Also announced were updates to Honda’s CBR1000RR and CBR600RR sportbikes. The four bikes join the previously announced Fury chopper, SH150i and Elite scooters, Gold Wing tourer and CRF off-road models in Honda’s 2010 lineup.
“We are very excited about announcing these four street bikes for 2010,” said Bill Savino, Honda powersports press manager. “Within this mix we have a new cruiser, a new lightweight touring bike and two CBR sport bikes. The cruiser offers a whole new look for Honda, our new touring bike delivers light weight, nimble handling, a stylish fairing plus saddlebags for the long haul or daily commute. The CBRs continue to set the standards of performance for the full-on sporting genre. This sets the stage for a great year in 2010 and there will be additional street model announcements later this fall.”
2010 Honda NT700V
The 2010 Honda NT700V sport-tourer was previously known in Europe as the Honda Deauville. Billed as the “only true lightweight touring bike on the market”, the NT700V comes outfitted with interlinked saddlebags, a five-position windscreen and Honda’s combined braking system with ABS as an available option.
The NT700V is powered by a DOHC, four-valve-per-cylinder 680cc (81 x 66mm) liquid-cooled, 52-degree, V-Twin, with Honda’s programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) system. Power from the Twin is transmitted through a five-speed gearbox to a shaft final drive. This is largely the same mill as in the DN-01 introduced to the U.S. earlier this year.
As used in the Deauville the middleweight Twin claims 65 hp at 8,000 rpm with 49 ft-lbs at 6,500 rpm. With the 5.2-gallon fuel tank filled, the standard NT700V claims a 562 lbs ready-to-ride curb weight. The Euro-model non-ABS Deauville’s claimed dry weight tips the scales at 520 lbs, so we expect no significant difference in fully fueled weights between the Deauville and NT700V.
The single-shock rear suspension features a remote adjuster for preload tweaking while a 41mm telescopic fork provides suspension up front.
We’re eager to ride this new tourer, as it seems to strike a nice balance between Honda’s venerable, long-standing VFR800 and ST1300. Available in metallic red or metallic silver, the 2010 NT700V retails for $9,999. The ABS version is only available in Metallic Silver with an MSRP of $10,999.
2010 Honda Shadow Phantom
The 2010 Honda Shadow Phantom joins Honda’s cruiser line, using the same liquid-cooled 745cc engine as the Shadow Aero and Shadow Spirit. Unlike the older Shadow models, the Phantom receives PGM-FI.
The 41mm front fork has large-diameter shrouds in a matte finish, and large billet aluminum triple-clamp. At the rear, the dual-shock suspension system has five preload settings.
With the introduction of the 2010 Shadow Phantom Honda finally catches on to the now-trendy bobber movement. The Phantom is only available in black with various blacked-out components enhancing the bad-boy bobber image. It appears to use the Shadow Spirit rear fender and the Shadow Aero’s chubbier 120/90 x 17 front wheel/tire to help complete the look. The Phantom will appear in dealerships in November with a ticket price of $7,999.
2010 Honda CBR1000RR / CBR600RR
The CBR1000RR receives a slightly larger flywheel for 2010; a change Honda says provides a smoother power delivery. Track day enthusiasts should appreciate the redesigned license plate which should be easier to remove than on previous models. Appearance-wise, the CBR1000RR gets a new muffler cover and two new color schemes, pearl orange/light metallic silver and red /black. The C-ABS version will be available only in black.
The CBR600RR also gets two new colors, pearl orange/Black and “Leyla”, a special black on white graphic design. The C-ABS version will only be available in red/black.
Honda hasn’t yet announced pricing or availability for the 2010 CBR1000RR or CBR600RR.