PRODUCT NEWS

It’s time to treat yourself this festive season – ‘Special Offers’ on specific Honda Lawn & Garden Products
Honda Power Equipment Southern Africa is offering YOU some great specials on Honda Lawn & Garden Products over the festive season ranging from a Lawnmower, Brushcutter, Hedge Trimmer, Blower to a Back Pack Sprayer. In fact just about all the equipment you’ll ever need to keep your garden in pristine condition… For more details and pricing see below:

HRU19R – Honda 19″ Lawnmower (GCV160)Honda lawnmowers are reliable, rust-proof, strong and lightweight. They’re powerful, fuel-efficient, quiet and clean and what’s more they are built with safety in mind possessing advanced safety technology. That’s why Honda mowers are the No.1 choice all over the world.

Honda HRU19R Lawnmower

FEATURES:

Aluminium Chassis
The aluminium chassis is strong enough to protect the engine, yet light enough for easy handling. You can also be assured that your lawnmower will stay rust free.

Cutting width and height range
A 482mm cutting width and the 11 stage height range ensures an easy job of any lawn.

Fuel Type
Unleaded fuel ensures that the environment is projected.
ENGINE

Model N/A
Specification Air-cooled 4 stroke OHC single cylinder
Fuel type Unleaded
Fuel tank Capacity (litres) 1.1

DATA

Cutting Width (mm) 482 (19″)
Cutting Height Adjustment 1 lever
Cutting Height Range (mm) 16-76
Catcher capacity (litres) 54

SPECIAL PRICE:
R4 864.00 (incl.VAT)

 

 

Impunzi Brushcutter – Honda 25cc bent shaft Brushcutter with nylon head
Honda brushcutters’ compact design makes them not only good looking but easy to use. Their 4-Stroke OHV single cylinder engine ensures high performance with no smoking and quiet running.

Impunzi Brushcutter

FEATURES:

Type of Fuel
Protecting the environment is very important to Honda and all brushcutters only use Unleaded Fuel.

Ignition type
Transistorized magneto will ensure an easy start of the engine.

Engine

Type 4-stroke, OHC, single cylinder
Capacity (cc) 25
Fuel capacity (litres) 0.58
Fuel Type Unleaded
Oil Capacity (litres) 0.08
Oil used SAE 10W30
Ignition Type Transistorized Magneto
Dry Weight without cutting head (kg) 5.2
Transmission shaft diameter (mm) 26 

SPECIAL PRICE:
R2 052.00 (incl.VAT)

 

 

HHB25 – Honda Blower
Superior engineering means Honda Blowers produce less noise and smoke and with their ultra-compact, lightweight design, Hondas are easier to handle and will keep you working longer with less fatigue.

Honda HHB25 Blower

With its ultra-quiet 4-Stroke engine this little beauty makes the uncomfortable vibration and ear-piercing wail of the 2-Stroke obsolete. Unlike its 2-Stroke rivals the Honda 4-Stroke Blower runs on unleaded fuel so you’ll never have to mix oil and petrol again and it will start first time, every time.

Technology:
Effortless power from its GX25, mini 4-Stroke engine with

throttle cruise control

Quick and easy “high air velocity” clean up
Performance/ Usability:
Starts first time, every time with Honda’s famous one pull easy start system

No fuel mixing – runs on unleaded petrol

Optional round nozzle also available

Added comfort with a vibration isolating handle with rubberised hand grip

Lightweight design

Fatigue-free throttle cruise control

Quick power via a highly responsive accelerator pump

Wind velocity 70m/sec (252km/hr)

Air volume 630m3/h

Peace of Mind:
Uses unleaded fuel so you’ll never have to mix oil and fuel again

Environmentally friendly with low emissions, less noise and low fuel consumption

Improved safety and performance due to a unique anti-suction fan cover

Warranty:
3 year Domestic and Commercial Warranty on the GX engine

SPECIAL PRICE:
R3 392.00 (incl.VAT)

 

 

HHH25 – Honda Hedge Trimmer
Honda’s famous engineering delivered the world’s first 4-stroke Hedge Cutter, making it the most powerful and lightweight machine in its class.

Honda HHH25D Hedge Trimmer

With its ultra-quiet 4-stroke engine this little beauty makes the uncomfortable vibration and ear-piercing wait of the 2-stroke obsolete. The unique 4-way Anti Vibration Handle reduces vibration while the ergonomical 3-way Rotational Rear Handle ensures precise trimming and user comfort every time.

Unlike its 2-stroke rivals the Honda 4-stroke Hedge Cutter runs on unleaded fuel so you’ll never have to mix oil and petrol again and it will start first time, every time.

Features:
Effortless power from its GX25, mini 4-stroke engine

Starts first time, every time with Honda’s famous one pull easy start system

Environmentally friendly with low emissions, less noise and low fuel consumption

Double-sided blade with a 720mm cutting length

Safe to use, 2-motion throttle trigger

Performance/Usability:
Starts first time, every time with Honda’s famous one pull easy start system

No fuel mixing – runs on unleaded petrol

Lightweight design

Precision trimming from 3-way adjustable rear handle

Double-sided blade with a 720mm cutting length

Comfortable to use, 4-way anti-vibration handles

Peace of Mind:
Environmentally friendly with low emissions, less noise and low fuel consumption

Safe to use, 2-motion throttle trigger 

Warranty:
3 year Domestic and Commercial Warranty on the GX engine

SPECIAL PRICE:
R4 976.00 (incl.VAT)

 

 

WJR2525 – Honda Back Pack Sprayer
Whether its spraying pest control chemicals in orchards or spot weed-killing around the lawn and borders, this lightweight, quiet and efficient sprayer will be right behind you.
Features:
25 litre tank
25cc 4-stroke engine
9.4 kg weight

SPECIAL PRICE:
R6 899.00 (incl.VAT)

For more information on these special offers please contact your local Honda Power Products dealer. (Please note that these ‘Special Offers’ are subject to while stocks last, so best to move quickly in order not to miss out!)

 

WWF HONDA MARINE PARKS PROGRAMME

Wild Coast Marine Protected Area’s get MPA Capacity Development Training

WWF - Morgan's Bay Training Group

Capacity development for Marine Protected Area (MPA’s) personnel and community members living adjacent to these MPA’s has been a priority focus area for the WWF Honda Marine Parks Programme. Since the inception of the programme, over 138 personnel and community members have already received some form of MPA management related training that enhances the competence of responsible individuals and institutions with respect to their management of MPAs and thereby builds capacity for the management of MPAs in South Africa.
The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) indicated that they needed to familiarise new staff with MPA issues and to capacitate community members likely to participate in co-management committees in the various provincial nature reserves that adjoined MPAs. In response to this need, a five day introductory MPA management training course was developed and recently held at Morgan’s Bay within the Eastern Cape Province.  Funding for this training was provided through the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund and Wildlands Conservation Trust. Ten personnel from the Pondoland, Hluleka, Dwesa-Cwebe and Amathole MPA’s attended the training together with eight community members from these MPA’s. This is the first time this introductory course has been held in South Africa.
The training sessions were facilitated by Dr Peter Fielding and Judy Mann and included formal assessment sessions together with general group tasks and discussions and topic related games and activities. The group work sessions proved to be extremely positive as they required contact between individuals from different organisations, of different ages and from different places. This resulted in an exchange of ideas, the building of relationships and networks between different management agencies, and between management agencies and community groups. Furthermore, this broadened the understanding of the problems experienced by the different groups and they are particularly useful for sharing experiences and exchanging information. During the games sessions, participants built a rocky shore ecosystem and a food web.
Almost everyone attended the course because they hoped to improve their knowledge of the marine environment or because they wanted to learn about managing MPAs and the course met the expectations of everyone. All participants said that the training helped them greatly from understanding that poaching was a serious issue through to being able to think more broadly, helping with community issues and being able to plan better and understanding how to monitor better.

The participants themselves appeared to enjoy the course, feedback was very positive, and all of them worked hard to complete their allotted tasks.   Eight of them achieved the allocated credits and were clearly pleased with their results.

 

 

HONDA PARTNERSHIPS

PS Honda Marine Bass Fishing Team persevere to win 7th spot at Bronkhorstspruit – by Chad Anassis

Chad Anassis with the Bronkhorstspruit catches from the day

April’s Bass Equalizer Tournament Trail (BETT) was held at Bronkhorstspruit Dam on 14 April. With our Bass Boat powered by a reliable, powerful and fuel efficient Honda BF150, it allows us to concentrate on the task at hand, greatly increasing our chances of success. In what was a slow day, our perseverance shone through and we managed to record a 7th place as well as winning ‘Biggest Fish For the Day’.

Having pre-fished Makolodam back in February we were able to locate a big fish or two. Unfortunately on competition day the pattern that we thought would work deserted us. Being a deep water impoundment the fishing is slow and lethargic and after much scratching around we scrambled a 27th place on the day.

At Bronkhorstspruit the water level had dropped three feet in a month during pre-fish, but once again I unfortunately pinned a beauty of way over three kilos fishing a jig and trailer bait. With an air of anticipation and pulling away 27th on actual competition day, Barry, my Honda teammate and I, fished a drop off early in the morning expecting the fish to move up to feed, but with shock and horror the fish went on holiday! Eventually our first fish was deposited into the live-well at only 11h00.

It's all about perseverance...

However as a team fishing in our second season, we’ve learnt one thing and that is that panicking is not the answer for success. Persevering with pitching jigs and flukes, we eventually boated a 2kg fish around 13h00 and then a beauty of 2,470 kg at 14h30. With all the results in at 16h00, our Team Portable Shade Honda Marine ended up in 7th place out of a total of 60 and what’s more we won ‘Biggest Fish for the day’.

Once more a big thank you to Honda Marine and Portable Shade for their invaluable sponsorship. We look forward to the next round of the BETT.

 

 

HONDA RACING NEWS

World Superbike and World Supersport 2012
Round 01: Phillip Island Circuit – Australia – February 26, 2012

Honda World Superbike Team harvests points in Australia

Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) was only 0.134 seconds from third place in the second 22-lap race at Phillip Island, having held a top three finishing spot for virtually all the second leg around the 4.445Km circuit. After a seventh spot in race one, Rea sits fifth in the championship rankings, on 22 points, after opening day races that were won by Max Biaggi (Aprilia) and Carlos Checa (Ducati).

Jonathan Rea at Phillip Island

The rider from Northern Ireland had qualified in eighth place and after the disappointment of race one he was in determined mood in race two. His tyre had finally given its best, however, and despite some great tactical riding to keep eventual third place rider Tom Sykes behind him, Sykes had better drive out of the final corner and passed him down the long finish straight.

New SBK rider Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) rode with intelligence to record eighth in race one and ninth in race two, results that place him ninth in the championship overall, ahead of many more experienced riders in this class.

Hiroshi Aoyama at Phillip Island

Hiroshi was 17th in combined qualifying, which determined the grid positions after Superpole was cancelled. This was due to a fatal accident suffered by local rider Oscar McIntyre in a support class race earlier in the day, and Honda extends its deepest sympathises and condolences to Oscar’s family and friends.

New regulations, which specify that each rider only have one bike in the pit box in 2012, had an effect in qualifying for both Rea and Aoyama, each of whom lost some valuable time in this year’s 45-minute sessions. Rea missed some action after a sensor malfunctioned inside his engine and Aoyama had to have crash damage repaired.

Raffaele De Rosa (Pro Ride Motorsports Honda) did not start in race one despite making it to the start-line, and he was 17th from seventeen finishers in race two in his first race in this division, missing out on scoring points.

Honda Rider Comments:
Jonathan Rea – 7th and 4th.

We’ve still got a bagful of points to go on to Imola with but we wanted to be on the podium in both races. I honestly feel like we got a bad tyre in race one and in race two we didn’t want to run in the same situation, so we were thinking about changing the tyre, but all our logic and race runs throughout the weekend told us to keep this [harder] tyre in the heat. Directly, I had more grip – OK, the temperature was even hotter, which would go against our logic – but the tyre felt like it should feel and I was able to ride strong and consistent until probably five laps to go when durability fell off and I was going backwards. I felt fresh and strong in both races and the guys have worked well all weekend. We had a little crash on Saturday and the boys worked so good with the one-bike rule to get us back out there. You have to think that this circuit is a bit unique with the tyre character, how long you’re on the side and the heat generated in the tyre. Now we move on to some tracks that are good for us and there’s a lot of work to do back at base. The guys need to find some speed, so that’s on the agenda; I’ve just done a de-brief and everything feels OK. I want to say thanks to everyone for all their help this weekend – it feels good to get to the start of the season fit and healthy and I’m looking forward to round two now. 
 

Hiroshi Aoyama – 8th and 9th 
I think it’s not so bad for my first Superbike weekend. We had a not-so-easy start on Friday when I had one crash and we had a lot of problems. That didn’t help us to go much faster and we tried many things but couldn’t improve. In the races we managed to finish in the top ten with eighth and ninth and I want to say thanks to all the guys who worked for me. It was a tough weekend but ended up not too bad. I’m looking forward to the next race in Imola – of course I’ve never ridden there, so it’s going to be tough for Friday. We have month to improve the bike a little bit and, if I can find a better feeling, I can push a little bit more and this is what I am looking for. Anyway, considering the situation now, it’s not so bad!

 

Parkes Climbs The Podium After Short but Epic Supersport Race

Broc Parkes on the Podium

Pole position man Broc Parkes Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda) made a less than perfect start in the FIM Supersport World Championship race and was down in fifth for some time, then dropped to sixth, before fighting back to score third place at his home race, all despite ever-worsening rear tyre grip.

Due to fears about tyre life in the hot track conditions at Phillip Island the opening round was shortened to 15-laps instead of the scheduled 21. Most riders still had traction issues on race-day, despite track temperatures of 43°C, far less than the near 60°C temperatures which were evident during final qualifying on Saturday. Parkes was also fastest man in warm-up this morning, despite only doing three laps right at the end of the 20-minute session.

Former Moto2 rider, but WSS rookie Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) followed up on a third place grid position with fourth in the race, just over two seconds from winner Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) and second place rider Fabien Foret (Kawasaki). Cluzel also found issues with rear tyre grip near the end and could not hold onto the more experienced Parkes.

Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) opted to bring his bike home safely in fifth place, just less than five seconds from the winner, as he has a blistered rear tyre. His mature approach earned him eleven championship points. He had started from second spot on the grid, the middle rider in a qualifying 1-2-3 run for Honda.

Ronan Quarmby (PTR Honda) went from 13th on the grid to an assured seventh in the race, ending up riding alone and to save his rear tyre. Lukas Pesek (PRORACE Honda) secured a top ten on the opening day of WSS play, stepping up two places from his qualifying position.

South African Mathew Scholtz (Bogdanka PTR Honda) was the last Honda rider in the points, 14th, and one of many new riders to the class this season. He had qualified 15th.

Balazs Nemeth (Racing Team Toth Honda) was on course for a top ten until he slipped back severely to record a 20th place finish.

Andrea Antonelli (Team Lorini Honda), Martin Jessopp (Riders PTR Honda) and Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth Honda) finished 16th, 17th and 18th respectively.

Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka Racing Honda) and Ondrej Jezek (SMS Racing Honda) each failed to finish, as did ninth place qualifier Roberto Tamburini (Team Lorini Honda). Thomas Caiani (KUJA Racing Honda) was the last rider classified as a finisher, in 23rd place after experiencing some issues in practice.

HONDA RIDER COMMENTS:  
Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda) 
- 3rd.

“I did not get a good start, but I was not too concerned about it. I did not attack well enough in the first six or seven laps. So I left my charge a bit too late. I was really concerned about my rear tyre, maybe a little bit too much. It was still torn quite a bit at the end. I just could not do any more and had to take the points today. I lost a gap early on and tried to close the gap at the end, but my grip was going quite quick at the end. A top three in the first race is quite good all the same.”

RACE RESULTS:
World Superbike and World Supersport 2012


Round 01: Phillip Island Circuit – Australia

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)

1

M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)

2

M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

3

S. GUINTOLI (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)

4

T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)

5

J. SMRZ (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert)

6

M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)

7

J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)

8

H. AOYAMA (Honda World Superbike Team)

9

D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)

10

B. STARING (Team Pedercini)

11

L. ZANETTI (PATA Racing Team)

12

L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

13

M. BERGER (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)

14

D. SALOM (Team Pedercini)

15

J. LASCORZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)

 

Superbike Race 2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

C. CHECA (Althea Racing)

2

M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)

3

T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)

4

J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)

5

L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

6

M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

7

M. BERGER (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)

8

E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)

9

H. AOYAMA (Honda World Superbike Team)

10

N. CANEPA (Red Devils Roma)

11

J. SMRZ (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert)

12

L. CAMIER (Crescent Fixi Suzuki)

13

D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)

14

L. ZANETTI (PATA Racing Team)

15

J. BROOKES (Crescent Fixi Suzuki)

 

Supersport

Rank Rider (Team)

1

K. SOFUOGLU (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini)

2

F. FORET (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)

3

B. PARKES (Ten Kate Racing Products)

4

J. CLUZEL (PTR Honda)

5

S. LOWES (Bogdanka PTR Honda)

6

S. MORAIS (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini)

7

R. QUARMBY (PTR Honda)

8

A. BALDOLINI (Power Team by Suriano)

9

V. IANNUZZO (Power Team by Suriano)

10

L. PESEK (PRORACE)

11

J. METCHER (Rivamoto Junior Team)

12

J. DAY (Team GOELEVEN)

13

L. MARCONI (VFT Racing)

14

M. SCHOLTZ (Bogdanka PTR Honda)

15

F. MENGHI (VFT Racing)

 

 

Honda Indy V8 Honoured by Race Engine Magazine
Race Engine Technology magazine, a respected British technical publication, has named the Honda Indy V8 engine as its “North American Race Engine of the Year” for 2011. In its latest issue, the Honda Indy V8 engine was recognized by Race Engine Technology for its combination of reliability, performance and equality during its just-concluded six-year run as the engine supplied to every team taking part in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

Honda took on the role of single engine supplier to IndyCar racing in 2006, after scoring back-to-back Manufacturers’ Championships the previous two seasons. Throughout six years as single engine supplier, 98 different drivers completed more than one million miles (1,188,366) of practice, qualifying and racing, with only six in-race engine failures. No in-race failures were reported during the entire 2008, 2010 and 2011 race seasons.

In 2011 alone, 41 drivers completed 206,113 miles of IZOD IndyCar Series competition without a single race-day failure.
From 2006-2011, Honda also powered the entire 33-car Indianapolis 500 starting field. For a record-setting six consecutive seasons – and the only six times in Indy history – there were no engine-related retirements during the running of the Memorial Day classic.

“The Honda Indy V8 engine had quite a run, and we are honored to be recognized for its accomplishments by Race Engine Technology,” said Roger Griffiths, technical director of Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “In addition to its well-deserved reputation for reliability, we take pride in the effort made by our associates at HPD, and our technical partners at Ilmor Engineering, to ensure equality and reliability to all teams and drivers throughout our time as engine supplier to the IndyCar Series, during which performance levels of all the engines varied by less than one per cent.”

In 2012, manufacturer competition returns to the IZOD IndyCar Series with both Chevrolet and Lotus joining Honda. All three companies have produced new, turbocharged V6 engines to new series specifications. Honda’s new engine, the HI12R, will make its competition debut March 25 at the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida.

Features of the new design include a combined direct/indirect fuel injection system, single Borg-Warner turbocharger, “drive-by-wire” throttle technology and a series-spec McLaren Electronics Engine Control Unit (ECU).
Established in 2003 and published eight times a year, Race Engine Technology is a professional review and technical journal, covering contemporary racing power-train developments and technologies. Under the direction of publisher Simon Moss, the magazine is read by professional power-train designers, engineers and industry professionals throughout the global racing community.

Founded in 1993, Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the Honda racing company within North America. HPD is the technical operations center for high-performance Honda racing cars and engines and operates at race circuits around the world from its headquarters in Santa Clarita, California.

Honda has been a fixture in North American open-wheel racing since 1994, and has played an active role in the growth of the IZOD IndyCar Series – as both a Manufacturers’ Championship competitor and single engine supplier – since joining the series in 2003.
The company scored its first Indianapolis 500 victory in 2004 with Buddy Rice; Manufacturers’ Championships in 2004 and ’05; and became engine supplier to the entire IZOD IndyCar Series in 2006. The 2010 Indianapolis 500, won by Dario Franchitti, marked Honda’s 100th race win as a manufacturer and engine supplier in IZOD IndyCar Series competition.

In addition to its efforts in Indy car racing, HPD spearheaded championship-winning efforts in the 2009-2010 American Le Mans Series, 2010 Le Mans Series and the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans.

HPD offers a line of race engines for track applications from prototype sports cars to karting; for professional, amateur and entry-level efforts.

WWF HONDA MARINE PARKS PROGRAMME

False Bay Coastal Conservation Partnership Update
The precarious state of our oceans and ways in which to manage it sustainably is set to come under the spotlight in a series of regional workshops. Over the next few weeks special attention will be given to False Bay, lying adjacent to the city of Cape Town and the iconic Table Mountain. The Bay is an iconic landscape in its own right and needs improved management with a focus on its socio-economic needs and environmental realities. A range of subjects including fishing and harvesting of marine life, tourism, the coastal economy, as well as marine policies and direct and indirect coastal user conflict are some of the topics that will be discussed.

Great White Shark

WWF-SA – through the Honda Marine Parks Programme – and the City of Cape Town have partnered to support the False Bay Coastal Conservation Partnership, with the following objectives:

  • Create a platform (the False Bay Forum) for stakeholders (civil society) to engage meaningfully with all governance institutions and have input into coastal management issues;
  • Improve the well-being of the marine socio-ecological system;
  • Support and strengthen local organisations and initiatives;
  • Improve collective management efforts;
  • Develop a shared vision for False Bay and use this to unite partners from several industries and interest groups; and
  • Develop an Integrated Coastal and Marine False Bay Management Plan.

Simonstown Coastal Development

To begin this process, a public workshop was held in Simonstown in mid-February, with the aim of engaging the various stakeholder groups and to begin to find common ground and understanding amongst all the stakeholders. With a diverse range of interests represented at the workshop, and with the fairly challenging task of coming up with a shared vision for False Bay, identification of the priority tasks is needed to get from the current state of management to the future vision for the Bay; it was a jam-packed, interactive, and demanding day.
The results were hugely encouraging! The positive, co-operative attitudes of the workshop participants; the strong commonality that emerged; the overlap of the issues, concerns and priorities; and the shared vision that emerged; all indicated that this process could genuinely represent the people of False Bay and their needs, and could positively contribute towards the improved, integrated management of False Bay.

Dead Jackopever with plastic in the water

Following this public workshop, a series of focussed, single stakeholder workshops will now be held to facilitate further input from the users of False Bay. Through this process it is hoped that the issues identified in the first workshop will be further detailed, unpacked, and prioritized by each user group, making sure that every stakeholder has a real chance to add their voice to the process.

This is a very new, dynamic space, and WWF-SA is excited to be able to be part of enabling the process of stakeholder participation and integrated coastal management in South Africa.

All Photos courtesy of Peter Chadwick – Manager: WWF Honda Marine Parks Programme