Two Fresh Hondas for 2010!

A new lightweight tourer and bobbed Shadow cruiser for American riders

American Honda just announced the early release of two new streetbikes for its 2010 lineup, led by the surprise addition of the NT700V lightweight-touring machine. Sold overseas since 1998 as the Deauville, where it is enormously popular with police departments and other utilitarian-minded users, the 680cc, V-twin powered lightweight tourer will provide a solid platform for American riders seeking a versatile, reliable mount for commuting or light-duty touring. Powered by an updated version of the three-valve, liquid-cooled twin last seen stateside in the early nineties NT650 Hawk GT, the NT700V features a protective fairing with an adjustable windscreen as well as integrated hard saddlebags to optimize comfort and practicality. Two versions will be offered for sale: a standard model, selling for $9999, and an ABS version fitted with Honda's sophisticated Combined ABS braking system, available for $10,999.

Middleweight cruiser fans will look forward to the Phantom, the latest variation of Honda's venerable Shadow platform, with stripped-down, bobber-inspired styling. Available only in black, with a rear fender that looks like it was lifted directly from the Fury, the Phantom also features a blacked-out motor and matte-silver trim that reinforces the backstreet chopper look. The 745cc V-twin gets an upgraded version of Honda's Programmed Fuel Injection for improved performance, and the price remains well within a beginner's reach at just $7999.

More detailed information and additional images of both models can be found at ****.