utorak, 16. studenoga 2010.

Honda CBF1000

Aside from quirky culinary delights and two-tone coins, Canadians also enjoy another North American rarity; a slew of Euro-spec Hondas imported by Honda Canada for Canadian consumption only.
Now, to understand the significance of importing these machines, we must first give some perspective. Canada has a population of 34 million. That’s a few million short of the population of California, and the country’s annual new motorcycle sales are about half those sold in that state—or about one-tenth annual U.S. sales.
In 2007 Honda Canada broke from tradition and dealt directly with Japan to import the CBR125R, a model it believed would boost sales to new, young riders. Studies made by the Honda Canada showed that motorcycle consumer trends north of the border mirrored those of Germany—and the CBR125R was very popular in Deutschland. Canadian riders ate up the diminutive CBR, and the entry-level sportbike sold out in its first year.
Riding on the popularity of this exclusive model, the following year Honda Canada imported two more models that were popular with German riders, the Varadero adventure-touring bike and the CBF1000.
Honda Canada gets a redesigned CBF1000 for 2010. The 998cc inline-Four, a detuned version of the ’06-’07 CBR1000RR mill, has been mildly retuned from last year’s CBF with a slight bump in compression ratio and an increase of 9 hp, now rated at 106 crankshaft horsepower.

Revised styling includes a new, frame-mounted half-fairing with a hawk-eye beak that hints at the CBF’s CBR1000RR heritage, and it has a four-position adjustable windscreen. The screen can be lifted or lowered manually by pulling up or pushing down on it. I was able to adjust it while riding, though disclaimers in the owner’s manual clearly state you shouldn’t do this.
Engine power is more than adequate, though literbike junkies will suffer withdrawal symptoms. The high-rpm, adrenalin-inducing charge of an open-class supersport has been subdued to an entertaining stroll across the rev range. It doesn’t have the Bandit 1250’s brute bottom-end force, but there is more than enough power for everyday chores like commuting or two-up sport touring, with a broad, flat powerband providing buzz-free cruising.

Mini motorcycle......

ponedjeljak, 15. studenoga 2010.

utorak, 9. studenoga 2010.

Some of the interesting motorcycles

Honda VFR1200R

The VFR line has carried Honda's flag since the early '80s, when Honda realized that the motor from the old Sabre could, with appropriate tweaks, power the Interceptor. By the time bikes like Suzuki's GSX-R750 and Honda's own Fireblade had come along, Honda's race-rep V-Fours – the RC30, then RC45 – seemed exotic but somewhat beside the point.
The Interceptor, though, held on to devotees; riders who demanded performance but were unwilling to give up comfort to get it. The Interceptor line, in the last 25 or so years, has been Honda's premiere showcase; sometimes for desirable technology like the single-sided Pro Arm swingarm, sometimes for less-than-desirable tricks like V-TEC variable valve timing.
In talking about the new VFR1200F, Honda's been careful to position it as a new thing, “its own thing.” They've been careful to say that it's not a one-for-one replacement for the Interceptor.
But it is. That was obvious when the new VFR1200F was revealed in a conference room at Honda's Torrance, California HQ. After an appropriate amount of ooh-ing and ahh-ing by the assembled journalists, the curtains were opened and the new bike was wheeled out into a courtyard where it was placed at the head of a line-up of... all the old Interceptors (plus a few other notable V-bikes, including an NR750!)
Such was the anticipation of this bike that when it was first wheeled out, the journos – who normally descend on new metal like vultures on a fresh carcass – formed a circle about 20 feet in diameter around it. It was as if none dared be the first to approach it.
Yet at the same time, the first look was also tinged with a little disappointment, if only because this new platform will “soon” be available with optional dual-clutch technology. That was the bike I thought I was coming to see; it will give riders the option of servo-assisted paddle shifters or even a fully automatic six-speed tranny.