Honda Reveals Its 2005 Motorcycles

Honda introduces four new street motorcycles for 2005

With a theme of "Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'," Honda rolled out 15 new bikes at its 2005 dealer meeting in Nasville. Headlining ths street line-up were a new CBR600RR on the sportbike side and a new member of the VTX1800 V-twin cruiser family.

The latest CBR600RR claims an 11-pound weight reduction and gets a new inverted 41mm fork, radial-mount front brakes, a revised engine, new bodywork, and an $8799 price ($500 more than the 2005 CBR600F4i). Details of the changes are itemized in Honda's release below.

Honda's VTX cruiser family welcomed a new member, the VTX1800F, a more aggressively styled version of the 1800C, with minimized bodywork, and a variety of styling changes. Honda calls it a "sport custom performance cruiser." Like the other VTX1800 models the 1800F can be ordered in one of three "spec" styles, which are detailed in the release below. Prices for the VTX1800F start at $13,099 and run up to $15,099, depending on the build spec and color.

A 250cc version of the distinctive Ruckus scooter, named the Big Ruckus, was the fourth new street machine. It features not only more power but a fold-up adjustable passenger seat that acts as a backrest and provides a large cargo platform. It is priced at $5299, and details are also below.

The success of BMW with police-bike sales must have prompted Honda to take a new look at that market, because it rolled out the ST1300P, a police variation of the V-4 sport-touring machine. It features accommodations for the equipment needed for law enforcement use.

In addition to its new street bikes, Honda also introduced two motocross bikes, a new off-road competition bike, one scooter, six ATVs, and two personal watercraft.

Honda's releases on the 2005 CBR600RR, VTX1800F, and Big Ruckus follow.

CBR600RR Features & Benefits

New for 2005: * Radial-mounted front brake calipers. * 41mm inverted front fork. * New intake port shape and redesigned exhaust for lighter weight and increased mid-range power. * New piston surface treatment for reduced friction. * Fuel injection flow increased to match intake and exhaust system changes. * Frame and sub-frame redesigned for lighter weight while maintaining superior handling characteristics. * New bodywork more closely resembles RC211V and reduces weight. * Redesigned top triple-clamp allows for lighter weight. * New swingarm assembly redesigned for lighter weight. * New two-piece shock design for improved performance and lighter weight. * Available in Red/Black, Black/Tribal, Metallic Silver/Black and Black.

Unique features: * Unit Pro-Link(r) rear suspension and swingarm design inspired by RC211V. * Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI) system features two injectors per cylinder. * High-revving engine redlines at 15,000 rpm. * RC211V-style center-up exhaust system. * Centrally located fuel tank increases mass centralization and allows more compact frame design. * Line Beam Headlight features three-piece reflector design. Engine/Drivetrain: * Liquid-cooled DOHC 16-valve 599cc four-stroke inline four-cylinder engine features oversquare bore and stroke of 67mm x 42.5mm. * High-revving engine has 15,000-rpm redline (CBR(r)600F4i redlines at 14,200), wider powerband and more over-rev than CBR600F4i. * Compact engine length (236mm) positions the rider forward for more precise handling. * Iridium-tip spark plugs improve fuel combustion and performance. * Dual Stage Fuel Injection system features two injectors per cylinder--one upper and one lower--controlled by an ECU that senses rpm and throttle opening. Lower injector enhances rideability while upper injector improves top-end horsepower. At lower rpm only the lower injector is working. Above 5500 rpm both injectors are activated. The system uses 40mm throttle bodies. * Denso injectors with 12 holes per injector deliver a finely atomized fuel mixture for optimum combustion efficiency and power. * Auto enriching system is integrated into PGM-FI module, eliminating the need for a manual choke. * Two-stage ram-air system provides a high volume of cool air to the airbox for linear power delivery and incredible engine performance. * Cylinder head features angled valve inset to improve airflow. * Cylinder head features two springs per intake valve and two springs per exhaust valve for optimum high-rpm valve operation and durability. * Direct shim-under-bucket valve actuation ensures high-rpm performance and durability and offers 16,000-mile maintenance intervals. * Light pistons, piston pins and nutless connecting rods contribute to higher-revving engine. * Pistons receive new moly surface treatment for reduced friction. * Double-pivot cam-chain tensioner for cam chain durability. * Right-side starter gears for increased lean angle. * Lightweight aluminum oil cooler. * Smooth-shifting close-ratio six-speed transmission is closely matched to the engine's powerband.

Chassis/Suspension: * Die cast aluminum frame utilizes new manufacturing methods to provide optimum rigidity while reducing weight. Frame is tuned for precise handling characteristics. * New 41mm inverted Honda Multi-Action System(tm) (HMAS(tm)) cartridge front fork features spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability for precise action. * Unit Pro-Link rear suspension system is patterned after RC211V GP racer. In this system, the upper shock mount is contained within the swingarm rather than the frame. With no top frame-mount for the shock, this unique system reduces negative suspension energy from being transmitted into the frame, allowing optimum frame rigidity and improved rideability out of corners. * Braking system features twin four-piston radial mounted front calipers, dual 310mm front discs and a single 220mm rear disc for optimum stopping power. * Redesigned center-up exhaust system features four-into-two-into-one design for increased performance, aerodynamics, and lighter weight. * Handlebars located below top triple-clamp for precise handling.

Additional Features: * Industry-leading ergonomic design features maximum rider comfort for minimum fatigue in all riding conditions. * Centrally mounted 4.8-gallon fuel tank is positioned low in the frame, increasing mass centralization and allowing a more compact design. This design positions the rider 70mm forward for optimum handling. * Plastic tank shell cover protects tank and airbox. * Line Beam Headlight features three-piece reflector design (first in the world) utilizing two H7 bulbs for optimum light distribution, and unique compact design. * Instrumentation is very compact and features tachometer, speedometer and fuel gauge. * Attractive hollow-spoke aluminum alloy wheels feature race spec 3.5 x 17-inch front and 5.5 x 17-inch rear dimensions. * One-piece fan assembly for maximum cooling efficiency. * Maintenance-free battery. * Optional seat cowl. * Compact rear cowl storage compartment for U-type locking devices (lock not included) under the passenger seat. * Pivoting aerodynamic mirrors. * Integrated ignition switch/fork lock for added security. * Convenient push-to-cancel turn signal switch. * Transferable one-year, unlimited mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan. * Ownership includes one-year complimentary membership in the Honda Rider's Club of America(tm) (HRCA(r)).

2005 Honda VTX1800F Features & Benefits

Unique Features: * The new VTX(r)1800F is available in these exciting colors: Black, Titanium Tribal, Candy Black Cherry and Silver Tribal. * The VTX1800F is available in three distinctive build variations: Spec 1, 2 and 3. * Bold sport-custom performance-cruiser styling. * Bobbed-style front steel fender with straight-cut rear steel fender complement the drag racing styling. * Low 27.9-inch two-piece gunfighter-style seat features a removable passenger section for an enhanced custom look. * New semi-swept high-rise aluminum handlebar mounts provide a comfortable, upright riding position. * Handsome chromed two-into-two staggered exhaust system features five-bolt muffler tips and a deep exhaust note. * Streamlined headlight features a smaller hooded lens for a unique minimalist look. * Aggressive 10-spoke racing-style cast wheels feature a low-profile 130/55R-18 radial front tire with an aggressive 180/55R-18 radial rear tire that puts the engine's awesome power to the ground and enhances the overall performance custom look. * Large, handsomely finished flangeless 4.8-gallon gas tank features pin-stripe quality VTX decal badging. * New custom-design wedge-shape mirrors. * New custom-style recessed LED tail and brake light. * New billet-style rear fender rails feature a slotted surface treatment with hairline brushed finish for a unique custom look. * New bullet-style turn signals feature chrome visors, clear lenses, and amber flasher bulbs. * New tank-mounted digital LCD instrumentation includes a speedometer, bar graph tachometer, odometer, A and B tripmeters, and a clock. * ECU-controlled, closed-loop emission control system utilizes an air injection system and three-way exhaust catalyzer to simultaneously reduce emissions of hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), and oxides of nitrogen (NOx). California model exceeds CARB 2008 standards.

Spec 1 Custom-Building Options: * Crankcases, cylinder, starter motor: Silver finish. * Handlebar: Cast aluminum risers and caps with hairline satin brushed finish. * Clutch and Brake Levers: Smooth cast aluminum finish. * Fork Tubes: Satin brushed finish inverted fork tubes. * Upper and lower triple clamps: Cast aluminum with hairline satin brushed finish. * Switch Housings: Smooth cast aluminum finish. * Radiator Cover: Color matched painted finish. * Footpegs: Chromed. * Final Drive Housing: Silver finish. * Wheels: Satin brushed cast aluminum.

Spec 2 Custom-Building Options: * Crankcases, cylinder, starter motor: Satin black finish with milled cylinder fin edges. * Handlebar: Cast aluminum risers and caps with hairline satin brushed finish. * Clutch and Brake Levers: Highly polished aluminum finish. * Fork Tubes: Chrome steel covers highlight detailed front end. * Upper and lower triple clamps: Cast aluminum with hairline satin brushed finish. * Switch Housings: Smooth cast aluminum finish. * Radiator Cover: Color matched painted finish. * Footpegs: Chromed steel. * Final Drive Housing: Silver finish. * Wheels: Satin brushed cast aluminum.

Spec 3 Custom-Building Options: * Crankcases, cylinder, starter motor: Satin black finish with milled cylinder fin edges. * Handlebar: Chrome-plated cast aluminum handlebar risers and caps. * Clutch and Brake Levers: Highly polished aluminum finish. * Fork Tubes: Chrome steel covers highlight detailed front end. * Upper and lower triple clamps: Highly polished cast aluminum. * Switch Housings: Hairline satin brushed finish. * Radiator Cover: Color matched painted finish. * Footpegs: Oval shaped chrome plated cast aluminum. * Final Drive Housing: Hairline satin brushed with chrome-plated axle cap and fasteners. * Wheels: Highly polished cast aluminum.

Engine/Drivetrain: * Engine is a 1795cc liquid-cooled 52 V-twin that hammers out immense power--106bhp at 5000 rpm and 120 lb./ft. of torque at 3500 rpm. * V-twin engine features 4-inch cylinder bores and the largest connecting rods and cylinders Honda has ever made. * Offset dual-pin crankshaft with two primary-shaft-mounted balance weights allows a high-performance engine design while eliminating harsh engine vibration. The result: muscular power across a broad rpm range for unequaled acceleration and roll-on performance. * The 41.4-pound forged steel crankshaft uses bolted weights, reducing crankcase width nearly 2 inches and reducing crankshaft weight 8.8 pounds compared to a conventional one-piece design. * The engine mounting system uses carefully matched hangers and rubber mounts to eliminate unwanted vibration, while preserving the powerful character of the engine's V-twin design. * Each three-valve cylinder head features two large, 36mm intake valves and a huge, 45mm exhaust valve to produce optimum flow for the air/fuel charge. * Two iridium-tip spark plugs per cylinder for efficient combustion at all engine speeds. * Simple-to-service screw-and-locknut valve-clearance adjusters. * 4.5-liter airbox supplies a large volume of cool, clean air to the engine. * Advanced high-pressure programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) features 42mm-diameter throttle bodies delivering air to two specially designed Denso(r) 50-psi high-pressure fuel injectors. Fuel is delivered through 12 nozzle holes in each injector, producing an atomized fuel mixture that is highly combustible for maximum efficiency and power. * Electronic control unit (ECU) provides individual digital 3-D fuel injection and ignition maps for each cylinder, creating ideal fuel mixture and spark advance settings for superb rideability. * A unique dry-sump oiling system utilizes a closed crankcase design and places the oil tank inside the gearbox case. The result is a freer-revving engine for improved power, and a lower engine height. * Radiator with cooling fan maintains consistent engine temperature for optimum performance and long engine life. * Maintenance-free automatic cam-chain tensioners. * Reliable electric-starter system. * Primary drive gear uses a cam-type damper to minimize powertrain lash. * Sturdy, maintenance-free eight-plate hydraulic clutch with clutch-center damper assures smooth gear shifting. * Five-speed transmission with carefully selected gear ratios for relaxed cruising and exciting roll-on performance. * Shaft final-drive system provides smooth, low-maintenance operation. * Driven flange design at the final drive gear eliminates final drive noise and wear, and simplifies rear wheel installation.

Chassis/Suspension: * Massive tubular steel frame contains the engine's power and gives the VTX a long, low, muscular stance. * Large, 45mm-inverted front fork provides 5.1 inches of plush yet responsive wheel travel. * Dual chromed rear shocks have 3.9 inches of wheel travel and feature an advanced internal valve system for a comfortable ride. * The VTX's braking system features two three-piston front calipers and a single two-piston rear caliper. Rider application of the front brake lever activates the two outer pistons of the front calipers. Application of the rear brake pedal activates the two pistons of the rear caliper and the center pistons of the front calipers. When only the rear brake pedal is used, an inline delay valve smooths application of the front caliper center pistons.

Additional Features: * Distinctive, new chrome hooded-headlight housing features a powerful, 55W/60W halogen bulb with a computer-designed multi-reflector for superb lighting in all conditions. * Extensive chrome finishing of engine parts includes cylinder head covers, valve inspection covers, spark plug covers, airbox cover, left crankcase cover, clutch cover and left-rear engine cover. * Comfortably padded large-diameter handgrips. * Reliable, 300-watt alternator. * Durable, maintenance-free battery. * Handlebar switches and controls use internationally approved ISO graphic symbols. * Convenient push-to-cancel turn signal switch. * Transferable one-year unlimited-mileage warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan. * Assembled in Marysville, Ohio. * Ownership includes one-year complimentary membership in the Honda Rider's Club of America(tm) (HRCA(r)).

2005 Big Ruckus Features & Benefits

Unique features: * Rugged styling * Sliding adjustable seat and convertible passenger saddle that becomes rider backrest. * Comfortable textured floorboards. * Unique and spacious rear platform with tie-down hooks.

Engine/Drivetrain: * Powerful 249cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine produces impressive power for quick takeoffs. * Aluminum cylinder head features a 10.5:1 compression ratio. Its design is optimized for maximum intake velocity, providing immediate response at low- to mid-range speeds, and excellent cruising and passing power at highway speeds. * 30mm CV carburetor offers superb throttle response and excellent fuel mileage. * Maintenance-free fully transistorized ignition assures immediate and reliable power. * Auto-enriching system eliminates the need for a manual choke. * Air injection system ensures efficient combustion of exhaust gases and reduces exhaust emissions. * Fan-cooled radiator assures consistent engine operating temperatures and long engine life. * Push-button electric starter provides quick, effortless starting. * Lightweight and quiet exhaust system. * Honda V-Matic(tm) belt drive system provides sophisticated three-stage operation, matching the engine's strong low- and mid-range power to a wide range of operating conditions. Stage One delivers efficient, quiet power for around-town cruising; Stage Two provides increased power for moderate acceleration; and Stage Three provides maximum power for full acceleration and top speed.

Chassis/Suspension: * Durable steel frame is lightweight yet strong, providing an optimum combination of rigidity and flexibility for superb road handling. * Stout, 33mm hydraulic front fork with 3.9 inches of suspension travel provides a plush, well-controlled ride. * Single rear shock for a smooth, comfortable ride. * Hydraulic 240mm front disc brake and 160mm drum rear brake offer excellent stopping power. * The Big Ruckus' Combined Brake System provides added control when slowing or stopping. Rider application of the front brake lever activates the front brake in conventional fashion. Application of the rear brake lever activates the rear brake and front brake together. When only the rear brake lever is used, a proportioning mechanism gradually applies the front brake. * Rugged cast aluminum wheels are lightweight and strong. * Large, 12-inch 110/90 and 12-inch 130/70 tires provide excellent traction.

Additional Features: * Integrated textured floorboards angle upward in the front for optimum rider foot placement when riding. Floorboards narrow below the seat to allow the rider to place both feet on the ground easily. * Folding passenger footrests are integrated into the Big Ruckus' rugged styling. * Instrumentation includes analog speedometer, tripmeter, fuel gauge and indicator lights for oil temperature and parking brake. * Rugged dual headlights feature two 55-watt low beam bulbs and two 60 watt high beam bulbs for superior illumination. * Handlebar-mounted rear view mirrors. * Convenient tie down hooks for secure storage. * Unique freely adjustable folding seat has a range of 90mm forward and backward to ten different positions providing maximum riding comfort for riders of all sizes. The seat can be adjusted by inserting the ignition key into a keyhole on the right side of the seat and then operating the seat slide lever. The seat can also be folded up into a backrest position revealing a large, flat cargo area. * Storage includes a convenient locking utility box to the lower right of the passenger seat for secure storage of smaller items. * Large, 3.2-gallon fuel tank offers extended cruising range. The fuel door is located behind a locking cover in the frame well between the floorboards. * Convenient cable-operated parking brake is engaged by pulling a large handle on the upper-right panel. Pressing down on the handle releases the brake. * Powerful 12-volt electrical system and maintenance-free battery offer superb reliability. * Powerful 400 watt ACG generator. * Ignition switch/steering lock helps keep the Big Ruckus secure when parked. * Sidestand switch allows starting only if the sidestand has been retracted and the rear brake lever is applied. * Handlebar switches and controls use internationally approved ISO graphic symbols. * Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan. * Ownership includes one-year complimentary membership in the Honda Rider's Club of America(tm) (HRCA(r)).

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