YOUR HRCA FEATURES & BENEFITS
For additional membership information, call 1-800-847-HRCA (4722)
EXPANDED BENEFITS AND OPTIONS FOR NEW MEMBER BENEFITS
AND CURRENT HRCA MEMBERS HRCA Member Assistance Program
Purchasers of new Honda® motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and – Toll-free, 24-hour-a-day National Assistance Hot Line *
personal watercraft receive a complimentary Honda Rider’s Club of – Roadside assistance*
America ™ (HRCA®) membership for one year. And because the Club is enjoying an – Free towing service*
unprecedented time of growth, Members will be enjoying a newly expanded array of benefits, – Emergency travel expenses*
including viewing access to Honda Red Rider™ magazine online in the months and years
– Dispatch services
to come. These added benefits will make HRCA membership more valuable than ever.
– Computerized trip routing, with free color maps †
COUPONS, DISCOUNTS AND MORE – Optional lost-key retrieval service (requires activation) †
HRCA Member discount coupons are a part of the HRCA program. Upon enrollment, either paid – Emergency message service
or complimentary, Members receive a sheet of personalized coupons good for a variety of riding – 24-hour-a-day weather information
services and products, plus additional opportunities for those with an activity-focused lifestyle.
– National hotel and motel discount directory †
Among these offers are a savings of 15 percent on an RV rental from Cruise America, a $20
savings on a CruzTools CM2 CruzMetrix Tool Kit and a savings of $5 on a purchase of s Member activities at many national events and local Chapter events
$50 or more of Genuine Honda Parts or Pro Honda Oils and Chemicals. It’s a great s Personalized embossed ID card
way to save on riding-related goodies near and dear to the hearts of enthusiasts. s Exclusive Club pin, patch and other collectible items and HRCA premiums
GET OFF TO A GOOD START s Honda Red Rider magazine
In addition, initial membership will jump off to a faster start than ever as the new Member s Exclusive online access to HRCA Clubhouse Web site
soon receives the above-mentioned array of discount coupons, the first issue of Honda Red s Exclusive online access to Honda Common Service Manual
Rider magazine, plus the membership card and benefits manual. New Members will also s Online access to Honda shop manual of Member’s choice; one per paid member-
receive a card allowing them to select two premiums from the following choices: (1) an ship year (paid Members benefit only)
HRCA pin, (2) an HRCA patch, (3) a decal sheet featuring decals from HRCA, Pro Honda, s Exclusive online access to Where to Ride Guide, Volume II (paid Members benefit only)
Honda Racing, Honda Red Rider magazine, HRC and a vintage Honda Wing design®, or (4)
s Discounts from select HRCA Partners
a soft-vinyl HRCA key fob. You pick the way you want to show off your HRCA membership.
s Additional discount coupons for a variety of goods and services
EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE HRCA CLUBHOUSE s Racing and event discounts and ticket opportunities
This Web site features exclusive access for HRCA Members only, and can be found at s Honda apparel and merchandise
www.hrca.honda.com The Clubhouse includes street and off-road features that give you s MSF motorcycle or ATV †† safety reimbursement up to $75
a glimpse inside Honda, travel stories, technology articles, previews of upcoming features s Exclusive Member contests
in Honda Red Rider magazine, photo galleries, Chapter information, places to ride, event
s Optional insurance coverage for your Honda
information, racing and event ticket opportunities, quick and easy membership renewals
and more. You’ll also have online viewing access to Honda’s Common Service Manual,
s Optional discounted emergency medical air services
and paid and renewing Members also have online access to Honda shop manuals and s Honda Racing Contingency Program
the Where to Ride Guide, Volume II. And HRCA membership enrollment is also conve- * Roadside Membership only.
† Upon request.
niently available online to allow new customers to join the HRCA—a great way to get a †† Complimentary ATV memberships are covered by a separate program and not eligible
fast start in the best rider’s club in existence. for reimbursement.
HRCA RED RIDER REWARDS PROGRAM
Now you can get paid for racing your 2006 or newer XR™, CR®, CRF ®, CBR®, RVT or TRX ™ ** (at select events) Honda with the HRCA Red Rider Rewards Card.
The Card, a debit card with a stored, prepaid value, can be used at any Honda dealer, or wherever Visa is accepted. For more information on 2007 contingency
payouts and the expanded program, visit:www.hondaredriders.com/community/contingencyinformation.asp
** 16 years of age and older.
Benefits subject to change without notice and may not be available where prohibited by state laws and some benefits apply solely to paid memberships. Contingency and MSF/ASI reimbursement pro-
grams are eligible for USA-certified products only. Only vehicles registered to individuals are eligible for membership benefits. Rented vehicles or vehicles used for commercial purposes are ineligible
for benefits or membership. Services provided through Cross Country Motor Club Inc., Medford, MA 02155, except in CA, OR, WI and WY, where services are provided through Cross Country Motor Club
of California Inc., Medford, MA 02155.
The HRCA offers three levels of paid membership
Membership in the HRCA constitutes one of the best deals in the motorcycling world—as hundreds of thousands of people have come to appreciate. Now we’ve made it easier than
ever to join or renew a membership by offering three membership options that suit just about anybody’s specific riding needs.
ROADSIDE MEMBERSHIP NON-ROADSIDE MEMBERSHIP
Roadside Membership status in the HRCA offers For riders who specialize in off-road riding or For those who prefer the electronic world,
the richest benefits package, starting with our 24- don’t feel the need for a Roadside Assistance Honda now offers an e-Membership for the
hour-a-day Emergency Roadside Assistance Package. Package, the HRCA offers a customized membership HRCA. There are plenty of features to enjoy in the
Other highlights include a year’s worth of Honda Red plan just for them. Non-Roadside Membership does HRCA Clubhouse, including the online arm of Honda
Rider magazine, reimbursement for up to $75 for MSF not include the group of advantages included in Red Rider magazine, Webcast access, computer-
rider training and access to the HRCA Clubhouse Web the Emergency Roadside Assistance Package, but ized trip routing, a menu of hundreds of feature
site, online viewing of the Honda Common Service Members still enjoy a wide-ranging list of benefits stories, online viewing access to one specific shop
Manual and access to one free online shop manual including rider-training reimbursement and dis- manual and more. And don’t forget about the exclu-
with paid membership. With this top-level member- counts on riding schools and events. They’ll also sive set of Honda Partner discounts plus special
ship, one other member of the Member’s household have Web site viewing access to one specific shop insurance discounts just for HRCA Members.
residing at the same address can sign on as an manual. Racers will also enjoy HRCA amateur sup- Members must log on to www.hrca.honda.com for
Associate Member for only $15 per year (some ben- port at select events and generous Red Rider a full list of benefits and to enroll in this member-
efits do not apply to the Associate Member). Reward contingency. ship package.
Honda Rules Mini-Os
Winners Ride Red in the ranks of
amateur racing as well as at the
highest levels of pro racing, and
here’s proof positive. At the Mini-Os
in Gainesville, Florida, November
20-25, 2006, Honda riders made
their presence known in no uncer-
tain terms by crowding the front of
the pack in race after race. As in
years past, the HRCA and many of its sponsored
riders showed up in force and motored away
with a boxload of titles—15 to be exact!
One of the biggest names of the week was
Honda-mounted TREY CANARD (shown
above), whose 125A and 250A wins and
numerous podium finishes earned him two Mini-O
titles, as well as the Pro Circuit Platinum Pipe
Award and Dunlop Silver Tire Award. The HRCA
also salutes Mini-O winner JUSTIN STARLING
(85cc 12-13); JOSH SPIRES, 4-Stroke
Champion (CRF®450R); TONY BLOOD, 4-Stroke
Supercross Champion (CRF450R); TIM EGGER,
Plus 45 Champion (CRF450R); and MICHAEL
McDADE and ASHLEY FIOLEK, Thor Outstand-
ing Male and Female Riders.
Here’s a well-deserved hand to all the rac-
ers, their supporters, their team and their spon-
sors who made this Honda-fest possible. In
keeping with years past, the winners of these
events will almost certainly remain in the racing
spotlight as their young careers continue to
grow and blossom. So stay tuned for more
news of great success from these young Red
Riders in the not-too-distant future!
PHILIP NICOLETTI, age 17
Cochecton, New York
Winner, 125A and 250A Supercross
Cernic’s Honda CRF250R/CRF450R
TREY CANARD, age 16
Elk City, Oklahoma
Winner, 125A and 250A Motocross
Factory Connection CRF250R/CRF450R
LES SMITH, age 16
York, South Carolina
Winner, 250B Supercross
Hager Cycle World CRF450R
SHAWN RIFE, age 13
Winner, 150cc 4-Stroke age 12-15
Cernic’s Honda CRF150R
(Runner-up JUSTIN STARLING, age 13
Honda of Houston CRF150R)
JUSTIN BARCIA, age 13
Monroe, New York
Winner, 85cc Supercross age 12-13
Maroney’s Honda CR®85R
ASHLEY FIOLEK, age 15
St. Augustine, Florida
Winner, Women’s Supercross 99cc-plus
Honda of Houston CR125R
(Runner-up JESSICA PATTERSON, see below)
JESSICA PATTERSON, age 22
Winner, Women’s Motocross 99cc-plus
Honda of Houston CRF250R
(Runner-up ASHLEY FIOLEK, see above)
MARCH/APRIL 2007 7
HRCA NEWS Continued
up in 2007
with amateur support
The HRCA has long been known for its commit-
ment to the youth of our sport and will put that
mission into action with on-the-ground support at
a number of amateur motocross events in 2007.
The HRCA Team will provide free technical assis-
tance at each race—look for the HRCA tent in the
Honda of Houston pit area.
2007 HRCA Amateur Support Event Schedule
Lake Whitney AMA Spring Classic
MARCH 13-18 Family tragedy sparks outpouring of support at West Hills Honda
GNC International Final
Oak Hill MX Park, Decatur, TX When Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Brozovich of Greenville, Pennsylvania, left for his second tour of duty in
Iraq, he made a promise to his 11-year-old son, Ryan. If Ryan kept his grades up and saved his
NMA World Mini Grand Prix money, he would help him buy a used dirtbike. Ryan kept his end of the bargain, but sadly, it was a
Las Vegas, NV promise that Brozovich could not keep. The brave soldier lost his life in a roadside bombing in October.
JULY 22-28 Enter Scott Hanna, Brozovich’s friend and fellow Pennsylvania Guardsman. Touched by Ryan’s
NMA Ponca City Grand National Championships grief, he talked to his friends at West Hills Honda about getting the young boy a new dirtbike.
Ponca City, OK
Through the generosity of the dealer and the West Hills HRCA Chapter, Ryan was given a brand-new
JULY 30 - AUGUST 4 Honda CRF®100F and received dirtbike training in stylish riding gear donated by Fox Racing. Next
AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships
Hurricane Mills, TN up: Hanna plans to take Ryan trail riding.
“This proves that there are still some good people left in the world,” said Ryan’s mom, Mary.
AMA Winter National Mini-Os Added Hanna, “I can’t express to you how it brightened Ryan’s and Mary’s day to see the love and
Gainesville, FL outpouring of genuine compassion that we received at West Hills Honda.”
GPS trail-mapping DVD JUST IN TIME FOR RIDING SEASON!
available now from NOHVCC The HRCA launches a new
line of apparel
T h e N a t i o n a l O f f - H i g h w a y Ve h i c l e
Conservation Council (NOHVCC) is at it
again, developing cool tools for off-high-
way vehicle (OHV) riders. This time it has
partnered with a host of motorcycle indus-
try and recreational groups to produce
the Instructional GPS Trail Mapping
DVD. The eight-chapter DVD provides
enthusiasts and professionals with detailed information on how to gather trail information
using GPS technology, as well as how to provide that information to the U.S. Forest Service An entirely new line of HRCA
for the agency’s route designation process. apparel and accessories has been
launched and is now available for
To get a free sample from the NOHVCC, call purchase. These items are exclu-
sive to the HRCA and are proudly
1-800-348-6487 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will branded with the HRCA logo.
be charged for shipping and handling for multiple orders. The new apparel line offers something for everyone.
There are women’s jogging sets, men’s ringer tees and
These are the groups that provided help to the NOHVCC: retro camp shirts. Jackets range from women’s-cut, to a
four-in-one Quadrant All Seasons jacket, to fleece.
American Motorcyclist Association, Americans for Responsible There is also the beginning of a leather-accessories
Recreational Access, BlueRibbon Coalition, Colorado line as well as travel mugs and hats.
The items are all available from
Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition, Motorcycle Industry Council, participating Honda motorcycle
Specialty Vehicle Institute of America and United Four-Wheel dealers, or you can go to www.hrca
shop.com to check out the items and
Drive Association. purchase directly online.
HRCA NEWS Continued
Honda rolls out a slew of new-generation engines
While September heralded the debut of Honda’s by turning it into harmless nitrogen. Honda battery that con-
latest motorcycle engine designs—including the designed the catalytic converter for use with its tributes t o t h e
all-new 200-horsepower-per-liter CBR®600RR 2.2 i-CTDi diesel engine, which has earned wide- increased power
sportbike and the high-revving CRF ®150R spread praise since its introduction in the 2003 output. T h e s e c h a n g e s result in improved
Unicam® motocrosser—it was also an auspi- European Accord. By further optimizing combustion- energy efficiency and performance, and they
cious month for Honda’s other divisions. chamber configuration, reducing fuel-injection give the vehicle a travel range approximately 30
On the automobile front, three developments time and boosting the efficiency of the EGR percent greater than that of the current FCX. In
are noteworthy. First, the company announced an (exhaust gas recirculation) system, the new 2.2 fact, the new vehicle boasts an energy efficiency
Advanced VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift, i-CTDi engine reduces the amount of NOx and of about 60 percent—approximately three
Electronic Control) gasoline engine that achieves soot normally found in diesel exhaust while times that of a gasoline-engine vehicle, twice
lower emissions, higher performance and out- simultaneously producing more power. Honda that of a hybrid vehicle and 10 percent better
standing fuel economy. (Based on Honda’s inter- plans to introduce an even more advanced diesel than that of the current FCX. Limited marketing
nal calculations, the improvement is as high as 13 engine capable of handling fuels with different of a totally new fuel cell vehicle based on the
percent.) The new engine combines continuously cetane numbers and meeting U.S. on-board diag- FCX Concept model is set to begin in 2008.
variable valve lift and timing control with the con- nostic system requirements within three years. Over in the Marine Division, Honda intro-
tinuously variable phase control of VTC (Variable On September 25, Honda held a demon- duced the completely redesigned BF90 and BF75
Timing Control). The system permits optimum stration drive of the next-generation FCX ™ medium-sized four-stroke marine outboard
control over intake valve lift and phase in response Concept fuel cell vehicle. The FCX Concept fea- engines. Based on the 1.5-liter engine of the
to driving conditions, achieving improved charg- tures a newly developed compact Honda FC Honda Fit automobile, the engines utilize Honda’s
ing efficiency as well as a significant increase in Stack, a comfortable large cabin and futuristic PGM-FI programmed fuel injection system, lean-
torque at all engine speeds. The Advanced VTEC styling along with significant improvements in burn combustion and the world’s first ignition tim-
engine is also exceptionally clean with exhaust power output and efficiency. The zero-emissions ing governed by BLAST (Boosted Low Speed
emissions that meet the U.S. EPA LEV2-ULEV vehicle is equipped with a V Flow fuel cell plat- Torque) air/fuel-ratio technology. The BF90 also
regulations. Honda plans to release a produc- form consisting of a compact, high-efficiency fuel boasts Honda’s renowned VTEC. These features
tion vehicle equipped with Advanced VTEC tech- cell stack arranged in an unusual center-tunnel combine to increase maximum speed and
nology within three years. layout. This allowed designers to create an ele- improve acceleration performance while lowering
Next up, Honda reported that the company gant, low-riding sedan that would have been dif- fuel consumption by as much as 20 percent. To
has developed a next-generation diesel engine ficult to achieve in a conventional fuel cell vehi- top it off, battery charging capacity is more than
that reduces exhaust gas emissions to a level cle. The new fuel cell stack is 20 percent smaller doubled to a class-leading 35 amps, yet these are
equal to that of a gasoline engine. Honda’s next- and 30 percent lighter than the existing FCX FC the lightest, most compact models in their class.
gen diesel employs a radical NOx (nitrogen Stack, yet its power output is 14 kW greater. The Both powerplants surpass the California Air
oxide) catalytic converter that enables a reduc- drive motor has been positioned coaxially with Resources Board (CARB) exhaust emissions
tion in emissions sufficient to meet stringent U.S. the gearbox for a more compact design, with standards for 2008, the most stringent emissions
EPA Tier II Bin 5 emissions requirements (based output increased by 15 kW. Overall, the power- standards in the world. In fact, all 19 Honda
on Honda’s internal calculations). This catalytic plant is about 397 pounds lighter than the unit in marine outboard engines meet or surpass CARB
converter features the world’s first system using the current FCX and about 40 percent smaller in 2008 regulations, making Honda the world’s first
the reductive reaction of ammonia generated size. For an auxiliary power source, the FCX outboard-engine manufacturer to make its entire
within the catalytic converter to “detoxify” NOx Concept carries a small, high-efficiency lithium-ion lineup CARB 2008–compliant.
HRCA NEWS Continued
Fall Out Boy hits the fast lane as they headline
7th Annual Honda Civic Tour
To kick off the 7th year
of the hugely success-
ful Honda Civic Tour,
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced the multi-platinum, two-
time MTV VMA award-winning band Fall Out Boy as the 2007 headliner
during an event and surprise performance at the company’s U.S. head-
quarters in Torrance, California.
This year’s tour is pulling out all the stops with Fall Out Boy’s super-
charged stage show, guaranteed to bring both loyal and new fans to their feet.
Fall Out Boy will be kicking off the tour April 18 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
As part of the partnership with American Honda, Fall Out Boy created
and designed special custom features for a Honda Civic Hybrid, which will
be displayed on tour with the band and showcased at each venue.
Throughout the tour, fans will have the opportunity to enter to win this
Fans can log on to www.hondacivictour.com for information about
the tour schedule and upcoming pre-sale dates.
Honda Racing: All in the Family HRCA Member
For many Honda Associates, the pride of working on a winning team is enough—
enough to keep them working long past quitting time as Red Rider volunteers.
Take the Asaka R&D Center engineers in this photograph. Each of them
helped prep Honda’s two 2006 Baja 1000 CRF ®450X entries—which finished 1-2
in the November competition—all on their own time. The win was a first for the
450X, but not for Honda R&D. These hard-chargers also field a Superbike each
year in the famed Suzuka 8 Hours under the team name Blue Helmet MSC.
Here in the States, American Honda’s Associates also get in the act. Each fall,
dozens of company volunteers staff the numerous checkpoints along the Baja
1000 route. When it comes to winning, Honda’s worker bees just can’t seem to
The HRCA and Asterisk—the renowned manufacturer of the
Cell and Germ Knee Protection Systems—are proud to offer
HRCA Members a free T-shirt and hat* with the purchase of
either brace system. Contact Asterisk at 1-800-459-2999
to order your braces, and be sure to have your HRCA
Member number ready when placing the order to receive
your free hat and T-shirt.
Ready, Set, Sail!
Mike Scott, president of the Coeur d’Alene Honda Riders Club Chapter in
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has planned the cruise of cruises scheduled for
November 2007. Each year the Chapter participates in 18 organized rides
during the riding season, and Mike has taken a different approach to get
families involved during the off-season. This fall, Members of the Chapter Germ System
will set sail on an eight-day Norwegian Cruise to the Mexican Riviera leav-
ing from Los Angeles. If you are a current HRCA Member and you and your
family would like to join them, please call Mike Scott at (208) 765-5005 or * No cash value. Limit one per Member. Offer valid only for current HRCA
Members and subject to change. May not be combined with any other
Gary Barrier at (208) 640-3297. Prices start at about $825 per person. offer. No substitutions.
HRCA NEWS Continued
2007 HRCA EVENT CALENDAR
The HRCA has scheduled participation at many of the following events. Others are listed based on their value as a riding destination. Please remember that while these events are shown in
our schedule, we do not control the events, except for the Honda Hoot ™. We participate at many of these events as a service to our Members and other Honda enthusiasts. All events (and
dates) and our participation at events in this schedule are subject to change without notice. Dates listed are Honda’s participation dates.
NATIONAL DEMO EVENTS
The Honda Tour 2007 demo team has scheduled demo rides at these
HRCA MEMBERS-ONLY ACTIVITIES
DAYTONA BIKE WEEK, LAKE GEORGE AND LAGUNA SECA
national events. We are working to finalize our major national Members-Only activities. Go to www.hrca.honda.com for the latest infor-
MAR 5-9 Bike Week Daytona Beach, FL mation along with ticket availability.
JUN 5-8 Americade Lake George, NY
JUN 20-23 Honda Hoot Knoxville, TN
JUL 4-7 Wing Ding Billings, MT
JUL 26-28 Honda HomeComing Marysville, OH
HRCA REGIONAL EVENTS
The HRCA will be providing Members with other Members-Only activities at other rallies and events. Watch for added
OCT 18-20 Biketoberfest Daytona Beach, FL information in future issues of Honda Red Rider magazine.
AMATEUR MOTOCROSS EASTERN REGIONAL EVENTS
MAR 6-11 Lake Whitney, TX MARCH 5-10, DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA
MAR 13-18 Decatur, TX The granddaddy of them all, the Daytona 200 by Honda, and once again HRCA Members have an opportunity to use the
APR 9-15 Las Vegas, NV power of the card for special parking at Honda’s beautiful display area located at the main gate of Daytona
JUN 18-24 Mammoth Lakes, CA International Speedway. Plus, if you act now, you can purchase your tickets for our HRCA Members-Only event that
JUL 22-28 Ponca City, OK takes place Thursday evening March 8. At the Members-Only event you can rub shoulders with some of the fastest
JUL 30 - AUG 4 Hurricane Mills, TN and most popular riders in the world, Honda’s own factory teams including Supercross, Road Racing and Drag Racing.
NOV 19-24 Gainesville, FL This event sells out every year so get your tickets now. Log on to www.hrca.honda.com to reserve your tickets and for
updated information. Parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and will fill up quickly, so get there early.
MAR 3 Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO
MAR 9 Daytona International Speedway
Supercross by Honda, Daytona Beach, FL
MAR 17 Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
MAR 24 RCA Dome, Indianapolis, IN
MAR 31 Texas Stadium, Irving, TX
APR 21 Ford Field, Detroit, MI
APR 28 Qwest Field, Seattle, WA
MAY 5 Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
ROAD RACING NATIONALS
MAR 10 Daytona 200 by Honda, Daytona Beach, FL
APR 20-22 Birmingham, AL (Doubleheader)
APR 27-29 Fontana, CA (Doubleheader)
MAY 18-20 Sonoma, CA (Doubleheader)
JUN 1-3 Elkhart Lake, WI (Doubleheader)
JUN 22-24 Tooele, UT (Doubleheader)
JUL 20-22 MotoGP/Superbike, Monterey, CA
AUG 3-5 Lexington, OH (Doubleheader)
AUG 17-18 Alton, VA (Doubleheader)
AUG 30 -SEP 2 Braselton, GA (Doubleheader)
SEP 15-16 Championship, Monterey, CA
SEP 28-30 Shootout, Lexington, OH
RIDE FOR KIDS
APR 22 Albuquerque, NM (R)
APR 29 Houston, TX (R)
MAY 6 Triangle area, NC (R)
MAY 6 Torrance, CA (R)
JUN 3 Alpharetta, GA (R)
JUN 3 Richmond, VA (R)
JUN 10 Cleveland, OH (R)
JUN 10 Golden, CO (R)
JUN 10 San Bernardino, CA (DS)
JUN 23 Honda Hoot, Knoxville, TN (R)
JUN 24 San Francisco area, CA (R) APRIL 20-22, BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
JUL 8 South Bend, IN (R) Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, will host
JUL 15 South Barrington, IL (R) the third annual Honda Superbike Classic, and HRCA
JUL 15 Utica, NY (R) Members will enjoy a special viewing area and get a free gift
JUL 22 Kansas City, MO (R) when you present a special coupon. Stop by the Honda display
JUL 22 White Bear Lake, MN (R) area on the manufacturers midway. Have a seat inside the
JUL 28 * Marysville, OH (R) Members-Only area and enjoy a cool beverage. Seating is lim-
AUG 5 Hudson Valley, NY (R) ited so get there early. Free gift is only available to Members
AUG 5 Madison, WI (R) presenting the special coupon. One per Member, while sup-
AUG 12 Cranberry Township, PA (R) plies last. Coupon available at participating HRCA Chapter
AUG 18 Salt Lake City, UT (R) dealers and online at www.hrca.honda.com. Visit the HRCA
AUG 19 N. Oxford, MA (R) Clubhouse for participating dealers.
AUG 26 Ann Arbor, MI (R) (DS)
AUG 26 Asheville, NC (R) MAY 6, LAKE WALES, FLORIDA
SEP 9 Carnation, WA (R) One thing we’ve learned after doing events for so many years is that some of the very best places to go are right
SEP 16 Philadelphia, PA (R) in your own area. And people often forget about them until someone from somewhere else wants you to take them
SEP 16 Hillsboro, MO (R) there. Historic Bok Sanctuary may be just one of those
SEP 16 Pelham, AL (R) places! Located near Lake Wales, this National Historic
SEP 23 Columbia, MD (R) Landmark with 250 acres on peninsular Florida’s highest
SEP 30 Las Vegas, NV (R) point features Frederick Law Olmsted’s landscape gardens,
OCT 7 Benbrook, TX (R) a majestic marble and coquina belltower, the music of a 60-
OCT 7 Woodland, CA (R) bell carillon, a Mediterranean Revival mansion, the Pine
OCT 14 Phoenix, AZ (R) Ridge Nature Preserve and much more. This is your special
OCT 21 San Diego, CA (R) invitation to join other HRCA Members at Bok Sanctuary for
OCT 21 Lafayette, LA (R) a great event at a great place. We’ll start with a light lunch,
NOV 4 Sarasota, FL (R) and then you’ll be able to listen to the music of the carillon
as you explore the beautiful gardens that have inspired peo-
R=Road Ride, DS=Dual-Sport Ride, *=Tentative date
ple since 1929. Tickets available at participating HRCA
For more information on Ride for Kids and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Chapter dealers. Visit www.hrca.honda.com for more infor-
Foundation call 1-800-253-6530. mation and a list of participating dealers.
Alcohol, Drugs and Riding DON’T MIX
AUGUST 3-4, LEXINGTON, OHIO
- Never consume alcohol or drugs before or while operating a
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, will host the 25th
motorcycle, scooter, ATV or watercraft
Anniversary of the Honda Super Cycle Weekend. This event has
become one of the largest motorcycle racing events in North America, and attending HRCA
Members can get a free gift when you present a special coupon available at participating HRCA Sometimes when we hear a message repeatedly we tune it out, but this is
Chapter dealers or online in the HRCA Clubhouse. Stop by the Honda display area on the manu- one message you want to hear because it can save your life, not to men-
facturers midway to say hello, check out the new 2007 Hondas and get your free gift. Gift item is
tion costly repairs and career-limiting episodes with law enforcement.
only available to Members presenting the special coupon. One per Member, while supplies last.
Coupon available at participating HRCA Chapter dealers and online at www.hrca.honda.com. Visit
Alcohol and riding don’t mix. Even one drink can reduce your ability
the HRCA Clubhouse for participating dealers. to respond to changing conditions, and your reaction time gets worse
with every additional drink. So don’t drink and ride, and don’t let your
AUGUST 17-19, ALTON, VIRGINIA friends drink and ride either. Likewise, drugs, even if prescribed by a
If you’ve ever attended any event at Virginia International Raceway you know that the country physician, can be dangerous while riding. Be sure to ask your doctor if it
is safe to operate a vehicle after taking a prescribed medication.
- Ride within your limits
club setting of this beautiful race course makes for spectacular racing and great viewing. The
rolling hills of VIR will host the 6th annual Big Kahuna National, and attending HRCA Members can
get a free gift when you present a special coupon available at participating HRCA Chapter deal-
ers or online in the HRCA Clubhouse. So while you’re walking the paddocks, stop at the Honda Pushing your limits is a major cause of accidents and fatalities, and alco-
race team area to say hello and get your free gift and an autograph from Miguel and Jake. Gift hol, drugs, fatigue, illness and inattention can significantly reduce your
item is only available to Members presenting the special coupon. One per Member, while supplies ability to have good judgment and ride safely. Keep your Honda properly
last. Autographs available during published autograph sessions only. Coupon available at partic- serviced and in safe condition. Take training and be knowledgeable of
ipating HRCA Chapter dealers and online at www.hrca.honda.com. Visit the HRCA Clubhouse for road and weather conditions. And remember to always wear appropriate
participating dealers. riding gear including a DOT-approved helmet.
The Little Engine That Can:
Ride for Kids Steams Into 2007
The Ride for Kids train gains more and more steam every year, thanks
to the thousands of HRCA Members and motorcyclists who make this
incredible Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) program the
longest running, most successful motorcycle fundraiser in the world.
SEPTEMBER 22, SPENCER, NORTH CAROLINA Need proof? In 2006, the Ride for Kids raised
Trains, trains and more trains. Diesel locomotives, steam locomotives, pushers and pullers—this
place has them all. The North Carolina Transportation Museum is located on the site of what once over $3.5 million at 37 events across the country.
was Southern Railway Company’s largest steam locomotive repair facility. HRCA Members are
invited to attend and enjoy a light lunch and tour this awesome facility. Last year more than 100 Including sponsorships like the HRCA (the Ride
HRCA Members from 14 Chapters attended this event, so it’s back by popular demand. Tickets will
be available at participating HRCA Chapter dealers. Visit www.hrca.honda.com for more informa- for Kids presenting sponsor since 1991), the total
tion and a list of dealers.
jumps to $4.4 million. This means that, since the
WESTERN REGIONAL EVENTS PBTF’s inception in 1984, more than $34 million
APRIL 21, KERRVILLE, TEXAS
Back by popular demand is the 3rd annual Texas Hill Country Regional Event at the Y.O. Ranch has been raised to fund research and help fami-
Resort in Kerrville, Texas, on Saturday evening, April 21. HRCA Members and Chapters will be rid-
ing in from all over Texas to meet up, socialize and have a great time in the heart of Hill Country. lies with a youngster stricken with a brain tumor.
Don’t forget to bring your dancing boots! A delicious dinner, country music by the Almost Patsy
Cline band, cool HRCA giveaways and prize drawings are included in the evening’s activities. Also It’s not too late to climb on board and lend a
added this year will be a map of some great roads your Chapter may want to check out. The fun
is just starting when you get to Kerrville! Visit www.hrca.honda.com for ticket information and a hand. In 2007 the Ride for Kids will once again
list of participating dealers.
be in 37 cities, including one near you. For more
information, visit the redesigned Web site at
Quiet or Quieter?
APRIL 28-29, FONTANA, CALIFORNIA
Once again the HRCA will have a Members-Only hospitality area during the Superbike Races at
Honda ATVs are renown
California Speedway. Watch Miguel Duhamel, Jake Zemke, Josh Hayes and others burn up the
racetrack on their CBRs. Members will be treated to a private area where they can relax and
for their pleasantly quiet level
watch a live television feed of the races, check their gear, and enjoy snacks and cold beverages.
The hospitality area will be located next to the Honda display in the vendor area. Make sure to of operating noise. However,
bring your current HRCA membership card for
access! Visit www.hrca.honda.com for more under certain conditions,
some people like to reduce the sound levels coming out of the tailpipe
Watch for added information in future even more. When? How? To what end? Good questions all, and they
issues of Honda Red Rider magazine or
log on to the HRCA Clubhouse Web site, can be readily answered when you make your way to the HRCA
www.hrca.honda.com, for the most
current information. Clubhouse at www.hrca.honda.com and call up the article “Silence
Is Golden.” In addition, you’ll find a bounty of great articles, Honda-
related news and eye-popping photo galleries, so check it out today!
The only amusement park where you bring the rides
2007 Honda Hoot • June 20-23 • Knoxville, Tennessee
It happens every March. You venture into
the garage in your favorite jeans and T-shirt
and eyeball your motorcycle with a look that recalls green summery
rides, great food and close friends. Then it hits you—it’s time to regis-
ter for the 2007 Honda Hoot®!
Whether you’re returning for the 14th year or planning to attend
your first, this year’s Honda Hoot, sponsored by Progressive Direct,
promises to stand out like no other. We brought back your favorite
rides and events and added even more. Best of all, the food, the fun,
the rides, the roads, the scenery and that famous Southern hospitality
await your arrival.
Knoxville, Tennessee—Hoot Headquarters—is a fantastic destina-
tion in its own right and just happens to be the gateway to motorcycling
paradise. Everyone on every brand of bike is welcome. Which means, of
course, that the best way to get to the Hoot is to ride there. With the long
days and warm nights, the socializing couldn’t be better. Come with a
friend, your riding club, the family or alone—once you get to the Honda
Hoot, you’ll never have to worry about what to do next.
The roads of eastern Tennessee and the surrounding region are
some of the best in the nation. And to be sure you sample them all, we’ve
organized some memorable rides. All are self-guided trips that include
lunch and special attractions, such as music, local crafters and more.
I Cherohala Scenic Skyway Ride, sponsored by the American I Get to the Point Ride, sponsored by Progressive Direct
Motorcyclist Association We’ll be joined by our friends from Honda Marine and the University
This gorgeous ride climbs over a mile high into the Appalachians of Tennessee water-ski team at the Point Resort outside Dandridge,
and snakes through famous Deals Gap. Tennessee, on Douglas Lake.
I Cumberland Gap Ride I Poker Run
A relaxing trip to a charming Southern town that sits on the corner It’s all for a good cause, and proceeds benefit the Pediatric Brain
of Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky. Whether you get an early start Tumor Foundation (PBTF).
or take off at noon, we’ll have lunch waiting for you along with I Cycle World Wheels Through Time Ride
music, craft vendors and more. A roller coaster of a ride to the famous Wheels Through Time
I Ride to Roan Mountain Museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.
A big hit in 2006, this ride culminates at a stunningly beautiful state I Best Dam Ride and Fish Fry, sponsored by Garmin
park straddling the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Check out the giant Norris Dam and take in the breathtaking view.
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The Honda Hoot also features two very special organized rides. I Honda Hoot Welcome Party, sponsored by Bridgestone
The PBTF’s Ride for Kids program has been the official charity of the Tuesday night at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Knoxville.
HRCA since 1991, and on Saturday morning we’re hosting the seventh I Knoxville Police Motor Corps Riding Exhibition during the
annual Knoxville Ride for Kids. Your $35-plus donation underwrites Ice Cream Social
the foundation’s research and family support programs. Then there’s Two cool treats on Wednesday afternoon at Chilhowee Park.
the third annual Cycle World Rolling Concours—if you want to ride, I Bike Night at the World’s Fair
you have to have a 1976-or-earlier machine. Post-ride judging and With booths, vendors, food, drink, games and carnival activities
awards are included. Wednesday night.
When you’re not riding at the Hoot, we’ve got you covered, rain or I NEW! Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
shine. Check out these old favorites and new additions: A special showing of this classic adventure movie, at the historic
I NEW! Back to the ’50s Party, sponsored by Visa U.S.A.
Roll back the calendar Thursday night with rockin’ music and dancing.
I NEW! Knoxville Icon Contest Final
Following the Back to the ’50s party, the semi-finalists of the three-
month-long Knoxville Icon contest will perform live in front of the
judges—and you! The winner will be selected Knoxville Icon Winner
2007 and will be awarded a Honda scooter among his or her prizes.
I Fire in the Sky Fireworks, sponsored by Visa U.S.A.
A Hoot tradition, also Thursday evening, following the Knoxville Icon
I NEW! Beans, Beans and More Beans
An exclusive tour of the Bush Beans factory on Friday, was available
to the first 200 registrants and is sold out. This is the first time the
Bush family has opened its doors to the public. Jay, Cousin Drew
and most likely Duke will be there.
I Down Home Party at the Museum of Appalachia,
sponsored by Dunlop
Ride back to a simpler time Friday evening. This party and barbeque
is held at a living-history museum dedicated to preserving early pio-
neer life and is always a Hoot favorite.
I Metric Cruiser Motorcycle Show, sponsored by Cobra Engineering
See the latest styling trends Saturday morning at Chilhowee Park.
I Honda Hoot Closing Ceremony
The biggest blowout of them all is Saturday afternoon with special HRCA Members-Only Event:
entertainment followed by the Hoot grand-prize drawing. A Day at the Playhouse, sponsored by Chase
We treat everyone special at the Hoot, but HRCA Members always get
What more could there be? Plenty. All day, every day, we’ve arranged something extra. This year we’re going on a self-guided ride to the
more to do than you can shake a stick at: Riverboat Cruise and Cumberland County Playhouse. This is a spectacular location and a beau-
Breakfast on the Star of Knoxville paddle-wheeler, Team Extreme Trials tiful ride, followed by lunch and a special treat at the end: an exclusive
Shows, the all-new Ball of Steel Stunt Show, White Water Rafting Trips performance of Smoke on the Mountain, a family musical filled with tra-
on the Pigeon River, Motorcycle Safety Foundation Training, and dis- ditional songs, picked and sung in authentic Appalachian gospel and
counted tickets to Black Bear Jamboree, Country Tonite, Dixie bluegrass styles. It’s an event all HRCA Members are sure to love so
Stampede, Dollywood and the Knoxville Zoo! make sure to reserve
Don’t wait another moment—pre-register today! Prices are $55 per your place. This is one
person ($60 per person on-site) and just $48 for HRCA Members ($55 event we know you
on-site). The 2007 Honda Hoot—we’ll see you there! won’t want to miss!
2007 Hoot Registration Information
To get the full scoop on the 2007 Honda Hoot, including how to obtain a free brochure
and get registration information, visit www.hondahoot.com or call the Hoot toll-free
number at 1-800-347-1289.
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What is a custom? The question brings to the fore our fundamental assumptions about customized motorcycles. Is a cruiser with
gold-leaf skin, deep-dish chrome and a rakish front end any more or less customized than Jeff Ward’s CRF450R Supermoto bike?
Even traditional customs no longer have traditional profiles. V-twins, fours, six-cylinder machines, each has its own unique set
of bones on which to build, and each casts a different silhouette. For your consideration, we submit a collection of highly
customized motorcycles, all designed with a specific vision in mind.
Roland Sands Builds a Honda 919
to Fight the Good Fight
Every now and then, a wide assortment of seemingly separate elements
merge together to form a sum total transcending all expectations. The Honda
919 created by noted custom builder Roland Sands—as well as the project’s
origins—stands in glorious testimony to such cosmic convergences.
For starters, the project began life as a collaboration among American
Honda, Roland Sands Design (RSD), Cycle World magazine and the
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. American Honda would provide the base
machine, a stock 919, which would then receive Sands’ ministrations.
Cycle World committed to showcasing the one-off machine through its
International Motorcycle Shows, while also selling raffle tickets for
the bike—with the proceeds going toward the fight against brain
tumors in children.
“This project was an opportunity to support a greater cause,”
says Sands. “We called this bike Brave Heart to embody the
tremendous spirit these children possess. I hope it generates
excitement and, more importantly, that it raises a significant
amount of money for the fight against pediatric brain tumors.”
Surprisingly enough, a number of the components funneled
into the creation of Brave Heart are readily available aftermarket
items. The suspension components front and rear come from
Öhlins, although Sands did fabricate a one-off triple tree to hold
the inverted fork.
A Renthal handlebar and risers plus RSD hand controls lend to the
exotic look, while Vance & Hines worked with Sands on the twin underseat
exhaust, customized with hand-formed aluminum heat shields and RSD
machined tips. The aluminum radiator shrouds and intake covers, as well as
the seat cover, also bear handmade origins. The RSD contrast-cut Domino
wheels lend quite a bit of bling, especially with the attached high-performance
Dunlop D208GP tires. And the Performance Machine rotors and radial-mount
brake calipers, plus Spiegler braided brake lines, add further to Brave Heart’s
allure. The RSD paint scheme was executed by the masters at Air-Trix, and pho-
tos really can’t do it justice.
“I liked using the Honda 919 as a starting point,” says Sands. “It offered
me a clean slate with lots of room to spice up the bike and make it look really
cool. I wanted to inject an angrier look, make it a street fighter stripped down
and ready to do battle. It’s all about giving Brave Heart an aggressive look.”
Sure enough, if you want aggressive, this bike’s practically oozing aggres-
sion from every nut and bolt.
Raffle tickets for Brave Heart are available at the Cycle World stand at each
IMS show for $5 each or five for $20.
Note: Some modifications to your engine or transmission may
not meet Federal or State standards and may also void portions
of your warranty.
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Josh Grant’s CRF250R: Build One Yourself
At the ripe old age of 20, SoBe No Fear/Samsung/Honda Racing Team’s Josh
Grant has arrived at the precipice of AMA Supercross and Motocross great-
ness. He comes off an impressive 2006 season, finishing third in Supercross
Lites East and third overall in Motocross Lites. The leap ahead in 2007 might
cause mere mortals like us to pause, but with Honda’s unstoppable
CRF®250R under him, Grant is just a step-up away from the top of America’s
most celebrated motorcycle racing podium.
What is so remarkable about Grant’s success is that the Honda CRF250R
he rides is a machine that the rest of us can own as well. In stock form it is
a powerful and impeccably good-handling machine. And with a little TLC
from Factory Connection (FC) and its A-list of suppliers, it is capable of
dominating at the top national level.
Grant’s powerplant has been massaged by Pro Circuit, FC’s development
partner, to develop the kind of power needed to grab the holeshot and
motor away from the field. The stock bottom end—crankshaft, bear-
ings, flywheel and stator—are plenty tough all on their own. Pro
Circuit adds its piston and rings, valves, springs and keepers,
camshaft and head-porting job. An AMSOIL air filter sepa-
rates the dust from the O2 passing through the stock carb,
and the air-fuel charge is fired by a Vortex ignition. A
Pro Circuit exhaust scavenges the cylinder, and the
resulting power flows through a Hinson clutch using
the stock Honda plates. An EK chain ensures all
that high-performance tuning gets to the rear
wheel in a hurry.
In the hands of a pro like Grant, an AMA
Supercross or national motocross track will take
its toll on suspension, so FC fits Showa’s A-kit
(also used by Team Honda) front and rear. To
handle the beefier fork, oversized Honda fork
clamps are used. The wheels and brakes are nearly
stock, with the exception of an oversized Honda front
rotor. Dunlop supplies the meaty rubber, including the
D742FA on the front.
There are a number of other nice pieces that
can be bought over the counter. A Renthal han-
dlebar matches up nicely with the stock seat
and oversize titanium foot pegs. Cycra pro-
duces the vented front and rear fenders, side
panels and radiator shroud.
So the secret is out—you can build a bike
just like Josh Grant’s CRF250R. There’s just one
more thing to do: Ride it as well as Josh Grant
does, and there’s nothing standing between you
and the podium.
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Randall Kipker’s VTX: Eye Candy That Goes
Randall Kipker’s custom VTX may be a long way from the 1973 CL100 that
he and his brother customized with flame paint and Dog-Bone Z-bars, but
the inspiration is the same. The license plate hints at the payoff Kipker
receives every time he rides the big V-twin: X2C110—or Ecstasy, 110-
The execution of the Ecstasy VTX is first-rate, uncommon for a
first-time effort. “I showed this bike at the 2003 Honda
Homecoming in the Wash and Wax category,” says Kipker, a
resident of Somerville, Alabama. “At that time it just had
some bolt-ons. Then in 2004 I got together with the
builder, Shawn Henderson at Highlander Custom
Cycles in Dania Beach, Florida, and we developed
the bike into what you see today.”
The frame is essentially stock, as is the
engine with the exception of the air breather
and Techlusion fuel optimizer. “I enjoy get-
ting my hands dirty, so I removed the engine
and did the grinding and sanding on the
frame,” says Kipker. He also designed the
bars, fenders, rear LED lights, Hi-Tech cus-
tom alligator/buffalo-hide seat, and graphic
pattern and selected the Pagan Gold Candy
paint. Highlander conceived the spine look and
integrated it into the radiator grille, fenders,
Velocity 2 Extreme air breather and stock tank—
which is stretched six inches and boasts a VTX
F-type digital speedometer. Kewlmetal provided the
lowered billet front fork and air-ride rear suspension, Honda Direct Line supplied the triple-
tree clamps and Super-Hub wheel mounting system for the 200-series rear tire, Brown
County Custom built the swingarm and RC Components was the source for the Predator-style
wheels and rotors. The stock VTX brake calipers and brake and clutch reservoirs have only
slight modifications. Kipker points out that the bike retains the stock trail specification too.
Kipker went to great lengths to incorporate turn signals, control switches, indicators and
LEDs. “Most folks say, ‘We went with the concept less-is-more,’ and they usually mean they
left off things. I wanted a bike that functioned as well as it looked.” The most time-consuming
aspect of this commitment was the 35 hours required to fit the internal throttle assembly.
With an investment of $30,000 and countless man-hours, Kipker is understandably tak-
ing time to enjoy his new ride. But his imagination is quietly whirring away, reminiscing about
the old days—and a 1974 Honda CR125 Elsinore he once owned. We can’t wait to see what
he brings to the next Honda Hoot!
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Honda Hoot People’s Choice Winner Is Golden
Dennis Matteuzzi is not your typical custom-bike
builder, and it shows. Just one look at his gold-
plated, nitrous-breathing Honda Rune reveals
why he won the People’s Choice Award at the
2006 Honda Hoot Metric Cruiser Motorcycle
Show sponsored by Cobra Engineering.
The 64-year-old pilot returned to motorcy-
cling three years ago after raising his family in
St. Louis and was immediately smitten by the
Honda Rune. “I bought it from Ted’s Motorcycle
World in Alton, Illinois, late in 2004. It’s a spec-
tacular one-of-a-kind factory design that begs
to be dressed up in a manner fitting to its
nature.” To Matteuzzi, that meant adorning the
King of Cruisers with plenty of gold accents and
Gold is an expensive commodity, and
Matteuzzi carefully determined where and how
to best highlight the bike’s flowing lines. Gold-
leaf accents were meticulously applied to the
fuel tank, fenders, radiator shroud and head-
light housing, while other parts received the
gold-plate treatment, including the rear turn
signals, passenger pegs, instrument cluster,
cylinder-head covers and air-cleaner covers.
The most challenging aspect of the project is
also turned out to be the most stunning—24-
karat gold-plated wheel accents and spinners.
Propelling this shimmering suncatcher down
the road is Honda’s trademark 1800cc six-cylinder
powerhouse, to which Matteuzzi added one notable modification: a 20-
shot nitrous injection system. “I always want my bikes to go as good as
they show, and with the nitrous, she’ll do 10-second quarter-mile runs on
the dyno drags,” he says proudly. “Every ride is thrilling, and I get non-
stop accolades from bikers and non-bikers alike every time I stop. She’s
also a great traveling bike capable of long days.” The Rune also boasts a
Magellan 760 GPS mount and a Honda Genuine Accessories windscreen
Winning the Hoot People’s Choice Award was a special honor, espe-
cially considering it was the first show in which Matteuzzi entered the bike.
“And I haven’t even finished her yet, she’s a work in progress,” he con-
fesses. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year.
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The No-Headaches Solution:
Build Your Dream Machine with a Minimum
of Fuss and Bother
Beauty may well reside in the eye of the beholder, as the old saying goes. However, when it’s time
to transform your own motorcycle into Something Special that exists—for the present at least—
only in your imagination, the journey from the mind’s eye to genuine, in-the-garage eyeballing sta-
tus can sometimes prove to be long and arduous, fraught with headaches and hassles. In short,
how hard do you want to work at creating a bike that communicates your personal vision of what
a custom should be?
That’s the beauty of the VTX lineup from Honda. Essentially, by carefully scoping out all of the
various models, engine sizes and specification packages, then adding purpose-built accessories
and perhaps an original paint treatment, you can minimize the custom-building headaches, maxi-
mize your creative flair and get back on the road to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Case in point: This Honda VTX1300S has been taken about three giant steps away from the
norm—all with a minimum of fuss and bother. This spoke-wheel old-school rendition of the VTX
already incorporates plenty of the traditional cruiser look, which we accented with the addition of about
a dozen readily obtainable custom accessories that can be found as close as your nearest Honda deal-
ership. Should your taste happen to match ours exactly, the list below is all you need, but if you’d rather
opt for a different look, feel free to choose from among the dozens of other Honda Genuine Accessories
that can be had just as easily.
Add a custom paint job, perhaps $2000 or upwards depending on who you might tap for the job
and how complicated your tastes may run, and you have a fully personalized machine all
ready to roll. At this point, the only problem you’ll likely encounter is whether you’ll get
more pleasure during the weekend by heading out for a ride or from simply polish-
ing up and admiring your little gem!
Honda Genuine Accessories
Chrome Seat Trim Rail $162.95
Chrome Solo Rider Rear Carrier $157.95
Chrome Heated Grips $299.95
Custom Windscreen $519.95
Chrome Light Bar $339.95
Chrome Spotlight Visors $23.95
Chrome Front Fender Tip $100.95
Chrome Driveshaft Cover $59.95
Chrome Billet Driveshaft Bolt Cover $100.95
Chrome Master Cylinder Cap $30.95
Leather Tank Belt (Studded) $117.95
Leather Front Pouch (Studded) $79.95
Leather Saddlebags (Studded) $599.95
Saddlebag Mounting Brackets $158.95
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Two Bikes, Two Champions:
A Look at Troy Lee Designs’ CRF450R and
CRF250R Supermoto Bikes
Don’t think of it as a racetrack; think of it as an outdoor concert. And don’t think of Troy Lee as a
master designer; think of him as the conductor, Il Maestro. Viewed in that light, you begin to see
his Honda CRF450R- and CRF250R-based Supermoto racebikes as what they truly are: two flaw-
less, crystal-clear high notes in a magnificent performance.
On the surface, it’s tempting to view these machines as the same bike, just scaled up or down
depending on displacement. That’s a mistake. While there are certain family similarities, they’re two dis-
tinct motorcycles, much as two kids from the same parents often have widely varying personalities.
First of the two was the 450. Way back in 1999, Mitch
Leonard was crew chief for Miguel Duhamel’s road-racing
effort, and he saw a prototype of the single-cylinder, four-
stroke MX engine that was to become the CRF450R, shoe-
horned into a CR250R’s aluminum frame. He remembers
thinking, “I want one of those!” Leonard now works for Troy
Lee building Jeff Ward’s championship-winning bikes. “It’s an
amazing machine. And it’s a workhorse, an animal, every-
body’s dream bike. Coming from road racing, I though it would
be a piece of cake to build a Supermoto machine, but it’s not.
It’s still a lot of work.” But, Leonard adds, today they do much
less to the bike than they used to. The Troy Lee bikes used to
use offset swingarms and radical changes in chassis height.
Now there’s much less of that.
The engines, though, are full race-spec. Amazing at this level
of power and competition, Troy Lee’s shop has found that the
stock Honda crank is up to the job. Careful prep goes into the
cylinder head, the make-or-break point of many of these
Supermoto machines. Particular attention to the valves lets these
bikes hot-start reliably—a weak point with most race-spec
Supermoto iron. In addition to more power (naturally) the team’s
goals are better acceleration out of corners and more overrev.
If the 450 is an animal, the 250 “needs a little more TLC,”
says Leonard. “We spin the motor faster, and we have to pay
more attention to parts wear. Everything’s smaller in that
engine. We can run the 450s about 10 hours between tear-
downs [each race weekend is between 31/2 and 4 hours of
engine-run time]; the 250s we tear down after every meet.
Everything just affects them more.” Cassidy Anderson likes
his TLD 250 though, and well he should: He won the 2006 Supermoto Lites class on it.
Leonard makes another interesting observation. “These Supermoto tracks aren’t all the same. The
pavement-oriented courses mean the engines have to deal with more sustained high-speed running,
while on the tracks with lots of dirt they’re breaking the tire loose more and bouncing off the rev lim-
iter looking for traction.”
Medium and large. When it comes to Supermoto, the Honda CRF250R and CRF450R have the
bases covered. And with all that brass in the trophy case, the Troy Lee Designs Supermoto
machines are clearly the sharpest notes in the symphony.
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Supermoto? How About Super-cool!
It started as a dirtbike, was built into a racebike, and
now Troy Lee makes it a Supermoto concept bike
It seems like you can’t swing a con rod these days without hitting
some new made-for-television concept bike, usually a V-twin with a
wheelbase measured in first downs, and about as rideable as a
midieval torture instrument—that is, if its builder has even bothered
to install a crankshaft and made it run at all. And that’s precisely why
the Troy Lee Designs Supermoto concept bike you see here is so
refreshing. That, plus the thing’s just plain cool.
The general idea was simple: Take a Honda CRF450X and turn it into
a streetable Supermoto concept. The Troy Lee team already builds the
Supermoto bikes Jeff Ward and Cassidy Anderson used to win the 2006
Supermoto and Supermoto Lites Championships; the next step of tak-
ing it to the streets was a no-brainer. A new front end, smaller front
wheel, and new front brake are all starting points. But the guys at TLD
went way farther. For example, check out the twin-muffler exhaust sys-
Troy Lee is taking it to the
tem, like Honda’s CRF250R MX bikes use. That required a new sub- streets! This concept bike, a
street-going version of his Team
frame, a part that started life as a 250 piece. The windscreen and headlight were all fabricated in house, and since Troy Lee CRF450R Supermoto
TLD has an extensive paint shop for helmets, they were painted there too. The first Pro Circuit custom exhaust racers, features windscreen,
headlight, turn signals, twin-
proved too loud, so what you see here is the second take. muffler exhaust and more.
Too loud? You mean this bike is actually built to ride? You bet. The only question now talking Troy Lee into
building enough of these to go around.
What’s the best attribute of the Honda
Gold Wing? We have the answer.
Want to get a really animated discussion going among a bunch of Gold Wing® own-
ers? Just ask them to name the attribute that best defines the Wing as a truly excep-
tional motorcycle. Then stand back, because the arm waving and carrying on will
jump from 0 to 60 in nothing flat!
In fact, as of 2006, a whole slew of new Honda-direct options allow an owner even
more latitude in choosing a favorite feature. Gold Wing riders can now select a built-
in navigation system that makes finding the way a breeze—not to mention the wealth
of information it holds: gas stations,
restaurants, lodging and even the closest
Honda dealership. Those riding technol-
ogy’s cutting edge will boldly tout the
airbag resting patiently within the Gold
Wing. They’ll agree they’ve gotten along
for years without one, but there’s little to
counter an argument for having more
safety on your side should the occasion
ever arise. And then there’s the new
Cold-Weather Comfort Package with heated
grips, seat and backrests and a foot-
warming system that elevates luxury and
comfort to new levels. All told, quite the
assortment of new, upscale features.
Surely one of the primary arguments
for Gold Wing supremacy will focus on the
flat-six 1832cc powerplant. This wondrous
engine is not only hell-for-strong, but it
also pulls like a bull from just off idle. In
fact, the Gold Wing might be peerless for
pulling power upon exiting a corner,
thanks to the abundant torque on tap.
Another rider might argue that handling
stands as the most amazing attribute. The
Wing’s light steering, its accurate response
to input at the bars and a chassis with
structural integrity and feel worthy of a full-
on sportbike far exceed rational expecta- Enthusiasts who ride the cutting edge of technol-
ogy will be sure to include the integrated Garmin
tions for a luxury touring motorcycle. navigation system and an airbag on the list of
Pish-posh, another will say. The brakes options for their particular Gold Wing—two hot
items that first became available in 2006.
on the Gold Wing, especially of the ABS
variety, set this bike head and shoulders
above all pretenders. The outstanding power and feel of these brakes on a tight, twisty
road is what transforms this touring bike into a backroad gun of magnum proportions.
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Experienced travelers may well argue it’s the
All that glitters ...
Gold Wing’s cavernous storage capacity that makes For decades, motorcycling enthusiasts have considered the Honda Gold Wing the ultimate trav-
it so desirable. Whether you’re transporting a lunch eling machine. With its unrivaled combination of power, handling, comfort and storage capac-
and a file folder to the office or packing up for a 10- ity, the Wing truly stands as the gold standard for long-distance riding.
Even so, when you’re planning to spend extended periods of time on the road with your
day-long tour, the Wing’s trunk, saddlebags and machine, a certain few accessories almost become essentials rather than options. So here we’ve
assorted pockets make life on the road a breeze. gathered a list of the top 10 most popular Honda Genuine Accessories for your Gold Wing. For more
Enthusiasts of the group will declare it’s the information and to see all the accessories offered for the Gold Wing, go to www.honda.com.
Gold Wing’s cruise control that sets it apart from - CB Radio Kit - CB Antenna
- Helmet Headset - Fog Light Kit
the maddening crowd. When piling on the miles,
- CD Changer Unit - Rear Spoiler (black)
punching that magical little button saves all kinds - Passenger Armrests - Chrome Exhaust Tips
of physical and mental fatigue. Simply enjoy the - Chrome Heated Grips - Saddlebag Cooler
ride more while working just a little less—the
definition of relaxation, right?
Hard-core distance riders will vote for the Gold
Wing’s exceptional protection. Thanks to a full fair-
ing, an adjustable windshield and more, a rider
simply experiences less fatigue and can ride on
with confidence, no matter what Mother Nature has
in store down the road.
And don’t forget about the inveterate tinkers
among the group, those who constantly search for
accessories, functional and cosmetic alike, to add
to their Gold Wings. To such people, the wealth of
options purpose-built for the Wing is a never-
ending source of entertainment.
In reality, the Honda Gold Wing’s most outstanding
attribute is abundantly apparent.
So, what to do? How to decide which of
these arguments and many more could possibly
be the correct answer to the question posed? If
you’re really brave, after all the heated discus-
sion has cooled down to a simmer once again,
you can chime in with your answer, The One
True Answer. In reality, the Honda Gold Wing’s
most outstanding attribute is abundantly
apparent. Answer: all of the above. Then get
ready to run!
CBR600RR Riding Impression
Reinventing the wheel
When you’re basking in the glow of three straight AMA that redefined performance in the 600 class—the
national championships and four consecutive world titles, CBR600RR is the undisputed champion in AMA Formula
you gotta be thinking: What next? Xtreme and World Supersport competition—Honda’s best
You can bet Honda engineers were asking themselves and brightest doubtless spent a few late nights at the draw-
that very question. After building the best-selling 600 ing board scratching their heads and pondering where to
sportbike in the world for 20 years, capped by a machine go from here.
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New for 2007
The answer was close at hand. Several years Despite the MotoGP infusion, Honda engi-
ago, Honda R&D joined forces with Honda neers did not lose sight of the CBR’s primary
Racing Corporation (HRC) to co-develop racing purpose—it has lights and a plate, after all.
I Class-leading power-to-weight ratio.
and production machines. The 2004 Consequently, they raised the handlebars 10mm
I Smaller, lighter, more compact
CBR1000RR was the first child of this techno- and gave the CBR a nicely padded and reshaped
inline four-cylinder engine.
union, and now the next-generation CBR600RR seat, aiming the ergonomics at longer days in
I Improved midrange performance has been hatched from the same process. HRC’s the saddle. The result is a riding position that’s
and enhanced peak power. quest to create a lighter, smaller MotoGP aggressive enough for the racetrack and com-
I Significant weight reduction in machine to accommodate the 2007 800cc- fortable enough to keep you happy over a long
engine and chassis. displacement rule perfectly paralleled Honda day of street riding.
I Repositioned transmission shafts R&D’s goals for the new CBR600RR, so it’s no But it’s the performance of the new CBR that
allow a more compact engine. wonder some notes were shared along the way. leaves the deepest impression. A drop of 18
I Lightweight, forged-aluminum Looking for proof? The 2007 CBR600RR is pounds is a lot of weight, and nothing can match
pistons incorporate special shot lighter, shorter, quicker and more powerful than the natural agility of lightness. You feel it the
peening for added toughness. its predecessor, a change underscored by two instant you rock the CBR off the sidestand. The
I Lightweight magnesium head cover.
I New, single exhaust valve springs.
I Smaller, lighter neodymium-
I New transmission and final drive
I Smaller, lighter clutch.
I New vertical-piston master-cylinder
I Lighter stainless steel exhaust
features titanium baffles and new
inline-exhaust pressure control
valve for maximum performance.
I New intake-air control valve (IACV)
minimizes torque reaction and
smoothes response to small throttle
changes through gradual reductions
of air and fuel intake when throttle
is opened and closed.
I Nose-mounted ram-air induction
directs fresh, cool air to a higher-
volume airbox. telling statistics: Wheelbase has been reduced bike feels smaller and lighter in everything it
by almost an inch, and weight dropped by a does, and it does everything more precisely and
I Smaller and lighter Honda
Electronic Steering Damper (HESD). massive 18 pounds (wet). Engine, chassis, with less effort. Thanks to the HESD system,
bodywork—everything is new on the 2007 steering is quick without being twitchy or nerv-
I New Fine Die-Cast (FDC) frame uses
CBR600RR, all of it influenced by HRC’s engi- ous. Picture a hummingbird with a steering
four large castings for lighter weight.
neering direction with the new MotoGP RC212V. damper, and you get an idea of the CBR’s han-
I Redesigned radiator with more compact And here’s a bit of trickle-down irony: The dling character. Stable, ultra-responsive, able to
dimensions improves cooling capacity.
CBR600RR will hit the streets before the change lines mid-turn with ease, the new CBR
I All-new bodywork enhances RC212V sits on its first grid. responds intuitively to commands.
handling and performance. If you caught the November/December 2006 New brake and suspension systems also set
I New, compact instrument design. issue of Honda Red Rider, you already know all new standards for the class. The 41mm Honda
I Pearl White/Silver, Ultra Blue the development details of the CBR600RR (go to Multi-Action System (HMAS) cartridge fork and
Metallic/Silver, Red/Black and Black www.hrca.honda.com if that issue skipped Unit Pro-Link™ rear suspension boast a broad
are color options. your mailbox). But now you’re wondering, operating range; taut enough to barnstorm the
“What’s it like to live with the new bike?” racetrack, yet compliant enough to provide genuine
20 years of CBR600
Tracing its lineage through eight generations of CBR600s, the 2007 CBR600RR stands at
sport/touring ride quality on the street,
the pinnacle of the best-selling middleweight sportbikes in the world.
swallowing road imperfections with VFR-
like smoothness. A new front brake, featur-
ing the vertically oriented radial master 1987 Hurricane 600
Honda’s first CBR600 was a breakthrough machine in a number of ways. To start,
cylinder system first introduced on the its unique full bodywork allowed designers to forego the usual engine and frame
CBR1000RR, provides race-ready stopping cosmetics and instead devote development dollars to pure performance. The
result was 83 bhp from the CBR’s liquid-cooled inline-four, superb handling and
power and more tactile feel with a distinct a dry weight of 396.8 pounds—making the Hurricane the lightest, most power-
ful 600 available. Such performance alone blew away the competition; with ver-
reduction in lever effort.
It’s the performance of
satility no other 600 could match, the CBR was irresistible.
the new CBR that leaves the
Renamed the CBR600F, the Hurricane’s successor featured revisions to the
engine that yielded an additional 10 horsepower. Revised porting and cam tim-
ing, plus recontoured pistons and combustion chambers, a slightly higher com-
pression ratio, recalibrated carb and ignition settings, and a new stainless steel
exhaust system made the CBR’s inline-four even more muscular.
A whole new engine contributes a signif-
icant boost in midrange power. While most
600cc machines demand the
rider to operate at the high and A total redesign produced the new CBR600F2. Horsepower leapt to an aston-
narrow end of the powerband, ishing 100 bhp, thanks to more oversquare cylinder dimensions, larger carbu-
retors, higher compression and a near-obsessive campaign to reduce internal
the new CBR’s power curve feels friction. To provide handling to match its newfound horsepower, the more com-
pact and lighter engine bolted to a new, stiffer frame with revalved suspension,
closer to that of a 1000. Coupled more powerful brakes and RC30-type wheels. The CBR600F2 was again the
with the revised gearing of its lightest, quickest and most powerful middleweight money could buy.
new low-lash transmission, the 1995 CBR600F3
CBR’s broad power lets you The fourth revision of Honda’s middleweight champ sees engineers revisiting
some popular themes: More compact combustion chambers and a computer-
short-shift the engine and take controlled 3D-mapped ignition ensure more complete combustion and more
your choice of several gears to power, to go along with a higher compression ratio, a new dual-stage ram-air
intake system and a renewed assault on internal friction. The chassis also ben-
scurry through the twisties, just efits from fresh thinking, with recalibrated suspension rates and stronger brakes
like you would with a 1000cc sharpening the F3’s handling edge.
machine. Throttle response
from the electronic fuel injection Honda redesigns its middleweight star from the contact patches up using the lat-
system is flawless, and with a est in design and manufacturing techniques. An all-new engine features signif-
icant reductions in internal weight and friction, more oversquare bore and stroke
bunch more torque between dimensions and a redesigned dual-stage ram-air system to push horsepower to
an incredible 110 bhp. An aluminum Pro Frame® complements the engine revi-
7000 and 10,000 rpm and sions, complete with Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) rear suspension
power that builds steadily to a 2 components, race-spec brakes and radial tires for exceptional handling.
percent horsepower increase
at its 13,500-rpm peak, the
High-pressure programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) puts the “i” suffix on the
CBR600RR has broadly CBR’s designation. Along with a new electronic digital ignition, a revised and
larger dual-stage ram-air intake tract and airbox, and a redesigned exhaust,
usable power that makes it these changes account for a 5 percent increase in peak power. A stiffer alu-
more fun to ride on the street and signifi- minum chassis keeps the F4i’s reflexes sharp and confidence inspiring. Bottom
line: a 370-pound package that’s the lightest, most powerful middleweight
cantly quicker on the racetrack. Honda’s ever made.
From its RC51-inspired centrally
located ram-air duct in the nose of the fair- The remarkable RR uses breakthrough MotoGP technology to completely rewrite
ing to the aero-reliefs cut into its wasp- the rules for the 600 class. The RR is the most advanced Honda production
motorcycle ever. The compact inline-four engine uses the RC211V®’s center-up
waisted bodywork that expose juicy bits of exhaust and Dual Stage Fuel Injection (PGM-DSFI) technology to produce
the engine, from the blacked-out frame record horsepower for a Honda 600. The chassis features a massive 45mm fork
and Unit Pro-Link™ rear suspension—another RC211V breakthrough—that
spars, swingarm and tri-spoke wheels to allows maximum mass centralization and unheard-of design freedom for the all-
new aluminum frame. Result: the most tightly focused CBR in history.
the tip of its center-up exhaust with new
titanium internals, the 2007 CBR is the 2005 CBR600RR
most striking 600 Honda has ever made. Lessons learned at the racetrack translate into a sharper-edged CBR600RR. A
More importantly, its performance is as new inverted fork and more aerodynamically fashioned bodywork hint at the
extensive chassis changes, including an entirely new aluminum frame,
broad as it is high, which means you don’t swingarm and rear shock. These changes, plus other refinements to the engine,
have to be Miguel Duhamel to appreciate exhaust system and more, pare weight down a full nine pounds. Overall, the RR
feels, functions and performs like an all-new bike.
what the new CBR600RR has to offer.
For additional coverage of the 20-year history of the Honda CBR600 including
racing photos and more, go online to www.hrca.honda.com and log on to
the HRCA Clubhouse. MARCH/APRIL 2007 41
The Grand Tour Part five of a six-part series
A motorcycling route across
the USA and back again
T o butcher the Chinese proverb, a journey of a thousand miles begins
with a single twist of the wrist. And as the German proverb actually
goes, When I rest, I rust. Goodness knows if you’ve been traveling with
us across this great U.S. of A. for the previous four installments of the
Honda Red Rider Grand Tour, you are certifiably rust-free, having cov-
ered thousands of miles. What started off at the Atlantic Ocean has made
its way fully west and now circles eastward again by way of the South.
To compile the route and side trips, we’ve consulted maps, word of
mouth, our own memories, and suggestions from the U.S. Department
of Transportation’s Scenic Byways program (www.byways.org). Sit back
and enjoy the trip through the rest of Texas, as well as a voyage through
Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and,
Hot Springs Into Action
We begin this leg by going east along the Texas Independence Trail Region (the “Cradle of Texas
Liberty”) to Houston via Interstate 10 (U.S. Highway 90). It’s home to the Astrodome (the world’s first
domed stadium) and the Johnson Space Center (NASA), while nearby San Jacinto is historic for
where Texas independence was won. Houston is named after Sam, who did the independence deed
and served as its first president. Go north on U.S. Hwy. 59 toward Lufkin and Nacogdoches, where
scenery encompasses multiple national forests, including Davy Crockett, Angelina and, farther east,
Sabine. From Nacogdoches, hop on U.S. Hwy. 259 toward Henderson and Kilgore, past Lake o’ the
Pines and on through more riding country to Daingerfield, crossing I-30 past DeKalb, Texas. Go over
the Red River into Oklahoma toward Idabel and Broken Bow.
Because Oklahoma was intended as Indian territory, you’ll find yourself traveling through the
Choctaw Nation. Continuing north on 259, you’ll run into the first byway, Mountain Pass Scenic Drive
in southeast Oklahoma. It’s a two-lane paved road that intersects the top of the Ouachita Mountains,
one of America’s oldest landmasses. Fun fact:
The mountains run east/west not north/south.
This byway takes you into the Kiamichi
Mountains to State Highway 1 and the next
byway, the Talimena Scenic Drive, which, if rid-
den at a leisurely pace, should require about two
hours to wind through Ouachita, Winding Stair
and Rich Mountains. Stick with 1 east until it
dumps you into Arkansas from State Hwy. 88,
passing Queen Wilhelmina State Park (Arkansas’ Previous page: Cadillac Ranch, along historic Route 66 in
Amarillo, Texas, photo by Matt Vreeke. This page, clock-
second-highest mountain), into Mena. From wise from left: Visit the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo
for a free 72-ounce steak, photo by Matt Vreeke; Talimena
there, it’s north on U.S. Hwy. 71 over Fourche Scenic Drive through the Ouachita National Forest, photo
courtesy of Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department;
Mountain through the Foran Gap and on to Y Red Earth Native American Festival in Oklahoma City,
photo courtesy of Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation
City. Guess why they call it Y City. Yup, the high- Department; Hot Springs, Arkansas, photo courtesy of Hot
Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau; Background: Take
way splits into a Y. Pick U.S. Hwy. 270 east, a drive through scenic Texas Hill Country, photo courtesy
of Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
which will continue to run through the Ouachita
Mountains toward Mount Ida and Hot Springs,
Bill Clinton’s boyhood home.
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Elvis has left the
(and so have you)
Ditch Memphis by heading southeast on U.S.
Swamp Thing Highway 78 toward Mississippi, passing
Riding southeast on U.S. Highway 270, crossing Interstate 30, you’ll go through Malvern, through Holly Springs and its namesake forest
Sheridan and Pine Bluff, Arkansas. At Pine Bluff, take U.S. Hwy. 65 toward Dumas, at which point (a town so named for its spring surrounded by
you’ll need to go northeast on U.S. Hwy. 165 for the Great River Road Byway, which follows the holly trees) on your way to New Albany and
Mississippi River Valley and is better known as the swampy Delta. We toured part of the GRR Tupelo (Elvis’ birthplace, and knighted an
byway in Parts 1 and 2 on our way out West, remember? Stick with Hwy. 165 as you go over the “All-America City”). While you’re there,
Arkansas River, passing Arkansas Post National Memorial, the first permanent European colony check out the Tupelo National Battlefield and
in the Mississippi River Valley. Natchez Trace State Park. Leave Tupelo by
heading southwest on the Natchez Trace
Don’t even think about Parkway, a scenic byway with a past that fea-
missing the 14-acre tured bandits, dubbing it “Devil’s Backbone.”
Graceland—home of Elvis, The Trace is a renown motorcycling road, and
we’ll be enjoying some of the best portions.
thank you very much. Go through the Tombigbee National
Forest, past the towns of Houston and
Mathison, then across U.S. Hwy. 82, and
onto French Camp, Kosciusko and Jackson.
At this point, the Natchez Trace jogs west;
head toward Clinton on Interstate 20 and
take exit 34 to stay on the Trace. Continue on
Top: Memphis Motorsports Park hosts NASCAR the Trace going southwest from Clinton to
series events as well as NHRA drag racing events,
photo courtesy of Memphis Convention & Visitors Port Gibson, where you’ll be at the south-
Bureau. Left: The Gibson Guitar Beale Street
Showcase is open for factory tours, photo courtesy western most corner of the state and at the
of Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. Above:
Elvis is everywhere! If you can’t make it to Lower Mississippi Historic Byway, part of
Memphis, you can get your Elvis fix by visiting the
Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum in Tupelo, photo the Great River Road once again, with war-
courtesy of Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau.
torn battlefield remnants and Jefferson
After a few miles, catch State Highway 1 at DeWitt, crossing the White River to Marvel, where College. This route eventually takes you to
you’ll be only a couple of miles from the Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park (did you forget the town of Natchez.
what you learned in school about Jefferson paying only $15 million to France for that swinging (Note: If you’re itching for expanding your
deal?). Grab U.S. Hwy. 49 to Helena, where you’ll be atop the banks of the Mississippi. From Deep South history lesson, stay on I-20 to
there, turn north on State Hwy. 44 to Mariana, catching U.S. Hwy. 79 past Horseshoe Lake and Vicksburg on the bank of the Mississippi River.
onto Interstate 40, through West Memphis in Arkansas into Memphis, Tennessee. Don’t even Traveling south on U.S. Hwy. 61 will hook you
think about missing the 14-acre Graceland—home of Elvis, thank you very much. up with the Trace again at Port Gibson.)
Top, clockwise from left: Facade of the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum & Chapel, photo courtesy of Tupelo Convention &
Visitors Bureau; Biloxi Lighthouse, footsteps on a Mississippi beach, cypress swamp and shrimp boats, photos courtesy of
Mississippi Development Authority/Division of Tourism. Background image: Discover the adventure of Mississippi’s historic
trails, winding roads and country lanes, photo courtesy of Mississippi Development Authority/Division of Tourism.
MARCH/APRIL 2007 45
Hot and Spicy Coasting
The Lower Mississippi Historic Byway/Great River Road even- Sure, you can be boring and take Interstate 10
tually takes you through Woodville and into Louisiana. As it from Mobile to Pensacola, Florida. We’d go with
passes St. Francisville, it follows the Mississippi River, where U.S. Highway 90, which connects New Orleans
you’ll reach Baton Rouge, Mississippi’s capital. Bring your and Florida (Old Spanish Trail). U.S. Hwy. 90 will
hunger pangs because it’s time for Cajun food—and lots of take you into downtown Pensacola. Once there,
it—not to mention (OK, we’ll mention) jazz and blues music. it’s U.S. Hwy. 98 across the Pensacola Bay
And you can’t call this trip complete until you jump on Interstate Bridge, also known as the 3-Mile Bridge, which
10 and see New Orleans, home to Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street connects Pensacola and Gulf Breeze. State Route
and the French Quarter. These areas of the city are faring quite 399 will cross over to Santa Rosa Island and the
well post-Katrina; they rest on higher ground and suffered Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier. Keep with 399 along
minimal flood damage. So set aside plenty of time to sample the thin Santa Rosa Island to the east and then
the amazing cuisine, plus a stop at Preservation Hall for some truly legendary New Orleans jazz. rejoin U.S. Hwy. 98 at Navarre. Stay on it along
Once your tourist adventures subside, you’ll leave New Orleans to the north on the longest bridge the coastline to Fort Walton Beach (welcome to
in the world (about 40 miles), the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. More than 30,000 cars roll over it the Emerald Coast), then skirt the
every weekday, as it connects New Orleans to the area north of Lake Pontchartrain. Next, take State Choctawhatchee Bay at Moreno Point, and even-
Highway 12 east, past Hammond, Covington and Slidell at the Mississippi border, at which point, at tually you’ll arrive in Panama City.
Exit 2, hop on State Hwy. 607. Follow this to U.S. Highway 90 (often called Hospitality Highway) to
Bay of St. Louis for a seashore ride. You’ll ride through Pass Christian, Gulfport, Biloxi (need a casino You can cap off
fix? Stop here), Pascagoula and Moss Point before crossing into Alabama. Once you do, stay on Hwy. this stage of our tour
90 as it points northeast and into Mobile. In case you didn’t know, Mobile has its own annual Mardi
Gras, which lasts two weeks and ends the day before Lent. Mobile started the whole Mardi Gras craze
with a small but
back in 1703, even before New Orleans. very traditional
Classic Louisiana: Boiled crawfish (above) and Mardi Gras festivities in downtown New Orleans, photos celebration at sunset
courtesy of Louisiana Office of Tourism.
at Mallory Dock.
Following the shoreline will take you
through Tyndall Air Force Base, Mexico Beach,
Port St. Joe and Apalachicola. Cross the East
Bay on the John Gorrie Memorial Bridge (he got
the first U.S. patent for mechanical refrigeration)
through East Point, then go north at Green Point
on State Route 65 toward the Apalachicola
National Forest. Since we know you’re itching for
a byway by now, meet the 31.5-mile Apalachee
Savannahs route, wetlands with more than 100
species of wildflowers and tons of other nature.
It’d be hard to resist not having a picnic lunch
here. Once you get to Sumatra, take State Hwy.
379 as it follows the Apalachicola River to State
Hwy. 12 at Bristol, then head east on State Hwy.
20 toward Florida’s capital, Tallahassee.
Head south on State Hwy. 363 back to the
coast and turn east on U.S. Hwy. 98, staying on
it as it follows the arc of Florida’s west coast. At
Perry, you’ll find that the highway picks up sev-
eral additional highway numbers, but just make
sure you stay on 98. Cruise through Cross City
over the Suwannee River (as in, way down upon
the), then pass through Chiefland, Otter Creek,
Lebanon, Crystal River and Homosassa Springs,
at which point U.S. Hwy. 98 will cut inland, so grub. State Hwy. 789 follows the Longboat Key
you’ll want to stay on the coastline via U.S. Hwy. until it goes inland across the John Ringling
19 toward Weeki Wachee. From here, the town- Causeway (yes, of circus fame) at Sarasota. Go
ships will become densely packed as you get south on U.S. Hwy. 41 through Nokomis and
closer to the Tampa and St. Petersburg area. Venice, and you’ll find yourself even farther
Stick with the water, taking State Hwy. 595 (or away from water at Port Charlotte as 41 loops
19) in Holiday and follow it until you see State around Charlotte Harbor and crosses the Peace
Hwy. 60 west in Clearwater. Visit the Clearwater River at Punta Gorda, then the Caloosahatchee
Marine Aquarium to experience sea life close up, River at Fort Myers.
without getting wet. SR 699 south will follow a Stay on 41 (Tamiami Trail) down to Naples,
strand of beaches, and just past St. Petersburg and the road will head east toward Everglades
Municipal Beach, go east on SR 682, then south National Park and the Big Cypress National
Key West, Florida, photo courtesy of VISIT FLORIDA.
on Interstate 275 across Tampa Bay on the Preserve. At the eastern edge of the Everglades,
Sunshine Skyway. take SR 997 south to Homestead and pick up the fabled treasure of the Spanish galleon Atocha.
As I-275 contacts land again, exit at SR 19 U.S. Hwy. 1 (also called SR 5) to our final desti- Fittingly, you can cap off this stage of our
to Palmetto and cross the Manatee River to nation on this leg of our tour, the Florida Keys, an tour with a small but very traditional celebration
Bradenton, taking SR 64 east to Anna Maria archipelago of about 1700 islands. Ride on to at sunset at Mallory Dock, where a semi-sponta-
Island, then south on SR 789 for the Bradenton Key West, the county seat and also the western- neous celebration occurs every evening right at
Beach Scenic Byway, which is just under three most of the inhabited islands, and discover a city sunset. Who knows, you may be sharing space
miles but will give you incredible views of the where real estate titles date back to the Kings of with jugglers, clowns, fishermen, psychics,
Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, and Coquina Spain. Here you can stroll palm-lined streets island musicians, artists, food vendors or even a
Beach. The byway runs into Bridge Street in and discover gingerbread mansions, tin-roofed few other motorcyclists as people gather each
Bradenton Beach and into the Bridge Street Pier, conch houses, the John Audubon House or night to celebrate the close of another day on the
if you need to stretch your legs or get some Ernest Hemingway’s home. You can even view shores of Paradise.
Map not to scale
There are so many sights to
Hot Springs Battlefield take in along the way, we
ARKANSAS can’t begin to list them all!
National Forest MISSISSIPPI But that’s what makes the
America’s Byways Web site
LOUISIANA so helpful. The site has
functions that allow you
to print out detailed area
Sam Houston Tallahassee maps as well as a list of
National Forest Baton Rouge
Pensacola places of interest along
New Orleans each byway route, including
contact information, hours
San Antonio Johnson Space Center
of operation, fees (where
Clearwater FLORIDA applicable) and even direct
Aquarium St. Petersburg Web links for many of the
locations. Take the time
HRCA Members can call 1-800-847-4722 to take advantage to surf the site and learn
of Cross Roads personalized trip routing. what this great country
has to offer.
Editor’s Note: We will definitely NOT highlight every “best road” in America. National Park
Some of your favorites will definitely not make our list. Since it’s highly imprac- Key West
tical to think we could ever include every bit of fun road in this six-part series,
feel free to write us and include some of your favorites that we might have
skipped along the way. After all, the purpose of this exercise is to share the
wealth and inspire one another to get out and ride. So enjoy!
MARCH/APRIL 2007 47
Four young amateur riders get the
opportunity of a lifetime to ride Honda
factory bikes and hang with the team
Imagine you are a promising young amateur motocross rider
dreaming of some day going pro. And one day you get a phone call
from Honda’s factory motocross team inviting you to California to
ride the factory team bikes on the famous Glen Helen National Wil Hahn warms up on a stock
Wil Hahn warms up on a stock
CRF450R before climbing aboard
course, which has been groomed and reserved just for you. the Millsaps factory 450.
the Millsaps factory 450.
Inset, Honda Racing Contingency
Inset, Honda Racing Contingency
A dream? You bet, and it is precisely what happened to four Coordinator Dave Thomforde was on
Coordinator Dave Thomforde was on
young amateur Honda support riders, Phil Nicoletti, Les Smith, hand to lend technical support.
hand to lend technical support.
Tyler Bowers and Wil Hahn, younger brother to Tommy Hahn,
who just made the jump to the Honda factory team in 2007.
These young guns and their families had a rare opportunity to
experience what it was like to be a factory rider for a day, com-
plete with factory bikes and factory mechanics.
Left, top: Kids in a high-powered candy store: Nicoletti, Smith, Bowers and Hahn discuss the
massive power of a factory Honda CRF450R.
Left, bottom: Smith showed a lot of poise on
Shorty’s mighty CRF250R.
Sunshine, Glen Helen, a factory 450;
Nicoletti found the combo to inspire
“The idea,” said HRCA Manager Bill Savino, who helped
organize the event, “was to give these young kids an opportu-
nity to see what they are aspiring to, to experience a factory-
prepped machine and work with the team. We got to see where
they are in their learning curves, not just as riders, but also in
their level of feedback on the bikes, and how they interacted
with the team. Overall, we were very impressed with the matu-
rity level of all of these guys.”
Also in attendance were Motocross Team Manager Erik
Kehoe, Honda Racing Contingency Coordinator Dave
Thomforde and a number of team mechanics. Under their
watchful eye, the riders spent the day lapping the track, evalu-
ating the performance of Davi Millsaps’ CRF®450R and
Andrew Short’s CRF250R and generally trying to stay calm,
cool and collected.
Left, top: Like his big brother Tommy, Wil
Left, top: brother Tommy,
Hahn was quick and relaxed.
Left, bottom: Welcome to the deep end of
Left, bottom: Welcome to the deep end of
the pool: Bowers was studied and fast on
both the 250 and 450.
Factory test trucks, factory bikes, factory
technicians and even a few guys from the
technicians and even a few guys from the
development group were all on hand to
work with this promising group of ama-
work with this promising group of ama-
teurs on the threshold of pro careers.
MARCH/APRIL 2007 49
Honda Genuine Accessories Digital Audio System
In the mood to add your own tunes to the music of the open road? Dial up the
Honda Genuine Accessories Digital Audio System. This setup will satisfy the
musical urges of those who ride, and it mounts in a jiffy thanks to the Digital Audio Attachment Kit,
specifically designed to firmly attach the system to the handlebar. The Digital Audio System features
a water-resistant digital amp and speaker system
in a compact, unobtrusive package that includes
a control pod for volume up/down and a mute
function. Once you’ve installed the system, just
hook up your MP3/audio player loaded with your favorite tunes, and you’re in business. The Honda
Genuine Accessories Digital Audio System will fit all VTXs® and most VT750 Shadows®; talk to your
local Honda dealer for all the specifics or visit www.powersports.honda.com. Honda Genuine
Accessories Digital Audio System: $399.95; Digital Audio Attachment Kit: $99.95.
Honda Official Licensed Products by Power-Trip
Men’s VTX Leather Jacket
This custom VTX premium cowhide leather jacket is new for 2007. With cus-
tom VTX graphics, a relaxed fit, C.E.-rated protectors in the shoulders and
elbows, a removable insulated liner and zippered vents, you can be as fash-
ionable and comfortable as your ride.
Ladies’ VTX Textile Jacket
Fashion meets function with this high-style fitted street jacket. The water-
resistant 500-denier Hitena shell features contrasting VTX logos in the latest
embroidery appliqué along with C.E.-rated protectors in the shoulders and
elbows, zippered vents and a removable insulated vest liner.
Both jackets will be available at your Honda dealer this spring, or go to
www.power-trip.com for more information.
Gold Wing® Super Tour Jacket by Joe Rocket Tissot T-Touch Watch
High-tech hits the high- The Tissot T-Touch Watch is a great watch for adventurous motor-
way with this new-for- cyclists who like to wander but don’t like getting lost. In addition to
2007 Super Tour jacket date and time, it offers a unique touch-face that activates an accu-
available for both men rate altimeter (calibrated in feet and meters), chronograph (split and
and women. Constructed add time), compass, alarm, thermometer (in Centigrade and
from water-resistant Fahrenheit) and barometer. Available in titanium and stainless steel,
500-denier Hitena, the the T-Touch is a feat of technological design. Go to www.tissot.ch
Super Tour jacket fea- for more details.
tures patented Meta
Sports Technology zip-
off panels with mesh
torso sections for maxi-
mum airflow and comfort
during hot riding condi-
tions. A removable, insu-
lated vest liner and C.E.-rated protectors in the shoulders and elbows ensure
that your riding adventures won’t be compromised when the open highway
beckons. Available at your Honda dealer this spring, or go to www.joe
rocket.com for more information.
Nicky Hayden 2006 MotoGP Championship
Celebrate Honda and Nicky Hayden’s 2006 MotoGP Championship with
a limited-edition T-shirt and help Nicky’s charity, the Make-A-Wish
Foundation, as well as Honda’s official charity, the Ride for Kids.
Quantities are limited. Available at participating Honda dealers or online
at www.superbikeplanet.com. Special signature version in white
available only at Honda Powerhouse dealerships. For a dealer near you
go to www.honda.com.
Oakley Gascan Sunglasses
The new Gascan sunglasses from Oakley are available in regular
and small sizes (shown) and feature compact size and streetwise
hard lines. With High Definition Optics, ANSI Z87.1 impact pro-
tection and O Matter frame material, these signature Oakleys
ensure full-on visual performance. Available in three high-tech
colors. Find out more about the full line of cutting-edge eyewear
Honda Official Licensed Products by Moose Utilities Division
Had enough snow? Bolt up a Honda by Moose Plow to your Honda FourTrax®.
The heavy-duty curved design provides better snow/dirt roll-off at any angle.
Available in 50- to 60-inch widths. MSRP $159.95 to $264.95. Try the Honda by
Moose County Plow (shown) to move snow up and away from the surface you’re
2007 CBR600RR Honda Racing Carbon-Fiber
clearing. Rubber Plow Flap included. MSRP $209.95 (50-inch blade); $264.95
Accessories and Cycle Cover
(60-inch blade). See your Honda dealer for more information.
Check out these cool, lightweight, clearcoat-finished, real carbon-
fiber accessories for your 2007 CBR®600RR (they also fit other
select models; check with your dealer): rear cowl trim, license- Renthal Kevlar Reinforced Dual Compound Grips
plate frame, fuel lid cover, front tank trim and tank pad. Cover it New Renthal Kevlar Reinforced Dual
all in a sleek, form-fitting indoor cover that protects the bike’s Compound Grips combine the proper-
beautiful panels. Check with your Honda dealer for prices. ties you expect from a Renthal grip
Available spring 2007. with the life-extending features of
Kevlar. Lasting up to three times as
long as a standard design, these soft-
touch grips are available in yellow/nat-
ural in half-waffle dual-compound and half-waffle tapered for larger hands.
MSRP $19.95. For more information visit www.renthal.com/products.asp.
Griot’s Garage One-Person Brake Bleeder
Hook up this one-person brake bleeder to your air tank or compressor, depress the
lever on top and open the bleed screw
just a hair, and the air and old fluid are
easily drawn out. The catch tank holds
up to 33 ounces (1 liter). MSRP $39.99
MARCH/APRIL 2007 51
IN GOOD TIMES
AND BAD The world was not pretty: nearly 20 acres
of roaring, cracking fire, crowning into the timber—
By Ross Seyfried and growing fast.
The echoing blast almost threw me from
my bed at 2:30 a.m., and then the world
went silent. I wondered, was it thunder?
There seemed to be no lightning, not even
a storm at hand. The shuddering explosive
sound seemed more like the crash of an
airliner or some other explosion.
Ten minutes later my Honda Rubicon™
had taken me high enough on a ridge to
see the eerie glow in the big canyon below.
There had indeed been one single lightning
strike in the county that night, and it had
sparked a blaze. The battle had begun.
The first phone call went to the
Department of Forestry. Help was on the
way, but there was much preliminary work
to do. First was the blue flagging to mark
the road turnoffs and trails that would
lead the firefighters efficiently and unerr-
ingly to the blaze. The job would have
taken an hour in a pickup; with my
Rubicon I did it in about 20 minutes.
The world was not pretty: nearly 20
acres of roaring, cracking fire, crowning
into the timber—and growing fast. The
humidity hung at an impossibly low eight
percent, and the temperature was approaching 80
degrees. If the blaze topped the canyon wall and
burned into the big, dry grass meadows—well, the
professionals were already making plans to try to
stop it with an interstate highway...five miles away!
Soon bulldozers began plowing bare dirt to sur-
round the flames, and suddenly the huge helicopter
was dropping water and the retardant bombers were
at work, not to mention almost 50 people with
Pulaski firefighting tools in hand. By dark it was sur-
rounded, by daylight the next morning it was con-
tained. But contained and out are two entirely differ-
ent words. The soil was almost red-hot, sometimes
two feet into the ground, while glowing roots, logs,
stumps and trees were everywhere inside the lines.
Or said another way, there were immense amounts
of fire only 12 feet from all of the tinder-dry grass
and timber outside the lines. The fire needed water,
but natural rain was about two months away.
While ATVs are for good times
and fun, they can be wonderful
tools in bad times as well.
I felt genuinely sorry for the soot-covered,
sweaty, dead-tired-looking young men and women
who were manning the lines. They had begun to
slog up and down the steep lines with heavy rolls
of fire hose over their shoulders. It would take
more than a mile of it to complete the task—and
perhaps as much as a half a day to carry it into place.
There was a better way.
I loaded the baskets on the Rubicon with rolls of
hose, valves and fittings and began to string the raw
material along the dozed fire lines. Now all the fire-
fighters had to do was make up the connections,
unroll the hose and stand by for the delivery of the
wondrous, cooling water. In an hour we were ready to
start the pumps! And to say my little yellow machine
was greeted with welcome smiles from beneath the
ash and soot is, well, a mild understatement. Too, this
was not the only Honda ATV in action. There were oth-
ers in the backs of Department of Forestry pickups,
ones used by fire bosses for quick transport and com-
munication on the difficult mountain trails.
In the end, the battle was won. Only a small part Editor’s note: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. There are times when a civilian with an ATV
can be a huge help, but never enter any fire zone without professional direction! NEVER
of the world burned, and even though it took two OVERLOAD YOUR ATV, and follow proper loading guidelines as specified in your owner’s
weeks of careful babysitting to keep it from starting manual. This is an abbreviated version of Seyfried’s account; go to hrca.honda.com for
the full rendering and more photos on the HRCA Clubhouse.
up again, I am happy to report it is out, dead and Ross Seyfried has been an editorial contributor to numerous outdoor publications. He
gone. And while ATVs are for good times and fun, served as a licensed professional hunter in Zambia and Tanzania and is now a licensed
guide and outfitter in Oregon.
they can be wonderful tools in bad times as well.
2007 Honda FourTrax Rancher Makes Its Debut
Imagine, if you can, a nimble ATV carrying a
420cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine with the
option of four-wheel drive and an Electric Shift
Program™ during her coming-out party. If you
can envision such a thing, your imagination
quotient is sufficiently active to allow you to
pretty much picture in your mind’s eye what the
press introduction of the 2007 Honda FourTrax®
Rancher® was all about.
The intro took place at Honda’s Timmonsville,
South Carolina, manufacturing plant, the birth-
place of this new model. Those in attendance
numbered editors from ATV enthusiast publi-
cations, including ATV Rider, Quad Off-Road,
ATV Illustrated, Dirt Wheels and ATV Action,
plus journalists from other publications, includ- Timmonsville, South Carolina, is the
place where plastic, steel and aluminum
ing Hunting Illustrated, Farm Industry News, flow in through some doors and exit oth-
ers as a rolling Honda ATV, ready for
The Progressive Farmer, Farm Progress/ Rural your next riding adventure. These are
Life and American Hunter. some of the plant scenes that the riding
press enjoyed during their visit.
Following a technical briefing on all the
variations of the Rancher and a tour of the
Timmonsville plant, the journalists enjoyed a
short taste aboard the assembled fleet of these
new machines. Then the entire assemblage trav-
eled to the nearby Carolina Adventure World, a
brand-new riding park entailing 2600 wooded
acres with 100 miles of trails with varying levels
of difficulty. Here the journos not only enjoyed
trying out all variations of the Rancher, but they
were also privileged to indulge in a sneak pre-
view of the riding park prior to the official grand
opening slated for Spring 2007.
All in all, this was one swinging event, with
lots of happy faces and enthusiastic responses.
For more coverage of this event, check out the
HRCA Clubhouse at www.hrca.honda.com.
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