-By Bill Heald
After celebrating 50 years in the U.S.A., Honda enters the next half-century with a high-tech radical in candy-apple red.
Liquid-cooled, 76-degree V-4
Bore x stroke
81 mm x 60mm
Programmed fuel injection
Six speed; optional dual-clutch automatic
43-mm inverted telescopic forks, preload adjustable
Single gas-charged shock, preload and rebound adjustable
Dual 320-mm discs, combined ABS
Single 276-mm disc, combined ABS
591 pounds; 613 pounds w/ dual clutch automatic
A six-speed transmission is the standard gearbox, and it delivers power to the shaft final drive (a first for this family), but the wild ticket is Honda’s optional dual-clutch automatic gearbox, based on Formula 1 engineering. You can go fully auto, but the real fun explodes in manual mode, in which you tap a button with your left index finger to upshift, and touch a similar paddle with your thumb to downshift. The system works so well, even seasoned racers have lapped Japan’s Sugo Race way faster with the dual-clutch transmission than with the traditional unit. Handling is sharpened by excellent inverted front forks and a gas-charged single rear shock, and Honda’s brilliant Combined ABS brake system hauls the big bike down from speed in short order. A full complement of hard luggage and other accessories helps you create the ultimate sport-touring chariot.
Source : http://penthousemagazine.com