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Honda Varadero 1000

Road Test

Honda's Adventure Touring flagship, the majestic Varadero, brings a whole wide world of new riding frontiers within easy reach for the most far-ranging blend of motorcycling enjoyment you've ever had the pleasure to experience.

Powered by a slim, high-performance fuel-injected 1000cc V-twin engine based on the Firestorm sportsbike and ruggedly outfitted for long-distance expeditions over virtually any road one might encounter, the Varadero feels just as strong and confident sailing down the motorways as it is exploring less travelled backroads in your search for new adventures.

Its broad, windbreaking adjustable fairing, progressive long-travel suspension and comprehensive accommodation for two ensure exceptional riding comfort, and the Varadero's easily attached optional luggage system makes longer trips as easy to prepare for as pack, snap on and go.

For 2004, the Varadero also comes available in a new ABS-equipped version that complements the responsive braking capability of Honda's famed Dual Combined Brake System with the confident control of the world's most advanced motorcycle Antilock Brake System for smooth and swiftly effective braking control in virtually any road and riding conditions, and a much-appreciated boost in operating confidence when roads turn nasty.

The system uses two ABS modulators, the front one located inside the front cowl and the rear one positioned under the rider's seat, near the rear damper preload adjuster.

Additional equipment includes ABS sensors and Hall effect pulsar rings on the wheels, a new right sidecover design, and a new ABS failure warning light installed in the redesigned instrument panel. The rear damper features adjustable rebound damping on the ABS version.

The big Varadero makes an impressive long distance tourer. Buy one and book that ferry crossing.

Honda Varadero 1000
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