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July 6th, 2014

Townley Makes It Two In A Row

He celebrated a winning debut at the Honda Tarawera 100 cross-country marathon last season and now Bay of Plenty's Ben Townley has made it two impressive victories in a row.

The Tauranga 29-year-old – now retired from full-time racing and working at manager of The Honda Shop Racing Team – showed his race craft was still sharp as he took his Honda CRF450 to win the 37th annual edition of the great race, on the outskirts of Te Teko, west of Whakatane, on Saturday and he did it in style.

Former motocross world champion Townley snatched the holeshot as a shotgun blast signalled the start at 10am and was never headed in the gruelling 140-kilometre race.


June 28th, 2014

This Honda is the most flickable shaftie on the market

Halfway round a sinuous S-bend with a posted advised speed of 45kmh, the Honda VFR1200F gave me a real wake-up call.

The bike and I had negotiated the first left-hook of the esses right on the money in terms of speed and line, but the ensuing right-hander had a tighter radius that demanded all the grip and cornering clearance that the bike and tyres could supply.


May 16th, 2014

New 2015 Honda Pioneer 500 Side-By-Side

With the addition of the all-new 2015 Pioneer 500™, Honda adds a heavy dose of fun to its line of side-by-sides.

The Pioneer 500 carries two people to off-road adventures, is perfect for chores on the farm or a relaxed trail ride out in the country and it's packed with Honda's famous quality and durability.


May 1st, 2014

Sleeves Rolled-Up: Honda Pioneer 2P/4P

“Do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life!” It’s a much-used phrase and it seems the Honda farm department have taken note. The new Pioneer range is not only even more rugged and off-road capable than their predecessor, it’s also more comfortable, way more fun and safer to boot – gumboot, that is!

The farm market has always been a big deal to Honda in New Zealand, so when we got the call to sample their latest workhorse in its element, we detected a hint of excitement in the voice on the phone.