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Significant off-road changes – July 3, 2006

July 3, 2006
Filed under Features

American Honda announced the first of its 2007 motorcycle product offerings. The 23 units will be shown alongside Honda’s full line at the company’s dealer meeting later this summer.
OFF-ROAD
Honda’s early release off-road models received a number of updates for 2007.
In the Motocross segment, the CRF450R ($6,999) receives a new subframe, allowing the muffler to be mounted farther forward for better mass-centralization, a 41mm Keihin FCR carburetor featuring a new accelerator pump and linkage, a smaller exhaust valve for improved flow and smoother power delivery, a lighter and more compact engine decompression system, new ignition mapping, updated front suspension valving for improved bump absorption, a new link-type front brake master cylinder said to improve front braking by 15 percent, a stronger clutch basket and clutch center for improved wear resistance, a new Dunlop 742FA front tire for improved turning feel and traction, new throttle cable cover and lighter rear chain guide.
The CRF250R ($6,349) receives many of the updates to the 450R, but also gets new camshaft and cylinder-head porting for improved power output above 8,000 rpm, new intake valve springs to match the new camshaft, a new exhaust header to work in conjunction with the new camshaft, new ignition mapping with a 13,370-rpm rev limit, and more crankcase venting for improved engine power.
Other recently released 2007 motocross models include the CR250R ($6,449), CR125R ($5,499), CR85R ($3,149) and CR85R Expert ($3,249).
In the Enduro segment, the CRF450X ($7,299) receives a lighter rear chain guide, a new one-piece cover to protect the throttle cable, and a carburetor featuring a new accelerator pump and linkage for improved throttle response.
The CRF250X ($6,499) received new cylinder-head porting inspired by the CRF250R, new piston and rings from the CRF250R, revised ignition mapping, a carburetor with a new accelerator pump and linkage, a stronger clutch basket and clutch center for improved wear resistance, a new throttle cable cover, new front hub and lighter rear chain guide.
Minimally updated, the XR650R ($6,349) receives Honda Racing-inspired graphics for 2007.
Other enduros destined for Honda dealerships in the coming year include the CRF230F ($3,649), CRF150F ($3,149), CRF100F ($2,369), CRF80F ($2,069), CRF70F ($1,649) and CRF50F ($1,349).
CRUISER
Metallic Silver color joins classic Black on the Shadow Spirit ($8,699); Candy Black Cherry and Black/Flame colors were added to the Shadow Sabre ($8,699-$9,099); New Pearl White, Pearl Black/Metallic Titanium and Black/Red Pinstripe colors join Metallic Silver/Pearl White and classic Black on the Shadow Aero ($6,699-$6,999); new Metallic Titanium, Candy Dark Red and Black/Red Pinstripe Flame colors join classic Black on the Shadow Spirit 750 Shadow Spirit 750 ($6,449-$6,649); and a new Light Pearl Blue Metallic color joins Candy Dark Red on the Shadow
VLX Deluxe ($5,799) model. Other early release on-road models include the model program include the Shadow VLX ($5,499), the dual sport XR650L ($5,849) and Helix ($5,349) scooter.

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