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2016 Honda VFR1200X First Look
2016 Honda VFR1200X
Honda has announced that the VFR1200X, an adventure-touring model that has been popular in Europe for several years, will be available in the US as a 2016 model. The VFR1200X is available in standard or DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) versions; for 2016, the DCT has been refined and updated with additional modes. The bike will be in dealers in April next year, in Pearl Black.
The NC700X receives new styling for 2016, a 70mm-higher windscreen and a new, smaller muffler; luggage capacity is increased by more than .25 gallons to 5.8 gallons, and the taillight is now an LED unit. Like the VFR1200X, the NC is offered in standard and DCT versions, and for 2016 the DCT model has additional modes. The CB500X is updated with a new LED headlight and taillight, in addition to a taller windscreen, hinged fuel cap, external preload adjusters on the fork, an adjustable front brake lever, and changes to the transmission for smoother shifting.
The 2016 NC700X and CB500X will be unveiled at the Tokyo motor show later this month.
The full text of Honda's press information follows:
Honda Announces 2016 VFR1200X Adventure Model
U.S. debut for entire four-model adventure line set for Long Beach IMS show
TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 22, 2015 – Reflecting the growing popularity of the adventure-touring segment, American Honda announced today that the innovative VFR1200X is coming to the U.S. for the 2016 model year. Already extremely popular in Europe, the VFR1200X receives important updates for 2016 and will now be available to American customers, joining the previously announced brand-new 2016 CRF1000L Africa Twin in Honda’s comprehensive adventure lineup. Honda also announced that the NC700X and CB500X receive aggressive new styling for 2016, and that the U.S. debut for all four 2016 Honda adventure models will be at the November 20-22 International Motorcycle Shows stop in Long Beach, California.
“We’re very excited to offer such a well-rounded offering of adventure-touring models in the U.S. for 2016,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “The introduction of the VFR1200X to North America follows on the incredible reception of the Africa Twin. With the NC700X and CB500X also set to get important updates for 2016, Honda has a model to suit the needs of any adventure-touring enthusiast.”
Now the largest-displacement Honda adventure-touring model, the powerful yet smooth VFR1200X is brand-new for the U.S. market. Well suited to customers who don’t want to sacrifice comfort during long days of two-wheel exploration, often riding two-up, the VFR1200X is powered by a 1,237cc V4 engine and is available with a standard gearbox or Honda’s industry-exclusive six-speed, fully automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which has been refined and updated with additional modes; both versions feature Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), combined ABS brakes and shaft drive. The 19- and 17-inch wheels offer capable road-going performance, while the inverted 43mm fork and single-sided swingarm incorporate modern suspension technologies. Other features include a one-hand-adjustable windscreen, handguards and an accessory socket to charge smart phones. An extensive line of Honda Genuine Accessories is offered, including products for storage, rider comfort and customization.
Color: Pearl Black
Availability: April 2016
2016 Honda NC700X
Popular with a disparate range of riders, the versatile NC700X gets exciting new styling for 2016, making for an aggressive, adventure-ready look. A 70mm higher windscreen reduces fatigue when riding at high speeds, and the new, smaller muffler has an improved sound and is lighter in weight. Luggage capacity has been increased by over .25 gallons to 5.8, and the taillight is now LED. The NC700X is offered with standard and automatic DCT transmissions, and for 2016, the DCT version now has three different sport-mode settings in addition to the standard mode, enabling riders to select shift points that suit riding style of preference. Ready for everything from urban commuting to carving twisty canyon roads, the 2016 Honda NC700X will make its world debut during the Tokyo Motor Show at month’s end.
2016 Honda CB500X
Light, nimble, affordable and fun, the CB500X is beloved for its ability to inject everyday rides with a spirit of adventure. For 2016, the inspirational CB500X receives a new LED headlight and taillight, as well as a taller windscreen and a hinged fuel cap. The fork now has external preload adjusters, while the front brake lever can be adjusted to fit different hand-sizes. Finally, changes to the transmission make for smoother-feeling gear changes. Like the NC700X, the updated CB500X will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show.