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Tech guide: How the Honda VFR1200 can switch from V4 to parallel twin

Ben Purvis, 09 July 2009 15:26

The Honda V4's radical design means that the 200bhp engine’s cylinders can be shut down, turning the V4 into a parallel-twin, so it can sip fuel on the commute and chase superbikes at the weekend.  Honda is giving nothing away. The only official information from the company is that it’s a V4. But our monitoring of patents filed by the firm reveals it’s a ...

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Honda V4: tech details of the VFR1200 revealed

Ben Purvis, 08 July 2009 14:50

The VFR1200 is set to take Honda into the next decade by attracting virtually every sort of rider – combining effortless touring ability, race-sharp handling and everyday practicality into a single package.    More news and info on the VFR1200 Can't wait for the Honda V4? Try one of these... UK Exclusive: New Honda V4 spied in action Perhaps the biggest surprise is ...

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The motorcycles Honda never built

Ben Purvis, 05 December 2008 10:58

Honda has never been shy to introduce new technology – but now for the first time MCN can reveal some of the designs that were too far out for even Honda to give the green light. This so-called Ground-effects bike isn’t the work of a lunatic, it was conceived 20 years ago by former HRC boss Satoru Horiike – the ...

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First look at Honda's ABS CBR600RR

Ben Purvis, 10 June 2008 09:31

Honda has revealed a CBR600RR with ABS brakes and MCN is due to ride the motorcycle today. The prototype CBR600RR is the first ever supersports motorcycle to feature the ABS that it plans to roll out across all its production machines within the next two years.  The CBR600RR is fitted with a completely new brake-by-wire Combined ABS system, which uses a computer control ...

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Honda Ape gets injected

Ben Purvis, 06 December 2007 12:00

The tiny Honda Ape 50 motorcycle has just been revamped to make sure it can stay in production. The air-cooled 49cc single, a slightly bigger version of the classic Monkey bike, has been given Honda’s PGM-FI fuel injection system to help it stay a step ahead of emissions laws. Although it’s only officially still sold in Japan, the Honda Ape ...

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2008 Honda VFR800 motorcycle is left unchanged

Ben Purvis, 06 September 2007 15:39

Honda has left the 2008 Honda VFR800 motorcycle unchanged, despite rumours it’s already-developed replacement was to due to be launched this month. The Honda VFR800 is officially designated a 2008 motorcycle – but only the addition of a silver colour option to the current black or burgundy colour schemes marks the bike as changed. European sources are still adamant a new ...

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2008 Honda CBR600RR motorcycle colour changes

Ben Purvis, 06 September 2007 15:28

In keeping with Honda’s two-year update cycle the CBR600RR motorcycle has been left untouched other than colour changes. The Honda CBR600RR will now come in a new combination of white/black/red, red/black and a mean all-black version. The motorcycle was completely redesigned for 2007 with a new chassis, engine and styling, so Honda have left the MCN group-test winning CBR600RR unchanged for next year. ...

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Exclusive first pictures of the 2008 Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR

Ben Purvis, 06 September 2007 09:35

Here are the world exclusive first picture of the 2008 Honda Fireblade. It's an official Honda picture, and we'll be updating this story with more details about the motorcycle as we get them. Thinking of getting a Honda Fireblade? Save money on your motorcycle insurance with MCN Compare.  

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2008 Honda VFR revealed in new motorcycle patent

Ben Purvis, 16 August 2007 10:20

Details of Honda’s 2008 VFR1000 have been revealed in a newly published motorcycle patent document – which shows the motorcycle to have a radical new frame design. The Honda V-four sports tourer motorcycle, which gets a capacity boost to 1000cc for next year with an all-new engine, features a two-piece chassis, with separate front and rear sections. The engine itself provides the ...

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New Honda CBF600 for 2008

Ben Purvis, 24 July 2007 11:06

Honda is on the verge of releasing a new version of its CBF600 commuter motorcycle for 2008 – incorporating the latest CBR600RR engine, as also found in the new Hornet 600. The motorcycle is likely to be revealed in advance of the rest of Honda’s 2008 motorcycles, as the engine change is understood to come due to the need to meet new ...

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