Ari Henning, Road Test Editor for Motorcyclist magazine, reviews the 2012 Honda CBR1000RR, and goes over some of the changes to the bike for the 2012 model year. To get a real sense of the changes, the bike is tested at Infineon Raceway in Northern California, where its 150 horsepower and suspension tuning can be put to the test on the track’s curves and elevation changes. New for 2012 are a specially-tuned Showa front fork and shock to improve feedback and handling, and new split-spoke lightweight alloy wheels. Honda‘s liter-class sportbike also gets a revised digital gauge display. The motorcycle was comprehensively overhauled for the 2008 model year. Henning praises Honda’s engineering philosophy of rewarding the rider’s skill by forsaking wheelie and traction control that other motorcycle makers are employing, saying “wheelies are part of the fun.” And while ultra high-performance cars can cost well into the six figures, Honda’s one-liter … [Read more...] about On Two Wheels: 2012 Honda CBR1000RR Review – Motor Trend YouTube Channel
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Enchanting – One of a kind aesthetics Downright easy to ride and live with Surprisingly comfortable and insane value for money Fuel efficient and peppy at the same time Unsatisfying – Bland speedometer, lacks features overall NO CBS offered Small fuel tank Click on the photos in the gallery below for downloads The first line widen your eyes? Because that is the fact. The Navi came and conquered everything. It conquered the mind, soul, heart, wallet, body and everything it can from a human being who loves two-wheelers or even rides any. Navi’s playful design and character makes it stand apart. So much so, one of the few motoscooter, yes, that is what it is called, is visible nationwide on the roads much before than expected. Even by Honda standards. News, as we hear daily that Honda has ramped up production, there is, a waiting period and much more about the Navi is true. Navi breaks all records because it has proven set of mechanicals and undeniably it is the … [Read more...] about Honda Navi Review, Road Test
The new Honda Civic, already? Yes, we’re getting an early drive in the new tenth-gen, British-built Honda Civic before it reaches dealers in March 2017. You’ll wait until late 2017 for the 1.6-litre diesel, and its optional nine-speed automatic. First up come the turbo petrols, in 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.5-litre four-cyl form, with a six-speed manual or CVT. We’re driving the quickest one available (obviously), at least until the new Civic Type R arrives next year. It’s a Civic Sport (the Type S badge is now reserved for Acuras) complete with a major body kit, 17-inch rims, the 179bhp 1.5-litre engine and – oh yes – centrally mounted tailpipes. This is likely to cost around £23k when it lands next year. It’s a much bigger car, this Civic (130mm longer, 30mm wider and 20mm lower than Civic MkIV) but in a Sport suit, looks modern and crisp. And properly Japanese. Audi-spec conservatism? Forget it. … [Read more...] about Honda Civic review: quickest new Civic Sport hatch driven
We were in Indonesia earlier this year to briefly try out the new Honda Freed around Honda Prospect Motor’s test track. It was a very short drive but it did give us some sufficient first impressions of Honda’s compact “premium” MPV. The Honda Freed is the first time in a long time that a car manufacturer has attempted to sell a decidedly JDM styled vehicle here in Malaysia. You see, it is quite clear that our taste buds and those of the Japanese domestic market are quite different. There are plenty of little vehicles that look like the Mitsubishi TownBox all over their streets yet when the Proton Juara was introduced here, we couldn’t get used to its styling. But for some reason when JDM large MPVs are brought into Malaysia they gain “luxury vehicle” status. Let’s face it – the Alphard is not a particularly good looking vehicle. It’s a gigantic box. But its large and it can ferry many people with comfort, from the first row … [Read more...] about Honda Freed Review – first impressions in Indonesia
The last while has not been a good time to be a Honda employee. The Japanese behemoth, which once could do no wrong in India, has found itself beleaguered by all manner of crises. Some, like the recent tsunami in Japan, have been beyond its control, but others have been situations where a bit of timely action could have staved off significant headaches. To not have a diesel offering in its stable, in a country where petrol prices have blown the roof off, is puzzling, to say the least. The other area where Honda has displayed a lack of foresight is in the small car arena; it may have given us the Jazz, but its price ensured that only die-hard Honda fans reached for their chequebooks.All slumps have an absolute bottom point, however, and Honda appears to have reached its — the only way now seems to be up. Its diesel engine plans have been put into operation, the Jazz is now available at a mouth-watering price and, perhaps most significant in the present moment, it now has a genuine … [Read more...] about Honda Brio review – Look lively!
The Honda CB500X reminds me of Arvind Prabhakar, or Aroo, as we all refer to Halley's elder brother. This is the first thought that flashed through my head as I rode out of the Blue Wing Honda offices near the airport in Auckland, New Zealand. The more I rode, the more this thought got reinforced.I guess now you need a little more context right? We rode with Aroo to one of the TWO Track Schools. He was mounted on his Honda CBR250R (with, never forget, stiffened front forks). He proved to be a competent, effortless looking highway rider and was among the fastest students at the school. Today he runs a touring outfit called Indus Rider and we've had many a conversation which end up at a desire for adventure-ish touring friendly platform.Well, Aroo, I've found the bike for you. While KTM's forthcoming - now delayed - adventure 200/390 is what everyone is waiting for, the CB500X is the perfect touring motorcycle for India. Here's why.It's a cold, rainy sort of day in New Zealand and this … [Read more...] about 2015 Honda CB500X review
According to market researchers, American car buyers are more likely to ask “will I look cool in this thing?” than “is this the most efficient way to get from point A to point B?” Despite Honda’s rep for building the automotive equivalent of sensible shoes, CEO Kochi Kondo understands that America’s love affair with the automobile gets kinky from time to time. Well if he didn’t before, he does now, after Honda’s bizzaro Element somehow found favor with American grey panther platform refugees. You can almost hear him at the karaoke bar singing “You gotta fight, for your right, to paaaaaarrty!”The party-in-a-box that Honda named “Element” is seven inches shorter than the CR-V SUV upon which it’s based. As for its sheetmetal, while looking like a cross between a Hummer and an ostraciidae is not in and of itself horrendous, the Elements’ exterior is covered with acres of faux Rubbermaid. The plastic … [Read more...] about Honda Element Review
Honda was the first automaker to offer Americans a car-based SUV with a third row of seats. It didn’t matter that an Odyssey minivan was more fun to drive. Families wanted a third row without the stigma of a minivan or the bulk of a conventional SUV. The Pilot outsold all other midsize car-based SUVs. Then new competitors piled into the segment: Hyundai Veracruz, GMC Acadia, Mazda CX-9 and more. Honda lost its place at the head of the class. For the 2009 model year, Honda has responded with a fully redesigned Pilot. Have they done enough to reclaim their supremacy?The original Pilot was a blandly inoffensive box on wheels. The new Pilot sports a bulkier nose, a higher beltline, more Hummeresque side windows (let us not speak ill of the dead) and a chrome butt strip. The formerly cute ute looks much more like a conventional SUV– except for the clunky grille. (Honda designer Dave Marek says the new design will grow on you; so can fungus.)The same, more massive aesthetic has … [Read more...] about 2009 Honda Pilot Review
The first reviews are in for the 2016 Honda Pilot as the Japanese automaker lifts their embargo. Honda’s new SUV will be the most expensive model ever sold in the U.S.2016 Honda Pilot Review (AutoGuide)Honda turns their top line SUV from utilitarian family box to near-luxury, sleek family box.Updated Pilot to become Honda’s priciest U.S. vehicle (Automotive News)The new Pilot takes ‘most expensive’ honors from the fully-loaded Odyssey with the SUV topping out at $47,300 (including shipping) in Elite trim. This eclipses the top trim Odyssey by $1,820 in the U.S.McLaren 540C Heading to Canada, Skips US (AutoGuide)Sorry.Flying High In A Ford With A Subaru Party Out Back… (Speedhunters)Mk1 Ford Fiesta powered by a Subaru EJ20? That’s something we can get behind – not that we have a choice.2016 Toyota HiLux interior and exterior leaked again, days ahead of official reveal (CarAdvice)Pretty much all details surrounding … [Read more...] about While You Were Sleeping: 2016 Honda Pilot Reviews, Toyota HiLux Leaks (Again) and McLaren 540C Not Coming to U.S.
My sister-in-law announced that she and her husband were having child number four. As a result of this announcement, they decided it was finally time to sell the five-seat sedan and buy another crossover. Since she is constantly flooded with a parade of visiting family members, she asked what sounded like a simple question: What’s the best 8-passenger crossover with a comfortable third row and room for cargo. My answer: Buy a minivan. No, seriously, just buy a minivan. Think you need AWD? Get some winter tires. Really, really need AWD? Get a Sienna.I’m sure you can guess what she said: “I am not driving a minivan.”The problem is, aside from minivans, there are few 8-passenger options that aren’t expensive, full size, body-on-frame SUVs. Those options are: the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and GM’s identical triplets — the Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave. That’s it. If you need more room, be prepared … [Read more...] about 2016 Honda Pilot Review – The Sensible 8-Hauler