EICMA: Honda displays adventure sports-tourer

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Responding to the booming market for adventurer sports-tourers, Honda has found a new use for its 1200cc V4 engine: the Crosstourer (shown above and in the videos below).

The model was just one of several unveiled for Europe this week at EICMA.

A concept model in 2010, the Crosstourer features adventure styling, long suspension travel, an upright riding position, a traction control system, combined ABS and Honda’s optional Dual Cutch Transmission.

Other EICMA highlights, according to Honda:

  • The Integra: a new machine offering the stability and dynamic ride of a motorcycle, with the protection, comfort and look of a large scooter, plus the Dual Clutch Transmission and an all-new “highly fuel-efficient, high-torque” 670cc engine.
  • Two new “affordable” midsized machines — the NC700X and NC700S (shown) in a “crossover” and naked styling, respectively.
  • The expansion of Honda’s range of Dual Clutch Transmission models to five machines: the VFR1200F (upgraded for 2012), Crosstourer, Integra (the first model to have the system as standard), NC700X and NC700S. First released on sale in 2010 for the VFR1200F, Dual Clutch Transmission offers seamless shifting in both its manual and its two automatic modes.
  • Three new scooters: the Vision 50, Honda’s first all-new 50cc model for Europe for nearly 10 years, which complements the 110cc Vision released earlier this year, plus the Wave 110i, whose lineage can be traced back to the 60-million-plus-selling Super Cub.
  • Upgrades to two flagship machines: The 2012 GL1800 Gold Wing gets more modern looks and upgrades to its audio and satellite navigation system. The CBR1000RR Fireblade will come in a 20th anniversary edition.

In addition to seven new models (the Integra, NC700X, NC700S, Crosstourer, Vision 50, Vision, and Wave110i), six upgraded machines (the CBR1000RR, GL1800 Gold Wing, VFR1200F, CFR450R, CRF250R and CRF150R), a total of 16 models will be offered with new colors.

Honda has posted on its corporate website two related videos (links to which follow for broadband and narrowband versions).

EICMA 2011 Honda Press Conference (Broadband)
EICMA 2011 Honda Press Conference (Narrowband)
EICMA 2011 Honda Booth Report (Broadband)
EICMA 2011 Honda Booth Report (Narrowband)

Posted by Arlo Redwine

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