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Honda Marine’s recently launched all-new BF80 and BF100 outboard engines proving popular based on their performance, advanced technology and environmental benefits

Honda BF80hp outboard engine

Honda BF80hp outboard engine

The recently launched all-new BF80 and BF100 engines provide new levels of performance in their sectors through their world-renowned technologies. With their lightweight and compact design these new engines provide optimum levels of performance whilst ensuring best fuel economy. The sleek streamline design fits and compliments any customer choice of boat, maximising their boating experience.

The new models make the very most of the many unique advanced Honda engine technologies for which the brand and its range is famed:

BLAST™ (Boosted Low Speed Torque)

Honda’s exclusive revolutionary BLAST™ technology adjusts air/fuel ratio and ignition-timing to boost engine horsepower and torque to provide rapid acceleration. The result is strong hole-shot performance to get the hull up on the plane more quickly. This patented technology in four-stroke engines is the benchmark for Honda outboards.
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ECOmo™ (Economy Controlled Motor)

Honda’s proprietary Lean Burn Control technology uses sensors to monitor air/fuel ratio in cruising mode, adjusting it to achieve optimum fuel economy. Combined with Honda’s unique PGM-Fi™ (Programmed Fuel Injection) technology, the result is high fuel efficiency and low emissions.

VTEC™ (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control)

The new BF100 incorporates Honda’s exclusive VTEC™ system, providing optimum performance through the operating range, delivering smooth controlled power when you need it.
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Enhanced features to compliment the customer:

The new BF80 and BF100 offer a range of enhanced features to ensure optimum ease of use:

Trolling Control:

Firstly they offer Hondas trolling control, allowing precise slow speed with automatic adjustments in 50rpm increments, ideal for fishing and slow speed manoeuvres.
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NMEA 2000 ® connectivity:

Both outboards are also fully compliant with NMEA 2000® allowing simplified connectivity to other NMEA 2000® devices.

The new models also allow the customer to purchase as an option, the new Honda digital NMEA 2000® compliant multi-function gauges. These are designed to provide simplified and standardised connectivity on board and to give vital engine information to the operator. The Honda gauges display information on key functions including engine rpm, trim angle, maintenance reminders, engine temperature, battery charge levels, oil pressure and engine management. These new gauges also feature Honda’s unique ‘Eco Light’ which informs the boat operator when the engine is in ECOmo / lean burn mode, and therefore at its most fuel efficient.

With the incorporation of NMEA 2000® connectivity the customer is able to install an increasingly wide variety of sophisticated electronic equipment, such as GPS systems, chart plotters and fish finders.

The Honda Marine line up from BF40 to the BF250 is now fully NMEA 2000® compliant.

Contact your local Honda Marine dealer for more information on these exciting new engines.

PARTNERSHIPS

The latest acquisition of two new BF250 four-stroke Honda outboard motors by Ocean Odyssey , Knysna’s only permitted Whale Watching and Marine Eco Tour company, means that all their vessels are now completely powered by Honda

Common dolphins swimming next to Honda-powered Ocean Odyssey vessel

Common dolphins swimming next to Honda-powered Ocean Odyssey vessel

Last year they fitted the BF200hp Honda motors on their newly refurbished Buttcat and they have been more than pleased with the motors’ performance thus far. Onwards and upwards, they decided to step it up a notch with the BF250 model, which has garnered rave reviews from across the board with its engineering and clean technology prowess.

The BF250 Honda has a range of pretty awesome specs, such as “boosted low speed torque, which improves acceleration at low speeds, giving Ocean Odyssey skippers navigating the often dynamic opening of the Knysna Estuary on a daily basis a serious advantage.

Honda BF250

Honda BF250

Renowned for their environmentally conscious technology, Honda outboard motors also deliver ultra-low emissions and improved fuel economy, the latter of which is an important financial concern for any business. These features are particularly important for Ocean Odyssey, an advocate for maintaining the integrity of the marine environment within which they operate. At cruising speed, this engine uses up to 30% less fuel than other outboard motors in its class; a notable plus for our fragile environment.

Another spec they love is the unobtrusive noise of the motor. The ingeniously designed variable air intake system includes a silencer, which means when Ocean Odyssey is viewing the magnificent marine animals during their tours, they are doing so quietly, minimising any impact they may have on the animals and avoiding any change of the animal’s natural behaviour.

 

HONDA RACING NEWS

HRC Renews Relationship with Casey Stoner
RACING-HRC Casey Stoner2 copyHonda Racing Corporation has retained the services of two-time World Champion Casey Stoner through 2015. The 2007 and 2011 MotoGP World Champion will test for two days in Sepang between the 29th and 31st January, prior to the first Official IRTA pre-season test. A second test will take place towards the end of the year, but no date is confirmed at present. 

Shuhei Nakamoto, Executive Vice President of HRC

“First of all, Happy New Year! We are very happy to be able to start 2015 by announcing the continuation of our relationship with Casey and keep him in the Honda family. The feedback he gives HRC is invaluable and we are fortunate to have a test rider capable to push the RC213V to its limits.”

Casey Stoner

“After having a long break from riding, it was refreshing to get back on a bike a few months ago! Now after a relaxing Christmas and New Year I’m happy to announce that I’ve been speaking to Nakamoto san and we have come to an agreement in continuing our relationship. I am currently preparing to ride in Sepang in a few weeks – which will be very different weather and humidity to Motegi – so I need to get myself fit!”

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McGuinness and Cummins remain with Honda Racing for 2015 roads campaign

Honda road racing team - McGuinness & Cummins

Honda road racing team – McGuinness & Cummins

Honda Motor Europe has confirmed that John McGuinness and Conor Cummins will once again form a two-man squad for its 2015 road racing campaign with the Honda Racing team. The ‘Morecambe Missile’ and the ‘Ramsey Rocket’ will contest the Superbike and Senior classes at the Isle of Man TT and the Superbike races at the North West 200 aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP.

21-time Isle of Man TT winner McGuinness had a frustrating 2014 season after suffering a broken scaphoid while training on his off-road machine. Despite this, he secured very respectable top-ten places in the Superbike and Senior TT races, as well as a well-deserved victory in the TT Zero class. 2015 will see McGuinness return fully fit and ready to prove that he’s still the man to beat on the Mountain course.

Cummins made an impressive debut with Honda Racing in 2014, securing a brace of podium finishes at the NW200 and the Isle of Man TT, including second place in the Blue Riband Senior TT. With a successful first season with Honda Racing under his belt and having proven his ability on the roads, the 28-year old Manxman is certain to be in the fight for race wins in 2015.

In addition to their commitment with the Honda Motor Europe-backed Honda Racing squad, McGuinness and Cummins will compete for the privately owned Jackson Racing team aboard the Honda CBR600RR in the Supersport class at the NW200 and TT, as well as contesting the 2015 Endurance World Championship Superstock class aboard the Fireblade SP. Cummins will also compete for the team in the Superstock class on the roads.

Neil Tuxworth

We’re very happy to retain both John McGuinness and Conor Cummins for our 2015 road racing campaign. It goes without saying that our well-established relationship with John is proven to reap results. Last year was tough for him with his injury but he still got some good results. He’s very determined and we have every confidence that he’ll come back fighting. He is still very capable of winning races. Conor really impressed us in 2014, not just with the results, but also with his work ethic and attitude. He’s hungry for success, yet incredibly humble and he really puts in the effort on and off the bike. We’re delighted to have him on board for a second season. I believe we are in a very strong position for the 2015 road racing events.

John McGuinness

There’s no denying that 2014 was a tough year for me. It shook my confidence and held me back but I’m ready to put it all behind me and get back to the business of winning races. I’ve said it before but the Honda team is like family to me and that support means everything. I can’t wait to get back on the bike and prove that there’s life in the old dog yet.

Conor Cummins

2014 was a great year for me. I achieved a career-long dream in riding for the official Honda team and I just wanted to make the very most of the opportunity I’d been given. I’m thrilled to be staying with the team for 2015 and now that I have a season of experience on the Fireblade SP under my belt, I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can achieve. Hopefully we can bring home some good results.

 

HONDA RACING NEWS

DAKAR RALLY – Team HRC will be back

Paulo Goncalves

Paulo Goncalves

Seven stage victories, leaders for half the rally, overall runner-up place for Paulo Gonçalves and ninth spot for Laia Sanz, add up to a more-than-positive final report card for Honda and Team HRC at the Rally Dakar 2015. The team will be back next year to win because even straight after the end of the Rally Dakar 2015, Team HRC already have their sights on the 2016 edition. Important conclusions drawn from this year’s event will form the backbone of work to be carried out in preparation for Dakar 2016.

After an almost twenty-five year official absence from the race, Team HRC have retaken the world’s most gruelling rally by storm, scoring the greatest number of stage victories. The ‘all for one’ work ethic, the ability to overcome every type of adversity, and the never-say-die approach, make it the team to be reckoned with.

It was a genuine challenge for the riders and the team responded accordingly with great competitiveness from both riders and machines. The Honda CRF450 RALLY passed the test with flying colours, with four of the five bikes making it to Buenos Aires over every type of possible terrain, at sea-level or at over 4,000 meters altitude, on route through Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.

Joan Barreda proved to be an unyielding leader throughout the first week of rally and only a highly-controversial decision to race in perilous conditions robbed the Spaniard of final victory. Barreda collected more stages than any other in the Dakar 2015 and showed an unparalleled level of competitiveness, hunger for speed, dexterity at navigation, sharp strategy, and above all leadership for Team HRC.

Paulo Gonçalves, similarly to Barreda, was in the running against a tough rival. The Portuguese ace finished as an exceptional runner-up not far off the eventual overall winner in Buenos Aires. Likewise, Hélder Rodrigues, two-time stage winner, and Jeremías Israel, put in fine unselfish performances and were always on hand whenever the team was in need.

A brilliant Laia Sanz shone throughout, surpassing all her own objectives and setting precedents by finishing higher than any other female in the entire history of the Dakar as she rubbed shoulders with the elite of the cross-country rally competition.

Laia Sanz

Laia Sanz

See you in the Dakar 2016!

Martino Bianchi – Team HRC General Manager

The final evaluation is, of course, good. We are on the podium, and we haven’t been on there for many years, so we deserve it. We have proved that we are very close to being the top in this race. We’ve shown everyone the potential of this project. The bike is very fast and the team is working very well, and our riders are very well-prepared to be able to win this event. We had a few unlucky situations, but we won seven out of thirteen stages and we won these with three different riders. So this is also something important, that we have shown our potential. I wish to thank everyone for the great work that they have done so far, and let’s do a bit of fine-tuning to reach the target in the next edition of the Dakar.

Taichi Honda – Team HRC Technical Director

I’m pleased with the results, but a bit disappointed because we had a few setbacks during the race. Fortunately, the team was able to work together in those moments as if it were one rider. Paulo finished second and Laia ninth and that’s really good. The bike’s performance was better than last year’s, and we have discovered some issues that we will be able to work on before next year, and we will be back at the Dakar with the highest expectations.

Wolfgang Fischer – Team HRC Team Manager

So the 2015 Dakar is over, with a smile in one eye and a tear in the other. Of course, we didn’t achieve our main target to win the race. We tried everything. We had the tools for it. We had the team for it. We had the bike, but in the end it wasn’t the race for us to make it all happen. On the other hand, we can be really happy to have the second place. Achieving that with Paulo Goncalves is really the spirit of the team. It shows the quality of the team and its teamwork together, and we are really proud of this. Now we can build a really strong team, and are now looking forward to coming back at the next one even stronger. Next time we will do it in the second week, the way we did in the first week. Thanks to everybody in the team, and thanks for the great cooperation and for the strong belief in our commitments.