September 24, 2007 – Honda unveils touring, dual-sport models

American Honda Motor Co. announced more additions to its 2008 motorcycle lineup at the company’s recent annual dealer convention in Anaheim, Calif.
“Our theme at this year’s show is Dream Team 2008, and Honda enthusiasts will be pleased to see the number of dreams we’ve brought to reality for 2008,” Honda Press Manager Jon Row said in a press release. “We have a number of new flagships in various segments. Our best-selling VTX1300 is now available as a turnkey touring model. We’re also excited about the introduction of an affordable, highly versatile dual-sport bike, the CRF230L.”
Here’s a quick look at Honda’s newest motorcycles:
VTX1300 Tourer
For 2008, the VTX1300 is available in full touring trim with a full-size custom windscreen, chrome-padded backrest for passenger comfort and 24-liter leather saddlebags.
In addition, the turnkey package comes loaded straight from the factory. Offered in Black, Metallic Silver and Metallic Red.
MSRP: $10,999-$11,099
CRF230L Dual-Sport
This is a compact and lightweight dual-sport motorcycle that can do double duty as an economical commuter, motorhome runabout or weekend outback-exploration trail bike. The bike includes a torquey 223cc single-cylinder air-cooled four-stroke, electric starting, CRF-R-inspired bodywork/graphics and a 267-pound curb weight (including all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel).
MSRP: $4,449
Motocross, Dirt Bike Upgrades
Honda’s Unicam engine-equipped CRF-R motocrossers and CRF-X dirt bikes receive numerous upgrades for 2008. Most notable is the addition of the lightweight Honda Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD) system to the CRF450R/X and CRF250R. Specifically designed for the rigors of motocross and off-road riding, HPSD improves handling and reduces rider fatigue. Races are won or lost in the corners. Thanks to the exclusive advantage of HPSD, all three models are now fitted with new 22mm-offset triple clamps to further enhance cornering ability. Both motocross models benefit from numerous power-enhancing improvements and receive a revised Showa front fork with new damper rods and stiffer springs, plus rear shock valving that matches changes to the forks. The CRF450X features a HPSD setup tuned specifically for off-road use. It and the 250X have new narrow-design fuel tanks for improved ergonomics and Dunlop 742FA front tires for improved turning feel and traction. All four models also are equipped with works-type front and rear brake discs to reduce unsprung weight.
MSRP: CRF450R $7,199-$7,399; CRF250R $6,449-$6,649; CRF450X $7,399; CRF250X $6,599 psb

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