Honda's ST1300 tourer returns to Australia in '09 with a new silver colour scheme - Digital Silver Metallic (that?d be silver) - to complement the more familiar Candy Glory Red (umm... red-ish).
Not to be outdone in the ?paint-with-strange-names? stakes, its famed VFR800 has also been released in two new colour schemes, Candy Glory Red (yup? red-ish again) and Sword Silver Metallic (?nuther silver).
The new VFR800 also features gold wheels (ok, that?s better) as part of the new dress-up package.
Under the new paint of the ST1300 is the impressive V4 engine that is now well-recognised for its strong acceleration and effortless ability to swallow long-legged touring distances with rider and a full load.
With a low centre of gravity, the ST1300 is as stable as it is swift while also nimble in city traffic or on a belt along the coast. It also comes with ABS, a 29-litre tank, an adjustable seat (for all-day comfort in the saddle) and aerodynamic bodywork.
The now legendary sports touring VFR800 (which has just had its 23rd birthday) is powered by a 782cc V4 fuel-injected VTEC engine producing 107hp (78kW) @ 10,500rpm and 80Nm @ 8750rpm. .
Sitting on a a lightweight, rigid twin-spar aluminium frame, the VFR features a 43mm HMAS cartridge-type telescopic front fork with stepless pre-load adjustment. At the rear, a single-sided cast aluminium swingarm mounted directly to the rear of the engine, Pro-link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 7-step preload and stepless rebound adjustment keeps the rubber to the road.
The VFR800's responsive handling and power is now well-established.
With a low contoured seat, 22-litre tank capacity, optional luggage system and powerful multi-reflector headlights, the VFR is still a powerful contender in the sports touring segment after 23 years of continuous production. (Well done Honda on that one.)
Recommended retail for the 2009 VFR800 is $15,990 inc. GST (plus stamp duty, registration and dealer delivery) while the 2009 ST1300 retails at $24,690 inc. GST (plus, stamp duty etc.).
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