Honda reveals a refreshed line-up on the roads as David Johnson joins Ian Hutchinson

Honda is pleased to announce that David Johnson will line-up next to Ian Hutchinson on the roads, as the Honda Racing team prepares for the start of the 2019 road race season.

Hutchinson and Johnson will lead Honda’s charge on the roads at The International North West 200 and the Isle of Man TT. Both road experts will contest the Superbike and Superstock 1000 classes aboard the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, with the team also preparing a CBR600RR Supersport machine for Ian.

‘Davo’ made his debut at the TT in 2010 aboard Honda machinery where he claimed the accolade of fastest newcomer that year. The Australian has since racked up three 4th place finishes at the Mountain Course and was close to a podium last year in the Superbike race. His best result at the Ulster GP has been 3rd (2018) and 7th at the NW200.

Teammate ‘Hutchy’ continues with Honda after a valiant return last year, while recovering from injury. Displaying incredible drive and determination throughout 2018, the ‘Bingley Bullet’ is coming into the new road racing season with more bike time under his belt as he looks to return to winning form.

The Honda Racing team will now embark on a comprehensive testing programme before tackling the road circuits, starting with the North West 200 in May.

2019 Road Race Calendar:
12-18 May: The International North West 200
25 May – 7 June: The Isle of Man TT

Source: Honda Racing CBR

Sport Tourer Savings

Save a whopping €1500 on your favourite Sports Tourer now!

The VFR800F is one of Ireland’s best Sport Tourer machines, bringing you on epic adventures with all the styling for Supersport bike fans.

The VFR800F is usually priced at €14,000, and is now available for €12,500!

VFR800F Honda Ireland Details Gallery 5

 

Summary:

  • Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC 90° V4
  • Colours available: Victory Red
  •  LED tail-light cleanly integrates the rear indicators and provides high visibility in the city at night
  •  VFR-signature X-style full LED headlight draws low energy and emits a clean, white spread of light
  • 5-stage heated grips are fitted as standard, with indicator
  • Easy to read, the new dash houses a digital speedometer and analogue tachometer plus gear position, fuel consumption and cruising range indicators
  • Seat height can be adjusted to either 789mm or 809mm
  • Honda’s Traction Control System (TCS) is in place for consistent grip
  • Aluminium twin-spar frame has been honed and matched to a new Pro-arm swingarm with Pro-Link rear suspension, balanced at the front with two-piece 43mm telescopic forks

Catch these savings at your local Honda Motorcycle Dealership now, not sure who is your closest dealership? You can use our handy Dealer Search facility here, just click Motorcycles and pop in your location!

 

Offer valid until stocks last. Honda VFR800F only. 

191 Savings on Honda Motorcycles

Save on your new Honda motorcycle this month, we’re giving you the chance to save a whopping €600 on four of our most popular motorcycles when you get your 191 now!

These models are 2018 models, but are brand new!

What motorcycles you say?!

Only the super stylish:

  • CB500FA – now €6,700, usually €7,300

  • CBR500RA- now €7,000, usually €7,600

  • CB650FA – now €8,300, usually €8,900

  • CBR650FA- now €9,200, usually €9,800

 

Explore the stylish and powerful CB500F, CBR500F, CB650F and CBR650F now.

Visit your local dealership now to get yours pre-ordered now!

 

*Terms and Conditions: €600 discount applies to stock available now, 17YM & 18YM models only. Only valid until March 31st 2019.

Simple tips to avoid problems caused by stale petrol

As we approach the colder months leaving petrol in your Honda product can cause problems. Follow our simple tips below to avoid problems caused by stale petrol:

  1. Know which type of petrol you should use. Regular unleaded 98, 95, 95 E5 or E10 can be used in Honda products. (E5 or E10 contins 5% or 10% ethanol.)

2. Do not use any petrol containing more than 10% ethanol. This will cause corrosion damage to fuel system components.

3. If your Honda product is used intermittently, e.g. more than 4 weeks between each use, use petrol treated with fuel stabiliser, at the time of purchase.  Don’t forget that fuel stabliser has a shelf life and once opened has a shelf life of 2 years.

4. Don’t add fuel stabiliser to try reconstitute or reinvigorate stale petrol. It must be added when the petrol is fresh.

5. Store petrol for a maximum period of one month – it will deteriorate if stored for any longer.

6. Add fuel stabiliser to petrol that is likely to be stored for any longer than one month.

7. Only use clean, sealed, approved fuel containers. These will be designed specifically to carry and store petrol.

8. If you use a steel container to store petrol, for example a jerrycan, ensure there is no corrosion on the inside of the container.

9. Store petrol in cool place away from direct sunlight.

10. Turn the fuel tap on your Honda product off when not being used.

11. Before using your Honda product check the engine oil level is correct and the air filter is clean.

12. Before winter storage, drain the petrol from the carburetor and fuel tank, referring to your owners manual on best procedure to do so.

 

 

 

The PCX125 gets a makeover for 2018

The PCX125 has been one of Ireland’s favourite scooters for some time. The ever-popular PCX125 scooter has gotten a complete style upgrade for 2018, with natural new contours interspersed among the traditional PCX flowing design lines. It also receives a new tubular steel duplex cradle frame, new wheels and tyres and an upgraded rear suspension. Plus ABS, and an engine that produces more peak power while maintaining outstanding fuel efficiency.

Features of the new model: 

  • New style blends natural curves into the PCX’s flowing design
  • Strong visual identity from new LED headlight and position lights
  • New, smart, easy-to-read inverse LCD instrumentation
  • Brand new steel duplex frame design
  • Rear shock absorbers moved back, with upgraded springs and longer stroke
  • Lighter 8-spoke wheels replace the 5-spoke design
  • Larger tyres improve handling and fuel economy
  • Produces more peak power with no loss of bottom-end torque
  • New intake and exhaust design delivers the high-rpm gain
  • Fuel economy of 47.6km/l gives a 400km+ tank range

The new PCX125A is available in a variety of colours such as Pearl Cool White, Pearl Nightstar Black, Matt Carbonium Grey Metallic, Pearl Splendor Red and it is priced at €3,700.00.

Click here to explore the new model

This stunning Scooter is now available from your local Honda Motorcycle Dealer. Not sure who your closest authorised Honda dealer is? Click here!

Guide to Honda Motorcycle Technology

New to motorcycling? Or been riding bikes for years but just never knew what some of those abbreviations we use in our Motorcycle brochure means?

Well look no further & check our ultimate guide to Honda Motorcycling Technology:

DCT

Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) is an automated clutch and shift operation system that retains the direct acceleration feel of a manual transmission with the ease of use of an automatic. It basically allows you to forget about the gear changes and concentrate on steering, turning, accelerating and enjoying your trip.

ABS

Anti-Locking Braking System reduces braking pressure by monitoring the wheel speed, preventing the wheels from locking up.

HESD

The Honda Electronic Steering Dampener minimises sudden steering changes at high speeds for enhanced riding ease and comfort.

PFI

Programmed Fuel Injection is a map-type computerised system that maintains strong power and responsive performance in
all conditions.

HSTC

If the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system senses an imminent loss of rear wheel traction it reduces torque to allow the tyre to grip.

CBS

The Combined Brake System actuates both front and rear brakes when the rear brake pedal (or lever) is engaged, for a smooth and confident balance of braking control.

ISS

The Idle Stop System automatically stops the engine running after three seconds at idle and restarts it instantly with a twist of the throttle, helping to reduce emissions and fuel consumption.

HISS

The Honda Ignition Security system only allows the bike to be started by its original encoded keys to effectively protect against theft.

LED

LED lights featured on Honda are a brighter and more energy efficient than traditional bulbs, with no time delay and a longer life.

V-Matic 

V-Matic Transmission is a belt-converter transmission with advanced three-stage operation provides seamless shifting throughout a wide range of speeds delivered with twist-and-go ease.

Öhlins 

Öhlins Electronic Control Suspension is a Öhlins Objective Based Tuning Interface adjusts both the compression and rebound damping force of the front fork and rear shock.

Big Piston Fork

Offers more sensitive damping than a conventional fork, improving control in a wide range of riding situations.

Honda Evolutional Catalysing System 

Oxygen-sensing system maintains an optimal air/fuel mixture for the most effective catalytic reduction of exhaust emissions.

Smart Key

This innovative technology improves both convenience and security. As long as your key is in your pocket or bag, you can release the seat and start the engine. with the press of a button

Euro 4

Complies with latest EURO 4 emissions regulations.

Honda Multi-Action System 

Cartridge-type front fork and rear damper design ensures a confident balance of compliant damping and precise handling.

G Mode

Triggered by a switch on the instrument panel, G Mode improves traction and machine control by reducing clutch slip during gear changes. Only available on the X-ADV & Africa Twin in 2018 range.

S Mode

Available on Automatic (DCT) bikes, S- for Sport is a more relaxed driving style.

D Mode

Available on Automatic (DCT) bikes, D – for Drive is for relaxed city and motorway driving.

Pro-link rear Suspension

Monoshock rear suspension utilises a triangular linkage system to progressively increase damping force through range of rear swingarm movement.

Showa 

Showa Dual Bending Valve forks improve ride comfort and handling by delivering proportional rebound damping with firmer compression damping.

And that’s a wrap! As you can see our Honda Motorcycles are dripping with the latest technology. If you want to get your hands on any of our Honda Motorcycles you can visit one of our Honda Authorised Motorcycle Dealerships.

Courageous Camier clinches top-ten finish in Race 1 at Donington

Leon Camier battled through the pain barrier to score a sensational top-ten finish in WorldSBK Race 1 at Donington Park for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, while Jake Gagne finished just outside the points in his Superbike debut at the demanding British circuit.

Starting from P13 on the grid for Race 1, Camier got a good start to make up a couple of positions and set a strong pace on his Fireblade. As the race went on, Camier settled into twelfth place while maintaining a good rhythm and despite being in considerable pain due to his injury, the Briton valiantly charged on and as the chequered flag was waved, crossed the finish line in tenth place.

Gagne also enjoyed some close racing in the pack and after starting the race from the seventh row on the grid, the American rookie was able to pick up positions throughout the race and at the finish line claimed sixteenth place just behind fellow Honda rider and compatriot PJ Jacobsen who took the final points-paying position.

The result sees Camier’s point tally for the season grow to 48 points and he remains in P11 in the championship, while Gagne sits eighteenth overall with seventeen points.

Credit: Honda Red Bull Team Media Team 

 

Marc Marquez takes victory at Jerez

Repsol Honda’s current champion Marc Marquez took a stunning second win of the season this weekend in the Gran Premio Red Bull de España. This is the rider’s second win at Jerez.  With 16 laps to go Marquez passed Lorenzo of Ducati and then took the title.

Things did not go as well for Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow of Honda who both crashed out prior to finishing.

Details released on the brand new Honda 2018 Monkey Bike

Details on the new Honda Monkey bike for 2018 have been released. Honda’s genuinely iconic mini-bike is re-imagined for the present day, with styling that draws heavily on the original, complemented by modern, premium touches such as USD forks, twin rear shocks, LCD instruments, IMU-based ABS and full LED lighting. Its 125cc air-cooled engine delivers 6.9kW power, and fuel efficiency of 67km/litre; wet weight is a mere 107kg.

 

Model overview:

  • Styling, paint and chromed parts draw heavily on the original
  • 125cc air-cooled engine delivers 6.9kW power, 11Nm torque and 67km/l
  • Steel frame, USD forks, twin rear shocks and 12-inch diameter tyres
  • Wet weight of 107kg, with wheelbase of 1155mm and 775mm seat height
  • All lighting is premium LED

 

After the modern-day success of the sharp-suited MSX125, which proved the desire for a funky, pocket-sized town run-around, it was time for the Monkey name to return, reborn and ready for life in the 21st century city.

Naturally the classic Monkey style had to provide the cues for the new model. A trapezoid silhouette highlights the compact length, while adding depth and substance to its stance. Simple, curved surfaces are designed independently of each other and feature throughout.

The glossy 5.6L fuel tank, finished in the same paint colour as the frame, swing arm and rear shocks, crowns the machine, and proudly wears a historical 3-D Old Wing design Honda logo. Chromed steel high-level front and rear mudguards – plus the evocatively-stamped exhaust shield, circular mirrors and high-rise handlebars – all pay homage to the original.

Modern technology is fully present within the evocative reincarnation of the classic look: a digital full-LCD circular meter features speedometer (which winks playfully when the ignition is turned on), odometer with two trip meters and six-segment fuel level indicator; all lighting is LED; the ‘wave’ pattern key (which also wears the Old Wing motif) features an ‘answer back’ system that makes the lights flash at the push of a button to allow easy location in crowded car parks; the single channel ABS system operates with an IMU to mitigate rear ‘lift’ under strong braking.

As for the power unit, true to its origins, the Monkey’s horizontal SOHC 125cc single-cylinder engine is simple, robust and tuned to deliver useful about-town performance. Air-cooled, with bore and stroke of 52.4 x 57.9mm and compression ratio of 9.3:1, fed by PGM-FI, it produces 6.9kW @ 7,000rpm and 11Nm @ 5,250rpm. The gearbox is 4-speed and the engine returns fuel economy of 67km/l (WMTC mode).

The Monkey’s steel backbone frame has been tuned for a suitable balance between rigidity and supple feel – perfect for the wide variety of conditions the machine is sure to be ridden in. Oval in cross-section, the swingarm echoes the circular design theme that runs through the bike.

Wheelbase is set at 1155mm, with rake and trail of 25°/82mm and a minimum turning radius of just 1.9m. Wet weight is a mere 107kg, with a seat height of 775mm. The plush seat is made of high-density urethane for maximum comfort.

USD front forks wear a premium Alumite finish and are matched by dual rear shocks with 104mm of axle travel. Maximum ground clearance is 160mm. A single 220mm front disc and 190mm rear provide secure stopping performance, managed by the IMU-based ABS. Fat 12-inch block pattern tyres make for a smooth ride and are sized 120/80-12 65J front and 130/80-12 69J rear.

The 2018 Monkey 125 will be available in three colour schemes:

  • Banana Yellow/Ross White
  • Pearl Nebula Red/Ross White
  • Pearl Shining Black/Ross White

The monkey bike is expected to arrive to us here in Ireland in mid -late summer 2018. Pricing will be announced prior to arrival.

Register your interest with your local dealer today.

 

Cal Crutchlow wins MotoGP in Argentina

Cal Crutchlow, riding for LCR Honda on a CASTROL RC213V took MotoGP victory yesterday for the third time in his career. He secured Honda’s 750th Grand Prix victory at the end of a thrilling battle with Frenchman Johann Zarco and Spaniard Alex Rins at Termas de Rio Hondo.

The Argentine Grand Prix was less successful for Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC213V), who had dominated practice and were both expected to be in the battle for victory.

Pedrosa started from the front row, only to fall on the first lap, following an incident with Zarco. Marquez started from the second row and rode at an astonishing pace but finished outside the points after suffering several penalties.

The second round of Grand Prix racing’s 70th season was certainly worthy of history – it was a thriller from start to finish. The 24-lap race got underway late, due to changing track conditions that caused 23 of the 24 riders to leave the grid to switch to slick tires. The race finally got underway on a track that was still damp in many places from earlier rain. Marquez took the lead on the second lap, riding at amazing speed, despite the treacherous conditions. However, he was given a ride-through penalty for a grid infringement, which dropped him out of the fight.

That left a four-way contest for the lead between Crutchlow, Zarco, Rins and pole-starter Jack Miller, who later faded to leave the other three swapping positions until the very end. Crutchlow rode a superb race, saving his tires at the back of the group and only pushing forward in the final stages, when each of the trio took turns in the lead. His winning advantage over Zarco was just 0.251 seconds, with Rins a further two seconds back.

This was the 32-year-old Briton’s third MotoGP victory, all with Honda RC213V machinery, following his successes in the 2016 Czech and Australian Grands Prix.