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Toby Price slides in shortened Dakar stage

Toby Price has dropped further off the lead after the marathon 534km 10th stage of the Dakar Rally was substantially shortened for safety reasons following several crashes.

Organisers said their rescue helicopters were all deployed for fallen riders and with strong winds picking up, they decided on a shortened stage.

The Aussie title defender and leading KTM rider finished fourth, some three minutes behind Joan Barreda Bort (Honda, Spain), losing another couple of minutes to outright leader Ricky Brabec (Honda, USA).

If Brabec is victorious, he will be the first American to win the event and break KTM’s streak of 18 wins.

Toby says he is still “comforted” by the fact that he virtually sacrificed his third rally win by being the first to stop for fallen rider Paulo Goncalves in the seventh stage.

Sadly Paulo later died and the eighth stage was cancelled in his honour, leaving less opportunity for Toby to make up time.

Shortened course

Toby Price slips in shortened courseToby tackles the dunes

“Today’s stage was cut short due to safety reasons,” Toby says.

There were a lot of drops throughout the course and I guess when we’re all traveling at such high speeds they do catch you out. I hope there were no serious injuries today and wishing those injured competitors a fast recovery.

“The cancellation of today’s stage has made it that much tougher for us to make up the time we needed. I was hoping to start a little further back tomorrow to make up that time but unfortunately that won’t be happening.

“We’re still in this race and aiming to get to the finish line strong.”

“Now I can really focus on the small number of remaining days to try and close this gap up to the lead,” he says.

Toby is dedicating his race to the loss of his friend, Paulo or “Speedy”.

Toby Price slips in shortened courseToby out on his own

Top 5 rankings

1 9 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 34H 12′ 18”
2 5 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 34H 38′ 02” + 00H 25′ 44”
3 12 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 34H 39′ 27” + 00H 27′ 09”
4 1 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 34H 40′ 51” + 00H 28′ 33” 00H 02′ 00”
5 17 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 34H 53′ 49” + 00H 41′ 31” 00H 01′ 00”

Other AussiesRodney Faggotter shortened

Today it was fellow Aussie Rodney Faggotter (Yamaha) who stopped to help a fallen rider.

“He’s going to be ok and got him in the chopper,” says the veteran Queensland competitor.

Rodney stopped in the neutral zone and said it seemed they had run out of choppers to ferry the injured riders.

The consistent rider had his first non-top-20 finish with a 39th placing which only drops him one place to 134th outright.

Despite the big dropout of injured riders in the shortened stage, the other Aussie bike competitors are still in the event.

Fellow Aussie Ben Young (KTM) finished 76th and moves up three spots to 6oth in his second Dakar while Matthew Tisdall (KTM) finished 101st and moves up two spots to 97th.

For the first time the Dakar rally is being run in the one country, Saudi Arabia, after being run in 35 countries on three continents since 1978.

Toby aids firefightersToby Price Dakar Rally super marathon stage

Like many Aussie sports stars and celebrities, Toby is raising money for the bushfire appeal.

He is auctioning his starting jersey and pants for firefighters

Toby is also doing his bit for the current critical bushfire situation by auctioning his starting jersey and pants with proceeds going to the NSW Rural Fire Service.

It is open worldwide, just send in your bid in Australian dollars on his Facebook page or Instagram.

Current highest bid is still $13,001.

Auction closes on 18 January at 5pm (AEST).

If you can’t bid, please donate on this link. Sp far he has raised abouot $5000.

Jack Miller's MotoGP helmetJack Miller’s MotoGP helmet

Meanwhile, Aussie MotoGP racer Jack Miller put his 2018 MotoGP helmet up for auction to raise money for the bushfire crisis.

The auction has closed with 22 bids and the winner bidding $18,000.

Jack will sign and send the helmet to the winning bidder.

Two-time MotoGP champ Casey Stoner says he will auction an old race suit for the first time, but no details are available yet.

Meanwhile, Deus Ex Machina founder Dare Jennings is raffling off his 1977 Triumph T140V.

Triumph bushfireDeus Trumpy

Money raised will be split among the Australia Red Cross, Save The Animals and Rural Fire Service.

You have the chance to win it by making at least a $50 donation via PayPal.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Toby Price stays in touch with lead

Aussie Toby Price has whittled a little off the lead of American Ricky Brabec with a strong second place in the 410km ninth stage of the Dakar Rally.

The 410km stage across rocky terrain was won by Chilean Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarana) less than two minutes ahead of Toby who is chasing his third win and a 19th consecutive victory for KTM.

Toby says with the stage being so fast it was difficult to make up any time up as riders were able to follow each other.

Brabec finished fourth with Toby shaving two minutes from the American’s overall lead.

With a 26-minute gap and only three stages to go, Toby has a real fight on his hands.Toby Price Dakar lead

It comes two days after Toby stopped to help fallen rider Paulo Goncalves and stayed with him until the helicopters arrived. Sadly Paulo later died and the eighth stage was cancelled in his honour.

“Now I can really focus on the small number of remaining days to try and close this gap up to the lead,” he says.

Toby is dedicating his race to the loss of his friend, Paulo or “Speedy”.

We didn’t know Toby could speak French! (Sorry, no English video yet.)

Top 5 rankings

1 9 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 31H 59′ 29”
2 5 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 32H 20′ 22” + 00H 20′ 53”
3 1 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 32H 26′ 12” + 00H 26′ 43” 00H 02′ 00”
4 12 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 32H 27′ 45” + 00H 28′ 16”
5 17 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 32H 28′ 58” + 00H 29′ 29” 00H 01′ 00”

Other Aussies

Queensland veteran competitor Rodney Faggotter (Yamaha) is proving consistent with yet another top 20 finish.

He came in 18th and remains in 12th outright.

He says his bike is down on top speed from the factory bikes and he had to ride hard in the rough stuff.

“Last few stages have been pretty boring track/racing wise and super fast, but the scenery is magic! Like moonscape in places.”

Rodney FaggotterRodney Faggotter

Fellow Aussie Ben Young (KTM) finished 73rd despite a minor fall on the first part of the special stage.

It should be remembered that he rode half of his debut rally last year with a broken hand after a fall on stage 5. He drops back five places to 63rd.

The only other Aussie competing in the bike category is Matthew Tisdall (KTM) who finished 104th and moves up three spots to 99th.

For the first time the Dakar rally is being run in the one country, Saudi Arabia, after being run in 35 countries on three continents since 1978.

Toby aids firefightersToby Price Dakar Rally super marathon stage

Like many Aussie sports stars and celebrities, Toby is raising money for the bushfire appeal.

He is auctioning his starting jersey and pants for firefighters

Toby is also doing his bit for the current critical bushfire situation by auctioning his starting jersey and pants with proceeds going to the NSW Rural Fire Service.

It is open worldwide, just send in your bid in Australian dollars on his Facebook page or Instagram.

Current highest bid is still $13,001.

Auction closes on 18 January at 5pm (AEST).

If you can’t bid, please donate on this link.

Jack Miller's MotoGP helmetJack Miller’s MotoGP helmet

Meanwhile, Aussie MotoGP racer Jack Miller put his 2018 MotoGP helmet up for auction to raise money for the bushfire crisis.

The auction closed on Sunday with 22 bids and the winner bidding $18,000.

Jack will sign and send the helmet to the winning bidder

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Honda plans airbags for smaller motorcycles

After the problems Honda had with the massive global recall of dangerous Takata airbags in their Goldwing, the company is now filing for a patent on a smaller airbag suitable for smaller bikes.

Instead of deploying in front of the rider like a big bean bag, it goes straight up to stop the rider being flung over the bars.

While the rider in this video says his airbag suit was a lifesaver, we wonder what effect a vertical motorcycle airbag would have had, preventing him being flung clear of the vehicle.

Airbags trend

Airbags seem to be the flavour of the times for the safety “experts”.

A host of airbag leather race suits is now available, airbags are mandatory in most motorcycle racing and some companies such as DaineseAlpinestars and Furygan, are now releasing aftermarket airbag vests that go over or under a normal jacket.

And Brooklyn start-up Airbag for Bike even has a patent pending for a motorcycle seat that ejects a rider in a crash and then cocoons them in a full-length airbag suit to protect them from injury.

Smaller airbags

As for motorcycles airbags, we can see they may be a safety device in crashes where the rider hits something head-on or is hit from behind, but not glancing blows or being hit from the side.

The Goldwing airbag in the “tank” area is bulky and would only fit big tourers.

Honda Goldwing GL1800 airbag radical Goldwings incentive smaller airbagsHowever, Honda’s new patent is for a much smaller airbag.

It would be suitable on smaller motorcycles as shown in this patent drawing of a scooter published by Visor Down.Airbag Honda

We imagine this will also be a cheaper airbag than the one in the Goldwing.

It’s not the first time Honda has considered adding airbags to smaller bikes.

In 2017, the company exhibited an airbag designed for scooters at the Honda Meeting in Tokyo. (See image at the top of this page.)

The danger of this type of cheaper technology is that safety experts will one day deem it as a mandatory fitment on all bikes just as they have with ABS!

Honda patent blitz

Honda has been having something of a blitz on patents in the past couple of years.

While this idea seems quite reasonable and may make it into some future motorcycles, a lot of the others are less likely.

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Toby Price defends against Honda team

The Honda factory team is shaping to be the biggest threat to Aussie Toby Price scoring his third Dakar Rally win and the 19th consecutive victory for KTM.

Honda has the top three outright positions after yesterday’s 453km stage four of the rally in Saudi Arabia with Toby biding his time in fourth place outright.

It was a close stage with all top 20 riders, including Queensland veteran competitor Rodney Faggotter (Yamaha), within 13 minutes.

Dakar Rodney Faggotter team
Rodney Faggotter

“Crazy amounts of different terrain and dusty conditions have made for another tough day, a real reminder that we’re at the Dakar Rally, “says Toby.

“As tough as today was I’m happy to have a consistent day with only a couple of little mistakes. We’re sticking to our plan and are in a great position with plenty more racing ahead of us.

“I just need to stay focused and stick to my guns, with navigation being so damn full on my brain is fried and actually makes me feel like I do have some brains up there.”Toby Price KTM team

The stage was won  by Chilean rider Jose Florimo (Honda) followed by teammate Kevin Benavides with Toby sixth and less than three minutes behind.

He is now just over 12 minutes behind Honda rider Ricky Brabec who is hoping to be the first American to win the gruelling rally.

(Sorry it’s in Spanish, but the images are in English!)

Top 10 outright rankings

POS. EXP. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION PENALTY
1 9 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 15H 06′ 43”
2 7 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 15H 09′ 13” + 00H 02′ 30”
3 17 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 15H 15′ 14” + 00H 08′ 31” 00H 01′ 00”
4 1 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 15H 18′ 52” + 00H 12′ 09” 00H 02′ 00”
5 5 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 15H 24′ 35” + 00H 17′ 52”
6 3 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 15H 25′ 54” + 00H 19′ 11” 00H 05′ 00”
7 12 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 15H 32′ 03” + 00H 25′ 20”
8 16 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 15H 33′ 13” + 00H 26′ 30”
9 2 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 15H 33′ 46” + 00H 27′ 03”
10 59 KLYMCIW RACING 15H 41′ 11” + 00H 34′ 28”

Other Aussies

Rodney Faggotter team
Rodney Faggotter

Rodney Faggotter finished 18th and moved back two places to 17th outright.

“It was a brutal day and plenty of potential to hurt yourself, so I just rode smooth as possible though most of the time the throttle was wedged non stop.

“Fast tracks, fast sand and a million rocks littered throughout to make it interesting.”

Other Aussie Ben Young (KTM) finished a respectable 64th and moved up 10 places to 78th while Matthew Tisdall (KTM) finished last (121st) and moves up to 124th.

Tomorrow’s 353km special stage is mainly sand with large boulders as navigation markers.

For the first time the Dakar rally is being run in the one country, Saudi Arabia, after being run in 35 countries on three continents since 1978.

Toby aids firefightersToby Price Dakar Rally super marathon stage

Like many Aussie sports stars and celebrities, Toby (right) is raising money for the bushfire appeal.

He is auctioning his starting jersey and pants for firefighters

Toby is also doing his bit for the current critical bushfire situation by auctioning his starting jersey and pants with proceeds going to the NSW Rural Fire Service.

It is open worldwide, just send in your bid in Australian dollars on his Facebook page or Instagram.

Current highest bid is still $13,001.

Auction closes on 18 January at 5pm (AEST).

If you can’t bid, please donate on this link.

Jack Miller's MotoGP helmet
Jack Miller’s MotoGP helmet

Meanwhile, Aussie MotoGP racer Jack Miller is also putting his 2018 MotoGP helmet up for auction to raise money for the bushfire crisis.

The auction is open worldwide until Friday at 5pm (AEST).

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Honda take top 4 in Dakar day 3

Honda has stamped its authority on the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia by dominating the top four overall positions after day three and the second day of the super marathon.

Meanwhile, Aussie two-time winner and current title holder Toby Price was running in the top four when he and Frenchman Xavier de Soultrait veered 900m off the track.

Toby price
Toby spent time lost in the Saudi desert

He lost valuable time trying to navigate his way back on track. There was also controversy when a waypoint wasn’t where it was indicated on the road book.

Toby remains in ninth place, biding his time for an attack in the second week of the gruelling event.

The Monster Energy Team took five of the top five slots for the 504km stage led by American Ricky Brabec (top photo), while Tony came in 35 minutes later in 11th.

He is 38 minutes from Brabec in overall timing in his fight to defend his title and pick up a 19th consecutive Dakar win for KTM.

The two-day super marathon stage is a field leveller as riders have to do their own work on bikes and even teammates can’t help.

Toby Price Dakar Rally super marathon stage
Toby works on his bike

Top 10 outright rankings

POS. EXP. DRIVE-TEAM MARK-MODEL TIME VARIATION PENALTY
1 9 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 11H 17′ 56”
2 17 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 11H 32′ 58” + 00H 15′ 02” 00H 01′ 00”
3 12 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 11H 33′ 10” + 00H 15′ 14”
4 7 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 11H 34′ 08” + 00H 16′ 12”
5 2 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 11H 35′ 52” + 00H 17′ 56”
6 16 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 11H 37′ 40” + 00H 19′ 44”
7 5 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 11H 39′ 21” + 00H 21′ 25”
8 3 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 11H 52′ 34” + 00H 34′ 38”
9 1 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 11H 56′ 19” + 00H 38′ 23” 00H 02′ 00”
10 10 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM 12H 11′ 56” + 00H 54′ 00”

Other AussiesRodney Faggotter

The three other Aussies in the motorcycle category have not yet finished.

They are Queensland veteran competitor Rodney Faggotter (Yamaha) who was 17th outright, Ben Young (KTM, 92nd) and Matthew Tisdall (Duust, 131).

Tomorrow’s 453km special stage is equal parts stony and sandy.

For the first time the Dakar rally is being run in the one country, Saudi Arabia, after being run in 35 countries on three continents since 1978.

Toby aids firefightersToby Price Dakar Rally super marathon stage

Like many Aussie sports stars and celebrities, Toby (right) is raising money for the bushfire appeal.

He is auctioning his starting jersey and pants for firefighters

Toby is also doing his bit for the current critical bushfire situation by auctioning his starting jersey and pants with proceeds going to the NSW Rural Fire Service.

It is open worldwide, just send in your bid in Australian dollars on his Facebook page or Instagram.

Current highest bid is still $13,001.

Auction closes on 18 January at 5pm (AEST).

If you can’t bid, please donate on this link.

Meanwhile, Aussie MotoGP racer Jack Miller is also putting his 2018 MotoGP helmet up for auction to raise money for the bushfire crisis.

The auction is open worldwide until Friday at 5pm (AEST).

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Kawasaki leaning toward three-wheelers

Kawasaki seems to be following Yamaha and Honda in developing a leaning three-wheeler with its latest patent application in the US.

Yamaha already has the Tricity leaning three-wheeler scooter and Niken motorcycle as well as patent plans for more leaning trikes with two front wheels including a VMax!

Yamaha Niken VMax leaning three-wheeler coming AKO
Yamaha leaning VMax patent drawing

Honda has also applied for patents for leaning three-wheelers as has AKO who want to make an electric version.

Each model has a different idea of how leaning three-wheelers with two front wheels should lean and steer.

The Kawasaki design looks quite complex with horizontal links instead of conventional vertical forks and a mono shock like a BMW telelever arrangement.

Kawasaki leaning three-wheeler patent drawing
Mono shock

Here is how they explain it in the patent filing abstract:

A saddle type vehicles includes two front wheels, a left front wheel supporting member and a right front wheel supporting member which are turned around a left front wheel turning axis and a right front wheel turning axis respectively, an upper lean arm and a lower lean arm which are rotated around an axis perpendicular to a vehicle width direction, and a steering rod. The upper arm is connected to the left and right members via first and second connecting parts which are provided on the left front wheel turning axis. The lower arm is connected to the left and right members via third and fourth connecting parts which are provided on the right front wheel turning axis. The steering rod is arranged forward of the steering spindle. In a front view of the vehicle body, the steering rod is arranged between the upper and lower arms.Kawasaki leaning three-wheeler patent drawing

Simple!

It may look complex and heavy, but they claim it makes it lighter.Kawasaki leaning three-wheeler patent drawing

Pros and cons of leaning

The advantages of leaning three wheelers is that they feel very much like a normal bike to ride, but they double the contact patch on the front which improves cornering grip.

They can also be made to stay upright without having to put a foot down at slow speeds or stationary.

Yamaha Niken neowing leaning
Niken (Image: Yamaha)

This makes them ideal for novices or those who can no longer support a motorcycle because of leg injuries or age.

However, the disadvantages of leaning three wheelers are that they are ugly, heavy and more expensive.

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Zen Honda moves to Smithsonian

One of the most iconic bikes from the 1970s is the 1966 Honda Super Hawk ridden by author Robert M Pirsig in his 1974 classic book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

He died in April 2017 at the age of 88 and now his bike will be forever remembered when it goes on display in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, less than a mile from the White House in Washington.

Robert’s book became a philosophical handbook for many motorcycle riders in the 1970s and continues to be a bible for many riders.

He turned a nuts-and-bolts piece of equipment into something that is transcendent from this world.

Zen: The book

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance author Robert M Pirsig
Robert and his bike

The book is basically a travelogue of his thoughts while riding a 1964 Honda CB77 SuperHawk 305 from his home in Minnesota to the Black Hills of Dakota.

It’s not the wild and thrilling joy ride that Hunter S. Thompson describes in Hells Angels, nor an actual guide to maintaining a motorcycle as its title would suggest.

Instead, it is a thought-provoking journey into the mind of a rider.

We might not all grapple with schizophrenia as did Robert, but he made us aware of the isolation tank effect of a motorcycle ride and how it promotes mindfulness.

Even if you have never read the book, you have probably experienced much of the same thought processes while riding.

One of the more practical lessons from the book that I learnt was about mechanical sympathy, routine maintenance and a tortoise-and-hare approach to riding long distances.

Likewise, it took Pirsig four years of persistence to write and he was rejected by publishers 121 times. But over the long distance it has sold more than five million copies and been translated into 27 languages. Obviously motorcycles and philosophy are universal!

It is never too late to read the book which is still available today in hard cover, paperback, Kindle, audio book and audio CD.

Honda: The bike

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance author Robert M Pirsig
1966 Honda CB77 SuperHawk 305

Robert rode the Honda 5700 miles (almost 9200km) from the Twin Cities of Minnesota to San Francisco and back.

It has been stored for decades in the family’s New England garage and was recently mechanically restored.

The motorcycle is a gift to the museum from his widow, Wendy.

She also gifted Robert’s leather jacket, maps, shop manual, tools and other gear from the 1968 ride, together with a manuscript copy and signed first edition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. 

Museum curator Paul Johnston says the bike is “the most famous forgotten motorcycle in American history and literature”.

“Pirsig was a trailblazer in motorcycle touring and documenting its celebration of freedom and the open road,” he says.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Honda patent suggests Blackbird return

Patent drawings seem to suggest Honda may be reviving its high-speed Blackbird sports bike with eight aerodynamic winglets.

In September, patent drawings of winglets that automatically deployed above a certain speed were accompanied by drawings of the Africa Twin and Fireblade.

Blackbird
Fireblade patent drawing

When both were unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last month, neither had these wings.

Blackbird drawing

Now the new drawing looks suspiciously like the CBR1100XX Super Blackbird.

Blackbird patent drawing
Blackbird patent drawing

It includes eight winglets which seems to indicate ultra-high speeds.

That would fit in with the ethos of the Blackbird as once the world’s fastest motorcycle.

Then along came the Suzuki Hayabusa named after the peregrine falcon, the world’s fastest bird, and natural predator of the blackbird!

Then manufacturers agreed to limit speeds to 299km/h after European officials threatened to ban high-speed motorcycles in the 1990s.

Patent blitz

Don’t get too excited about Honda returning the Blackbird, though.

This is only one of many patents Honda has lodged in the past year and we are not sure how many of these they will put into production.

This new Blackbird patent joins the following from Honda over the recent past:

Hayabusa patents

Meanwhile, Suzuki Motorcycles has filed its second patent for a major upgrade to its Hayabusa speed demon with semi-automatic transmission.

The ageing Hayabusa has only had two major upgrades in its 17-year history as the world’s fastest production motorcycles of the last century.

While many are expecting turbo or supercharger technology, the two patents so far have been for a semi-automatic transmission.

The first patent in February 2018 details how actuators will be used to control clutch engagement and the shifting of gears.

Suzuki automatics patents in Hayabusa
Suzuki automatics patents in Hayabusa

So it’s not totally automatic as riders would still need to change gears but without the need to use a clutch.

While the patent application used a drawing of a Hayabusa, it was not necessarily meant for that bike.

Second patent

However, the second patent describes the gear position sensor, confirming that it is destined for the Hayabusa.

Hayabusa GSX1300 second patent
Second Hayabusa GSX1300

The rest of the drawings show the bike much as it is now which means it could probably be powered by the same 1340cc in-line four-cylinder engine with 148kW of power.

However, there is talk of a 1400cc version and possibly forced induction.

Suzuki president Toshihiro Suzuki has confirmed that Suzuki engineers are working on the new bike, but has not said when it would be due.

He says it will follow the same style, but gain several electronic riding aids.

Fastest rider Beccie Ellis on her Hayabusa Turbo - wheelie second patent
Beccie Ellis on her Hayabusa Turbo

There is not much they can do with the styling as the bike was designed to be aerodynamically stable at high speeds.

It was apparently designed on paper by aerodynamic experts, but not tested in a wind tunnel until several years later when it was confirmed the aero theories actually worked.

So when it was updated in 2008 and 2017, there was no need to change the shape. 

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Honda SH125i significantly updated for 2020, but not heading to Australia

Honda SH125i updated for 2020


Honda’s SH125 scooter is a huge seller in Europe, with more than 19,000 units sold last year, and is being updated for 2020. Here is Australia though it is the NSC100 Dio that leads the scooter category in sales.

HONDA SHi
2020 Honda SH125i

That may be why we won’t be seeing the new SH125i, and why the SH150 is being discontinued in Australia, with the NSC110 dominating, and the Honda also taking second place with the Benly MW110.

The two Honda scooters boasted the most impressive sales increases of the 2019 year to date, and are largely responsible for the scooter segment bucking the general trend of motorcycle sales easing.

HONDA SHi
2020 Honda SH125i

For context, the NSC110 is a smaller capacity, competitively priced option to the SH125’s more premium, higher spec and more powerful offering.

HONDA SHi
2020 Honda SH125i

The SH125 for model year 2020 is practically all-new, offering more storage, more comfort, more performance and better fuel efficiency.

HONDA SHi
The 2020 Honda SH125i features a new four-valve powerplant

At the heart of the 2020 SH125i is a new four-valve liquid-cooled 125cc ‘eSP+’ engine, now Euro5 compliant as well as featuring Honda’s HSTC or Honda Selectable Torque Control sytem. This replaces the outgoing two-valve design, offering more peak performance and economy.

HONDA SH Engine Comp
2020 Honda SH125i ‘eSP+’ (enhanced Smart Power)

While increases are a modest 0.7kW and 0.5Nm or torque, up to 9.6kW at 8250rpm, and 12Nm of torque at 6500rpm, Honda promise the new performance is much stronger from 4000rpm through to 10,000rpm.

HONDA SH Torque and Power
Performance gains over the outgoing model are noticeable

The bore has been increased to 53.5mm, while a shorter stroke of 55.4mm is run, allowing for the four-valve chamber, with compression increased to 11.5:1. The radiator is also now built onto the engine and uses a compact fan as a result.

HONDA SH Exhaust System
The 2020 SH125i is also Euro5 compliant

Low friction technology is used with minute splines on the cylinder sleeve outer surface, while cylinders are offset to reduce frictional losses. Three main bearings in the transmission keep rolling resistance in check.

HONDA SHi
The SH125i also features an LCD display along with Idling Stop and HSTC

Idling Stop has also been adopted allowing the SH125i to stop the engine after three seconds at idle, and will automatically restart once the throttle is twisted.

HONDA SHi Frame Body
An all new frame on the SH125i also allows for the fuel tank to be moved and more underseat storage

A new high-tensile steel tubular underbone frame was developed to boost storage offered, with a 10mm longer wheelbase and 799mm seat height. Wet weight is 133.9kg, shaving 400g off the previous models weight.

HONDA SH Vehicle Packaging
Storage now consists of an 18L underseat section, plus 10L of storage under the pillion seat, with fuel below the rider’s feet

The engine hanger link angle and rear suspension angle have also been revised for a more supple ride, and better overall control.

The SH125i also features 16in wheels, which are aluminium die-cast items, and run tubeless 100/80 – 16, and 120/80 – 16 Michelin City Grip tyres.

HONDA SHi
Large 16in wheels off better stability and high speed handling, with 33mm forks

Suspension consists of 33mm forks with 89mm of travel, while rear shocks are five-step preload adjustable with 83mm of travel at the axle.

HONDA SHi
Rotors are 240mm front and rear, with Bosch ABS as standard fitment and dual shocks with preload adjustment

ABS is standard fitment, with 240mm rotors at both ends, while the front caliper is a three-piston design, and the rear sports a single-piston caliper.

HONDA SHi
Lighting is also now all LED

Honda have also updated the SH125i’s styling, although it’s probably a subtle change to the untrained eye, with all lighting now LED, and a new LCD display featured.

HONDA SHi
Underseat storage includes a USB connector for phone charging

Underseat storage is boosted to 28L, with 18L to accommodate a full face helmet now joined by an additional 10L under the pillion seat. USB charging is also located under the seat.

HONDA SHi
A smart key allows for easy access and control, without needing to enter a key for ignition

The SH125i also features a smart key, allowing for keyless ignition, and including on/off control, as well as an answer back feature, designed to allow riders to spot their scooter if they parked in among 20 other SH125i models. The steering lock is also electronic.

If the scooter market in Australia continues its upswing it will be interesting to see if Honda Australia revisit their decision to not market the SH125i here.

HONDA SHi

2020 Honda SH125i

 

HONDA SHi
2020 Honda SH125i

 

HONDA SHi
2020 Honda SH125i

 

HONDA SHi
2020 Honda SH125i

 

HONDA SHi
2020 Honda SH125i

 

HONDA SHi
2020 Honda SH125i underseat storage

 

HONDA SHi
2020 Honda SH125i

2020 Honda SH125i Specifications

Technical Specifications
Engine
Type Liquid ­cooled, 4­stroke SOHC
Engine Displacement (cm³) 124.8 cc
No. of Valves per Cylinder 4
Bore ´ Stroke (mm) 53.5 x 55.5
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Max. Power Output 9.2 kW/8,250 rpm
Max. Torque 11.4 Nm/6,500 rpm
Oil Capacity 1L
Fuel System
Carburation PGM­FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 7 L
Fuel Consumption 44.6km/litre
Electrical System
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity YTZ8V 7Ah MF
ACG Output 232w/5,000 rpm
Drivetrain
Clutch Type Automatic; centrifugal
Transmission Type CVT
Final Drive V­Belt
Frame
Type Tubular Steel Underbone
Chassis
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2,085 mm x 740 mm x 1,129 mm
Wheelbase 1,353 mm
Caster Angle 26°
Trail 85 mm
Seat Height 799 mm
Ground Clearance 142 mm
Kerb Weight 134 kg
Turning radius 2m
Suspension
Type Front Telescopic 3 3mm
Type Rear Dual­ damper unit swing arm
Wheels
Rim Size Front 16M/C x MT2.50
Rim Size Rear 16M/C x MT2.75
Tyres Front 100/80­16 inch
Tyres Rear 120/80­16 inch
Brakes
ABS System Type 2 channel
Instruments & Electrics
Instruments Honda Smart Key, USB charger
Headlight LED
Taillight LED

Source: MCNews.com.au

Honda on display at Melbourne Crown casino until Saturday

Honda off road racing transporter visits Crown


Honda Australia’s factory off road racing transporter and 50th Anniversary Gold fleet will be on display outside the Crown Casino, in Melbourne until Saturday night, located by the Riverwalk in front of the famous Rosetta restaurant.

Honda Motorcycles Race Truck to Crown Melbourne
Honda’s race truck and golden 50th anniversary line-up to be found at Crown Melbourne until Saturday

This year Honda celebrated 50 years in Australia, marking the milestone with this special one-off Gold fleet that has toured the country throughout the year. The Gold collection includes some of Honda’s current performance products, in striking gold bodywork as the traditional symbol of a 50th Anniversary.

Tony Hinton – General Manager of Honda Motorcycles

“Honda exists to bring joy to people’s lives, we do this through the products we make and through our racing so we are really proud to have the opportunity to show Melbournians this exciting display.”

Honda Motorcycles Race Truck to Crown Melbourne
Honda’s 50th anniversary line-up

Underneath the awning of the transporter will be the 2018 Championship winning CBR1000RR Fireblade race bike, the CRF450R Penrite Honda Supercross bike, the 2020 CRF250R and the gold collection, which consists of the following models:

Honda Motorcycles Race Truck to Crown Melbourne
50th Anniversary CBR1000RR Fireblade

The CBR1000RR Fireblade, which has been a pivitol model in the Honda line up since 1992.

The CRF450L, which is one of the newer models in Honda’s line up and a re-entry into the highly competitive Enduro market.

Honda Motorcycles Race Truck to Crown Melbourne
50th Anniversary CRF450L

One of Honda’s best-selling motorcycle models of all time is the CRF50F, taking out the number-one selling model across all manufactures year in and year out.

Then there is the portable powerhouse, EU22i generator. One of the best-selling Honda products across all categories, powering job sites, sporting events, camping trips throughout Australia.

Honda Motorcycles Race Truck to Crown Melbourne
The ever popular 50th anniversary CRF50F, EU22i generator and HRU19 Buffalo lawnmower

Designed and assembled here in Australia, the HRU19 Buffalo Premium lawnmower plays an important part not only in Honda’s line up but also as a symbol of Australian manufacturing, which is a rare occurrence in modern times.

Head over to check out the display until Saturday. For more information on the Honda range including the special Gold collection, visit: www.honda.com.au (link)

Honda Motorcycles Race Truck to Crown Melbourne

Source: MCNews.com.au