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November 3rd, 2014

Honda Rider Phillips The Chief in Waikato

NOVEMBER 3, 2014: Bay of Plenty’s John Phillips means business.

The 21-year-old Kiwi international from Rotorua (Honda CRF450) was at his scintillating best at the annual two-day Waikato Motocross Championships, on the outskirts of Te Kuiti at the weekend, running away to an impressive hat-trick of wins in the premier MX1 class. Riding for The Honda Shop Racing Team, the farm worker didn’t have it all his own way and had to fight for his wins, with fast-starting Waitakere rider Ethan Martens keeping Phillips honest at the front, but, once in clear air, the Rotorua rider seemed unstoppable. “I always enjoy racing against Ethan. He’s a safe rider and does nothing silly,” said Phillips.

“I made a few mistakes today but managed to claw my way back from third in race one to take the lead and the win. I had a poor start in race two and then had mud caught up in my rear brakes. I kicked the mud free and put down a bit of a charge.

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September 7th, 2014

The road machine that redlines at 15,000 rpm

Honda's CBR600RR is effectively a race bike that's registered for the road, and one which, like its competitors, has become easier to live with over the years. Managing that balance has involved a fair bit of engineering magic, given true racers still expect a razor-sharp high-speed weapon from the same machine others will be commuting on.

So who better to test it than Glen Jeffery, who rode Grand Prix and 600 Production bikes for Honda for some years, and now commutes to work by bike.

August 30th, 2014

Stroked and stoked Honda single

There wasn't much amiss with the cheap 'n' cheerful Honda CBR250R single-cylinder streetbike when it first appeared three years ago.

Sure, it got a little buzzy at high revs, the VFR1200F-inspired visuals looked bulbous, and the clutch got a little hot and bothered after a few hard launches.

August 24th, 2014

Revamped Valkyrie leads Honda blitz

New Zealand's Honda motorcycle dealers now have to find showroom space for 10 new models as the winged brand launches a bold new assault on Suzuki's ascendency in new motorcycle registrations.

Honda last held the "Numero Uno" position in roadbike sales last century and the new model blitz is a determined attempt to win the title of New Zealand's most popular road bike brand back.

August 10th, 2014

Honda's Summer models have all bases covered

Honda offerings range from cute and lovable to plain intimidating, says Jacqui Madelin

Honda launched a barrage of new models to the press amid wind squalls and rain showers, their arrival focused on a dealer tour into September, ready for sales come summer.

And there's pretty much something for everyone, from the diminutive GROM125 that's aimed at stylish young urban types on up to 1.8-litre leviathans.