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2012 Honda Fireblade - how good?

MCN, 03 January 2012 12:00

Although not all-new, Honda’s 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade has had a significant makeover, with suspension, throttle response and styling all updated – but how much difference does it all make? To find out we pitted the new bike head-to-head with the outgoing 2011 version on both road and dyno. And even though our test took place in cold and damp December ...

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Staff bikes: Honda CBR600F - Winter prep goes high tech

Andy Downes, 03 January 2012 10:23

My 1998 Honda CBR600F-W has been treated to a full winter anti-corrosion treatment which should prevent hundreds of pounds of damage and allow me to ride it through the colder months. The £60 anti-corrosion work was carried out by All Year Biker; a set-up that uses franchised operators across much of the UK to carry out the work. The work ...

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New Honda Fireblade still on top after 20 years

Trevor Franklin, 03 December 2011 12:00

Honda’s legendary Fireblade is 20-years-old and while the weight, shape and engine capacity in fact everything about it has changed since Tadao Baba’s rule-changing 1992 original, the fact that Honda has retained the Fireblade moniker for its ultimate superbike proves just how important this model is to the Big H. Oh, and so does the impressive sales figure of 445,208 ...

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2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade first ride!

MCN, 24 November 2011 12:20

The 20th anniversary Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade is currently being put through its paces at the Portimao circuit, Portugal by MCN chief road tester Trevor Franklin. This new model now comes with Showa Big Piston front forks and a new ‘Balance Free’ rear suspension design, developed for racing. There are also a host of revisions which include the ECU and fuelling ...

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Honda's V4 Crosstourer GS-rival gets sporty edge

Phil West, 17 November 2011 11:18

Honda’s all-new adventure bike – the V4 Crosstourer – is significantly different to the prototype version first unveiled a year ago and will bring new sophistication, technology and riding pleasure to the class, its design chief has revealed in an exclusive interview with MCN. Yosuke Hasegawa is Honda’s Large Project Leader – in charge of not only the Crosstourer project ...

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Honda's incredible RC-E Tokyo Show concept

Guy Procter, 10 November 2011 09:28

Honda will reveal this breathtaking electric sportsbike at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show next month. Dubbed the RCE, the  road-legal supersport-style bike uses the large, powerful electric motor employed in the firm's Insight hybrid car. It's suspended front and rear by Ohlins TTX and is designed to "Pursue the joy of riding" says Honda. The firm promises "a powerful and ...

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Honda confirms Crosstourer as 2012 model

Phil West, 20 October 2011 10:29

Honda has just announced that, as expected, its all-new V4 adventure bike, the Crosstourer, which was unveiled in prototype form at last year’s Milan Show WILL be going into production next year. The full announcement is as follows: "Honda today confirms that the Crosstourer model unveiled as a concept at the 2010 EICMA show will go into mass production, and ...

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Editor's picks: Honda CB1300

MCN, 17 October 2011 17:00

Evoking memories of the CB1100, the Honda CB1300 was launched as a naked muscle bike in 2003 as a rival to the Suzuki GSX1400 and Yamaha XJR1300. Where the GSX and XJR use air/oil-cooled engines in keeping with muscle bike tradition, the CB1300 has a torque-laden 1284cc water-cooled motor that rockets the Honda forward with a smooth and vibration free ...

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Honda launches 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade mini-site

Guy Procter, 14 October 2011 10:44

Honda has opened a mini-website dedicated to the new 2012 Fireblade. It promises to tell the full story of the bike which will mark the 20th anniversary of the Fireblade series next year. Honda is keen to stress the easy-to-ride 'Total Control' philosophy which has shaped the Fireblade dynasty. You only need traction control if there's something wrong with your ...

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Staff bikes: Honda VFR800X Crossrunner - It's time to retyre

Phil West, 05 October 2011 17:01

Time for a change. The turning of three-thousand-odd miles has seen both the fading of Crossrunner's OE Pirelli Scorpions' ability and my faith in them. Don't get me wrong: the Scorps aren't a bad tyre. They've been consistent and predictable enough (in a humdrum sort of way) in all sorts of riding, from routine 30-mile work commutes in all kinds ...

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