- The Washington Times - Friday, September 18, 2009

TORRANCE, Calif. | American Honda Motor Co.’s Powersports division has announced its third release of 2010 models. This on-road motorcycle release follows the earlier announcements of Honda’s 2010 Fury, scooters, dirt bikes and ATVs.

“We are very excited about announcing these four street bikes for 2010,” said Powersports spokesman Bill Savino. “Within this mix, we have a new cruiser, a new lightweight touring bike and two CBR sport bikes. The cruiser offers a whole new look for Honda, our new touring bike delivers lightweight, nimble handling, a stylish fairing plus saddlebags for the long haul or daily commute. The CBRs continue to set the standards of performance for the full-on sporting genre. This sets the stage for a great year in 2010, and there will be additional street-model announcements later this fall.”

The Shadow Phantom has clean lines and cool looks influenced by “bobber” styling. It delivers a uniquely clean and uncluttered look, accented by an extensive blackout treatment, bringing motorcyclists back to the core essence of cool. With a torquey 745cc V-twin engine featuring the convenience of a new sophisticated programmed fuel injection, the Shadow Phantom brings the joy of back-to-basics riding within reach of just about every rider. The motorcycle is available in black with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $7,999.

The only true lightweight touring bike on the market, the new NT700V also does double-duty as the perfect choice for the daily commute. If you’re looking for a fully equipped, yet lightweight touring machine that’s fun, easy to ride and ready to carry you to work and play seven days a week, look no further than the new NT700V. Fully outfitted and ready to roll, the NT700V can turn your daily commute into riding bliss and then carry you off on that weekend adventure. With a stylish and functional fairing, interlinked saddlebags, a strong 680cc V-twin engine and more, the NT700V is ready for any journey you can dream up.

The standard model is available in metallic red and metallic silver colors, while the anti-lock brake model is available in metallic silver color only. The MSRP is $9,999, and the ABS model is $10,999.

Again in 2010, Honda’s sport bikes lead the way in performance, fit and finish, and style.

How do you improve upon the machine rated best by one magazine after the other, a revolutionary literbike that’s the lightest, best handling, most compact and highest performing sport bike to be found? Last year, Honda made the CBR1000RR available with our high-tech electronically controlled Combined ABS for the ultimate in sophisticated sport bike braking performance, and the new 2010 model adds exciting new graphics plus engine changes that provide an even smoother power delivery.

Exciting new colors include pearl orange/light metallic silver and red/black. The C-ABS model is available in black only.

No other 600cc machine has won more magazine comparisons and American Motorcyclist Association championships than Honda’s CBR600RR. Striking the ideal balance of power and handling, the new CBR600RR blends a light and compact chassis with impeccable power delivery for a combination that’s hard to beat. Also available with the Honda’s unique Combined ABS for the pinnacle of sport bike braking performance, the 2010 CBR600RR continues to set the standard for the middleweight class. Exciting new colors include pearl orange/black and leyla, an exciting new special custom graphic. The C-ABS model is available in red and black only.

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