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Honda Demo Team Coming to STAR 16!!!!!

It’s happening! American Honda Motor Company is sending its street motorcycle demonstration team to the STAR rally!

When STAR rally attendees arrive at the Black Bear Lodge in Stratton, VT, one of the first things they will see is the 80 foot long, red and black Honda Demo Team truck in the Lodge parking lot. Honda is providing a full truckload of their latest models, including the new Africa Twin and VFR1200X adventure motorcycles, to STAR for demo rides.


Demonstration rides will begin on Saturday, June 25th, for early arrivals, and continue thru the end of the rally. Attendees will be able to sign-up for free demo rides on the models of their choice, based on availability. The free demo rides will be held continuously throughout each rally day, subject to weather conditions.

The Honda Demo Team Managers have advised MSTA they intend to provide extended length demo rides, 15-20 miles as available by routing for the event, so that attendees can take advantage of the beautiful Vermont countryside while experiencing the best of Honda’s motorcycle line-up.

The Demo Team is also going to offer a once-a-day Lunch Run, taking a limited number of attendees on an even longer demonstration ride through the Vermont countryside, and providing a sit-down, hot lunch before heading back to Stratton and the Lodge. The Lunch Runs are extremely popular, and unlike the regular demo rides, attendees will be limited to one Lunch Run during the event, to give everyone a chance at this fun ride.

Whatever else is on your agenda while you’re at STAR 2016, make sure you set aside at least an hour on one of the days (or on multiple days!) to join the Honda Demo Team, and take a free ride with them through the Vermont mountains on new Honda motorcycles.

2003 Honda VFR800 – For Sale

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It is time for me to sell my 2003 Honda VFR800 and move on to having more fun with cars. All maintenance is up to date. Perfect running condition. Starts every time. Some scratches on the side from previous owner. The rest of the paint and body and all good. Located in South Lakeland. Feel free to come look or meet up, but no test rides without cash in hand.

Asking $3400 obo

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2014 Honda CTX1300 Deluxe

Nick Zarras | Managing Editor

Honda has had a great success at building multiple platforms over a base engine format. In STAReview 3104 I talked about my road test on the Honda ST1300, a stick to the basics sport tourer. The ST1300 lacked the new technologies but still performed extremely well against its newer competition. The Honda’s CTX1300 takes the ST1300 basic engine concept and wraps it in a whole new platform. The profile is lower, stretched out and more edgy. The CTX format can be linked to the DN-01 and CTX700/N platforms. I tested the CTX700/N in STAReview 3303 and found it to be a good commuter and when you utilized the scooter like transmission properly and could perform well in the sub 75 mph environment. The CTX acronym is for “Comfort, Technology and the riding eXperience.” For many riders the cruiser format can yield many levels of travel comfort or lack of comfort. For riders drawn to the Honda brand comfort is a primary consideration. For those drawn to the cruiser, motorcycle style and seat height are important.

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2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie ABS

Nick Zarras | Managing Editor

valkyrie_01The cruiser is still one of the most profitable segments of the market. Last year I tested the F6B which provided a bagger profile on a lighter platform than the Gold Wing. In the past Honda entered the cruiser arena with their Valkyrie and in 2003-2004 the Valkyrie Rune (F6C) with a more powerful version of the basic Gold Wing platform. Those models were discontinued but the Gold Wing platform evolved to create the 2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie ABS (GL 180C). The Valkyrie is a unique variation of the Gold Wing. There is no reverse gear, cruise control or rear air suspension. There is no windshield. But there are a lot of suspension and styling  upgrades that set it apart.

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