2010 Hondas Revealed
Big Red brings a new sport-tourer and a fuel-injected middleweight cruiser to America
American Honda has announced two new 2010 models including a sport-tourer and a fuel-injected middleweight cruiser.
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.