podium, the 11th time he has been on the TT rostrum.

Further back, David Johnson equalled his best ever TT result in fourth while Rutter saw off a late charge from Johnston to hold onto fifth. Martin Jessopp took his best ever 1000cc result around the Mountain Course in a fine seventh with Ivan Lintin and Phil Crowe doing likewise in eighth and ninth, the latter only a fraction off his maiden 130mph+ lap with a speed of 129.957mph. Josh Brookes completed the top ten.

Crowe was the first privateer to finish ahead of Sam West (11th), who lapped at 129.123mph on the final lap, and Shaun Anderson (13th) whilst newcomer Davey Todd had a superb ride into 16th as he lapped at 126.268mph to become the third fastest newcomer in TT history.

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<![CDATA[American Motorcyclist Association, American Honda Pay Tribute To Nicky Hayden With Two Custom Motorcycles]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/05/22/manufacturers/honda/american-motorcyclist-association-american-honda-pay-tribute-nicky-hayden-two-custom-motorcycles/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/05/22/manufacturers/honda/american-motorcyclist-association-american-honda-pay-tribute-nicky-hayden-two-custom-motorcycles/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 00:30:49 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=75615 American Motorcyclist Association, American Honda Pay Tribute To Nicky Hayden With Two Custom Motorcycles
Nicky Hayden's racing accomplishments to be celebrated with road racer, street tracker more]]>
Hard to believe a year has passed since Nicky Hayden’s unexpected death. Most people know Nicky as a world-champion road racer, but his talent and skill on a dirt track were also second to none. American Honda and the AMA are honoring Nicky with two custom motorcycles that showcase Hayden’s two loves.

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The American Motorcyclist Association and American Honda are commissioning two custom motorcycles that celebrate the life and career of professional American road racer and flat tracker Nicky Hayden.

Hayden passed away on May 22, 2017, as a result of injuries sustained when he was hit by a car while training on his road bicycle in Italy.

“Nicky Hayden was the consummate American motorcycle racer, emerging from the amateur ranks to dominate American road racing on his way to the 2006 MotoGP World Championship,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Moreover, he represented the best of sportsmanship and character, and never forgot his roots, even when competing on the world stage against living legends. It’s our pleasure to work with American Honda to pay tribute to Hayden’s competitive accomplishments and exceptional class.”

American Honda is donating two motorcycles to the project, a 2018 Honda CBR1000RR and a 2018 Honda XR650L.

“Race fans the world over loved Nicky for his charm, his beautiful smile, and his willingness to stop and talk to anyone and everyone. Those of us who were lucky enough to know him and work with him loved him as well,” said Keth Dowdle, Manager of Experiential Marketing at American Honda.

“Nicky was a true champion in every sense of the word,” Dowdle said. “He was humble and gracious even after all of his success. We all miss him dearly. The bikes that we donated to the AMA represent one of several projects that we’re working on to celebrate Nicky’s life for years to come.”

The CBR1000RR will be decked out in a full Repsol Honda livery, while the XR650L will be heavily modified in a street-tracker motif by award-winning custom bike builder Tony Prust of Analog Cycles in Chicago.

Renderings of the custom motorcycles will be unveiled on July 6 at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in Lexington, Ohio, with the bikes themselves debuting during AMA Legends & Champions Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, on Dec. 7.

Throughout 2019, the bikes will tour at select events and be on display at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio, before ultimately being raffled off to raise funds for the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the 501c3 nonprofit that raises money to support the Hall of Fame.

In addition to the 2006 MotoGP title, Hayden won the 2002 AMA Superbike Championship, the 1999 AMA 600 Supersport Championship and was the 1999 AMA Flat Track Rookie of the Year.

The tribute bikes are just the latest way that the AMA has honored Hayden’s career. In June 2017, the AMA Board of Directors renamed the AMA Horizon Award, presented to standout amateur racers who are going pro, in Nicky Hayden’s memory. Hayden received the inaugural AMA Horizon Award in 1997 as a result of his stellar amateur flat-track career.

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<![CDATA[Yoshimura Introduces New R-34 Muffler Profile On Honda Rebel 500]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/05/07/manufacturers/honda/yoshimura-introduces-new-r-34-muffler-profile-honda-rebel-500/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/05/07/manufacturers/honda/yoshimura-introduces-new-r-34-muffler-profile-honda-rebel-500/#respond Mon, 07 May 2018 21:04:53 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=75281 Yoshimura Introduces New R-34 Muffler Profile On Honda Rebel 500
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A new design cue for Yoshimura’s popular exhaust.

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Introducing our newest muffler profile the R-34. With styling ques from decades past and technology of today comes the Yoshimura R-34. This megaphone style muffler is not only made with style its made with the Yoshimura reputation to perform. A hand formed Works Finish stainless steel sleeve houses custom tuned baffling and premium packing, finished off with a beautifully sculpted CNC machined aluminum hard anodized end cap.

The Honda Rebel was practically designed for the new R-34. Our new slip-on removes a good amount of the stock weight and provides the perfect retro/builders look for the classic Rebel. R-34 adds performance too, 2.6% peak HP and 4.6% peak torque. Hit the red start button and you hear the custom tone of the R-34. Its throwback time!

Proudly made in the USA!

2018 Honda Rebel 500 R-34 slip-on pricing and info

2017-18 Honda Rebel 500 Street R-34 SO SS/AL WF 
Part # 12570BT510
MSRP: $559.00

QUALIFIED MANUFACTURER DECLARED “REPLACEMENT PART”
Stock muffler weight: 8.7 Lbs.
R-34 SS/SS/AL Slip-on weight: 5.3 Lbs. 

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<![CDATA[Recovering Pedrosa Will Try to Race at COTA]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/17/racing/recovering-pedrosa-will-try-race-cota/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/17/racing/recovering-pedrosa-will-try-race-cota/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:36:46 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74667 Recovering Pedrosa Will Try to Race at COTA
A week after undergoing wrist surgery, Dani Pedrosa will travel with the Repsol Honda team to Austin, Texas, and try to race at this weekend’s Grand Prix round at Circuit of the Americas. Pedrosa hurt his right wrist in a crash on the opening lap of the previous round in Argentina. Both Pedrosa and especially […] more]]>
A week after undergoing wrist surgery, Dani Pedrosa will travel with the Repsol Honda team to Austin, Texas, and try to race at this weekend’s Grand Prix round at Circuit of the Americas.

Pedrosa hurt his right wrist in a crash on the opening lap of the previous round in Argentina. Both Pedrosa and especially his teammate Marc Marquez have a history of strong results at COTA. The Repsol Honda riders will want to bounce back after both finished out of the points at Rio Hondo. While Pedrosa is not at 100% full strength, Honda does not appear to have a back up rider in place in case he is unable to take part. HRC test rider Stefan Bradl is most likely to get the nod, but it’s unclear if he will be available for this weekend’s race.

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Dani Pedrosa will join Marc Marquez in Texas for round three of the MotoGP Championship

After undergoing successful surgery to his right wrist one week ago, Dani Pedrosa has begun his rehab period and, although he’s obviously not yet at 100%, will join Marc Marquez in the United States to try and take part in the third round of the MotoGP World Championship in Austin.

Marc and Dani have strong records at the technical, 5.513 km Texas circuit. Marc took his first MotoGP pole and victory at the venue in 2013 and has continued to post flawless qualifying performances and victories there ever since, bringing his tally of consecutive successes in the USA to 11 across all classes. Dani has climbed the Circuit of the Americas podium three times out of the four occasions on which he has raced there.

The Repsol Honda Team, in turn, have a streak of 14 GP wins in a row on American soil, starting with Pedrosa’s Indianapolis victory in 2010.

At the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas

  • Marc Marquez has 5 wins and 5 Pole Positions (MotoGP: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Dani Pedrosa has 3 podiums (MotoGP: 2nd in 2013 and 2014; third in 2017)

Marc Marquez:
“After a good start to the season in Qatar, we got no points in Argentina, but I was feeling good on the bike in both races, which is positive. The season is long and the most important thing is that our level is there. Now we go to Austin, a good circuit with a good atmosphere and great memories: it was the place of my first pole and my first MotoGP victory and we’ve been able to be strong there since then, so it’s a good place to try and get a good result. That said, every season is different: the bikes, the tyres, the conditions. This year some work was done to reduce the bumps, so we’ll see how the track is. As we’ve done so far, over the weekend we’ll focus our work on the race setup, and then on Sunday we’ll see where we’re able to finish.”

Dani Pedrosa:
“Since the operation, I started feeling a bit better every day. I’ve been doing exercises to gain mobility and reduce the inflammation. Little by little I’m recovering muscle tone, and this allows me to see some progress. From here it’s difficult to know our real possibilities. We’re going to a difficult track and until I’m back on my bike I won’t be able to really know my situation. But what’s clear to me at this moment is that it’s well worth it to travel and try. An important part of my strength to go to Austin comes from your messages of support, so thank you very much to all of you.”

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<![CDATA[Pedrosa Undergoes Wrist Surgery, May Miss COTA Round]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/10/racing/pedrosa-undergoes-wrist-surgery-may-miss-cota-round/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/10/racing/pedrosa-undergoes-wrist-surgery-may-miss-cota-round/#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 20:11:01 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74557 Pedrosa Undergoes Wrist Surgery, May Miss COTA Round
Almost lost in the drama about Marc Marquez during Sunday’s MotoGP race in Argentina was the fate of his teammate, Dani Pedrosa, who crashed out on the opening lap. The Repsol Honda rider high-sided after running through a wet part of the track after being passed by Tech3 Yamaha’s Johann Zarco. Pedrosa was examined by […] more]]>
Almost lost in the drama about Marc Marquez during Sunday’s MotoGP race in Argentina was the fate of his teammate, Dani Pedrosa, who crashed out on the opening lap. The Repsol Honda rider high-sided after running through a wet part of the track after being passed by Tech3 Yamaha’s Johann Zarco.

Pedrosa was examined by doctors and was diagnosed with a fracture in his right wrist. Pedrosa underwent surgery in Barcelona and, if things go well, is expected to begin rehabilitation this weekend. His status for the April 20-22 Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, will depend on how well he progresses.

After the race, Repsol Honda released a statement from Pedrosa saying: “There’s not much to say about the race. I think we did a great job during the weekend, and I was also riding very well. My race ended before I finished the first lap. Race Direction needs to look after every rider’s safety.” Though he was referring to his own incident with Zarco, that final sentence is particularly interesting, given the scrutiny now being placed on his teammate Marquez.

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Dani Pedrosa undergoes operation to his right wrist in Barcelona

Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa underwent surgery to his right wrist this afternoon at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona, Spain, to treat the injury suffered in a crash during Sunday’s race at the Argentina Grand Prix.

A 3D CT scan confirmed that Dani had suffered an intra-articular fracture of the right distal radius.

The fracture reduction and internal fixation with a titanium screw were carried out by Dr. Xavier Mir and his team from the Catalan Institute of Traumatology and Sports Medicine (ICATME) at the Dexeus Hospital.

The result of the operation was satisfactory, and Dani will undergo an evaluation of his progress in 48 hours. If the results are positive, he will be able to begin his rehabilitation on Saturday.

His participation in the Austin GP will be decided consequently.

The Repsol Honda Team will release information on Pedrosa’s progress as it becomes available.

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<![CDATA[John Lennons Monkey For Sale at Auction]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/03/02/manufacturers/honda/john-lennons-monkey-sale-auction/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/03/02/manufacturers/honda/john-lennons-monkey-sale-auction/#respond Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:25:43 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=73776 John Lennon’s Monkey For Sale at Auction
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Forbes.com reports that  the 1969 Honda Z50 Monkey Lennon bought new will be up for auction March 4, by  H&H Classics, who expect the little Honda to bring in at least $40,000. It was acquired by John Harington from Henry Graham, of Hook Hampshire in the UK, who was owner of a business in Farnborough Hampshire – Motor Cycle City – in 1971. Henry Graham said that he had bought the motorbike from John Lennon, who was living at the time at Tittenhurst Park in Sunningdale, near Ascot Berkshire.

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<![CDATA[Marc Marquez Staying with Repsol Honda Through 2020]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/02/26/racing/marc-marquez-contract-extension-repsol-honda-2020/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/02/26/racing/marc-marquez-contract-extension-repsol-honda-2020/#respond Mon, 26 Feb 2018 18:19:30 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=73675 Marc Marquez Staying with Repsol Honda Through 2020
File this under “no-brainer”: Honda has signed four-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez to a new contract that will see him remain with the factory team through the 2020 season. Marquez won the MotoGP title in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, and has 35 wins and 63 total podium finishes in 90 race starts. Begin Press […] more]]>
File this under “no-brainer”: Honda has signed four-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez to a new contract that will see him remain with the factory team through the 2020 season.

Marquez won the MotoGP title in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, and has 35 wins and 63 total podium finishes in 90 race starts.

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Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) is pleased to announce the extension of its contract with 25-year-old Spanish rider Marc Márquez, currently competing in the FIM MotoGP World Championship for the HRC’s factory team “Repsol Honda Team,” that will see him continue to race for two more years beginning in 2019.

After winning the 125cc championship in 2010, Márquez moved on to Moto2 racing in 2011 to win the title in 2012. In his debut year in the premier class in 2013, he became the world’s youngest champion after taking the title for the Repsol Honda Team. In 2017 he became the youngest rider in history to win four titles in the premier class.

Marc Márquez
“I’m excited to continue to race for Honda’s factory team in the MotoGP class. I’m proud to race as a member of the Honda family, and I appreciate how Honda and the team always do their best to provide me with everything I need. I would also like to thank everyone who has given me such warm support over the years. The first two official tests went well, and with my contract renewed, I can concentrate on racing in the new season. I will continue to enjoy racing, share my joy with everybody, and do my best to reach our shared goals. Thank you!”

Yoshishige Nomura | Honda Racing Corporation President
“I am very pleased that Marc Márquez will continue to ride for our factory team. Márquez has consistently pushed himself to the limit and matured as a rider, and given Honda many titles. We were able to announce the contract renewal at such an early stage due to our mutual trust, and our common passion for racing. I am certain that we can provide an environment for him to concentrate on the final tests in Qatar this week and in the lead-up to the opening round, and that we can start the 2018 season strongly. HRC will continue its challenge with Márquez, a vital rider in the future of MotoGP. I appreciate, and look forward to everyone’s continued support for the Repsol Honda Team.”

Marc Márquez’ World Championship Achievements

<MotoGP>

World Champion: 4(2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)
Starts: 90
Podiums: 63(35 x 1st, 19 x 2nd, 9 x 3rd)
Poles: 45
Fastest Race Laps: 37

<Moto2>

World Champion: 1(2012)
Starts: 32
Podiums: 25(16 x 1st, 6 x 2nd, 3 x 3rd)
Poles: 14
Fastest Race Laps: 7

<125cc (current Moto3)>

World Champion: 1(2010)
Starts: 46
Podiums: 14(10 x 1st, 4 x 3rd)
Poles: 14
Fastest Race Laps: 9

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<![CDATA[Honda Recalls Certain 2017 Honda VT1300CX Fury Motorcycles]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/12/27/manufacturers/honda/honda-recall-certain-2017-honda-vt1300cx-fury-motorcycles/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/12/27/manufacturers/honda/honda-recall-certain-2017-honda-vt1300cx-fury-motorcycles/#respond Wed, 27 Dec 2017 17:35:28 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=72473 Honda Recalls Certain 2017 Honda VT1300CX Fury Motorcycles
Potentially missing welds on the fuel tank mounting bracket could cause gas to leak and increase the possibility of a fire on 2010 and 2016-2017 VT1300CX Fury models. Honda will replace the tank if deemed necessary, free of charge. Begin Press Release: WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 27, 2017 – HONDA RECALL: Fuel Tank Welds Missing […] more]]>
Potentially missing welds on the fuel tank mounting bracket could cause gas to leak and increase the possibility of a fire on 2010 and 2016-2017 VT1300CX Fury models. Honda will replace the tank if deemed necessary, free of charge.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 27, 2017 –

HONDA RECALL: Fuel Tank Welds Missing Causing Fuel Leak

If the welds are missing, the mounting bracket can separate from the tank, allowing fuel to leak and increasing the risk of a fire in the presence of an ignition source.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V805000

Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Components: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 20

MAKE MODEL MODEL YEAR(S)
HONDA VT1300CX FURY 2010, 2016 – 2017

Summary: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2017 Honda VT1300CX Fury motorcycles and 2010 and 2016 Honda VT1300CX Fury motorcycles that received a replacement fuel tank. The fuel tank may be missing welds around the mounting bracket.

Remedy: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel tank welds and, as necessary, replace the fuel tank, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2017. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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<![CDATA[2017 Honda CBR1000RR and CBR1000RR SP Recalled]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/11/23/recall-2/2017-honda-cbr1000rr-cbr1000rr-sp-recalled/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/11/23/recall-2/2017-honda-cbr1000rr-cbr1000rr-sp-recalled/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 22:14:27 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=71935 2017 Honda CBR1000RR and CBR1000RR SP Recalled
Honda is recalling 2017 CBR1000RR and CBR1000RR SP models because of a potential leak in the fuel filler cap that can let water into to tank. The recall affects 2,443 units in the U.S. According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fuel tank cap seal may swell, creating a gap […] more]]>
Honda is recalling 2017 CBR1000RR and CBR1000RR SP models because of a potential leak in the fuel filler cap that can let water into to tank. The recall affects 2,443 units in the U.S.

According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fuel tank cap seal may swell, creating a gap between the seal and the fuel filler neck. If the tank is full, the gap could also cause fuel to enter the drain tube during acceleration or braking, but the amount is small enough to not be considered a safety risk. A more pressing concern is that the gap may allow water to enter the fuel tank, which can cause the engine to stall, malfunction, or perhaps even rust if the conditions are right.

The problem was first discovered on March 29, 2017, during a small amount of fuel was found dripping from the fuel drain tube from a motorcycle during a Japanese media test. Honda examined the bike in question in April and discovered the gap in the fuel tank cap seal. Honda then began an investigation on whether the gap could let water into the tank. On Oct. 19, Honda’s American arm initiated recall procedures. As of that date, Honda Motor Co. had received four reports of fuel drainage or seepage in Japan but no reports from the U.S.

Honda dealers will replace the fuel tank cap on recalled models and inspect the fuel tank for signs of water. For CBR1000RR models, which use a steel tank, dealers will replace the fuel tank, fuel pump and fuel injectors. SP models, which have titanium tanks, Honda will only replace the fuel pump and fuel injectors.

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<![CDATA[Livio Suppo Steps Down as Repsol Honda MotoGP Team Principal]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/11/13/manufacturers/honda/livio-suppo-steps-repsol-honda-motogp-team-principal/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/11/13/manufacturers/honda/livio-suppo-steps-repsol-honda-motogp-team-principal/#respond Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:43:04 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=71740 Livio Suppo Steps Down as Repsol Honda MotoGP Team Principal
A day after Marc Marquez won the 2017 MotoGP championship to give Honda Racing Corporation the triple crown of rider, team and manufacturer titles, Repsol Honda Team Principal Livio Suppo announced he is stepping down to pursue new opportunities. Suppo, 53, joined the HRC as marketing director in 2010, adding the role of communications director […] more]]>
A day after Marc Marquez won the 2017 MotoGP championship to give Honda Racing Corporation the triple crown of rider, team and manufacturer titles, Repsol Honda Team Principal Livio Suppo announced he is stepping down to pursue new opportunities.

Suppo, 53, joined the HRC as marketing director in 2010, adding the role of communications director in 2011. In 2013, Suppo was named team principal, overseeing the team each racing weekend, working with riders Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.

Before joining HRC, Suppo was project leader for Ducati‘s MotoGP team from 2003-2009, working with riders Loris Capirossi, Troy Bayliss, Carlos Checa, Sete Gibernau, Casey Stoner, Marco Melandri and Nicky Hayden.

In all, Suppo played a role in riders winning six MotoGP titles, five with Honda (including four won by Marquez and one by Stoner) as well as Stoner’s 2007 title with Ducati.

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Livio Suppo to leave HRC following 2017 MotoGP season

Honda Racing Corporation wishes to announce that Livio Suppo has decided to move on from his role as Repsol Honda’s Team Principal and leave the Company.

Livio Suppo joined HRC in 2010, as Communications and Marketing Director. From 2013 he assumed a dual-role as Team Principal of the Repsol Honda Team and HRC Communications and Marketing Director, giving a precious contribution in marketing, plus team and rider management.

Honda Racing Corporation wishes to thank Livio Suppo for the dedication, expertise and passion that have always distinguished his work and wishes him all the best for his future.


Tetsuhiro Kuwata
HRC Director – General Manager Race Operations Management Division

“After eight very successful years with HRC, Livio has decided to move on and leave the Company. We want to heartily thank Livio for his crucial contribution to the results we have achieved in all these years together. We have share many good moments and a few challenging ones, but the energy, commitment and passion he has tirelessly put into his work is truly remarkable. While we are sorry to see him leave, we wish him all the best in his future career as well as in his personal life.”


Livio Suppo
Team Principal / Communications and Marketing Director

“It has been a real honour to work for HRC over the past eight years. It has been a great professional and human experience, and I will be always grateful to the Company for asking me to be part of it. Anyway, after 22 seasons in the motorcycle racing world, I feel that it is time for me to look for new challenges. I leave HRC knowing that in 2018 they will be competitive, because Marc and Dani are very strong and the engineers will as always prepare a good package for them to fight for the championship again. I will never forget all the good days we had together, and one more time I would like to say thanks to everybody in the team and at HRC for sharing these exciting years with me.”

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<![CDATA[Honda has Built 100,000,000 Super Cubs]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/10/19/manufacturers/honda/honda-built-100000000-super-cubs/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/10/19/manufacturers/honda/honda-built-100000000-super-cubs/#respond Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:10:00 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=71472 Honda has Built 100,000,000 Super Cubs
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What began as the C100 in 1958 in Japan is still being produced in 16 factories in 15 countries – and in fact production has ramped up in recent years. It took 47 years for Honda to pass the 50 million mark, in 2005. Twelve years later, here we are at  100 million.

Honda president Takahiro Hachigo said: “Honda Super Cub, which was created in Japan, fulfils the expectations of our customers and embodies Honda’s passion to serve people worldwide with the joy of expanding their life’s potential. As a result, the Super Cub series has long been enjoyed by customers all over the world and was able to reach the 100 million-unit milestone in worldwide cumulative production. Honda will continue to evolve in keeping with changes of the times and strive to offer products that go beyond the expectations of our customers.”

See Honda’s 60th Anniversary Super Cub timeline here.

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<![CDATA[Cole Seely Sidelined Twice By Rear Shock Failure At MXoN]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/10/04/racing/cole-seely-mxon-shock-failure/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/10/04/racing/cole-seely-mxon-shock-failure/#respond Thu, 05 Oct 2017 03:46:56 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=71169 Cole Seely Sidelined Twice By Rear Shock Failure At MXoN
Team Honda HRC confirms and announces that identical rear shock absorber failures were the cause of Cole Seely’s pair of DNF’s at the Motocross of Nations. As a result, Team USA finished a disappointing eighth place overall. Begin Press Release: TORRANCE, Calif. (October 4, 2017) – Team Honda HRC today confirmed that the double DNFs […] more]]>
Team Honda HRC confirms and announces that identical rear shock absorber failures were the cause of Cole Seely’s pair of DNF’s at the Motocross of Nations. As a result, Team USA finished a disappointing eighth place overall.

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TORRANCE, Calif. (October 4, 2017) – Team Honda HRC today confirmed that the double DNFs by Cole Seely during the Motocross of Nations at Matterley Basin in Winchester, England, last Sunday were caused by identical shock-absorber failures on his CRF450R. Seely was forced to withdraw from the muddy first and third motos after the spring holder on his factory KYB shock became dislodged, allowing the spring to drop.

“Clearly, we’re very disappointed by what happened at the Motocross of Nations,” said Takashi “Sam” Mishima, Manager of Motorcycle Sports at American Honda. “The factory KYB shock on our bike uses a cup-shaped spring collar with a slot where it slides over the shaft, and when the mud packed on the bottoming bumper during the first moto, enough force built up to shift the collar out of place. We used this same setup the entire AMA Pro Motocross season, including at muddy races like Unadilla, but this was the first time we experienced this issue. We replaced the entire shock for Cole’s final moto, but the same problem occurred again. Normally with issues like this, it’s difficult to even recreate them again, so the fact that this problem occurred twice on the same day suggests there was something particular about the Matterley Basin track layout and/or the consistency of the mud that created the perfect conditions for the problem. Honda customers should know that the retaining system on the production Showa CRF450R shock is different; in fact, the system is the same as that on the factory Showa shock used by our MXGP counterparts at Team HRC, whose bikes didn’t experience this issue at the Motocross of Nations. Obviously, we’ll look into this along with KYB and address it for next season, but in the meantime, we offer our sincere apologies to Cole, and to American motocross fans for the fact that Team USA’s results were so significantly impacted by this issue.”

KYB would also like to acknowledge the impact the failure had on the U.S. effort and offer their apologies to the MX community. Countermeasures and design updates are currently being instituted to insure this type of situation does not happen again. KYB adds that only factory KYB-issued parts for HRC factory bikes and race teams are affected.

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<![CDATA[Honda and Aviator Nation Collaborate On New Sweepstakes]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/09/07/motorcycle-news/honda-aviator-nation-collaborate-new-sweepstakes/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/09/07/motorcycle-news/honda-aviator-nation-collaborate-new-sweepstakes/#respond Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:39:15 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=70696 Honda and Aviator Nation Collaborate On New Sweepstakes
Honda and its Rebel edge toward hipsterism, together with Aviator Nation launching a new sweepstakes today, with two Southern California-influenced custom motorcycles officially up for grabs. Each Honda Rebel motorcycle is complete a with a hand-stitched brown leather seat, a gold shimmer fuel tank featuring Aviator Nation’s signature multicolored stripes, and a dream wardrobe that comes […] more]]>
Honda and its Rebel edge toward hipsterism, together with Aviator Nation launching a new sweepstakes today, with two Southern California-influenced custom motorcycles officially up for grabs. Each Honda Rebel motorcycle is complete a with a hand-stitched brown leather seat, a gold shimmer fuel tank featuring Aviator Nation’s signature multicolored stripes, and a dream wardrobe that comes in the form of a $1,000 AN gift card for easy personalization.

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American Honda and Aviator Nation launched a new sweepstakes today, with two Southern California-influenced custom motorcycles officially up for grabs. Each Honda Rebel motorcycle is complete a with a hand-stitched brown leather seat, a gold shimmer fuel tank featuring Aviator Nation’s signature multicolored stripes, and a dream wardrobe that comes in the form of a $1,000 AN gift card for easy personalization.

Capturing Aviator Nation founder Paige Mycoskie’s innate love of outdoor adventure, music, and design, the Honda Rebel Aviator Nation collaboration motorcycle also features the embroidered Aviator Nation signature logo—a retro contrast to the glossy black fenders that flank the bike. The gas tank’s shimmer is a nod to vintage sparkle drum sets and guitars. Custom brown grips, round rear-view mirrors, a minimalist taillight, and caged headlamp cap off Paige’s design vision.

“Working with Honda Powersports on this project has been an incredible experience,” Mycoskie said. “Customizing a motorcycle has been a dream of mine for a long time and I’m excited to have that dream come to life! It’s been so much fun having the opportunity to translate my brand’s vibe and style into a completely different product category that is so near and dear to my heart.”

The bike made its first public appearance last March, during the Waterloo Day Parties at SXSW in Austin, Texas, both on stage with rising music stars like Chicano Batman, Tkay Maidza, and Diet Cig, and at the Aviator Nation pop-up shop onsite, alongside limited-edition Aviator Nation/Honda gear created specifically for the collaboration. The Honda Rebel Aviator Nation bikes are now on display at all Aviator Nation stores in California and also at the newly opened Aspen, Colorado, location.

In October, the bike and collaboration will be featured in Austin during the 2017 Austin City Limits Music Festival with headliners Jay-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Chance the Rapper. Fest-goers will again be able to purchase festival-branded Aviator Nation merchandise and see the motorcycle up close. Plus, to honor this special pairing, the festival is making unique Aviator Nation Honda Rebel “fest branded” gear available in a limited supply.

To give the next generation of riders a taste of the Honda Rebel’s wide range of customization possibilities, Honda Powersports worked hand-in-hand with Mycoskie on this collaborative campaign to create a unique cruiser that embodies the vintage vibe of her beloved, 1970s-inspired California lifestyle brand.

“We value Paige and Aviator Nation’s style,” said Lee Edmunds, American Honda Powersports Marketing Communications Manager. “Since the new Rebel is really a blank canvas for new riders, this partnership is such a terrific opportunity to demonstrate what personal expression is all about. Once you see the motorcycle, you realize why it makes such a lifestyle statement.”

More information about the Honda Rebel x Aviator Nation collaboration is available at: http://rebel.honda.com. Sweepstakes concludes Oct. 31. See rules for details at http://Rebel.Honda.com/rules.

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<![CDATA[Wheres My Honda CB150R?!]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/09/07/manufacturers/honda/wheres-honda-cb150r/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/09/07/manufacturers/honda/wheres-honda-cb150r/#respond Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:36:53 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=70694 Where’s My Honda CB150R?!
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Why have we not been issued these? According to this report from Thailand, there are four distinct versions of this thing, which sort of looks like a Grom for adults, if  there can be such a thing. Do emissions regs keep this from coming to America? The story says the little CBs meet Euro 6, which is two more than I’ve ever heard of! Anyway, here’s the scoop at Motopinas.com.

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<![CDATA[Repsol Honda Previews 2017 British Grand Prix]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/08/22/manufacturers/honda/repsol-honda-previews-2017-british-grand-prix/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/08/22/manufacturers/honda/repsol-honda-previews-2017-british-grand-prix/#respond Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:24:18 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=70479 Repsol Honda Previews 2017 British Grand Prix
MotoGP heads to the U.K. this weekend for the 2017 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The Repsol Honda team of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa previews this weekend’s action. Read Bruce Allen’s British Grand Prix race preview for more analysis. Begin Press Release: Repsol Honda Team cross the Channel to historical Silverstone Championship leader Marc […] more]]>
MotoGP heads to the U.K. this weekend for the 2017 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The Repsol Honda team of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa previews this weekend’s action.

Read Bruce Allen’s British Grand Prix race preview for more analysis.

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Repsol Honda Team cross the Channel to historical Silverstone

Championship leader Marc Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa are looking forward to the upcoming British Grand Prix, round 12 of the MotoGP Championship, determined to continue the good work that has so far allowed them to step up on the podium seven times each this season (six times together). That tally includes three wins for Marquez and one win for Pedrosa.

A one-day test at Misano last Sunday saw the Repsol Honda pair work positively on their RC213V’s setup before heading to the historic Silverstone Circuit, where the MotoGP Championship returned in 2010 after a 23-year break (from 1988 to 2009). During that time, the British Grand Prix was held at Donington Park.

At the British Grand Prix (held at Silverstone Circuit)

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Marc Marquez has 2 wins, 1×125 (2010) and 1xMotoGP (2014), plus an additional 2 podiums and 5 pole positions.

Dani Pedrosa has celebrated two podium finishes in MotoGP (3rd in 2013 and 2012).

Marc Marquez:
“Step by step, we’ve been able to find a good base for our bike and this is very good, as one of my goals is to always be there at the front and be very consistent at all tracks and in all conditions. Of course we’ll try for the same at Silverstone, a circuit that I like, though we know it will be a challenging round as our opponents are usually very strong there. Last year we did a good job during the weekend and only on race day we probably didn’t make the perfect choice with the front tyre. This year we’ll try and do everything to be able to fight for the podium again.”

Dani Pedrosa:
“The team is working well, in Austria we overturned a difficult weekend to get a positive result in the race. Now we go to a difficult track which is bumpy and where the weather is always unstable! We’ll be aiming to improve and be focused because last year was difficult so we must be out lapping and learning about the tyres and the setup to be prepared for Sunday’s race.”

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<![CDATA[Jake Gagne to Race for Honda at Laguna Seca WSBK Round]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/07/04/manufacturers/honda/jake-gagne-race-honda-laguna-seca-wsbk-round/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/07/04/manufacturers/honda/jake-gagne-race-honda-laguna-seca-wsbk-round/#respond Tue, 04 Jul 2017 16:52:00 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=69667 Jake Gagne to Race for Honda at Laguna Seca WSBK Round
With the late Nicky Hayden on the team’s minds, Honda has selected American racer Jake Gagne to ride the CBR1000RR SP2 at next weekend’s Laguna Seca round of the 2017 World Superbike Championship. Gagne, who currently sits 12th overall in the MotoAmerica Superbike championship, will be making his WSBK debut alongside Stefan Bradl on the […] more]]>
With the late Nicky Hayden on the team’s minds, Honda has selected American racer Jake Gagne to ride the CBR1000RR SP2 at next weekend’s Laguna Seca round of the 2017 World Superbike Championship.

Gagne, who currently sits 12th overall in the MotoAmerica Superbike championship, will be making his WSBK debut alongside Stefan Bradl on the Red Bull Honda factory team.

With Gagne focused on his WSBK debut, his Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda team have tabbed Columbian racer Tomas Puerta to take his place in the weekend’s MotoAmerica Superbike races.

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The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team is pleased to announce that 24-year-old American rider Jake Gagne will team up with Stefan Bradl to take part in the US Round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship on board the team’s Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machine.

Born and raised in Ramona, California, Gagne is currently competing in the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship on the Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda CBR1000RR SP2 (Fireblade) and brings with him a wealth of success in various competitions. Jake won the Red Bull Rookies Cup at the age of 18 in 2010, before a year in the CEV Moto2 Championship. He then returned to America where he won the Daytona SportBike Championship (2014) and the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Championship the following year, showcasing his talent.

Jake is now ready to make his WorldSBK debut on the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team’s Fireblade.

Jake Gagne
“For me this is a dream come true and a huge honour to get an opportunity to race in the World Superbike Championship with such a prestigious team. This is a huge opportunity and I am going to do everything I can to do the best job possible and learn as much as I can. The loss of Nicky was very difficult for us all but I know he will be watching over us and I hope I can make him proud. Laguna Seca will always be a very special track for him and I’m honoured to get out there in front of our home crowd and show what I can do. It seems like a great fit coming off a Honda Superbike here in the States, as well as having Red Bull as the team sponsor, as they have supported me throughout my whole career. I would like to express my huge thanks to Honda, Red Bull and Ten Kate for this incredible opportunity. And thanks also to Broaster, RoadRace Factory and my whole team for allowing me to chase this dream!”

Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager
“Jake is a young and talented racer who already knows the Fireblade quite well from racing in the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship and has raced – and won – many times at Laguna Seca. We are looking forward to welcoming him within the team and giving him the best possible support for his World Superbike debut. I’m confident he will enjoy the experience and will do his very best in front of his home crowd. Nicky was known for his great support of young riders – especially his fellow Americans – and was always available for a chat and to offer advice, so I feel this is the perfect way to honour him at Laguna Seca.”

Mike Snyder: Marketing Senior Manager, American Honda
“It is our pleasure to collaborate with our peers at Honda Motor Europe and show the strength of Honda teamwork. Jake is a talented young man, and he has been a huge part of our re-entry into the AMA road racing scene this year. We are happy to see him have this opportunity with WorldSBK, and having new American talent enter the world scene at Laguna is a fitting tribute to Nicky’s memory.”

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<![CDATA[Honda Racing Corporation Remembers Nicky Hayden]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/05/23/manufacturers/honda/honda-racing-corporation-remembers-nicky-hayden/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/05/23/manufacturers/honda/honda-racing-corporation-remembers-nicky-hayden/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 16:20:36 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=68981 Honda Racing Corporation Remembers Nicky Hayden
Tributes continue to pour in for Nicky Hayden. Here is a message from Honda Racing Corporation, with whom Hayden found much of his racing success including the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. Begin press release Honda HRC message of condolence, following the passing of Nicky Hayden Nicky Hayden was an HRC rider for much of his […] more]]>
Tributes continue to pour in for Nicky Hayden. Here is a message from Honda Racing Corporation, with whom Hayden found much of his racing success including the 2006 MotoGP World Championship.

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Honda HRC message of condolence, following the passing of Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden was an HRC rider for much of his racing career, achieving many successes both in his home country and internationally. Nicky won the 1999 AMA Supersport Championship and the 2002 AMA Superbike Championship with American Honda and the 2006 MotoGP World Championship with Repsol Honda. Last year he moved to World Superbike Championship with Ten Kate Honda, winning a race in his first season.

Yesterday’s terrible news of the loss of the much-loved American due to the consequences of a cycling accident in Rimini, Italy, on Wednesday May 17, is a terrible blow for the entire motorcycling community and for everyone at HRC.

Yoshishige Nomura
HRC President

“On behalf of all HRC employees and our racing teams, I wish to express my deepest condolences to Nicky Hayden’s family, his fiancée and his many friends.

Nicky has been such a close friend and member of the HRC family that it’s very hard to believe he is gone. Together we won two AMA titles and the 2006 MotoGP crown, and until his accident he was giving 100 percent to bring success to the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team. Nicky was a great rider and champion but he was an even better person. We always had the utmost respect for his racing spirit and for the commitment he showed on every occasion, while his charming character made him a favorite with the entire motorcycling world and race fans everywhere. At HRC we will never forget Nicky, who was very much one of us. Everyone at HRC is deeply saddened, but we will remember the many special memories we shared together with him. Our hearts and thoughts are with his family during this difficult moment.”

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<![CDATA[Honda CB650F Coming Stateside For 2018]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/05/09/manufacturers/honda/honda-cb650f-coming-stateside-2018/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/05/09/manufacturers/honda/honda-cb650f-coming-stateside-2018/#respond Tue, 09 May 2017 17:26:21 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=68802 Honda CB650F Coming Stateside For 2018
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Honda didn’t specify a price for the new CB650F but expect it to be roughly $500 less than the CBR650F ($8,499 for model year 2016).

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Honda to Offer CB650F in the U.S. for 2018

Middleweight naked bike joins CBR650F and Grom in new-model announcement

Torrance, CA (May 9, 2017) – American Honda announced today the addition of the CB650F to its model lineup for the 2018 model year, while also confirming the return of two other exhilarating sport bikes in the capable CBR650F and the incredibly popular Grom. The CB650F is the latest in an admired lineage of Honda middleweight four-cylinder naked bikes dating back to the CB400F of the 1970s, and with a great power-to-weight ratio, pared-back style, and comfortable riding position, it has all the elements of a great-performing midsize street-fighter.

“We’re pleased to offer the tough-looking, strong-performing CB650F to American customers for the 2018 model year,” said Lee Edmunds, American Honda’s Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications. “The CBR650F has shown that this four-cylinder power plant is a solid performer, and in this package it adeptly rounds out our comprehensive lineup of naked sport bikes, fitting in perfectly between the CB500F and the CB1000R.”

CB650F
Honda’s newest middleweight naked bike is powered by a compact 649cc inline four-cylinder engine that provides a satisfying rush of power and torque while emitting a throaty growl through beautiful side-swept exhaust headers (a Honda signature) and a single, organically shaped, under-swingarm muffler. With minimal bodywork, the view of the handsome engine and twin-spar frame is unobstructed. Suspension comprises a Showa Dual Bending Valve fork and adjustable shock, and both the headlight and taillight feature LED bulbs. All three brake rotors are wave-style, the dual 320mm front discs being squeezed by Nissin calipers. Longer rides are made comfortable by the sporty-yet-natural riding position and a rubber-mounted handlebar.

Color: Red
Availability: August 2017

CBR650F
The full-fairing sibling of the naked CB650F, the CBR650F touts an unorthodox 650cc displacement size that offers a great mix of midrange torque and low reciprocating mass, earning the model praise as a powerful, nimble midsized four-cylinder sport bike that’s ideal for a broad spectrum of users, from weekend canyon carvers to weekday commuters. The competitively priced CBR650F benefits from a number of revisions for the 2018 model year, including enhanced power via updated intake stacks and muffler changes that also deliver an improved sound. The gear ratios have also been revised for improved acceleration feel. The fork is now a Showa Dual Bend Valve unit that has better damping action for more comfort over varying road conditions, and the headlight now has LED bulbs. Rounding out the changes are L-shaped air valves on the wheels to simplify air-pressure adjustment. While the sporty bodywork provides wind-cheating aerodynamics, strategically placed windows offer peekaboo views of the handsome cylinder bank and sculpted exhaust headers.

  • Color: Red
  • Availability: August 2017

Grom
G-R-O-M: For anyone remotely familiar with the cultural revolution birthed by Honda’s 125cc sport bike, that simple four-letter word conjures thoughts of enjoyment and fun. An instant cult classic, the Grom has captured the hearts and throttle hands of riders of all sizes and ability levels through its unique ownership of the small-bore sport category. A major portion of its charm is due to its diminutive stature, which is friendly to new riders, offers nimble handling, and is an absolute blast for carving turns. The pint-size Honda’s lightweight feel and peppy powerband contribute to its broad appeal, while the big-bike-inspired styling turns heads in every environment. With a four-speed transmission, manual clutch, and disc brakes, the Grom is as serious as it is delightful.

  • Colors
    • Grom: Matte Gray Metallic, Pearl Red, Pearl White, Bright Yellow
    • Grom ABS: Matte Gray Metallic, Pearl Red
  • Availability: August 2017

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<![CDATA[Repsol Honda MotoGP Previews Jerez Grand Prix]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/05/02/racing/repsol-honda-motogp-previews-jerez-grand-prix/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/05/02/racing/repsol-honda-motogp-previews-jerez-grand-prix/#respond Tue, 02 May 2017 23:36:44 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=68684 Repsol Honda MotoGP Previews Jerez Grand Prix
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The Repsol Honda riders are looking to get their season back on track in the first European round.

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Repsol Honda Team head to Jerez to start the European leg of the season

The Repsol Honda Team has returned to Europe following the first three overseas races, fresh from a victory and a podium finish in Austin, and determined to continue the good work in order to keep fighting at the front.

A Michelin test was planned today at Le Mans (France), but overnight rainfall followed by cold temperatures meant that conditions made it impossible to take full advantage of a testing day. A post-lunch exploratory car lap by Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa confirmed this, so the team decided to completely cancel the test to avoid losing one of the five days of private tests allowed this season.

The squad subsequently moved on to Southern Spain for Round 4 of the MotoGP Championship, in Jerez, where Dani and Marc have stood together on the podium for the Repsol Honda Team on one occasion, in 2013, in first and second positions, respectively. Dani in particular has fond memories of the track, where he made his debut in MotoGP with a brilliant second-place finish in 2016.

As usual, the two Spaniards will be able to count on the warm support of their respective fan clubs from the grandstands.

At the Gran Premio Red Bull de España

Dani Pedrosa has 3 wins: 1 x 250 (2005) and 2 x MotoGP (2008 and 2013), plus an additional 7 podiums and 3 pole positions.

Marquez has 1 win: MotoGP (2014), plus an additional 5 podiums and 3 pole positions.

marc-marquezMarc Marquez

“I’m happy the next round is back in Spain after three flyaway GPs, because racing at home and in front of my fan club is always special. Of course our win in Austin gave the whole team more confidence and motivation to keep up the hard work and to try to understand how to further improve our bike’s setup, although Jerez is one of the most difficult and tricky circuits from that point of view. It’s kind of an ‘old school’ track: very short, very narrow, with heavy acceleration points and strong braking areas. You have to make the bike turn well but you also need good stability under braking, because that’s where you can get good lap times. It’s a circuit where our opponents are always very fast, but anyway, I think we’ll be able to do well if we work well starting on Friday morning.”

dani-pedrosaDani Pedrosa

“Jerez is a track that I like a lot. It has a bit of everything: tight corners, fast corners, changes of direction, some ‘wheelie areas.’ One of my best memories there is when I made my debut in MotoGP (2006) and I finished on the podium. I hope to keep the momentum from Austin and to continue the progress, improving our bike setup more, especially in maintaining a fast rhythm and faster lap time. Now we know more about the bike, what we need to improve, and what changes we have to make on the setup, so we definitely look forward to taking another step in Jerez. My fan club will be there and we want to have another good weekend in front of them and all our fans!”

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<![CDATA[Cole Seely Returns To Action In New Jersey, Then Reinjures Himself]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/05/01/manufacturers/honda/cole-seely-returns-action-new-jersey-reinjures/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/05/01/manufacturers/honda/cole-seely-returns-action-new-jersey-reinjures/#respond Mon, 01 May 2017 21:53:04 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=68637 Cole Seely Returns To Action In New Jersey, Then Reinjures Himself
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A groin injury, of all things! Ouch.

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Seely Reinjured at New Jersey Supercross

After a short hiatus, Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely made a return to action for round 16 of the AMA Supercross series in New Jersey before he was once again sidelined with a painful adductor. In the main event, the Californian got off to a poor start, but by the completion of the first lap he had passed several riders to sit 12th. He continued to mount an impressive charge, moving into sixth on lap 13. Unfortunately, four laps later he cased a rhythm section, ripping his feet off the pegs and aggravating his groin injury. Seely will visit his doctor at home for a prognosis.

NOTES

  • For the second time this season, riders and teams were on a daytime schedule due to the New Jersey Supercross airing live on the Fox network. The program started three hours earlier than normal, and the racing was completed by 8 p.m.
  • Team Honda HRC was happy to support Road 2 Recovery by providing an auction winner and his family with a tour of the team’s technical truck, as well as an autographed Cole Seely jersey.
  • During the daytime qualifying sessions, Seely notched the sixth-quickest lap time at 52.313”, while MotoConcepts rider Justin Brayton was 12th with a 53.433” lap.
  • For Seely, it was an afternoon of intense battles. In heat 1, he got off to a fourth-place start but was shuffled around during the first few laps. He fought hard for the final transfer spot but ultimately finished fifth, sending him to the semi. When the gate dropped for semi 1, Seely grabbed the holeshot and early lead. During the closing laps, another hard-fought tussle broke out with Seely swapping for lead multiple times before taking the checkered flag with the win.
  • With the MotoConcepts Honda hauler not making the 2,000 mile trek from Salt Lake City to New Jersey, Justin Brayton and his CRF450R were pitted under the factory tent for the day. Brayton put together a solid performance, matching his season-best finish of sixth in the main event.
  • May 6 will mark the final round of the AMA Supercross championship, at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, where Team Honda HRC hopes to finish the season on a positive note. 

THE FOCUS: Gate Selection

Most race fans know that one of the most important parts of any race is the start, and that begins with a good gate selection, which is in turn affected by a rider’s result in daytime and evening qualifying. “Any time you’re in the top three or four, it’s a good thing,” Cole Seely explained. “There are so many variables to picking your gate that everything really has to add up. Winning your heat race or getting second is very big because you have more options in the main event, and obviously the further back you go in finishing position, the fewer options you’ll have.”

Seely pointed out that there’s more to a good gate spot than how far inside or outside it’s located. “When you’re looking at a gate, the first thing we look at is the rut in front of it,” he said. “A lot of times, they can get big holes or a sharp curb that could cause your wheel to go airborne or jump around. Then we look at the rut behind the gate. Usually you want the smoothest, straightest one, with the best dirt possible for traction. When mechanics are kicking and stomping the gate, they’re trying to kick in the sides of the rut to get some fresh dirt in there for more traction.”

cole-seelyCole Seely 14

I’m frustrated with the way I rode tonight even before the injury, and now to be in the same situation is a huge bummer. I got a terrible start and although I didn’t feel like I was riding well, I had worked my way up to sixth. I felt like I needed to find something on the track to go faster so I tried to go three out at the end of a rhythm section and didn’t make it. I cased it, which ripped my feet off the pegs and hurt my leg again so I couldn’t hold onto the bike. That’s basically how I injured it the first time in St. Louis. Luckily, it didn’t pop again because that would mean it tore again so hopefully it’s not that bad.

dan-betleyDan Betley

Team Manager

I’m bummed for Cole. We’re really hoping that his injury didn’t get worse and tear more, which would be a huge bummer. We’ll just have to take it day by day and see how he feels before he gets back on the bike. The track was really tough but I think Cole was riding well considering his bad start.

rich-simmonsRich Simmons

Mechanic (Cole Seely)

I thought Cole had some good moments tonight. He was a little off in his heat and semi but he battled hard each race. For a bad start, I think he rode pretty well in the main event. When he caught and passed [Justin] Barcia, his lap time dropped back down into the 54-second mark, which was decent. Unfortunately, he didn’t feel that good on the track and he couldn’t see the pit board in the mechanics’ area, so he had no idea that each lap he was doing better. Hopefully he’ll be back for Las Vegas but we also need to start prepping for Hangtown because he hasn’t done much outdoor testing. Luckily Andrew [Short] has been helping us develop the bike.

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