Honda Shows First Batch of '08 Vehicles

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Like Yamaha, Honda is releasing info on its 2008 lineup in two stages, one in June and the other in September.

The first batch includes the Gold Wing, Shadow and Rebel on-road bikes; CRF family and XR650 off-road bikes; and FourTrax and Sportrax families of ATVs. The highlighted models are punctuated by new color offerings, but little else.

Look for Honda's second batch of '08 product to include scooters and personal watercraft, as well as motocross, standard, sport, sport touring and additional cruiser motorcycles.

Price tags on 2008 Gold Wings will range from $19,599 to $24,649; the Shadow Aero and Shadow Spirit 750 will carry an MSRP of between $6,799 and $7,099; and the Rebel is scheduled to retail for $3,199.

The 2008 CRF enduro family includes the CRF50F $1,349; CRF70F, $1,699; CRF80F, $2,099; CRF100F, $2,399; CRF150F, $3,149; and CRF230F, $3,649. Also revealed: the enduro CRF150R/RB, $4,199-$4,299, and dual-sport XR650L, priced at $5,949.

Honda's ATV offerings again come in two families: the FourTrax utility vehicles and the Sportrax sport quads.

The FourTrax lineup includes the Foreman 500 4x4, ranging from $6,449 for the standard model to $7,399 for a camo version; the Foreman 4x4 ES with power steering; and the Foreman Rubicon, ranging from $7,349 for the standard model to $7,899 for a camo version of the Foreman Rubicon with GPScape.

Honda customers seeking something larger out of a utility ATV may be interested in the pricing of the Rincon 680, which ranges from $7,849 for the standard model to $8,399 for a camo version of the Rincon GPScape.

The 2008 Sportrax family includes the TRX90, $2,799; TRX250, $3,999; and TRX300, $4,999. The hot 450 comes in three model designations: the kick-start TRX450R, $6,849; electric start TRX450ER, $6,999; and special paint scheme TRX450ERF, $7,149.

What's still missing from Honda's '08 ATV line? The Rancher and Recon models, and the TRX400. "As far as I know right now, those just weren't ready to release at this time," says Honda ATV spokesman Tim Patnode. "Those models could come out later, and so it could be just a factor of them not being ready to ship just yet. We don't have any news right now on whether those are going to be changed for September." — Guido Ebert