Honda Varadero

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Nov 2003 — Words by Simon Bradley

Bikes this can be deceiving. They big and heavy, but turn out not to be. They comfortable but transpire to be medieval devices on wheels.

They big, well regarded vee engines but are actually gutless. And have huge fuel but short range.

Some like this may deceive, but the does not. It looks big and and it is positively enormous. In its defence, it as heavy as it appears, though.

It comfortable but it is, in fact, sublime. The vee twin delivers a very urge and the huge fuel gives intercontinental range.

may be the shortest review I have written, so perhaps I should Collecting the Varadero from I was surprised and just a little by its sheer size. Although I am that it actually compares well with similar from other companies, the and style seem to conspire to the impression of size.

Loading it onto a trailer to get showed that although is a lot of bike to handle, it is quite Which is handy, because a press bike off the trailer in of the workshop is considered bad form. It was that my normal route not be enough — slightly 100 miles was hardly going to be an test after all — so I my camera and some bits and chucked them in a bag on the back and for the coast.

First gold for the Varadero. Very easy to strap a bag to the back using a net.

The game plan was Ride until my … got then find a good to take some pictures, something to eat and go on from there. peasy. Except for one small

When I hit the coast, some 80 later, I was still comfortable, and relaxed. Best I press on, The first reason for stopping was Grab a sandwich and keep

All in all, I did just under 300 that day, without a twinge, ache or grumble. impressive.

What’s also something is the fact that I need to put any fuel in for 260 miles. And I hanging about. In fact, I was the most of another attribute the Varadero is blessed with.

engine is related reasonably to the SP-2 that took Edwards to the 2002 WSB championship. OK, so it may be in a milder state of tune but it’s still a peach.

aboard is easier than it at first appear, although is no disguising the fact that is a very large motorbike. despite being no more average height, I didn’t it a stretch to reach the ground and the low of gravity made it easy to the bike up. Starting is as straightforward as you this being a Honda and and the light clutch and easy make pulling away and moving equally fuss

The wide bars give leverage for cornering, and although at low the front feels a little no doubt as a result of the long and plush springing, town ir both predictable and safe. lock, feet up u-turns are although I really wouldn’t to try and catch the beast in the event of it wrong as once a varadero to fall over I suspect there is little this of The Incredible Hulk that stop it.

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Now of course, you take a this size, stick 25 of fuel in it, give it giant-trailie and tyres and then pop a motor in the best part of 100bhp and you are going to get a few handling foibles. In to be honest, a bike like is unlikely to be much fun on the twisties and in fact, be positively scary.

Which goes no way at all towards why I could happily scrape the on roundabouts, … twisty as hard as I would on most and utterly fail to tie the thing in under hard acceleration.

So what makes the Varadero There seem to be lots of which, in isolation, would at be pointless and at worst look The motocross style handguards, for should seem silly on a that nobody in their mind would take off while the rather odd looking fairing doesn’t look big to make much difference. But them I was able to wear gloves and a light jacket on a chilly autumn day.

And kept the last of the bugs off my as well. The old fashioned analogue look as though they be hard to read while the LCD panel above promises overload. But no — the clocks are and easy, and the LCD tells you exactly you want to know, no more, no

Unless you really don’t to know the time, of course, in case you will hate the that the clock is displayed, and clear, all the time. Those throwback mirrors may look something off a 1980 Superdream but give a clear, vibe-free of the road behind. So the Varadero is more than just the sum of its

I’m not saying that the is above criticism. Personally, I found linked brakes to well on the VFR we tested before, on this size and weight I them to be slightly lacking in I’m sure that’s down to my braking technique, but it was a disconcerting nonetheless.

I also that the total lack of storage as a result of the fashionable level exhausts was a bit of a disappointment for an utterly practical bike.

But overall, to say I was impressed with the would be a masterpiece of understatement. As far as out of the box is concerned, this is one of the best I have ever ridden. let the looks or the size out you off.

You see it from the saddle, and as any man will you it’s not the size that

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