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2013 Honda CRF110F

2013-01-22 11:41

YOUNGER CROWD: The Honda CRF110F is aimed at 8-11-year-olds that are interested in off-road motorcycles.

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CAPE TOWN - The youth market for off-road motorcycles is growing, and looks set to do so for the foreseeable future. These days riding off-road, in trail parks, motocross tracks or even back yards, can be a family activity that involves everyone.

It’s also a great, and enjoyable, introduction to motorcycling and readily builds skills and machine control, so useful later on whether out on the road or in competition. For Honda, too, acquiring young riders early in their careers is a great introduction to the brand and its motorcycles.

YOUNG RIDERS IN THE MAKING

Honda’s CRF110F is a new motorcycle, and replaces the CRF70F. It is aimed at 8–11-year-olds and accommodates heights between 120– 145cm and weights between 30–50kg. Primarily designed for leisure riding, it also provides a valuable stepping-stone to more competition-focused 125cc/150cc MX and enduro machines or the CRF125F.

The engine offers more power and torque, and also features an electric starter. A new steel frame with improved suspension also adds to the “big-bike” feel and performance. With styling inspired by the 2013 CRF450R the family resemblance is more than passing, further reinforcing its appeal.

ENGINE


With a bore and stroke of 50mm x 55.6 (as opposed to the CRF70F’s 47mm x 41.4mm) the CRF110F’s air-cooled two-valve SOHC engine now displaces 109cm3, rather than 72cm³. Power and torque figures rise from 3.6kW/5Nm to 5.35kW/8.85Nm; power is up 49%, torque 77%. The result is improved performance everywhere in the rev-range, and much stronger and more consistent drive out of corners.

The automatic twin clutch system features two types of independent clutch – one for starting, the other for shifting – that makes changing gears easier and smoother than a conventional system. The transmission now also has four gears, instead of three. The engine start switch is on the right hand side of the handlebar, the engine stop switch is on the left.

CHASSIS

To make best use of the CRF110F’s extra power and torque a new chassis was required. The new steel backbone frame and swingarm blends a balance of rigidity with a certain amount of tuned flex, allowing the rider to exploit the engine’s capabilities. The frame also incorporates safety covers at heat points, and carrying handles for easy transport.

The suspension has been upgraded, for better traction and stability.  A completely new body kit, with echoes of the CRF450R’s “triangle proportion” gives the bike a crisp and modern appearance.

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