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Honda dishes the skinny on 2012 motorcycle line

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Something tells us few riders here in the States are sulking over the fact that the Honda Integra isn’t coming to the land of the free. We don’t blame them. Honda has already served up the goods on the company’s cruiser and sportbike ranges, but we now know what to expect from the rest of the lineup.

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November 8, 2011

Honda Announces More New-Model Releases For 2012

Torrance, CA: Honda adds five additional street models to its 2012 model year lineup. Previous announcements regarding 2012 models have well illustrated the variety and popularity within Honda’s lineup with perennial favorites such as the iconic touring Gold Wing®, CRF450R motocross machine, the custom Fury® and the incredibly well-liked FourTrax® Foreman® ATVs. This addition includes the versatile CB1000R, instant-hit CBR250R, Silver Wing® scooter and the edgy Ruckus®, along with the cutting-edge VFR1200F that receives an infusion of impressive new technology for 2012.

This release for 2012 models continues Honda’s great selection of motorcycles and ATVs for the upcoming season, said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. This is a great time for riding enthusiasts to visit their local Honda dealership and see firsthand the many options they can choose from within the Honda lineup. We’re offering an incredibly wide variety of class-leading machines, which makes for a really fun buying experience.

More detailed information and images of Honda’s model line can be found on or see your local Honda powersports dealer.

The VFR1200F introduced a whole new generation of Honda V-4 heritage and VFR® tradition. Bristling with advanced technology imported from the MotoGP world and other cutting-edge environments, the VFR1200F embodies a futuristic sport motorcycle created for the sheer joy of riding. Now the 2012 VFR1200F pushes those technological boundaries even further, thanks to the addition of traction control and automatic dual-clutch transmission, plus more low-end torque, a larger fuel tank and a redesigned seat for added style and comfort. Availability: TBD

It’s been called a street fighter, a naked bike, a supersport bike in undercover clothing and more. But regardless of what you call the CB1000R, it definitely embodies the classic Honda formula for high performance in an unfaired four-cylinder bike. Boasting clean, essentials-only styling, a fuel-injected four-cylinder 998cc powerplant tuned for loads of right-now power, single-sided swingarm with single-shock rear suspension, plus a wealth of street-worthy features that give it its own unique identity, the CB1000R stands tall as a high-performance motorcycle with an enduring design. Availability: March 2012

The CBR250R brings motorcyclists an innovative approach to riding, one that’s both appealing and fun. Beginners and experienced hands alike will recognize the economy and extreme versatility of this sporty little ride.

Equipped with an extremely efficient 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine featuring a sophisticated four-valve DOHC cylinder head, engine counterbalancer and PGM-FI fuel injection, plus the option of ABS and more, this dependable lightweight delivers nimble handling, a broad spread of easily accessible power, and 77 MPG, all in one. Put it to work for your daily commute, quick trips around town or weekend back-road explorations; the CBR250R does it all while delivering as much fun per mile as anything around, all at a price that just about anyone can afford. Availability: February 2012

The Silver Wing expands the notion of what a scooter can achieve thanks to the unique pairing of a sophisticated liquid-cooled fuel-injected four-stroke 582cc twin-cylinder engine along with a fully automatic transmission. That adds up to true street-riding credentials along with easy operation, a combination that can take adventuresome riders as far as the open road beckons. In short, the Silver Wing started a riding revolution, one that continues to this day. Availability: February 2012

What could be cooler than an economical scooter? How about one with an extra dose of attitude. The Ruckus is Honda’s bare-knuckle scooter that sets a new standard for cool.

The thrifty 49cc engine gets you where you need to go and hardly uses any gas doing it, while the V-matic® automatic transmission and electric starter makes operation easy. And best of all the Ruckus is built tough so it can handle all the bumps and dings that modern life dishes out-all while carrying off a cool and unique style of its own. Availability: February 2012

American Honda Motor Co. Inc. is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and MUVs in the U.S. American Honda’s Motorcycle Division conducts the sales, marketing and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers.

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