Honda Debuts Middleweight Tourer, Bobber-Style Cruiser

Publish Date: 
Sep 4, 2009

HONDA ANNOUNCED today a new lightweight touring bike and a new bobber-styled cruiser. Honda also announced minor 2010 changes to its CBR sportbikes. Additional street model announcements will come later this fall, the company said.

Honda calls the NT700V the only true lightweight touring bike on the market. The bike has a fairing, interlinked saddlebags and a 680cc V-twin engine. The standard model will be available in metallic red and metallic silver. An ABS model will be available in metallic silver only. The model is due to hit dealerships in November. Suggested retail is $9,999 for the standard model and $10,999 for the ABS model.

The Shadow Phantom has a clean, uncluttered look accented by an extensive blackout treatment. The bike’s 745cc V-twin engine is teamed with Honda’s new Programmed Fuel Injection. The Shadow Phantom will be available in black only and also will hit dealerships in November. MSRP is $7,999.

Last year Honda made the CBR1000RR available with electronically controlled combined ABS. The 2010 model adds new graphics plus engine changes that “provide an even smoother power delivery,” according to Honda, which did not elaborate in the press release. New colors include pearl orange/light metallic silver and red/black. The C-ABS model will be available in black only.

The 2009 CBR600RR was also available with combined ABS. This year it gets only new colors: pearl orange/black and Leyla, a new special custom graphic. The C-ABS model will come in red/black only.

Honda has not determined dealer availability and retail pricing for the CBR models.