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Motorcycles Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:42:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/videos/7400ed50-4a57-445b-a293-2e7f2f3f6b73 http://hondanews.com/videos/7400ed50-4a57-445b-a293-2e7f2f3f6b73 2015 Honda CRF250/450R Tech Talk Video 2015 Honda CRF250/450R Tech Talk Video. 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An innovative Engine Mode Select button—an industry first for motocross machines—allows the rider to easily select one of three different EFI/ignition maps. A new fork with both high-/low-speed compression and rebound damping adjustment, larger front brake, new cylinder head, exhaust system, and revised settings for the Dual-Timing PGM-FI fuel injection elevate the CRF450R's performance to a whole new level. </p> <p>New for 2015</p> <p>- New cylinder head for more top-end power and added overrev features right-side exhaust port to accommodate new exhaust system. </p> <p>- New exhaust system uses larger-diameter pipe and exhaust outlet to aid top-end power. </p> <p>- Overall exhaust system length is much shorter and closer to the bike's center of mass for more agile handling.  </p> <p>- Revised ignition map settings and new settings for the Dual-Timing PGM-FI fuel injection help increase power. </p> <p>- Peak power hits earlier in the rev range and carries longer than before. </p> <p>- New piston is even stronger thanks to a new heat-treatment process.</p> <p>- New Engine Mode Select button—an industry first among motocross machines—allows the rider to easily select one of three different EFI/ignition maps to match each track/riding conditions.</p> <p>- HRC® accessory tuning tool can be used to program custom maps actuated by the Engine Mode Select button. </p> <p>- New ACG flywheel incorporates more mass for smooth power delivery and enhanced low-end response, and makes it less prone to stalling or flame out.</p> <p>- Transmission gears are stronger for added durability.</p> <p>- New throttle return spring gives a lighter pull.</p> <p>- New clutch cable design gives a lighter pull at the lever.</p> <p>- New KYB Pneumatic Spring Fork (PSF) now offers five ways to adjust performance: high-speed and low-speed adjusters for both rebound and compression damping settings, plus air-spring adjustability.</p> <p>- New fork damper cartridge and other changes in fork construction yield a weight savings of more than 7 ounces.</p> <p>- Rear shock adjuster for rebound damping settings is now located for more convenient access.</p> <p>- New front/rear wave-style rotors with a larger 260mm front brake disc add to overall braking performance.</p> <p>- New-generation Dunlop Geomax MX52 motocross tires front and rear offer improved traction in a wide variety of terrain.</p> <p>- Front brake guide and radiator grill now feature a black finish</p> <p>- New fork covers.</p> <p>- All-new CRF® graphic.</p> <p>Honda Genuine Accessories<br> PGM-FI Tuning Kit, Workstand</p> <p>2015 SPECIFICATIONS</p> <p>Model: CRF450R</p> <p>Engine Type: 449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke</p> <p>Bore and Stroke: 96.0mm x 62.1mm</p> <p>Compression ratio: 12.5:1</p> <p>Valve Train: Unicam, four-valve; 36mm intake, titanium; 31mm exhaust, steel</p> <p>Induction: Dual-Timing PGM-FI, 46mm throttle body</p> <p>Ignition: Full transistor with electronic advance</p> <p>Transmission: Close-ratio five-speed</p> <p>Final Drive: #520 chain; 13T/48T </p> <p>Suspension    <br> Front: 48mm inverted KYB PSF (Pneumatic Spring Fork) with air-adjustable spring rate, and rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel.<br> Rear: Pro-Link® KYB single shock with adjustable spring preload, rebound damping adjustability, and compression damping adjustment separated into low-speed and high-speed; 12.4 inches travel</p> <p>Brakes<br> Front: Single 260mm wave-style disc with twin-piston caliper<br> Rear: Single 240mm wave-style disc</p> <p>Tires   <br> Front: Dunlop MX52 80/100-21<br> Rear: Dunlop MX52 120/80-19</p> <p>Wheelbase: 58.7 inches</p> <p>Rake (Caster Angle): 27° 04'</p> <p>Trail: 116mm (4.6 inches)</p> <p>Seat Height: 37.5 inches</p> <p>Ground Clearance: 13.0 inches</p> <p>Fuel Capacity: 1.7 gallons</p> <p>Color: Red</p> <p>Curb Weight*: 243.0 pounds</p> <p>*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.</p> <p>Consult owner's manual for optional parts.</p> <p>©2014 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. • All Rights Reserved • Specifications subject to change</p> Motorcycles Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:17:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/7fd565f0-71c3-4b0f-ac88-36aaf972a1eb http://hondanews.com/releases/7fd565f0-71c3-4b0f-ac88-36aaf972a1eb 2015 CRF450R Specifications <p>The new CRF450R features innovations forged by competition at the highest levels. An innovative Engine Mode Select button—an industry first for motocross machines—allows the rider to easily select one of three different EFI/ignition maps. A new fork with both high-/low-speed compression and rebound damping adjustment, larger front brake, new cylinder head, exhaust system, and revised settings for the Dual-Timing PGM-FI fuel injection elevate the CRF450R's performance to a whole new level. </p> <p>New for 2015</p> <p>- New cylinder head for more top-end power and added overrev features right-side exhaust port to accommodate new exhaust system. </p> <p>- New exhaust system uses larger-diameter pipe and exhaust outlet to aid top-end power. </p> <p>- Overall exhaust system length is much shorter and closer to the bike's center of mass for more agile handling.  </p> <p>- Revised ignition map settings and new settings for the Dual-Timing PGM-FI fuel injection help increase power. </p> <p>- Peak power hits earlier in the rev range and carries longer than before. </p> <p>- New piston is even stronger thanks to a new heat-treatment process.</p> <p>- New Engine Mode Select button—an industry first among motocross machines—allows the rider to easily select one of three different EFI/ignition maps to match each track/riding conditions.</p> <p>- HRC® accessory tuning tool can be used to program custom maps actuated by the Engine Mode Select button. </p> <p>- New ACG flywheel incorporates more mass for smooth power delivery and enhanced low-end response, and makes it less prone to stalling or flame out.</p> <p>- Transmission gears are stronger for added durability.</p> <p>- New throttle return spring gives a lighter pull.</p> <p>- New clutch cable design gives a lighter pull at the lever.</p> <p>- New KYB Pneumatic Spring Fork (PSF) now offers five ways to adjust performance: high-speed and low-speed adjusters for both rebound and compression damping settings, plus air-spring adjustability.</p> <p>- New fork damper cartridge and other changes in fork construction yield a weight savings of more than 7 ounces.</p> <p>- Rear shock adjuster for rebound damping settings is now located for more convenient access.</p> <p>- New front/rear wave-style rotors with a larger 260mm front brake disc add to overall braking performance.</p> <p>- New-generation Dunlop Geomax MX52 motocross tires front and rear offer improved traction in a wide variety of terrain.</p> <p>- Front brake guide and radiator grill now feature a black finish</p> <p>- New fork covers.</p> <p>- All-new CRF® graphic.</p> <p>Honda Genuine Accessories<br> PGM-FI Tuning Kit, Workstand</p> <p>2015 SPECIFICATIONS</p> <p>Model: CRF450R</p> <p>Engine Type: 449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke</p> <p>Bore and Stroke: 96.0mm x 62.1mm</p> <p>Compression ratio: 12.5:1</p> <p>Valve Train: Unicam, four-valve; 36mm intake, titanium; 31mm exhaust, steel</p> <p>Induction: Dual-Timing PGM-FI, 46mm throttle body</p> <p>Ignition: Full transistor with electronic advance</p> <p>Transmission: Close-ratio five-speed</p> <p>Final Drive: #520 chain; 13T/48T </p> <p>Suspension    <br> Front: 48mm inverted KYB PSF (Pneumatic Spring Fork) with air-adjustable spring rate, and rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 12.2 inches travel.<br> Rear: Pro-Link® KYB single shock with adjustable spring preload, rebound damping adjustability, and compression damping adjustment separated into low-speed and high-speed; 12.4 inches travel</p> <p>Brakes<br> Front: Single 260mm wave-style disc with twin-piston caliper<br> Rear: Single 240mm wave-style disc</p> <p>Tires   <br> Front: Dunlop MX52 80/100-21<br> Rear: Dunlop MX52 120/80-19</p> <p>Wheelbase: 58.7 inches</p> <p>Rake (Caster Angle): 27° 04'</p> <p>Trail: 116mm (4.6 inches)</p> <p>Seat Height: 37.5 inches</p> <p>Ground Clearance: 13.0 inches</p> <p>Fuel Capacity: 1.7 gallons</p> <p>Color: Red</p> <p>Curb Weight*: 243.0 pounds</p> <p>*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.</p> <p>Consult owner's manual for optional parts.</p> <p>©2014 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. • All Rights Reserved • Specifications subject to change</p> Motorcycles: 2015 CRF450R Press Kit PDF <p> Whether you’re a pro like factory Honda racers Trey Canard and Cole Seely or an amateur vet rider at your local track, one thing that all motocrossers value is adjustability that makes a difference, which is why the 2015 CRF450R is bound to be a big hit. The ability to quickly and easily change a bike to suit track conditions or riding style is a key to dropping lap times, and thanks to a motocross-first Engine Mode Select button and a latest-generation KYB PSF2 air fork, the new CRF makes it simpler than ever for owners to customize their ride experience. Meanwhile, a number of other calculated updates have further improved performance and Honda’s renowned reliability, ensuring that the bike’s status as the class benchmark is maintained. Time to adjust your concept of what’s possible.</p> <p><strong>Engineering Spotlight</strong></p> <p>WITH THE 2015 HONDA CRF450R, CHANGING POWER CURVES IS ACCOMPLISHED WITH THE PRESS OF A BUTTON</p> <p> Simultaneous with the advent of electronic fuel injected motocross bikes (2009, in the case of the Honda CRF450R) was the possibility for tuners to change the engine’s power curve. Until now, such adjustments necessitated connecting a computer via a special adapter, but with the 2015 CRF450R, actuating different power curves is as simple as pressing a handlebar-mounted, three-way Engine Mode Select button (EMS)—an industry first for motocross machines.</p> <p><strong>IN STOCK FORM, THE CRF COMES WITH THREE DIFFERENT EFI/IGNITION MAPS: STANDARD (MODE 1), SMOOTH (MODE 2) AND AGGRESSIVE (MODE 3).</strong></p> <p>The most common situation for selecting mode 2 would be when traction is limited and superior throttle control is most useful, while mode 3 could be chosen if soil is loamy and traction plentiful. To switch between modes, press the EMS button (located next to the throttle) and hold for about a second (throttle must be closed and the engine idling). The number of flashes emitted by the button’s blue LED corresponds to the selected mode, so getting a reminder is as simple as giving the button a quick push.</p> <p> For many riders, the three basic ECU map options will be plenty, but there are some who will want further customization. “You can change the fuel map and also the ignition-timing map," says HRA Senior Engineer Hide Hanawa. “If a customer buys an aftermarket exhaust, it’s easy to adjust for that." While the standard mode can’t be altered, modes 2 and 3 can be reworked via laptop computer and an available HRC® fuel-injection setting tool (customers who own last year’s tool only need update their software). And of course once the modes have been modified, actuating them is easy with the EMS button. Never before has experimenting with EFI mapping been so user-friendly.</p> <p><strong>Editorial Narratives & Assets</strong> <br> STORYLINES AND TOOLS</p> <p> SOMETHING IN THE AIR: IMPROVEMENTS TO KYB’S PNEUMATIC FORK, SIMPLIFIED ADJUSTMENT HEADLINE THE CRF450R’S SUSPENSION UPDATES</p> <p>Ever since outfitting the 2013 CRF450R with KYB’s Pneumatic Spring Fork (PSF), Honda has been at the forefront of the current air-suspension wave. For 2015, that trend continues, with the 450 coming standard with KYB’s latest-generation 48mm PSF2, which offers more suspension-adjustment options (including four-way independent damping adjustment) that are simple to engage. “The internal structure is completely different for 2015," explains KYB technician Kaz Chiba. “Now the fork has a self-lubricating, open-bath system, which makes damping action smoother. In addition, the fork is even lighter than on the 2014 bike."</p> <p> One of the main advantages of air-sprung suspension has always been reduced mass, thanks to the elimination of metal coil springs. That means less weight for the damping system to contend with whenever the stanchions change direction (frequent on rough motocross tracks!). With less unsprung weight, the front tire is on the ground more often, increasing rider control. Another important attribute of the PSF is increased (and easier) adjustability. “With an air spring, it’s possible to change spring rates without changing any parts," Chiba says. Of course, it has always been feasible to compensate for rider weight and track conditions by swapping out coil springs or adjusting preload, but in practice, some owners were dissuaded by the expense and complexity. With the CRF450R, changing the fork’s spring rate is as simple as altering the unit’s air pressure, and since a standard Schrader valve is used, the operation can be done with a basic air pump and pressure gauge—as straightforward (and affordable) as changing tire pressure.</p> <p>For 2015, that ease of adjustability has been extended beyond the spring rate to the damping. “Because the cylinder is larger, there’s more damping control," Chiba says. In addition, the newest PSF has clickers for no fewer than four damping adjustments: high- and low-speed for both compression and rebound. For simplicity’s sake, both compression adjustments are on the left side, while the rebound clickers are on the right, and all are conveniently located at the top of the fork legs.</p> <p> OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THE KYB PSF2 SYSTEM:</p> <ul> <li> Redesigned 32mm cartridge is in the conventional, upright position, resulting in half-pound weight savings over previous KYB PSF </li> <li>Self-lubricating system utilizes a check valve that distributes working fluid between the inner and outer sections during the compression stroke, keeping the bearing well-lubricated and reducing the </li> <li>Friction is reduced by approximately 10% and operability improved through a design that uses internal-charged pressure, eliminating the sealing material Meanwhile, the rear suspension has been upgraded as well, with the KYB shock now featuring both high- and low-speed compression damping for 2015 (in addition to the single rebound-damping adjustment). All adjustment clickers are located at the top of the shock body and are easily accessed via a cutout in the right side panel.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE COMPLETE PACKAGE: UPDATES ABOUND ON HONDA’S CRF450R</strong></p> <p> While the big news for the 2015 Honda CRF450R is the EMS switch and updated suspension, Honda didn’t stop there. Several other updates improve the ride experience in ways that are easily overlooked:</p> <p> <strong>POWER PLANT</strong><br> The 449cc engine offers improved performance throughout its expanded power spectrum. There’s a new four-valve Unicam cylinder head and exhaust routing (the header pipe now exits to the right and no longer winds around the frame’s down tube), along with a larger internal diameter for the twin tail pipes. As a result, the engine delivers more top-end power and over-rev, while an increase in flywheel mass helps to maintain predictable low-end torque and make the engine less prone to stalling. Fuel-injection settings have been updated as well, while new radiators boost engine cooling. A new heat treatment of the piston increases strength and durability, and new Nickel Chrome Molybdenum transmission gears (10% stronger than the Steel Chrome Molybdenum parts they replace, with no weight penalty) add to Honda’s legendary reliability.</p> <p> <strong>PACKAGING</strong> <br> The exhaust system is now shorter and closer to the bike’s center of mass, resulting in improved handling</p> <p><strong>BRAKES</strong> <br> To slow the CRF450R, Honda added wave-style brake rotors front and rear. The front rotor is also 20 millimeters larger (260mm) for better stopping power and Honda’s signature linear feel.</p> <p> <strong>CONTROLS</strong> <br> Updated clutch-cable routing minimizes engine heat on the cable and decreases the force required to pull the lever, something that every rider will appreciate lap in, lap out. A new throttle-return spring also has a lighter pull.</p> <p> <strong>TIRES</strong> <br> Derived from AMA Supercross experience, Dunlop’s new-generation Geomax MX52 tires come stock on the CRF450R. The rear features patented blockon- block technology that offers improved traction, while the front also boasts better cornering feel.</p> <p> <strong>STYLING</strong> <br> Accompanying the CRF450R’s technical improvements are aesthetic updates, including a Renthal handlebar pad, new CRF graphics on the radiator shrouds and a number of blacked-out accents, including the rear-brake disc guard, rearcaliper guard and radiator grills.</p> <p> Often it’s the small things that can make or break a rider’s experience, and the new CRF450R is more than the sum of its parts. It offers better out-ofthe- crate performance and more trackside adjustment than ever before. Better power, shifting and braking culminate in an unrivaled ride experience.</p> <p><strong>Building Character PROFILE: HONDA R&D TEST RIDER TIMMY WEIGAND</strong></p> <p>During his 14-year career as a professional racer, Timmy Weigand has done it all, competing in various disciplines in both the U.S. and Australia. Apart from his two years Down Under, the Southern California native has ridden Hondas his entire career, whether as a privateer supercross/motocrosser, a member of the Moto XXX motocross team, or with the Johnny Campbell Racing off-road squad, which dominated Baja for years. “I’ve been with Honda forever," says Weigand, who often purchased his bikes through the manufacturer’s race-support program.</p> <p>“I NEVER REALLY TRIED TO GO FIND ANYTHING ELSE. HONDAS ARE GREAT FOR PRIVATEERS BECAUSE THEY LAST FOREVER!"</p> <p>That loyalty paid off after Weigand finally decided to retire from racing at the end of last season. “I made a list of companies that I had longtime relationships with and thought it might be nice to work for," Weigand says.</p> <p> Weigand was hired on a contractual basis as a test rider for Honda R&D, where he works with HRA Senior Engineer Hidenori Hanawa. In the case of the 2015 CRF motocrossers, that meant putting in long hours at motocross tracks across Southern California, helping to determine the final suspension and powercurve settings. For future CRF year models, he’ll be involved earlier in the development process as well.</p> <p>Weigand’s new position means he’s one of the first riders to try new Honda models, and he liked the CRF450R immediately. “The first thing I noticed was that the motor is stronger—you feel it right away," he says.</p> <p>“THE CHANGES TO THE POWER CURVE LET YOU GET TO THE TOP OF THE POWER RANGE QUICKER. THAT’S BETTER FOR AVERAGE RIDERS BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT ALWAYS ABLE TO MAINTAIN MOMENTUM IN THE CORNERS, SO THEY TEND TO ACCELERATE FROM THE BOTTOM QUITE OFTEN. I ALSO THINK HAVING THE DIFFERENT POWER MODES IS COOL BECAUSE THE BIKE OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY. BEYOND THE ENGINE, I LIKE THAT THE SUSPENSION ADJUSTERS ARE MORE SENSITIVE, SO CUSTOMERS WILL DEFINITELY BE ABLE TO FEEL IT EVEN IF THEY JUST MOVE THEM A CLICK OR TWO. THE OVERSIZE FRONT DISC ADDS STOPPING POWER AND BETTER FEEL TO THE BRAKE."</p> <p>Weigand’s new stint as a Honda employee is off to a good start, with early signs indicating it could last even longer than his stretch as a Honda racer.</p> Motorcycles Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:11:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/6f657c58-b17c-4f6f-a94d-0d9b7d83bc9f http://hondanews.com/releases/6f657c58-b17c-4f6f-a94d-0d9b7d83bc9f 2015 CRF450R Press Kit PDF <p> Whether you’re a pro like factory Honda racers Trey Canard and Cole Seely or an amateur vet rider at your local track, one thing that all motocrossers value is adjustability that makes a difference, which is why the 2015 CRF450R is bound to be a big hit. The ability to quickly and easily change a bike to suit track conditions or riding style is a key to dropping lap times, and thanks to a motocross-first Engine Mode Select button and a latest-generation KYB PSF2 air fork, the new CRF makes it simpler than ever for owners to customize their ride experience. Meanwhile, a number of other calculated updates have further improved performance and Honda’s renowned reliability, ensuring that the bike’s status as the class benchmark is maintained. Time to adjust your concept of what’s possible.</p> <p><strong>Engineering Spotlight</strong></p> <p>WITH THE 2015 HONDA CRF450R, CHANGING POWER CURVES IS ACCOMPLISHED WITH THE PRESS OF A BUTTON</p> <p> Simultaneous with the advent of electronic fuel injected motocross bikes (2009, in the case of the Honda CRF450R) was the possibility for tuners to change the engine’s power curve. Until now, such adjustments necessitated connecting a computer via a special adapter, but with the 2015 CRF450R, actuating different power curves is as simple as pressing a handlebar-mounted, three-way Engine Mode Select button (EMS)—an industry first for motocross machines.</p> <p><strong>IN STOCK FORM, THE CRF COMES WITH THREE DIFFERENT EFI/IGNITION MAPS: STANDARD (MODE 1), SMOOTH (MODE 2) AND AGGRESSIVE (MODE 3).</strong></p> <p>The most common situation for selecting mode 2 would be when traction is limited and superior throttle control is most useful, while mode 3 could be chosen if soil is loamy and traction plentiful. To switch between modes, press the EMS button (located next to the throttle) and hold for about a second (throttle must be closed and the engine idling). The number of flashes emitted by the button’s blue LED corresponds to the selected mode, so getting a reminder is as simple as giving the button a quick push.</p> <p> For many riders, the three basic ECU map options will be plenty, but there are some who will want further customization. “You can change the fuel map and also the ignition-timing map," says HRA Senior Engineer Hide Hanawa. “If a customer buys an aftermarket exhaust, it’s easy to adjust for that." While the standard mode can’t be altered, modes 2 and 3 can be reworked via laptop computer and an available HRC® fuel-injection setting tool (customers who own last year’s tool only need update their software). And of course once the modes have been modified, actuating them is easy with the EMS button. Never before has experimenting with EFI mapping been so user-friendly.</p> <p><strong>Editorial Narratives & Assets</strong> <br> STORYLINES AND TOOLS</p> <p> SOMETHING IN THE AIR: IMPROVEMENTS TO KYB’S PNEUMATIC FORK, SIMPLIFIED ADJUSTMENT HEADLINE THE CRF450R’S SUSPENSION UPDATES</p> <p>Ever since outfitting the 2013 CRF450R with KYB’s Pneumatic Spring Fork (PSF), Honda has been at the forefront of the current air-suspension wave. For 2015, that trend continues, with the 450 coming standard with KYB’s latest-generation 48mm PSF2, which offers more suspension-adjustment options (including four-way independent damping adjustment) that are simple to engage. “The internal structure is completely different for 2015," explains KYB technician Kaz Chiba. “Now the fork has a self-lubricating, open-bath system, which makes damping action smoother. In addition, the fork is even lighter than on the 2014 bike."</p> <p> One of the main advantages of air-sprung suspension has always been reduced mass, thanks to the elimination of metal coil springs. That means less weight for the damping system to contend with whenever the stanchions change direction (frequent on rough motocross tracks!). With less unsprung weight, the front tire is on the ground more often, increasing rider control. Another important attribute of the PSF is increased (and easier) adjustability. “With an air spring, it’s possible to change spring rates without changing any parts," Chiba says. Of course, it has always been feasible to compensate for rider weight and track conditions by swapping out coil springs or adjusting preload, but in practice, some owners were dissuaded by the expense and complexity. With the CRF450R, changing the fork’s spring rate is as simple as altering the unit’s air pressure, and since a standard Schrader valve is used, the operation can be done with a basic air pump and pressure gauge—as straightforward (and affordable) as changing tire pressure.</p> <p>For 2015, that ease of adjustability has been extended beyond the spring rate to the damping. “Because the cylinder is larger, there’s more damping control," Chiba says. In addition, the newest PSF has clickers for no fewer than four damping adjustments: high- and low-speed for both compression and rebound. For simplicity’s sake, both compression adjustments are on the left side, while the rebound clickers are on the right, and all are conveniently located at the top of the fork legs.</p> <p> OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THE KYB PSF2 SYSTEM:</p> <ul> <li> Redesigned 32mm cartridge is in the conventional, upright position, resulting in half-pound weight savings over previous KYB PSF </li> <li>Self-lubricating system utilizes a check valve that distributes working fluid between the inner and outer sections during the compression stroke, keeping the bearing well-lubricated and reducing the </li> <li>Friction is reduced by approximately 10% and operability improved through a design that uses internal-charged pressure, eliminating the sealing material Meanwhile, the rear suspension has been upgraded as well, with the KYB shock now featuring both high- and low-speed compression damping for 2015 (in addition to the single rebound-damping adjustment). All adjustment clickers are located at the top of the shock body and are easily accessed via a cutout in the right side panel.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE COMPLETE PACKAGE: UPDATES ABOUND ON HONDA’S CRF450R</strong></p> <p> While the big news for the 2015 Honda CRF450R is the EMS switch and updated suspension, Honda didn’t stop there. Several other updates improve the ride experience in ways that are easily overlooked:</p> <p> <strong>POWER PLANT</strong><br> The 449cc engine offers improved performance throughout its expanded power spectrum. There’s a new four-valve Unicam cylinder head and exhaust routing (the header pipe now exits to the right and no longer winds around the frame’s down tube), along with a larger internal diameter for the twin tail pipes. As a result, the engine delivers more top-end power and over-rev, while an increase in flywheel mass helps to maintain predictable low-end torque and make the engine less prone to stalling. Fuel-injection settings have been updated as well, while new radiators boost engine cooling. A new heat treatment of the piston increases strength and durability, and new Nickel Chrome Molybdenum transmission gears (10% stronger than the Steel Chrome Molybdenum parts they replace, with no weight penalty) add to Honda’s legendary reliability.</p> <p> <strong>PACKAGING</strong> <br> The exhaust system is now shorter and closer to the bike’s center of mass, resulting in improved handling</p> <p><strong>BRAKES</strong> <br> To slow the CRF450R, Honda added wave-style brake rotors front and rear. The front rotor is also 20 millimeters larger (260mm) for better stopping power and Honda’s signature linear feel.</p> <p> <strong>CONTROLS</strong> <br> Updated clutch-cable routing minimizes engine heat on the cable and decreases the force required to pull the lever, something that every rider will appreciate lap in, lap out. A new throttle-return spring also has a lighter pull.</p> <p> <strong>TIRES</strong> <br> Derived from AMA Supercross experience, Dunlop’s new-generation Geomax MX52 tires come stock on the CRF450R. The rear features patented blockon- block technology that offers improved traction, while the front also boasts better cornering feel.</p> <p> <strong>STYLING</strong> <br> Accompanying the CRF450R’s technical improvements are aesthetic updates, including a Renthal handlebar pad, new CRF graphics on the radiator shrouds and a number of blacked-out accents, including the rear-brake disc guard, rearcaliper guard and radiator grills.</p> <p> Often it’s the small things that can make or break a rider’s experience, and the new CRF450R is more than the sum of its parts. It offers better out-ofthe- crate performance and more trackside adjustment than ever before. Better power, shifting and braking culminate in an unrivaled ride experience.</p> <p><strong>Building Character PROFILE: HONDA R&D TEST RIDER TIMMY WEIGAND</strong></p> <p>During his 14-year career as a professional racer, Timmy Weigand has done it all, competing in various disciplines in both the U.S. and Australia. Apart from his two years Down Under, the Southern California native has ridden Hondas his entire career, whether as a privateer supercross/motocrosser, a member of the Moto XXX motocross team, or with the Johnny Campbell Racing off-road squad, which dominated Baja for years. “I’ve been with Honda forever," says Weigand, who often purchased his bikes through the manufacturer’s race-support program.</p> <p>“I NEVER REALLY TRIED TO GO FIND ANYTHING ELSE. HONDAS ARE GREAT FOR PRIVATEERS BECAUSE THEY LAST FOREVER!"</p> <p>That loyalty paid off after Weigand finally decided to retire from racing at the end of last season. “I made a list of companies that I had longtime relationships with and thought it might be nice to work for," Weigand says.</p> <p> Weigand was hired on a contractual basis as a test rider for Honda R&D, where he works with HRA Senior Engineer Hidenori Hanawa. In the case of the 2015 CRF motocrossers, that meant putting in long hours at motocross tracks across Southern California, helping to determine the final suspension and powercurve settings. For future CRF year models, he’ll be involved earlier in the development process as well.</p> <p>Weigand’s new position means he’s one of the first riders to try new Honda models, and he liked the CRF450R immediately. “The first thing I noticed was that the motor is stronger—you feel it right away," he says.</p> <p>“THE CHANGES TO THE POWER CURVE LET YOU GET TO THE TOP OF THE POWER RANGE QUICKER. THAT’S BETTER FOR AVERAGE RIDERS BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT ALWAYS ABLE TO MAINTAIN MOMENTUM IN THE CORNERS, SO THEY TEND TO ACCELERATE FROM THE BOTTOM QUITE OFTEN. I ALSO THINK HAVING THE DIFFERENT POWER MODES IS COOL BECAUSE THE BIKE OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY. BEYOND THE ENGINE, I LIKE THAT THE SUSPENSION ADJUSTERS ARE MORE SENSITIVE, SO CUSTOMERS WILL DEFINITELY BE ABLE TO FEEL IT EVEN IF THEY JUST MOVE THEM A CLICK OR TWO. THE OVERSIZE FRONT DISC ADDS STOPPING POWER AND BETTER FEEL TO THE BRAKE."</p> <p>Weigand’s new stint as a Honda employee is off to a good start, with early signs indicating it could last even longer than his stretch as a Honda racer.</p> Motorcycles: 2015 CRF450R Press Kit <p align="center"><strong>2015 CRF450R</strong><br> <strong>Competition Series</strong></p> <p>********************************************************************************************<br> <strong>Contents</strong></p> <ul> <li>2015 CRF450R: Adjust your concept of what's possible</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Engineering Spotlight: Changing power curves is accomplished with the press of a button</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Story Concepts: Editorial narratives: assets and tools</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Building Character: Honda R&D Test Rider Timmy Weigand</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Image Gallery: Studio and action photography assets for the 2015 CRF450R</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p>*******************************************************************************************</p> <p><strong>2015 Honda CRF450R</strong><br> <strong>Adjust your concept of what's possible</strong></p> <p>Whether you're a pro like factory Honda racers Trey Canard and Cole Seely or an amateur vet rider at your local track, one thing that all motocrossers value is adjustability that makes a difference, which is why the 2015 CRF450R is bound to be a big hit. The ability to quickly and easily change a bike to suit track conditions or riding style is a key to dropping lap times, and thanks to a motocross-first Engine Mode Select button and a latest-generation KYB PSF2 air fork, the new CRF makes it simpler than ever for owners to customize their ride experience. Meanwhile, a number of other calculated updates have further improved performance and Honda's renowned reliability, ensuring that the bike's status as the class benchmark is maintained. Time to adjust your concept of what's possible.</p> <p> </p> <p>********************************************************************************************</p> <p align="center"><strong>Engineering Spotlight</strong></p> <p><strong>WITH THE 2015 HONDA CRF450R, CHANGING POWER CURVES IS ACCOMPLISHED WITH THE PRESS OF A BUTTON</strong><br> Simultaneous with the advent of electronic fuel injected motocross bikes (2009, in the case of the Honda CRF450R) was the possibility for tuners to change the engine's power curve. Until now, such adjustments necessitated connecting a computer via a special adapter, but with the 2015 CRF450R, actuating different power curves is as simple as pressing a handlebar-mounted, three-way Engine Mode Select button (EMS)—an industry first for motocross machines.<br>             In stock form, the CRF comes with three different EFI/ignition maps—standard (mode 1), smooth (mode 2) and aggressive (mode 3). The most common situation for selecting mode 2 would be when traction is limited and superior throttle control is most useful, while mode 3 could be chosen if soil is loamy and traction plentiful. To switch between modes, press the EMS button (located next to the throttle) and hold for about a second (throttle must be closed and the engine idling). The number of flashes emitted by the button's blue LED corresponds to the selected mode, so getting a reminder is as simple as giving the button a quick push.<br>             For many riders, the three basic ECU map options will be plenty, but there are some who will want further customization. "You can change the fuel map and also the ignition-timing map," says with HRA Senior Engineer Hidenori Hanawa. "If a customer buys an aftermarket exhaust, it's easy to adjust for that." While the standard mode can't be altered, modes 2 and 3 can be reworked via laptop computer and an available HRC® fuel-injection setting tool (customers who own last year's tool only need update their software). And of course once the modes have been modified, actuating them is easy with the EMS button. Never before has experimenting with EFI mapping been so user-friendly.</p> <p> </p> <p>********************************************************************************************<br> <strong>Editorial Narratives & Assets</strong><br> <strong>Storylines and tools</strong></p> <p><strong>SOMETHING IN THE AIR: IMPROVEMENTS TO KYB'S PNEUMATIC FORK, SIMPLIFIED ADJUSTMENT HEADLINE THE CRF450R'S SUSPENSION UPDATES</strong><br> Ever since outfitting the 2013 CRF450R with KYB's Pneumatic Spring Fork (PSF), Honda has been at the forefront of the current air-suspension wave. For 2015, that trend continues, with the 450 coming standard with KYB's latest-generation 48mm PSF2, which offers more suspension-adjustment options (including four-way independent damping adjustment) that are simple to engage. "The internal structure is completely different for 2015," explains KYB technician Kaz Chiba. "Now the fork has a self-lubricating, open-bath system, which makes damping action smoother. In addition, the fork is even lighter than on the 2014 bike."<br>             One of the main advantages of air-sprung suspension has always been reduced mass, thanks to the elimination of metal coil springs. That means less weight for the damping system to contend with whenever the stanchions change direction (frequent on rough motocross tracks!). With less unsprung weight, the front tire is on the ground more often, increasing rider control.<br>             Another important attribute of the PSF is increased (and easier) adjustability. "With an air spring, it's possible to change spring rates without changing any parts," Chiba says. Of course, it has always been feasible to compensate for rider weight and track conditions by swapping out coil springs or adjusting preload, but in practice, some owners were dissuaded by the expense and complexity. With the CRF450R, changing the fork's spring rate is as simple as altering the unit's air pressure, and since a standard Schrader valve is used, the operation can be done with a basic air pump and pressure gauge—as straightforward (and affordable) as changing tire pressure.<br>             For 2015, that ease of adjustability has been extended beyond the spring rate to the damping. "Because the cylinder is larger, there's more damping control," Chiba says. In addition, the newest PSF has clickers for no fewer than four damping adjustments: high- and low-speed for both compression and rebound. For simplicity's sake, both compression adjustments are on the left side, while the rebound clickers are on the right, and all are conveniently located at the top of the fork legs.<br>             Other characteristics of the KYB PSF2 system:</p> <ul> <li>Redesigned 32mm cartridge is in the conventional, upright position, resulting in half-pound weight savings over previous KYB PSF</li> <li>Self-lubricating system utilizes a check valve that distributes working fluid between the inner and outer sections during the compression stroke, keeping the bearing well-lubricated and reducing the risk of air leakage</li> <li>Friction is reduced by approximately 10% and operability improved through a design that uses internal-charged pressure, eliminating the sealing material</li> </ul> <p>Meanwhile, the rear suspension has been upgraded as well, with the KYB shock now featuring both high- and low-speed compression damping for 2015 (in addition to the single rebound-damping adjustment). All adjustment clickers are located at the top of the shock body and are easily accessed via a cutout in the right side panel.</p> <p>*****************</p> <p><strong>THE COMPLETE PACKAGE: UPDATES ABOUND ON HONDA'S CRF450R</strong><br> While the big news for the 2015 Honda CRF450R is the EMS switch and updated suspension, Honda didn't stop there. Several other updates improve the ride experience in ways that are easily overlooked:</p> <ul> <li><strong>POWER PLANT:</strong> The 449cc engine offers improved performance throughout its expanded power spectrum. There's a new four-valve Unicam cylinder head and exhaust routing (the header pipe now exits to the right and no longer winds around the frame's down tube), along with a larger internal diameter for the twin tail pipes. As a result, the engine delivers more top-end power and over-rev, while an increase in flywheel mass helps to maintain predictable low-end torque and make the engine less prone to stalling. Fuel-injection settings have been updated as well, while new radiators boost engine cooling. A new heat treatment of the piston increases strength and durability, and new Nickel Chrome Molybdenum transmission gears (10% stronger than the Steel Chrome Molybdenum parts they replace, with no weight penalty) add to Honda's legendary reliability.</li> <li><strong>PACKAGING:</strong> The exhaust system is now shorter and closer to the bike's center of mass, resulting in improved handling.</li> <li><strong>BRAKES:</strong> To slow the CRF450R, Honda added wave-style brake rotors front and rear. The front rotor is also 20 millimeters larger (260mm) for better stopping power and Honda's signature linear feel.</li> <li><strong>CONTROLS:</strong> Updated clutch-cable routing minimizes engine heat on the cable and decreases the force required to pull the lever, something that every rider will appreciate lap in, lap out. A new throttle-return spring also has a lighter pull.</li> <li><strong>TIRES:</strong> Derived from AMA Supercross experience, Dunlop's new-generation Geomax MX52 tires come stock on the CRF450R. The rear features patented block-on-block technology that offers improved traction, while the front also boasts better cornering feel.</li> <li><strong>STYLING:</strong> Accompanying the CRF450R's technical improvements are aesthetic updates, including a Renthal handlebar pad, new CRF graphics on the radiator shrouds and a number of blacked-out accents, including the rear-brake disc guard, rear-caliper guard and radiator grills.</li> </ul> <p>Often it's the small things that can make or break a rider's experience, and the new CRF450R is more than the sum of its parts. It offers better out-of-the-crate performance and more trackside adjustment than ever before. Better power, shifting and braking culminate in an unrivaled ride experience. </p> <p> </p> <p>********************************************************************************************</p> <p align="center"><strong>Building Character</strong><br> <strong>Profile: Honda R&D Test Rider Timmy Weigand</strong></p> <p>During his 14-year career as a professional racer, Timmy Weigand has done it all, competing in various disciplines in both the U.S. and Australia. Apart from his two years Down Under, the Southern California native has ridden Hondas his entire career, whether as a privateer supercross/motocrosser, a member of the Moto XXX motocross team, or with the Johnny Campbell Racing off-road squad, which dominated Baja for years. "I've been with Honda forever," says Weigand, who often purchased his bikes through the manufacturer's race-support program. "I never really tried to go find anything else. Hondas are great for privateers because they last forever!"<br>             That loyalty paid off after Weigand finally decided to retire from racing at the end of last season. "I made a list of companies that I had longtime relationships with and thought it might be nice to work for," Weigand says. "Honda was at the top of the list, so I sent in my résumé and it worked out."<br>             Weigand was hired on a contractual basis as a test rider for Honda R&D, where he works with HRA Senior Engineer Hidenori Hanawa. In the case of the 2015 CRF motocrossers, that meant putting in long hours at motocross tracks across Southern California, helping to determine the final suspension and power-curve settings. For future CRF year models, he'll be involved earlier in the development process as well.<br>             Weigand's new position means he's one of the first riders to try new Honda models, and he liked the CRF450R immediately. "The first thing I noticed was that the motor is stronger—you feel it right away," he says. "The changes to the power curve let you get to the top of the power range quicker. That's better for average riders because they're not always able to maintain momentum in the corners, so they tend to accelerate from the bottom quite often. I also think having the different power modes is cool because the bike offers something for everybody. Beyond the engine, I like that the suspension adjusters are more sensitive, so customers will definitely be able to feel it even if they just move them a click or two. The oversize front disc adds stopping power and better feel to the brake."<br>             Weigand's new stint as a Honda employee is off to a good start, with early signs indicating it could last even longer than his stretch as a Honda racer.</p> <p> </p> Motorcycles Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:57:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/acee043f-2d65-4549-af79-0825eef471ae http://hondanews.com/releases/acee043f-2d65-4549-af79-0825eef471ae 2015 CRF450R Press Kit <p align="center"><strong>2015 CRF450R</strong><br> <strong>Competition Series</strong></p> <p>********************************************************************************************<br> <strong>Contents</strong></p> <ul> <li>2015 CRF450R: Adjust your concept of what's possible</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Engineering Spotlight: Changing power curves is accomplished with the press of a button</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Story Concepts: Editorial narratives: assets and tools</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Building Character: Honda R&D Test Rider Timmy Weigand</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Image Gallery: Studio and action photography assets for the 2015 CRF450R</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p>*******************************************************************************************</p> <p><strong>2015 Honda CRF450R</strong><br> <strong>Adjust your concept of what's possible</strong></p> <p>Whether you're a pro like factory Honda racers Trey Canard and Cole Seely or an amateur vet rider at your local track, one thing that all motocrossers value is adjustability that makes a difference, which is why the 2015 CRF450R is bound to be a big hit. The ability to quickly and easily change a bike to suit track conditions or riding style is a key to dropping lap times, and thanks to a motocross-first Engine Mode Select button and a latest-generation KYB PSF2 air fork, the new CRF makes it simpler than ever for owners to customize their ride experience. Meanwhile, a number of other calculated updates have further improved performance and Honda's renowned reliability, ensuring that the bike's status as the class benchmark is maintained. Time to adjust your concept of what's possible.</p> <p> </p> <p>********************************************************************************************</p> <p align="center"><strong>Engineering Spotlight</strong></p> <p><strong>WITH THE 2015 HONDA CRF450R, CHANGING POWER CURVES IS ACCOMPLISHED WITH THE PRESS OF A BUTTON</strong><br> Simultaneous with the advent of electronic fuel injected motocross bikes (2009, in the case of the Honda CRF450R) was the possibility for tuners to change the engine's power curve. Until now, such adjustments necessitated connecting a computer via a special adapter, but with the 2015 CRF450R, actuating different power curves is as simple as pressing a handlebar-mounted, three-way Engine Mode Select button (EMS)—an industry first for motocross machines.<br>             In stock form, the CRF comes with three different EFI/ignition maps—standard (mode 1), smooth (mode 2) and aggressive (mode 3). The most common situation for selecting mode 2 would be when traction is limited and superior throttle control is most useful, while mode 3 could be chosen if soil is loamy and traction plentiful. To switch between modes, press the EMS button (located next to the throttle) and hold for about a second (throttle must be closed and the engine idling). The number of flashes emitted by the button's blue LED corresponds to the selected mode, so getting a reminder is as simple as giving the button a quick push.<br>             For many riders, the three basic ECU map options will be plenty, but there are some who will want further customization. "You can change the fuel map and also the ignition-timing map," says with HRA Senior Engineer Hidenori Hanawa. "If a customer buys an aftermarket exhaust, it's easy to adjust for that." While the standard mode can't be altered, modes 2 and 3 can be reworked via laptop computer and an available HRC® fuel-injection setting tool (customers who own last year's tool only need update their software). And of course once the modes have been modified, actuating them is easy with the EMS button. Never before has experimenting with EFI mapping been so user-friendly.</p> <p> </p> <p>********************************************************************************************<br> <strong>Editorial Narratives & Assets</strong><br> <strong>Storylines and tools</strong></p> <p><strong>SOMETHING IN THE AIR: IMPROVEMENTS TO KYB'S PNEUMATIC FORK, SIMPLIFIED ADJUSTMENT HEADLINE THE CRF450R'S SUSPENSION UPDATES</strong><br> Ever since outfitting the 2013 CRF450R with KYB's Pneumatic Spring Fork (PSF), Honda has been at the forefront of the current air-suspension wave. For 2015, that trend continues, with the 450 coming standard with KYB's latest-generation 48mm PSF2, which offers more suspension-adjustment options (including four-way independent damping adjustment) that are simple to engage. "The internal structure is completely different for 2015," explains KYB technician Kaz Chiba. "Now the fork has a self-lubricating, open-bath system, which makes damping action smoother. In addition, the fork is even lighter than on the 2014 bike."<br>             One of the main advantages of air-sprung suspension has always been reduced mass, thanks to the elimination of metal coil springs. That means less weight for the damping system to contend with whenever the stanchions change direction (frequent on rough motocross tracks!). With less unsprung weight, the front tire is on the ground more often, increasing rider control.<br>             Another important attribute of the PSF is increased (and easier) adjustability. "With an air spring, it's possible to change spring rates without changing any parts," Chiba says. Of course, it has always been feasible to compensate for rider weight and track conditions by swapping out coil springs or adjusting preload, but in practice, some owners were dissuaded by the expense and complexity. With the CRF450R, changing the fork's spring rate is as simple as altering the unit's air pressure, and since a standard Schrader valve is used, the operation can be done with a basic air pump and pressure gauge—as straightforward (and affordable) as changing tire pressure.<br>             For 2015, that ease of adjustability has been extended beyond the spring rate to the damping. "Because the cylinder is larger, there's more damping control," Chiba says. In addition, the newest PSF has clickers for no fewer than four damping adjustments: high- and low-speed for both compression and rebound. For simplicity's sake, both compression adjustments are on the left side, while the rebound clickers are on the right, and all are conveniently located at the top of the fork legs.<br>             Other characteristics of the KYB PSF2 system:</p> <ul> <li>Redesigned 32mm cartridge is in the conventional, upright position, resulting in half-pound weight savings over previous KYB PSF</li> <li>Self-lubricating system utilizes a check valve that distributes working fluid between the inner and outer sections during the compression stroke, keeping the bearing well-lubricated and reducing the risk of air leakage</li> <li>Friction is reduced by approximately 10% and operability improved through a design that uses internal-charged pressure, eliminating the sealing material</li> </ul> <p>Meanwhile, the rear suspension has been upgraded as well, with the KYB shock now featuring both high- and low-speed compression damping for 2015 (in addition to the single rebound-damping adjustment). All adjustment clickers are located at the top of the shock body and are easily accessed via a cutout in the right side panel.</p> <p>*****************</p> <p><strong>THE COMPLETE PACKAGE: UPDATES ABOUND ON HONDA'S CRF450R</strong><br> While the big news for the 2015 Honda CRF450R is the EMS switch and updated suspension, Honda didn't stop there. Several other updates improve the ride experience in ways that are easily overlooked:</p> <ul> <li><strong>POWER PLANT:</strong> The 449cc engine offers improved performance throughout its expanded power spectrum. There's a new four-valve Unicam cylinder head and exhaust routing (the header pipe now exits to the right and no longer winds around the frame's down tube), along with a larger internal diameter for the twin tail pipes. As a result, the engine delivers more top-end power and over-rev, while an increase in flywheel mass helps to maintain predictable low-end torque and make the engine less prone to stalling. Fuel-injection settings have been updated as well, while new radiators boost engine cooling. A new heat treatment of the piston increases strength and durability, and new Nickel Chrome Molybdenum transmission gears (10% stronger than the Steel Chrome Molybdenum parts they replace, with no weight penalty) add to Honda's legendary reliability.</li> <li><strong>PACKAGING:</strong> The exhaust system is now shorter and closer to the bike's center of mass, resulting in improved handling.</li> <li><strong>BRAKES:</strong> To slow the CRF450R, Honda added wave-style brake rotors front and rear. The front rotor is also 20 millimeters larger (260mm) for better stopping power and Honda's signature linear feel.</li> <li><strong>CONTROLS:</strong> Updated clutch-cable routing minimizes engine heat on the cable and decreases the force required to pull the lever, something that every rider will appreciate lap in, lap out. A new throttle-return spring also has a lighter pull.</li> <li><strong>TIRES:</strong> Derived from AMA Supercross experience, Dunlop's new-generation Geomax MX52 tires come stock on the CRF450R. The rear features patented block-on-block technology that offers improved traction, while the front also boasts better cornering feel.</li> <li><strong>STYLING:</strong> Accompanying the CRF450R's technical improvements are aesthetic updates, including a Renthal handlebar pad, new CRF graphics on the radiator shrouds and a number of blacked-out accents, including the rear-brake disc guard, rear-caliper guard and radiator grills.</li> </ul> <p>Often it's the small things that can make or break a rider's experience, and the new CRF450R is more than the sum of its parts. It offers better out-of-the-crate performance and more trackside adjustment than ever before. Better power, shifting and braking culminate in an unrivaled ride experience. </p> <p> </p> <p>********************************************************************************************</p> <p align="center"><strong>Building Character</strong><br> <strong>Profile: Honda R&D Test Rider Timmy Weigand</strong></p> <p>During his 14-year career as a professional racer, Timmy Weigand has done it all, competing in various disciplines in both the U.S. and Australia. Apart from his two years Down Under, the Southern California native has ridden Hondas his entire career, whether as a privateer supercross/motocrosser, a member of the Moto XXX motocross team, or with the Johnny Campbell Racing off-road squad, which dominated Baja for years. "I've been with Honda forever," says Weigand, who often purchased his bikes through the manufacturer's race-support program. "I never really tried to go find anything else. Hondas are great for privateers because they last forever!"<br>             That loyalty paid off after Weigand finally decided to retire from racing at the end of last season. "I made a list of companies that I had longtime relationships with and thought it might be nice to work for," Weigand says. "Honda was at the top of the list, so I sent in my résumé and it worked out."<br>             Weigand was hired on a contractual basis as a test rider for Honda R&D, where he works with HRA Senior Engineer Hidenori Hanawa. In the case of the 2015 CRF motocrossers, that meant putting in long hours at motocross tracks across Southern California, helping to determine the final suspension and power-curve settings. For future CRF year models, he'll be involved earlier in the development process as well.<br>             Weigand's new position means he's one of the first riders to try new Honda models, and he liked the CRF450R immediately. "The first thing I noticed was that the motor is stronger—you feel it right away," he says. "The changes to the power curve let you get to the top of the power range quicker. That's better for average riders because they're not always able to maintain momentum in the corners, so they tend to accelerate from the bottom quite often. I also think having the different power modes is cool because the bike offers something for everybody. Beyond the engine, I like that the suspension adjusters are more sensitive, so customers will definitely be able to feel it even if they just move them a click or two. The oversize front disc adds stopping power and better feel to the brake."<br>             Weigand's new stint as a Honda employee is off to a good start, with early signs indicating it could last even longer than his stretch as a Honda racer.</p> <p> </p> Motorcycles: 2015 Honda CRF150F <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ce60/4d50/ce604d50-4330-4952-aeac-0e477576b72c-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda CRF150F Motorcycles Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:53:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-crf150f http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-crf150f 2015 Honda CRF150F <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ce60/4d50/ce604d50-4330-4952-aeac-0e477576b72c-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda CRF150F Motorcycles: 2015 Honda CRF230F <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/6da9/be46/6da9be46-a084-4803-afa8-ee59b42eee3f-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda CRF230F Motorcycles Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:41:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-crf230f http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-crf230f 2015 Honda CRF230F <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/6da9/be46/6da9be46-a084-4803-afa8-ee59b42eee3f-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda CRF230F Motorcycles: 2015 Honda Fury <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9446/c14d/9446c14d-6252-420f-9d84-9ef88f9da00a-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Fury Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fury-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fury-1 2015 Honda Fury <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9446/c14d/9446c14d-6252-420f-9d84-9ef88f9da00a-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Fury Motorcycles: 2015 Honda XR650L <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9214/e9e5/9214e9e5-9d70-4898-a5a9-a315d7ce781c-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda XR650L Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-xr650l http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-xr650l 2015 Honda XR650L <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9214/e9e5/9214e9e5-9d70-4898-a5a9-a315d7ce781c-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda XR650L Motorcycles: 2015 Honda Gold Wing/F6B <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/181d/3fe0/181d3fe0-d250-457b-863c-e90b03e1404b-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Gold Wing/F6B Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-gold-wing-f6b-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-gold-wing-f6b-1 2015 Honda Gold Wing/F6B <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/181d/3fe0/181d3fe0-d250-457b-863c-e90b03e1404b-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Gold Wing/F6B Motorcycles: 2015 Honda Shadow Aero <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/2a55/a5f1/2a55a5f1-2e31-4bfa-a2d0-06dce9e3f094-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Shadow Aero Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-shadow-aero http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-shadow-aero 2015 Honda Shadow Aero <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/2a55/a5f1/2a55a5f1-2e31-4bfa-a2d0-06dce9e3f094-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Shadow Aero Motorcycles: 2015 Honda Gold Wing <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/8a23/dd5d/8a23dd5d-bebf-4266-b7ea-d3e0a5396e9d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Gold Wing Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-goldwing http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-goldwing 2015 Honda Gold Wing <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/8a23/dd5d/8a23dd5d-bebf-4266-b7ea-d3e0a5396e9d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Gold Wing Motorcycles: 2015 Honda Shadow Phantom <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9426/fe24/9426fe24-3454-4247-bc4e-fc6607cbd3c8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Shadow Phantom Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-shadow-phantom-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-shadow-phantom-1 2015 Honda Shadow Phantom <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9426/fe24/9426fe24-3454-4247-bc4e-fc6607cbd3c8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Shadow Phantom Motorcycles: 2015 Honda Shadow Phantom <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/fc14/b4e9/fc14b4e9-ce95-49cb-b852-d2d2ab7ab7fe-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Shadow Phantom Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-shadow-phantom http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-shadow-phantom 2015 Honda Shadow Phantom <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/fc14/b4e9/fc14b4e9-ce95-49cb-b852-d2d2ab7ab7fe-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Shadow Phantom Motorcycles: 2015 Honda Fury <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0c4e/7e42/0c4e7e42-0364-4360-81c2-3b24d6efe5a9-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Fury Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fury http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fury 2015 Honda Fury <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0c4e/7e42/0c4e7e42-0364-4360-81c2-3b24d6efe5a9-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Fury Motorcycles: 2015 Honda Fury <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9f80/d1e5/9f80d1e5-33a0-47c9-9d5a-4b02160c0cdd-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Fury Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fury-2 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fury-2 2015 Honda Fury <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9f80/d1e5/9f80d1e5-33a0-47c9-9d5a-4b02160c0cdd-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Fury Motorcycles: 2015 Honda Gold Wing/F6B <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/e627/7ee6/e6277ee6-050e-4493-b4f3-82a18341553e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Gold Wing/F6B Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-gold-wing-f6b http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-gold-wing-f6b 2015 Honda Gold Wing/F6B <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/e627/7ee6/e6277ee6-050e-4493-b4f3-82a18341553e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Gold Wing/F6B Motorcycles: 2015 Honda Gold Wing/F6B <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/5e28/4b30/5e284b30-6bd6-4611-b12b-f441dfaa8f87-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Gold Wing/F6B Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-gold-wing-f6b-2 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-gold-wing-f6b-2 2015 Honda Gold Wing/F6B <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/5e28/4b30/5e284b30-6bd6-4611-b12b-f441dfaa8f87-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Gold Wing/F6B Motorcycles: 2015 Honda Stateline <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7ec6/193f/7ec6193f-c66c-4036-b452-237ccc06afd2-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Stateline Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-stateline-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-stateline-1 2015 Honda Stateline <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7ec6/193f/7ec6193f-c66c-4036-b452-237ccc06afd2-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Stateline Motorcycles: 2015 Honda Gold Wing <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ce42/9a0a/ce429a0a-3014-486a-b59c-818d3aab20ee-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Gold Wing Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-goldwing-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-goldwing-1 2015 Honda Gold Wing <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ce42/9a0a/ce429a0a-3014-486a-b59c-818d3aab20ee-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Gold Wing Motorcycles: 2015 Honda Interstate <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/5fa9/76dc/5fa976dc-5d00-46c7-a422-0005f4a53609-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Interstate Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-interstate-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-interstate-1 2015 Honda Interstate <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/5fa9/76dc/5fa976dc-5d00-46c7-a422-0005f4a53609-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Interstate Motorcycles: 2015 Honda Shadow Aero <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/b3c1/5c6f/b3c15c6f-df36-4cc5-9e9c-c1d86b50eae8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Shadow Aero Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-shadow-aero-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-shadow-aero-1 2015 Honda Shadow Aero <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/b3c1/5c6f/b3c15c6f-df36-4cc5-9e9c-c1d86b50eae8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Shadow Aero Motorcycles: 2015 Honda Interstate <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/5571/bceb/5571bceb-0832-459b-8387-3dba07015606-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Interstate Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-interstate http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-interstate 2015 Honda Interstate <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/5571/bceb/5571bceb-0832-459b-8387-3dba07015606-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Interstate Motorcycles: 2015 Honda Gold Wing/F6B <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ad4f/17ea/ad4f17ea-1310-4563-be3c-c396c6977e71-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Gold Wing/F6B Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-gold-wing-f6b-3 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-gold-wing-f6b-3 2015 Honda Gold Wing/F6B <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ad4f/17ea/ad4f17ea-1310-4563-be3c-c396c6977e71-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Gold Wing/F6B Motorcycles: 2015 Honda Stateline <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/d583/bef8/d583bef8-0109-45cc-939a-4c78a0c38401-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Stateline Motorcycles Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-stateline http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-stateline 2015 Honda Stateline <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/d583/bef8/d583bef8-0109-45cc-939a-4c78a0c38401-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Stateline Motorcycles: 2015 Honda CRF250R Development <p>Honda's CRF250R has a long history of winning championships, and the records show that the bike earned another AMA 250 Supercross championship in 2014.</p> <p>But there's another story too. In 2014 the CRF250R wasn't just a winner, it was also the overwhelming favorite choice among Pro AMA Supercross racers. An impressive 53 percent of all main event qualifiers in the 250 class rode CRF250Rs, including an amazing 124 of 198 spots—63 percent—in the SX East series. </p> <p>A stopwatch will show the CRF250R can turn fast laps. But from the top teams to privateers, racers are also banking on Honda's legendary durability, quality and reliability that enable them to earn a living racing motorcycles.</p> <p>These racers also rely on the CRF250R's unique balance: a great powerband, agile handling and top-level suspension components all combine to give the CRF250R well-integrated performance that makes it great fun to ride whether you're a weekend warrior or a seasoned pro racer. And to make a championship-caliber ride even better, for 2015 the CRF250R offers a host of improvements that elevate its performance to even higher levels, including a new Showa air fork, three-setting Engine Mode Select Button, enhanced power characteristics, new brakes and more.</p> <p><strong>A New-Generation Fork</strong><br> A new-generation 49mm Showa Separate Function Fork, Triple Air Chamber (SFF-Air) air fork introduces a new level of front suspension performance for 2015. This fork eliminates steel springs for significantly less weight (2.8 pounds lighter) while offering a wider range of adjustments than a conventional spring fork. As its name states, the two fork legs perform separate functions; the right side houses the damper mechanisms for compression and rebound control, while the left side contains a three-chamber pneumatic spring system that completely eliminates the use of steel springs.</p> <p>This design allows a huge degree of adjustability in damper settings—16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability—plus convenient spring-rate adjustments. And because this air fork uses high-pressure settings—a maximum of 189 psi—any increases in pressure that may occur as the fork heats up during use represent a negligible percentage change.</p> <p>Within the air-side fork leg, the balance chamber handles spring force at the initial portion of fork travel and at low speed, while the inner chamber affects spring rate throughout the entire range of fork travel. The outer chamber contains fork oil and air at ambient pressure; adjusting the level of oil in this chamber affects the rate of spring progression during the latter portion of travel when the fork approaches its greatest degree of compression. Together, these three chambers work in concert to provide smooth, more progressive suspension action that aids front-end traction and feel.</p> <p>Static sag and preload is changed by adjusting air pressure in the inner and balance chambers via a Schrader valve on the fork cap, and by changing the oil volume in the outer chamber. As an added benefit, riders can easily alter pressures in the balance chamber and inner chamber with a pump while at the track to fine-tune fork action to match riding conditions; no need to change fork springs, as with a conventional fork.</p> <p>In back, the Honda Pro-Link® single-shock rear suspension system now incorporates a stiffer spring that is 7.8 ounces lighter than before. Also fully adjustable, the rear shock offers 17-position rebound adjustment, while compression damping is separated into 13-position low-speed settings and 3.5 turns for high-speed adjustment.</p> <p>The twin-spar aluminum frame was completely revised for 2014, and in keeping with current Honda motocross design it features aggressive steering geometry settings for nimble handling and quick steering. These dimensions work in concert with the Honda Progressive Steering Damper that aids high-speed handling to give the best of both worlds.</p> <p>The HPSD system features a compact damper that is attached to the lower triple clamp and the steering head to assist with straight-line handling. The HPSD damping action smoothly progresses as handlebar deflection increases, which aids handling while also producing very natural steering characteristics and feel. Net result: exceptional steering response along with excellent high-speed manners.</p> <p><strong>Engine Mode Select Button</strong><br> The 2015 CRF250R also incorporates Honda's new Engine Mode Select Button with three EFI/ignition map settings, an industry-first in the world of motocross bikes. Beginning with Honda's four-valve Unicam engine already known for its wide powerband and accommodating nature, this new Engine Mode Select system allows the rider to easily select one of three different EFI/ignition maps to modify power delivery. And that's a huge benefit for matching track and riding conditions.</p> <p>Mode 1 uses the standard ignition and fueling maps for balanced delivery of horsepower and torque. Mode 2 is designed for use in slippery, muddy conditions and is all about throttle control, producing an easy-to-manage character that places an emphasis on traction—getting power down to the ground efficiently. Mode 3 hits all-out hard with aggressive and responsive top-end power to drive through deep, soft terrain. Peak power remains unchanged for all three settings; only the delivery characteristics change. To add an even greater degree of adjustability and control, the settings in Modes 2 and 3 can be further tailored via the HRC mapping hardware and software.</p> <p>While on the bike, making these changes is super-simple: the rider merely stops with the engine at idle and presses and holds the button for about a second to select the next map in sequence. A highly visible LED light built into the lightweight button signals the map in use; a quick press identifies the mode with the corresponding number of flashes. When a new map is selected, the choice is also confirmed to the rider.</p> <p>In addition to the new Engine Mode Select Button, the 2015 CRF250R also comes equipped with a new, larger-diameter exhaust system and new fuel-mapping settings for the Dual-Timing PGM-FI fuel injection system to increase engine performance for smoother acceleration, crisper throttle response, quicker revving and more peak power. Specifically, the inner diameter of the right-side muffler grows from 22 to 23.8mm, while the left sees an increase in diameter from 23.4 to 26.6mm. Also, a new throttle return spring now gives a lighter pull.</p> <p>By design, this Dual-Timing PGM-FI fuel injection system helps boost power while also delivering even better throttle feel and control at partial throttle openings. During every cycle of the fuel injection system, the Dual-Timing PGM-FI setup injects two charges: the first, short-duration charge is used to cool the intake valve/port area in order to increase the density of the air/fuel mixture; the second charge increases the amount of fuel directed into the combustion chamber to improve power and response.</p> <p><strong>Unicam Design</strong><br> Honda's Unicam® design features a single overhead camshaft and four-valve head for a powerful, compact powerplant. Since the single camshaft sits lower and takes up less space in the cylinder head, the overall engine height is shorter and it also contributes to a lower CG. The 30.5mm intake valves are made of light and tough titanium, while the 25mm exhaust valves are durable steel. This SOHC configuration with a forked, low-friction roller rocker arm to actuate the exhaust valves is not only space efficient, it also saves weight over a comparable dual-overhead-camshaft motor and also allows for a narrow included valve angle for excellent flame propagation in the combustion chamber even at higher compression ratios.</p> <p><strong>Sweating the Details</strong><br> Close attention to other details make things even better in 2015. The CRF250R now features new front/rear wave-style rotors, with a larger 260mm front disc brake for increased stopping action that's easily modulated. New-generation Dunlop Geomax MX52 motocross tires front and rear offer superb grip over a variety of conditions, with block-within-a-block knobs for more progressive side-grip and cornering, superior bump absorption from new-design sidewalls and recessed carcass design, plus increased durability. New fork covers offer a different look plus better rock protection, the front brake guide and radiator grill now feature a black finish, and an all-new CRF graphics package tops off its fresh looks.</p> <p>Building championship-winning bikes is a great achievement. Designing successors to extend that legacy presents new challenges—a process of development Honda has mastered well. By applying innovative engineering and new technology, Honda has once again created a new CRF250R that's sure to become a favorite in the hands of pro and amateur riders alike.</p> Motorcycles Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:03:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/a00799e3-1d01-46c9-8754-8253c42c9744 http://hondanews.com/releases/a00799e3-1d01-46c9-8754-8253c42c9744 2015 Honda CRF250R Development <p>Honda's CRF250R has a long history of winning championships, and the records show that the bike earned another AMA 250 Supercross championship in 2014.</p> <p>But there's another story too. In 2014 the CRF250R wasn't just a winner, it was also the overwhelming favorite choice among Pro AMA Supercross racers. An impressive 53 percent of all main event qualifiers in the 250 class rode CRF250Rs, including an amazing 124 of 198 spots—63 percent—in the SX East series. </p> <p>A stopwatch will show the CRF250R can turn fast laps. But from the top teams to privateers, racers are also banking on Honda's legendary durability, quality and reliability that enable them to earn a living racing motorcycles.</p> <p>These racers also rely on the CRF250R's unique balance: a great powerband, agile handling and top-level suspension components all combine to give the CRF250R well-integrated performance that makes it great fun to ride whether you're a weekend warrior or a seasoned pro racer. And to make a championship-caliber ride even better, for 2015 the CRF250R offers a host of improvements that elevate its performance to even higher levels, including a new Showa air fork, three-setting Engine Mode Select Button, enhanced power characteristics, new brakes and more.</p> <p><strong>A New-Generation Fork</strong><br> A new-generation 49mm Showa Separate Function Fork, Triple Air Chamber (SFF-Air) air fork introduces a new level of front suspension performance for 2015. This fork eliminates steel springs for significantly less weight (2.8 pounds lighter) while offering a wider range of adjustments than a conventional spring fork. As its name states, the two fork legs perform separate functions; the right side houses the damper mechanisms for compression and rebound control, while the left side contains a three-chamber pneumatic spring system that completely eliminates the use of steel springs.</p> <p>This design allows a huge degree of adjustability in damper settings—16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability—plus convenient spring-rate adjustments. And because this air fork uses high-pressure settings—a maximum of 189 psi—any increases in pressure that may occur as the fork heats up during use represent a negligible percentage change.</p> <p>Within the air-side fork leg, the balance chamber handles spring force at the initial portion of fork travel and at low speed, while the inner chamber affects spring rate throughout the entire range of fork travel. The outer chamber contains fork oil and air at ambient pressure; adjusting the level of oil in this chamber affects the rate of spring progression during the latter portion of travel when the fork approaches its greatest degree of compression. Together, these three chambers work in concert to provide smooth, more progressive suspension action that aids front-end traction and feel.</p> <p>Static sag and preload is changed by adjusting air pressure in the inner and balance chambers via a Schrader valve on the fork cap, and by changing the oil volume in the outer chamber. As an added benefit, riders can easily alter pressures in the balance chamber and inner chamber with a pump while at the track to fine-tune fork action to match riding conditions; no need to change fork springs, as with a conventional fork.</p> <p>In back, the Honda Pro-Link® single-shock rear suspension system now incorporates a stiffer spring that is 7.8 ounces lighter than before. Also fully adjustable, the rear shock offers 17-position rebound adjustment, while compression damping is separated into 13-position low-speed settings and 3.5 turns for high-speed adjustment.</p> <p>The twin-spar aluminum frame was completely revised for 2014, and in keeping with current Honda motocross design it features aggressive steering geometry settings for nimble handling and quick steering. These dimensions work in concert with the Honda Progressive Steering Damper that aids high-speed handling to give the best of both worlds.</p> <p>The HPSD system features a compact damper that is attached to the lower triple clamp and the steering head to assist with straight-line handling. The HPSD damping action smoothly progresses as handlebar deflection increases, which aids handling while also producing very natural steering characteristics and feel. Net result: exceptional steering response along with excellent high-speed manners.</p> <p><strong>Engine Mode Select Button</strong><br> The 2015 CRF250R also incorporates Honda's new Engine Mode Select Button with three EFI/ignition map settings, an industry-first in the world of motocross bikes. Beginning with Honda's four-valve Unicam engine already known for its wide powerband and accommodating nature, this new Engine Mode Select system allows the rider to easily select one of three different EFI/ignition maps to modify power delivery. And that's a huge benefit for matching track and riding conditions.</p> <p>Mode 1 uses the standard ignition and fueling maps for balanced delivery of horsepower and torque. Mode 2 is designed for use in slippery, muddy conditions and is all about throttle control, producing an easy-to-manage character that places an emphasis on traction—getting power down to the ground efficiently. Mode 3 hits all-out hard with aggressive and responsive top-end power to drive through deep, soft terrain. Peak power remains unchanged for all three settings; only the delivery characteristics change. To add an even greater degree of adjustability and control, the settings in Modes 2 and 3 can be further tailored via the HRC mapping hardware and software.</p> <p>While on the bike, making these changes is super-simple: the rider merely stops with the engine at idle and presses and holds the button for about a second to select the next map in sequence. A highly visible LED light built into the lightweight button signals the map in use; a quick press identifies the mode with the corresponding number of flashes. When a new map is selected, the choice is also confirmed to the rider.</p> <p>In addition to the new Engine Mode Select Button, the 2015 CRF250R also comes equipped with a new, larger-diameter exhaust system and new fuel-mapping settings for the Dual-Timing PGM-FI fuel injection system to increase engine performance for smoother acceleration, crisper throttle response, quicker revving and more peak power. Specifically, the inner diameter of the right-side muffler grows from 22 to 23.8mm, while the left sees an increase in diameter from 23.4 to 26.6mm. Also, a new throttle return spring now gives a lighter pull.</p> <p>By design, this Dual-Timing PGM-FI fuel injection system helps boost power while also delivering even better throttle feel and control at partial throttle openings. During every cycle of the fuel injection system, the Dual-Timing PGM-FI setup injects two charges: the first, short-duration charge is used to cool the intake valve/port area in order to increase the density of the air/fuel mixture; the second charge increases the amount of fuel directed into the combustion chamber to improve power and response.</p> <p><strong>Unicam Design</strong><br> Honda's Unicam® design features a single overhead camshaft and four-valve head for a powerful, compact powerplant. Since the single camshaft sits lower and takes up less space in the cylinder head, the overall engine height is shorter and it also contributes to a lower CG. The 30.5mm intake valves are made of light and tough titanium, while the 25mm exhaust valves are durable steel. This SOHC configuration with a forked, low-friction roller rocker arm to actuate the exhaust valves is not only space efficient, it also saves weight over a comparable dual-overhead-camshaft motor and also allows for a narrow included valve angle for excellent flame propagation in the combustion chamber even at higher compression ratios.</p> <p><strong>Sweating the Details</strong><br> Close attention to other details make things even better in 2015. The CRF250R now features new front/rear wave-style rotors, with a larger 260mm front disc brake for increased stopping action that's easily modulated. New-generation Dunlop Geomax MX52 motocross tires front and rear offer superb grip over a variety of conditions, with block-within-a-block knobs for more progressive side-grip and cornering, superior bump absorption from new-design sidewalls and recessed carcass design, plus increased durability. New fork covers offer a different look plus better rock protection, the front brake guide and radiator grill now feature a black finish, and an all-new CRF graphics package tops off its fresh looks.</p> <p>Building championship-winning bikes is a great achievement. Designing successors to extend that legacy presents new challenges—a process of development Honda has mastered well. By applying innovative engineering and new technology, Honda has once again created a new CRF250R that's sure to become a favorite in the hands of pro and amateur riders alike.</p> Motorcycles: 2015 Honda COTA 4RT Race Replica <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/744c/c469/744cc469-d033-4678-a6b5-97c6c8e9da25-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda COTA 4RT Race Replica Motorcycles Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-cota-4rt-race-replica http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-cota-4rt-race-replica 2015 Honda COTA 4RT Race Replica <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/744c/c469/744cc469-d033-4678-a6b5-97c6c8e9da25-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda COTA 4RT Race Replica Motorcycles: 2015 Honda COTA 4RT 260 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/814c/63c7/814c63c7-37fa-4fa1-8d5e-664b6742baf8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda COTA 4RT 260 Motorcycles Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-cota-4rt-260 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-cota-4rt-260 2015 Honda COTA 4RT 260 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/814c/63c7/814c63c7-37fa-4fa1-8d5e-664b6742baf8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda COTA 4RT 260 Motorcycles: 2015 Honda CB300F Specifications <table border="0"> <tr> <td>Model:</td> <td>CB300F</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Engine Type:</td> <td> 286cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Bore and Stroke:</td> <td> 76.0mm x 63.0mm</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Compression ratio:</td> <td>10.7:1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Valve Train: </td> <td>DOHC; four valves per cylinder</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Induction:</td> <td> PGM-FI, 38mm throttle body</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ignition:</td> <td> Computer-controlled digital transistor with electronic advance</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Transmission: </td> <td>Six-speed</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Final Drive:</td> <td>O-ring-sealed chain</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Suspension </td> <td>Front: 37mm fork; 4.65 inches travel<br> Rear: Pro-Link® single shock with five-position spring preload adjustability; 4.07 inches travel</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Brakes     </td> <td>Front: Twin-piston caliper with single 296mm disc<br> Rear: Single-caliper 220mm disc</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Tires   </td> <td>Front: 110/70-17 radial <br> Rear: 140/70-17 radial </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Wheelbase:</td> <td>54.3 inches</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Rake (Caster angle):</td> <td>25° 30’</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Trail: </td> <td>98mm (3.9 inches)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Seat Height: </td> <td>30.7 inches</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Fuel Capacity: </td> <td>3.4 gallons</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Estimated Fuel Economy**:</td> <td>71 MPG</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Color:</td> <td>Red</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Curb Weight*:</td> <td>348 pounds</td> </tr> </table> <p>*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.</p> <p>**Miles per gallon values are calculated estimates of fuel consumed during laboratory exhaust emissions tests specified by the EPA, not during on-road riding. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride and maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, cargo and accessories, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.</p> <p>Meets current CARB and EPA standards.</p> <p>Models sold in California meet current CARB standardsand may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.</p> <p>©2014 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. • All Rights Reserved • Specifications subject to change</p> Motorcycles Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/3ce6906f-2462-4689-ad76-7bddfdc5d1f9 http://hondanews.com/releases/3ce6906f-2462-4689-ad76-7bddfdc5d1f9 2015 Honda CB300F Specifications <table border="0"> <tr> <td>Model:</td> <td>CB300F</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Engine Type:</td> <td> 286cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Bore and Stroke:</td> <td> 76.0mm x 63.0mm</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Compression ratio:</td> <td>10.7:1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Valve Train: </td> <td>DOHC; four valves per cylinder</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Induction:</td> <td> PGM-FI, 38mm throttle body</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ignition:</td> <td> Computer-controlled digital transistor with electronic advance</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Transmission: </td> <td>Six-speed</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Final Drive:</td> <td>O-ring-sealed chain</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Suspension </td> <td>Front: 37mm fork; 4.65 inches travel<br> Rear: Pro-Link® single shock with five-position spring preload adjustability; 4.07 inches travel</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Brakes     </td> <td>Front: Twin-piston caliper with single 296mm disc<br> Rear: Single-caliper 220mm disc</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Tires   </td> <td>Front: 110/70-17 radial <br> Rear: 140/70-17 radial </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Wheelbase:</td> <td>54.3 inches</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Rake (Caster angle):</td> <td>25° 30’</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Trail: </td> <td>98mm (3.9 inches)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Seat Height: </td> <td>30.7 inches</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Fuel Capacity: </td> <td>3.4 gallons</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Estimated Fuel Economy**:</td> <td>71 MPG</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Color:</td> <td>Red</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Curb Weight*:</td> <td>348 pounds</td> </tr> </table> <p>*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.</p> <p>**Miles per gallon values are calculated estimates of fuel consumed during laboratory exhaust emissions tests specified by the EPA, not during on-road riding. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride and maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, cargo and accessories, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.</p> <p>Meets current CARB and EPA standards.</p> <p>Models sold in California meet current CARB standardsand may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.</p> <p>©2014 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. • All Rights Reserved • Specifications subject to change</p> Motorcycles: 2015 Honda CB300F Features and Benefits <p>This lightweight and nimble-handling naked bike offers plenty of fun for beginners and experienced motorcyclists. Featuring a 300-class engine, the new CB300F carries a dash of attitude and independence along with its versatile creds. Whether you're commuting, zipping around town or headed out for a weekend ride, its roomy ergonomics, great handling and broad powerband make every ride a blast. Thanks to its affordable price tag, adding on a few Honda Genuine Accessories is easy—a simple way to give it that extra bit of flair and make it uniquely your own.</p> <p>Features and Benefits</p> <ul> <li>Engine displaces 286cc for responsive power throughout the rev range. </li> <li>Derived from the CBR250R engine, a new crankshaft and connecting rod create a longer engine stroke (up to 63mm from 55mm) to add 37cc of displacement.</li> <li>PGM-FI fuel injection produces crisp throttle response throughout the rev range.</li> <li>Stylish CBR500R-inspired exhaust system features larger internal volume for increased performance, enhanced appearance and a throaty exhaust note.</li> <li>Specially configured seat and side covers provide an easy reach to the ground.</li> <li>Full LCD multi-function digital meter.</li> <li>Affordable pricing: $3999. </li> <li>Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Honda Genuine Accessories†</strong><br> Honda Racing Seat Bag, Carbon Fiber Tank Pad, Carbon Fiber Fuel Lid Cover, Drive Chain Case (Carbon-Style), Under Engine Cowl (Carbon-Style), Front Fender (Carbon-Style), Under Cowl (Carbon-Style), Front Headlight Cover (Carbon-Style), Tank Shroud (Carbon-Style), Chrome Bar Ends, Seat Cowl (Color-matched), Honda Racing Red Reflective Wheel Stripe Stickers</p> <p><strong>Honda Signature Accessories†</strong><br> Available Accessory Seat is more than 1 inch lower than standard seat for easier reach to the ground.</p> <p>† WARRANTY: Because we're so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine Accessories, we're pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer. </p> <p>Final accessory list TBD and subject to change without notice. </p> Motorcycles Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/ffa2132a-f9aa-4d84-9c2d-e32c6248af99 http://hondanews.com/releases/ffa2132a-f9aa-4d84-9c2d-e32c6248af99 2015 Honda CB300F Features and Benefits <p>This lightweight and nimble-handling naked bike offers plenty of fun for beginners and experienced motorcyclists. Featuring a 300-class engine, the new CB300F carries a dash of attitude and independence along with its versatile creds. Whether you're commuting, zipping around town or headed out for a weekend ride, its roomy ergonomics, great handling and broad powerband make every ride a blast. Thanks to its affordable price tag, adding on a few Honda Genuine Accessories is easy—a simple way to give it that extra bit of flair and make it uniquely your own.</p> <p>Features and Benefits</p> <ul> <li>Engine displaces 286cc for responsive power throughout the rev range. </li> <li>Derived from the CBR250R engine, a new crankshaft and connecting rod create a longer engine stroke (up to 63mm from 55mm) to add 37cc of displacement.</li> <li>PGM-FI fuel injection produces crisp throttle response throughout the rev range.</li> <li>Stylish CBR500R-inspired exhaust system features larger internal volume for increased performance, enhanced appearance and a throaty exhaust note.</li> <li>Specially configured seat and side covers provide an easy reach to the ground.</li> <li>Full LCD multi-function digital meter.</li> <li>Affordable pricing: $3999. </li> <li>Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Honda Genuine Accessories†</strong><br> Honda Racing Seat Bag, Carbon Fiber Tank Pad, Carbon Fiber Fuel Lid Cover, Drive Chain Case (Carbon-Style), Under Engine Cowl (Carbon-Style), Front Fender (Carbon-Style), Under Cowl (Carbon-Style), Front Headlight Cover (Carbon-Style), Tank Shroud (Carbon-Style), Chrome Bar Ends, Seat Cowl (Color-matched), Honda Racing Red Reflective Wheel Stripe Stickers</p> <p><strong>Honda Signature Accessories†</strong><br> Available Accessory Seat is more than 1 inch lower than standard seat for easier reach to the ground.</p> <p>† WARRANTY: Because we're so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine Accessories, we're pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer. </p> <p>Final accessory list TBD and subject to change without notice. </p> Motorcycles: 2015 Honda CB300F <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/930b/e4c8/930be4c8-25f1-401b-9ef9-afb2665bfa8f-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda CB300F Motorcycles Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-cb300f http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-cb300f 2015 Honda CB300F <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/930b/e4c8/930be4c8-25f1-401b-9ef9-afb2665bfa8f-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda CB300F Motorcycles: 2014 Honda CBR650F <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/c642/96ce/c64296ce-6262-4601-aa0d-4c7e60e1454d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda CBR650F Motorcycles Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:26:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-cbr650f-33 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-cbr650f-33 2014 Honda CBR650F <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/c642/96ce/c64296ce-6262-4601-aa0d-4c7e60e1454d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda CBR650F