American Honda unveils its powersports line-up for 2006 at the MGM
Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Biggest news for supercross and motocross
racers – the new 2006 dual-exhaust CRF250 (below).
“This year’s theme is the Power of Red’,” said Ray Blank, American
Honda’s Motorcycle Division Senior Vice President, “Honda has the best
people, the best product line-up, and the best dealers in the industry
… it’s the Power of Red in action. With the product announced here
tonight we will continue to be number one.”
Dealers benefit from a product line-up with over 70 motorcycle,
scooter, ATV and personal watercraft models, were delighted with the
new line for 2006 and excited about the prospects for continued sales
Here’s a brief description of some of the 2006 Model Previews:
Gold Wing – The 2006 Honda Gold Wing elevates luxury motorcycling to a
higher plane with the advent of satellite navigation, 80-watt premium
audio, a cold weather comfort package and an industry first fully
integrated rider airbag.
CBR1000RR – Sharing DNA with Honda’s MotoGP winning RC211V, the awesome
CBR1000RR elevates its Superbike status to new high performance levels
in 2006 thanks to extensive changes that sharpen handling, boost
horsepower and reduce weight.
Interceptor / Interceptor ABS – The enduring Interceptor boasts a host
of changes for 2006, including a revamped VTEC system and a plethora of
599 – Back in the line for 2006, the 599 features a host of upgrades,
including an inverted HMAS fork, two-piece mini-cowl with tinted
flyscreen, and lots of detail touches.
CRF150F – Hailed as the ideal ride for off-road adventure, the CRF150F
redefines fun in 2006 thanks to an all-new engine with push-button
electric starting, new transmission ratios and new suspension settings
that provide even better handling.
FourTrax Rincon / FourTrax Rincon GPScape – With the massive power of a
new 675cc engine – including Electronic Fuel Injection – new
suspension, front disc brakes and new colors that include Natural Gear
Camouflage, the Rincon takes its rightful place at the head of the
TRX450R – For 2006, the TRX450R is an all-new machine form the ground
up, and features more power, sharper handling, and an electric start
TRX250EX – Honda’s sporty, fun to ride TRX250EX just got even more
sporty and fun. Check out the TRX450R race inspired styling, new front
and rear suspension and a revolutionary innovation called Honda
SportClutch, which provides the fun of manual shifting for experienced
riders, while offering the ease and fun of no-stalling to those with
less seat time.
TRX90 – Honda’s smallest TRX gets big time changes for 2006, including
an electric starter, TRX450R inspired bodywork, new suspension settings
and a host of other refinements.
NSF100 – For decades, Honda has conjured up brilliant roadracing
machines, and now for 2006 the all-new NSF100 takes its place in line
as the ultimate roadracing starter kit. Designed for track use only,
this performance 99cc four-stroke single will show aspiring young
racers the quickest path to the top step of their local podium.
And, here is all the info on the 2006 Honda CRF250R
Honda innovation scores once again as the 2006 CRF250R boasts a unique
dual-muffler exhaust system to improve handling and power.
New dual-muffler exhaust system centralizes mass and reduces turning inertia to improve the lightweight feel of the bike.
Dual-muffler exhaust system also increases low-rpm torque.
New piston shape increases mid- and high-rpm power.
New thinner piston ring for reduced engine friction.
Cylinder head features new exhaust port shape for improved power at high rpm.
Intake valve seats incorporate a new material to improve valve durability.
New camshaft profile increases high-rpm power.
New 40mm Keihin FCR carburetor increases high-rpm power.
New ignition mapping works in conjunction with new cylinder head and camshaft for improved power throughout the rev range.
New front hub is lighter and stronger.
New front fork outer tubes for lighter weight.
Radiators are mounted 5mm lower for lower center of gravity and improved weight feel.
New swingarm construction for lighter weight.
New front and rear suspension valving for improved bump absorption.
Lightweight titanium intake valves permit the use of smaller valve springs, reducing overall engine height.
Twin-sump lubrication system separates the oil supply for the
crankshaft, piston and valve train from the clutch and transmission.
This ensures a cool supply of oil to the clutch, eliminates clutch and
transmission material contamination to the engine oil, reduces the
amount of circulating oil and permits the use of a smaller oil pump.
Vertically split crankcases feature a built-in oil pump, reducing weight compared to a conventional design.
Exhaust system uses a lightweight stainless exhaust header and repackable aluminum mufflers.
Dual radiators feature a refined core area for improved heat dissipation compared to conventional dual-radiator design.
Gear-driven balancer reduces vibration and drives the water pump. Eight
clutch disks provide the surface area necessary to handle the engine’s
impressive torque, while carefully matched clutch springs provide a
light feel at the lever.
Fourth-generation twin-spar aluminum frame is derived from Honda’s
CR(R) series. Forged aluminum steering head and tapered downtube
section are designed to optimize frame rigidity. In addition, tall
swingarm pivot plates and thin-frame spars create a narrow overall
frame cross-section for superb rider comfort and maneuverability.
Frame design features a single, large-diameter, tapered downtube. Two
rugged box-section rails attach to the base of the downtube and support
the engine. A forged aluminum steering head provides a compact and
extremely durable mount for the frame spars and engine downtube.
The aluminum frame design is matched to rider ergonomics to maximize handling and control operation.
Swingarm features a dual-axis, double-taper design with a large cast-aluminum cross-member.
Front wheel features large-diameter front axle and wide wheel-bearing span for excellent rigidity.
Rear axle diameter of 25mm and large-diameter bearings provide significant rigidity to withstand torturous track conditions.
Lightweight, 47mm inverted Showa twin-chamber cartridge fork with
aluminum dampers. The fork offers 12.4 inches of travel, 16-position
rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability. The inner
surface of the front fork outer-tubes receives same honing treatment as
works bikes for low-friction operation.
Pro-Link(R) single-shock rear suspension system features a fully
adjustable Showa rear damper and 12.4 inches of wheel travel, separate
low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.5 turns) compression damping
adjusters and 17-position rebound damping.
Rear shock damper piston diameter is 50mm for consistent performance under demanding riding conditions.
Compact twin-piston front brake caliper, anodized aluminum brake
pistons and lightweight front brake disc minimize unsprung weight for
improved turning and handling.
HRC works-type rear brake system integrates the rear master cylinder
and fluid reservoir, eliminating the rear master cylinder reservoir and
Large, 240mm front and rear brake discs.
All plastic body components (radiator shroud, sidecovers, rear fender,
seat base, fuel tank, front fender and front number plate), offer a
slim, aggressive style and light weight.
Frame design allows airbox sidecovers to have larger intake ducts,
contributing to significant airflow in the mid- and upper-rpm ranges.
“;Non-slip” seat cover for increased rider control.
Aluminum Renthal handlebar (971 bend) is rubber-mounted to reduce rider fatigue and improve comfort.
Ownership includes one-year complimentary membership for an individual
in the Honda Rider’s Club of America(HRCA).Benefits include: discounts,
travel benefits, roadside assistance, one year of Honda Red Rider(TM)
magazine, access to HRCA Clubhouse Web site (www.hrca.honda.com) and
access online to Honda Common Service Manual.