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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 18th 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au ---17 HONDA VFR1200F DCT small torque Honda VFR1200F DCT Price: $25,990 Engine: 1237cc, 76-degree V4 Unicam Power: 127kW @ 10,000rpm Torque: 129Nm @ 8750rpm Transmission: 6-speed, dual-clutch semi-auto, shaft drive Tyres: 120/70ZR17; 190/55ZR17 Brakes: Six-piston callipers (front), 2-piston callipers (rear), linked system, ABS Fuel: 18 litres Economy: 6.8L/100km (tested) Frame: Aluminium twin spar Suspension: Pro-Link rear shock with adjustable rebound damping; 43mm telescopic forks with adjustable preload Weight: 267kg Supplied by: TeamMoto, Springwood Piaggio upgrades the three-wheeler GRUNT: Same price, new look Piaggio MP3 300. P IAGGIO has streamlined its three-wheeler scooter range. The new Piaggio MP3 300 joins the more macho Gilera 500 maxi scooter, but replaces the 250 and 400 in Australia, although some overseas countries will continue to have more models. Price remains the same as the 250 at $9990. PS Importers spokesman Mal Jarrett, says the Australian market did not need three three-wheeler models. ''To be honest, the 250 was nicer to ride, even though the 400 had more grunt,'' he says. ''So we decided they would just have the 300.'' The 300 features a single-cylinder, liquid- cooled, four-valve, fuel- injected 278cc Quasar engine made by Piaggio. Jarrett explains that the engine has more power than the 250 with better low-end torque and improved fuel economy. It will retain the 14-inch rear wheel like the 400 and Gilera, rather than the 13-inch wheel of the 250. Jarrett says it comes with a new back rest, grille and colour range of silver, black, red and blue. MARK HINCHLIFFE Gear change a good move TWO WHEELS CAR-LIKE: Honda's VFR 1200, above, and, below, the automatic drive, sport and neutral button. Motorcycles have caught up to cars and ditched the gear lever in what could be a tempting choice, writes MARK HINCHLIFFE WHY? That's the question on most riders' lips concerning the Honda VFR1200F with dual- clutch automatic transmission. I can see the reason for auto on a low-capacity bike and scooter, but not a big-capacity sports tourer like this. Yet after a few days I found several reasons to spend the extra $1000 for the car-like transmission technology, although some dealers are doing good deals to move people into the new technology. But first, how does it work? You lose the hand clutch lever and foot- operated gear shift and in their place you get four buttons, two on each handlebar, and a handbrake. On the right are the drive selector with D for drive, S for sport and N for neutral, plus an AT/ MT that toggles between auto and manual, clutchless transmissions. On the left are the - and + buttons which manually change up and down gears like in a sequential shift semi- automatic car, plus the handbrake lever. It is always in neutral when you start and when you hit the kill switch or flick the sidestand down. The handbrake holds the bike when parked on an incline. Start up and then thumb the D button or thumb again for S and simply accelerate away. If you like to blip the throttle at the lights you will have to thumb N for neutral while stopped. You can flip back and forth between D and S and if you manually override and start selecting gears, you can go back to auto with a flick of the AT/MT button. It sounds difficult, but it's not. D changes up too soon (you will be in sixth by 60km/h) and refuses to change down even when that beautiful V4 engine is labouring and shuddering. S holds gears way too long. Something in between would be nice. The manual selectors are brilliant and can get the most from that lusty V4. However your left hand gets very busy and easily confused what with blinkers and the horn also located on the left bar. Up changes are smooth and lightning fast, while down changes are just as fast, but a little clunky. There are several reasons against the auto: $1000 extra, heavier, more complexity and you will have to rethink and relearn your riding skills. But there are reasons for auto. They use these gearboxe various luxury and sports cars. It is also ideal in a complex set of corners where swift changes are needed and in left-hand corners that open out as you don't have to worry about getting your foot caught under the gearshift lever. If you want to be away swiftly at the traffic lights, nothing will beat it in either D or S. D is also ideal for wet weather riding as it shifts into higher gears, preventing wheelspin, and for driving in traffic where you don't want to have to think about gearshifts. As for the bike, we've tested it in its standard manual form and found it a brilliant combination of the old VFR800 and CBR1100XX Blackbird. Praise includes the smooth and torquey V4 engine, excellent build quality, a host of high- tech features, outstanding handling characteristics, a discreet luggage mounting system and the smoothest ABS and slipper clutch system I have experienced. Criticism are the weight and the price. Motor Cycles A CRF 250 Honda 2007, exc bike, like new, hardly ridden, sticker kit, twin pipes, Hobart, $4,950 neg. Ph 0408 123 748. 0 BUGGY 2 SEATER PROF built, 2inmoto, off road beach buggy with reg road trailer, $3,800 ono. 0404 104 778. 0 CHROMING SPECIALISTS Since 1950 We chrome, repair and polish all bike parts, work guaranteed. Hobart Plating Co. 6234 5323 0 CRF250 04 MODEL new valves, $3,850 Ph 0447 583 612/6261 3712 0 Draggin Jeans Rossi and Thomas Cook boots, leather jackets, jeans, vests, gloves, - ladies and mens. W/proof jean polar fleece lined. Oilskin jeans, jackets. 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