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Introduction
Honda’s class-leading Adventure Touring flagship, the mighty and 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 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 front fairing, progressive long-travel suspension and comprehensive accommodations 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.
New 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.

Colours
• Mute Black Metallic
• Shield Silver Metallic (with Black)
• Pearl Breezy Blue (with Black)

New Features
• New ABS version incorporates same basic features as standard version.
• New ABS version’s system configuration basically same as that featured on the VFRABS.
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.
• Rear damper features new adjustable rebound damping (ABS version only).
• Rear damper preload adjustment knob moved from inside of right sidecover to left side. New right sidecover features matte black panel covering previous access hole.
• New arrangement of indicator lights on instrument panel features two sets of four LEDs, replacing two sets of three lights. Low fuel warning light moved up to left-side group from current position inside tachometer dial. All other design features remain the same as the current model.
• New colour variations.

Specifications XL1000V Varadero (ED-type)
Engine
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve DOHC 90° V-twin
Displacement 996cm3
Bore x Stroke 98 x 66mm
Compression Ratio 9.8 : 1
Max. Power Output 69kW/8,000min-1 (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 98Nm/6,000min-1 (95/1/EC)
Idling Speed 1,200min-1
Oil Capacity 4.1 litres
Fuel System
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Throttle Bore 42mm
Aircleaner Viscous, cartridge-type paper filter
Fuel Tank Capacity 25 litres (including 4-litre warning light reserve)
Electrical System
Ignition System Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Ignition Timing 10° BTDC (idle) ~ 45° BTDC (4,500min-1)
Sparkplug Type IJR8B9 (NGK)
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V/18AH
ACG Output 434W
Headlights 12V 60W x 2 (low) / 55W x 2 (high)
Drivetrain
Clutch Wet, multiplate with coil springs
Clutch Operation Mechanical; cable-actuated
Transmission Type 6-speed
Primary Reduction 1.682 (44/74)
Gear Ratios 1 2.571 (14/36)
2 1.684 (19/32)
3 1.292 (24/31)
4 1.100 (30/33)
5 0.969 (32/31)
6 0.853 (34/29)
Final Reduction 2.938 (16/47)
Final Drive O-ring sealed chain
Frame
Type Diamond; steel tube
Chassis
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2,295 x 925 x 1,500mm
Wheelbase 1,560mm
Caster Angle 27° 30'
Trail 110mm
Turning Radius 2.58m
Seat Height 838mm
Ground Clearance 181mm
Dry Weight 235kg (*241.5kg)
Kerb Weight 262kg (F: 122kg; R: 140kg); *268.5kg (F: 123kg; R: 141.5kg)
Max. Carrying Capacity 201kg
Loaded Weight 414kg (F: 154kg; R: 260kg); *420.5kg (F: 155kg; R: 265.5kg)
Suspension
Type Front 43mm telescopic fork, 155mm axle travel
Rear Pro-Link damper with 40-step spring preload (*and stepless rebound damping) adjustment, 145mm axle travel
Wheels
Type Hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front 19M/C x MT2.50
Rear 17M/C x MT4.00
Tyre Size Front 110/80 R19M/C (59H)
Rear 150/70 R17M/C (69H)
Tyre Pressure Front 250kPa
Rear 250kPa (with passenger: 280kPa)
Brakes
Type Front 296 x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston callipers (*ABS) and sintered metal pads
Rear 256 x 5mm hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston calliper (*ABS) and sintered metal pads
*XL1000V Varadero ABS
 
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Specs 2003 Model

Development Concept
The magnificent, range-roving Varadero made its initial debut on the European market in 1999, with its big proportions, big performance and resolute look of Adventure Sports touring capability winning wide acclaim. It
soon attracted a diverse following of riders who share a love of exploring the vast wonders of the Continent in rugged style and easy-handling comfort. Since many of these riders also enjoy the shared experience of travelling twoup with a spouse or companion in tow, the Varadero was soon recognised as offering an able match for these specialised requirements, with expansive accommodations and easily expandable carrying capacity making possible long trips on a moment’s notice. Another prime attraction has been its torquey Vtwin
engine, which delivers a strong surge of acceleration from anywhere in its wide powerband. Whether climbing mountain ranges or stretching its legs along Europe’s high-speed carriageways, the Varadero has come to be
regarded as a first-class ticket to pleasant days of touring adventures and exciting side-trips off the beaten paths.
Now four years in production, and with class competitors nibbling at its heels, the Varadero has found itself in need of a new infusion of style and improvements in overall performance designed to bring it up to date with the
latest in Honda’s stable of large-displacement riding machines. Armed with a short list of desires gleaned from an extensive collection of feedback from its satisfied customers, the Varadero’s development team set out to go both it and the competition one better, and in so doing elevate Honda’s top Adventure Tourer to a higher rank of overall capability and a more thoroughly satisfying riding experience that will reassert its standing as
the leader of the Adventure Sports class. Among the design goals selected for the Varadero’s new second generation were a more widely useful power delivery, an extended touring range, enhanced comfort, and a more exciting and impressive Adventure Touring experience that provides a more fulfilling answer to the siren song of the open road.

Styling
Famed for its distinctive and intrepid Adventure Touring design, the Varadero has set the pace in this growing market segment with a proudly aggressive ‘go anywhere’ look that give the strong impression that this
imposing touring machine was built to travel to the four corners of the continent… and far beyond. For its second generation, the Varadero’s eye-catching bodywork has been fully upgraded with sharper lines and a more aggressive form that adds a stronger look of speed and daring to its established image of confident longdistance capability. The main thrust of this redesign work was concentrated on the Varadero’s front and side cowls to create a more compact and dynamic form. While the fairing’s front silhouette provides essentially the same degree of wind protection, its shape was refined with a sharper design and wider, new all-seeing multi-reflector headlights that emphasise its imposing image with an audacious scowl.

Height-Adjustable Windscreen
Above this eye-catching new face, the Varadero’s broad windscreen now offers two positions of adjustability, with the four screws holding it in place permitting the screen to be easily raised or lowered a full 50mm to provideoptimum wind protection and a more comfortable ride to an even broader cross-section of riders sizes.

The fairing’s new, slimmer side cowls feature completely reshaped radiator exhaust ducts with more sharply angled curves that exude a faster and more aggressive image, even standing still. Forward-facing turn indicators are now fully integrated into the upper leading edges of the cowls, where they provide a brilliant indication of riding intentions while beautifully complementing thenew lines of the bodywork. These indicators also perform double duty as flashing hazard lights with the addition of new hazard switch circuitry. And to
doubly endure driver recognition even during daylight hours, the headlights remain on all the time the engine is in operation. Hidden away down below, a pair of new intermediate body sections tie the side cowls to the Varadero’s large, cast resin undercowl to provide improved protection for the feet and lower legs against both the blast of wind and the splash of water and mud off the front tyre.

Enhanced Rider Accommodations
Ride quality has also received some well-considered improvements by way of a new seat designed to provide broader support and more equalised weight distribution for assured long-touring comfort. Even the Varadero’s largecoverage knuckleguards were redesigned, with a more rounded design that affords enhanced protection against both wind and cold while providing a stylish complement to the Varadero’s bold new look.
The Varadero’s monstrous 25-litre fuel tank still plays the central role in its overall design, offering deep, comfortable knee grip indents to make the riding easy. While unchanged in shape and size, one new feature is the hinge on its flush-surface, aero-type filler cap, which quietly ensures that the rider won’t leave a fuel stop without it.

Colouring Concept
The new generation Varadero features a glistening new trio of attractive body colours that brilliantly announce its revived standing on the European touring scene. Colours include a bright metallic silver, a rich pearlescent blue and a regal candy red. All are strongly complemented by the lustrous new allblack finish on the Varadero’s massive fuel tank, which integrates exceedingly well with the machine’s overall design to give the fuel tank a somewhat smaller visage, even though is actual size and shape are unchanged from the current model. This less pronounced contrast also complements the Varadero’s newly designed bodywork to lend a sportier look from all angles that powerfully accentuates its impression of high-speed touring prowess.

Other changes include new, body-matched paint on the front mudguard to replace the current model’s uniform matte black finish, as well as new silverpainted fork slider cases and gold-coloured brake callipers to replace the black units on the current model. Even the wheels were changed in colour, from a warm silver hue to a cooler, bluish Vernier Grey Metallic, which is also used on the handlebars. And new matte black engine case covers replace the matte gold finish seen on the Varadero’s engine since its debut. Graphics changes include a bold ‘Varadero PGM-FI’ insignia splashed acrosshe newly designed side cowls, new ‘Dual Combined Brake System’ markings replacing the current ‘Dual CBS’ on the front mudguard’s built-in fork guards, and large, new ‘Honda’ logos decorating the sides of the pillion seat.

Colours
• Shield Silver Metallic
• Pearl Breezy Blue
• Candy Glory Red

Engine
The Varadero’s big 996cm3 liquid-cooled 90° V-twin engine has made a name for itself powering Honda’s impressive high-performance Supersport twin, the VTR1000F. This engine provides strong, smooth and reliable power that’s in perfect harmony with a wide range of riding styles, from urban traffic dicing to race track scratching. Selected as the big, pulsating heart of the Varadero, this superb engine delivers a dynamic surge of acceleration to carry two and a full load of touring gear comfortably over mountains and across plains the length and breadth of the Continent.
For 2003, the Varadero’s design team sought to significantly reduce both its fuel consumption and exhaust emissions in order to provide a longer range of non-stop touring capability on a single charge of fuel, while easily surpassing the strictest emissions regulations in the Community. The obvious solution was to make the switch from the Varadero’s current large-bore flat-slide carburettors to the digital precision of Honda’s advanced PGM-FI programmed fuel injection system.

New PGM-FI Fuel Injection System
These twin goals of longer range and lower emissions were brilliantly achieved with the adoption of Honda’s proven PGM-FI system, which provides strong, instantly responsive power while running leaner settings to reduce fuel consumption. The system’s new 42mm throttle bodies were each fitted with a single 12-hole injector, which produces a finely atomised spray of fuel into the air intake rushing into the combustion chambers to ensure peak combustion efficiency for top performance. Further boosting combustion efficiency is a higher compression ratio of 9.8 : 1 (up from the current Varadero’s 9 : 1) achieved by lowering the dome of the combustion chamber slightly, and a new set of hot-firing iridium spark plugs. This combination results in a stronger, more responsive power delivery coupled with significant reductions in fuel consumption, and all while running on standard unleaded regular. It also translates into a greatly extended high-speed touring range—from a current average of about 340 kilometres on a full charge of fuel to a more comfortable 465 kilometres, which further translates to considerably more economical running costs per 100km of operation.

Lower Emissions
The new Varadero’s impressive stainless steel 2-into-1-into-2 ‘Centre-Up’ exhaust system has also been equipped with a set of catalytic heat tubes that combine with the engine’s exhaust port Air Induction system to keep exhaust emissions safely within EURO-2 regulated levels. The German market version goes a clean step further by featuring Honda’s advanced, oxygen-sensing HECS3 catalytic converter system, which keeps exhaust emissions so low that the new Varadero’s emissions closely approach the much stricter EURO-3
regulations planned for future introduction. Finally, a new ‘tip-over’ sensor is programmed to automatically stop the engine if the Varadero is ever leaned over more than 60 degrees to either side.

New 6-Speed Transmission
To keep the new Varadero cruising comfortably in its optimal power zone, even at triple-digit highway speeds, its 5-speed gear box was replaced with a new, higher ratio 6-speed unit that offers a more comfortable top gear ride with less need to downshift when revs fall. This change also helps the Varadero to operate at lower revs in all gears for a significant contribution to reduced fuel consumption, and with it an extended touring range. All ratios were changed accordingly, providing a strong surge of acceleration from virtually anywhere in the engine’s wide rev range, even when fully loaded down with passenger and gear.

Chassis
The new 2003 Varadero also received detailed improvements to its chassis and frame to ensure an optimum balance of rigidity and responsive performance, especially when travelling fully loaded at high touring speeds.
Changes include new solid engine mounts (replacing the current frame’s adjustable mounts) that enhance the engine’s stressed member mounting for subtle improvements in handling. New reinforcement patches at the rear of the frame also contribute to the frame’s overall balance of rigidity, while ensuring optimum strength and enhanced stability when riding fully loaded with a passenger and the Varadero’s larger new optional panniers and big 45-litre optional top box.

Modified Suspension Settings
With its tighter focus on performance and handling, the Varadero’s suspension settings also came in for some revision. Its sturdy, long-travel 43mm hydraulic front fork provides a confident balance of precise handling
and compliant damping to cover a wide range of roads and terrain in optimum comfort. At the rear, the Varadero’s large, highly rigid aluminium swingarm still mounts directly to the back of the engine cases in a ‘Pivotless’ configuration that effectively isolates the steering head from the torsional stresses of aggressive riding and irregular road conditions. To ensure more precise and confident control when riding fully loaded, front and rear damping settings and the rear Pro-Link ratio were revised, resulting in a firmer, more responsive ride
that better meets the varying needs of the roads encountered on long travels.

Dual Combined Brakes
The Varadero’s advanced Dual Combined Brake System continues to provide an enhanced balance of front and rear braking control, specially tuned for the unique needs of this dual-purpose Adventure Sports tourer.

Equipment

Newly Designed Instrument Panel
The Varadero’s instrument panel has also been thoroughly redesigned with larger, easier to read meters and a useful LCD readout of odometer, dual trip meter and clock. The display even features a current fuel consumption readout, with a 3-second refresh cycle (referenced to an injector flow volume of 10cc at maximum throttle opening) to provide a ready warning of excessive fuel consumption. The panel’s new translucent dials are illuminated with ambercoloured backlighting for easy recognition at night that’s also easy on the eyes.
Indicator lights were all repositioned to the top of the instrument panel for easier viewing when carrying a touring tank bag, and include a bright yellow low fuel indicator that comes on when the fuel tank is down to its last 4 litres of fuel, and a blinking red HISS anti-theft ‘immobiliser’ warning light to warn off potential bike thieves when parked.

Redesigned Sidestand
Ever mindful of the details, even the Varadero’s standard sidestand was improved with a larger-sized foot plate extended 11mm outward and 35mm forward of the current sidestand to offer greater stability when parked on soft, loose or irregular ground surfaces.

Optional Equipment
The Varadero will also be equipped with an assortment of optional parts specially designed and produced by Honda Access Corporation to improve upon various aspects of its overall performance.
These include:
• Stylish new, larger-capacity 35-litre panniers like those offered on the current VFR. Designed not to interfere with pillion riding comfort, these elegant bags feature a one-touch mounting system and key lock security.
Pannier outer cases are colour-matched with the Varadero’s new bodywork. The pannier inner bag set consists of two strong light gray nylon bags. They protect their content, and have handy straps for easy carrying.
• A capacious 45-litre locking top box that mounts on the Varadero’s large, rugged aluminium tail rack. The top box’s new floating mounting system permits a small amount of damped side-to-side movement, which reacts
more slowly to sudden changes in direction for improved handling and overall riding control. The box’s quick-detachable locking mount has also been repositioned 50mm rearward for improved long-term pillion
comfort. The top box inner bag in light grey nylon is expandable from 21 liter to 33 liter. The handy front pocket can store an A4 file. An adjustable shoulder belt and carrying handle are features for easy carrying.
• A centrestand can also be fitted to facilitate rear wheel service and other maintenance, while providing a secure footing when parked. Its optimised design incorporates an ideal balance factor for such remarkable easy lifting onto the stand that it simply must be experienced first-hand to be believed.
• Heated handlebar grips: patented 360° heat adjustable grip heater with integrated circuit that automatically protects the battery from drain.

Specifications XL1000V VARADERO (ED-type)
Engine
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve DOHC 90° V-twin
Displacement 996cm3
Bore × Stroke 98 × 66mm
Compression Ratio 9.8 : 1
Max. Power Output 69kW/8,000min-1 (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 98Nm/6,000min-1 (95/1/EC)
Idling Speed 1,200min-1
Oil Capacity 4.1 litres
Fuel System
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Throttle Bore 42mm
Aircleaner Viscous, cartridge-type paper filter
Fuel Tank Capacity 25 litres (including 4-litre warning light reserve)
Electrical System
Ignition System Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Ignition Timing 10° BTDC (idle) ~ 45° BTDC (4,500min-1)
Sparkplug Type IJR8B9 (NGK)
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V/18AH
ACG Output 434W
Headlight 12V 60W x 2 (low)/55W x 2 (high)
Drivetrain
Clutch Wet, multiplate with coil springs
Clutch Operation Mechanical; cable-actuated
Transmission Type 6-speed
Primary Reduction 1.682 (44/74)
Gear Ratios
1 2.571 (14/36)
2 1.684 (19/32)
3 1.292 (24/31)
4 1.100 (30/33)
5 0.969 (32/31)
6 0.853 (34/29)
Final Reduction 2.938 (16/47)
Final Drive O-ring sealed chain
Frame
Type Diamond; steel tube
Chassis
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2,295 x 925 x 1,500mm
Wheelbase 1,560mm
Caster Angle 27° 30'
Trail 110mm
Turning Radius 2.58m
Seat Height 838mm
Ground Clearance 181mm
Dry Weight 235kg
Kerb Weight 262kg (F: 122kg; R: 140kg)
Maximum Carrying Capacity 201kg
Loaded Weight 421kg (F: 155kg; R: 266kg)
Suspension
Type Front 43mm telescopic fork, 155mm axle travel
Rear Pro-Link with spring preload-adjustable damper, 145mm axle travel
Wheels
Type Hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front 19M/C × MT2.50
Rear 17M/C × MT4.00
Tyre Size Front 110/80 R19M/C (59H)
Rear 150/70 R17M/C (69H)
Tyre Pressure Front 250kPa
Rear 250kPa (with passenger: 280kPa)
Brakes
Type Front 296 × 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston callipers and sintered metal pads
Rear 256 × 5mm hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston calliper and sintered metal pads
 
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Specs 2002 Model

Introduction
Now in its 3rd year in production, the adventure-loving XL1000V Varadero is built for travels near and far. Its large proportions belie its light and confident handling, while its wide front fairing and broad, supple seat provide
a ride attuned to long-distance touring comfort and exhilarating touring enjoyment. Powered by the same DOHC V-twin engine that motivates the VTR1000F, the Varadero delivers a dynamic surge of acceleration across a wide powerband that starts pulling strong just above idle. Handling ease is further assured by such features as its smoothly responsive Dual Combined Brake System and a compliant, long-travel suspension that seems to turn even the roughest roads into flying carpets. So, whatever distant lands strike your fancy, leave it to the Varadero to get you there with a unique feeling of adventure and style.

Colours
 Candy Glory Red
 Mute Black Metallic
 Candy Xenon Blue

New Features
 New colour variations.

Specifications XL1000V VARADERO (ED-type)
Engine Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve DOHC 90• V-twin
Bore × Stroke 98 × 66mm
Displacement 996cm3
Compression Ratio 9 : 1
Carburettors 42mm slanted flat-slide CV-type × 4
Max. Power Output 69kW/8,000min-1 (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 98Nm/6,000min-1 (95/1/EC)
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Starter Electric
Transmission 5-speed
Final Drive ‘O’-ring sealed chain
Dimensions (L×W×H) 2,295 × 880 × 1,460mm
Wheelbase 1,560mm
Seat Height 845mm
Ground Clearance 195mm
Fuel Capacity 25 litres (including 4-litre warning light reserve)
Wheels Front 19 × MT2.50 hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
Rear 17 × MT4.00 hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
Tyres Front 110/80–R19 59H
Rear 150/70–R17 69H
Suspension Front 43mm telescopic fork, 175mm axle travel
Rear Pro-Link with spring preload-adjustable damper, 155mm axle travel
Brakes Front 296mm × 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston callipers and sintered metal pads
Rear 256 × 5mm hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston calliper and sintered metal pads
Dry Weight 220kg
 
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Specs 2001 Model

Introduction
Introduced in 1999, Honda’s majestic XL1000V Varadero has won fast friends with its bold look of 'go-anywhere’ excitement, which conjures up images of long voyages to the far reaches of the continent and beyond. Powered by Honda’s latest liquid-cooled 1000cc DOHC 8-valve V-twin engine to deliver a dynamic surge of acceleration across its wide powerband, the Varadero combines such advanced features as a cantilever-style ‘Pivotless’ frame design, Honda’s advanced Dual Combined Brake System for enhanced operating ease, and the long-range high-speed cruising comfort afforded by its large front fairing and broad, compliant seat for an exhilarating dose of riding and touring enjoyment beyond equal.
For the year 2001, the Varadero receives some detailed suspension refinements and the addition of a new anti-theft security system that ensure it maintains its leading combination of performance and technology—and unique appeal—well into the future.

Colouring Concept
For 2001, the Varadero receives a brighter new silver colour on its fuel tank that more sharply highlights the colours of its fairing and tail cowl. Its three attractive colour variations include a new metallic blue that sparkles like a Mediterranean summer sky to accentuate the Varadero’s bold individuality. Carried over from the previous year are a lively candy red that shimmers in the sunlight to brighten any city scene, and a purposeful pearlescent black that exudes a high-class charm wherever it’s seen.
The Varadero’s matte black resin upper front fairing cowl, front fender and sidecovers remain unchanged from its first introduction, and combine to provide a solid stylistic base for the side and tail cowls’ broad patches of colour.

Colours
• Moody Blue Metallic
• Candy Glory Red
• Pearl Prism Black

Other New Features
• Fuel tank colour changed to lighter Accurate Silver Metallic.
• New colour variation.

Chassis
Refined Pro-Link Rear Suspension The Varadero’s progressive Pro-Link rear suspension system is designed
to provide a long and comfortable range of rear wheel travel to meet the needs of virtually all riding conditions.
In their search for components or designs that could benefit from improvement, the Varadero’s design team focused on the possibility of the rear suspension reaching the end of its travel too quickly if encountering a sharp bump while heavily loaded. To doubly ensure that the rear suspension could stand up well to such
extremes, the team refined the damping characteristics of the system’s rear damper with a change in the
damper holes of the piston valve.

Electrical Accessories
New Honda Ignition Security System (H.I.S.S.)
Always aware of the ever-present danger of motorcycle theft, Honda has made concerted efforts over the years to include features in its motorcycles that help its customers protect their investments. These features have included convenient spaces for carrying strong ‘U’-locks and chains, strong and conveniently positioned
lock-down points provided in frames and bodywork, and even a mechanical lever located under a scooter’s seat to lock its centrestand in the down position.
One of Honda’s most recent innovations in the fight against motorcycle theft—and included this year for the
first time on the new 2001 Varadero —is the Honda Ignition Security System, or H.I.S.S. for short. This advanced anti-theft ignition system features a special electronic interlock that prevents the engine from being
started by any other key than the two originally supplied with the motorcycle, each of which features a special coded chip implanted in its plastic grip. When the coil antenna built into the ring surrounding the upper edge of
the key switch detects the presence of an encoded key, it transmits the key’s unique code number to the ignition system’s electronic control unit (ECU), which instantly checks the number against either of the two codes it is programmed to recognise. If the code matches, as indicated by the lighting of a corresponding green LED built into the face of the tachometer, the engine can be started normally.
However, if the key code does not match the ECU’s programmed code number, even if the key is otherwise
identical and turns the switch, the ignition remains disabled and the engine cannot be started. Since the
engine is disabled at the heart of its ignition system, it cannot be bypassed by either hot-wiring the ignition or exchanging the ignition switch module. While the Varadero’s anti-theft ignition system cannot protect the
motorcycle against every possibility of theft, it does effectively prevent the motorcycle from being ridden
away—one of the most common occurrences— thus making it more difficult and time-consuming toattempt to steal. A bright yellow diamond-shaped H.I.S.S. sticker placed on top of the Varadero’s bright silver fuel tank
clearly indicates to potential thieves the presence of this highly effective new system, and hopefully convinces
them to look elsewhere.

Specifications XL1000V Varadero (ED-type) (95/1/EC-values)
Engine Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve DOHC 90° V-twin
Bore ´ Stroke 98 ´ 66mm
Displacement 996cm3
Compression Ratio 9.1 : 1
Carburettors 42mm slanted flat-slide CV-type ´ 2
Max. Power Output 69kW/8,000min-1
Max. Torque 98Nm/6,000min-1
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Starter Electric
Transmission 5-speed
Final Drive ‘O’-ring sealed chain
Dimensions (L´W´H) 2,295 ´ 880 ´ 1,460mm
Wheelbase 1,560mm
Seat Height 845mm
Ground Clearance 195mm
Fuel Capacity 25 litres (including 4-litre warning light reserve)
Wheels Front/Rear Hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
Tyres Front 110/80 R19 59H (Radial)
Rear 150/70 R17 69H (Radial)
Suspension Front 43mm telescopic fork, 175mm axle travel
Rear Pro-Link with spring preload-adjustable damper, 155mm axle travel
Brakes Front 296mm ´ 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston callipers and sintered metal pads
Rear 256 ´ 5mm hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston calliper and sintered metal pads
Dry Weight 220kg
 
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Specs 2000 Model

Introduction
Honda’s impressive XL1000V Varadero projects a look of 'go-anywhere' excitement that conjures up images of long voyages to the far reaches of the continent and beyond. Powered by a dynamic, liquid-cooled 1,000cc DOHC 8-valve V-twin engine that delivers a full-bodied surge of acceleration across its wide powerband, the Varadero combines such advanced features as a cantilever-style 'Pivotless' frame design and a Dual Combined Brake System with the long-range high-speed cruising comfort afforded by its large front fairing and broad, compliant seat.

Built around the specially adapted V-twin-cylinder of the VTR1000F Firestorm, the Varadero with its 95PS is the most powerful trail bike under production today. A Honda first and foremost, this exceptional bike retains all the qualities of the trail bikes of the brand, beginning with tremendous versatility, a high degree of comfort and a high standard of equipment (with numerous options). Safety is not forgotten since the Varadero is the first trail bike to be fitted with the famous CBS coupled braking system which links the front and rear brakes to optimize the allocation of the braking. Just the job for setting out on a long adventure-packed journey without any mental reservations.

Colouring Concept
For the year 2000, two stunning new colour variations broaden the Varadero’s appeal as a world-class traveller. In a delicious candy red, the Varadero exudes a look of highclass charm enlivened with a sporty flavour. An exciting new candy blue emphasises the Varadero’s bold individuality with a brilliant, shimmering hue. Last, a rich pearlescent black carries over from the previous year to express a mood of worldly sophistication. Unchanged from its introduction, the Varadero’s large silver fuel tank and matte black resin upper front fairing cowl, front fender and sidecovers combine to provide a solid stylistic base for the side cowls’ large patches of colour.

Colours
• Candy Glory Red
• Candy Phoenix Blue
• Pearl Prism Black

New Features
• Knuckleguard colour changed from silver to black.
• New colour variations.

General Features
• The engine is a 90° V-twin-cylinder, DOHC, 8 valve, water-cooled. It has been specially adapted for “trail” use with two 42mm carburettors and a heavier fly wheel for greater torque at low revs. The power is 95PS at 8,000rpm.
• An air injection system reduces pollutants in the exhaust system.
• Upper casing and cylinders are cast in one piece, which increases rigidity and allows the engine to be used as an element to rigidify the chassis.
• As with the VTR1000F and the VFR, the swing arm is directly fixed to the engine casing (more rigidity, less weight).
• The lattice type frame is made of rectangular-section steel tubing.
• The rear shock absorber offers easily adjustable pre-load thanks to a thumb wheel-operated hydraulic system.
• The Varadero is the first trail bike to be fitted with the Dual Combined Brake System.
• The 19" front wheel is a perfect compromise between stability on the road and easy handling in town or on the trail.
• The front and rear tyres are of the radial type.
• The seat hides a space for a U-lock anti-theft device.
• The front lighting is provided by two Multi-Reflector Headlights.
• The twin exhaust is made of stainless steel.
• Optional accessories include, among many others, side cases, a top case and a central stand.

Specifications XL1000V Varadero (ED-type)
Engine Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve DOHC 90° V-twin
Bore ´ Stroke 98 ´ 66mm
Displacement 996cm3
Compression Ratio 9.1 : 1
Carburettors 42mm slanted flat-slide CV-type ´ 2
Max. Power Output 93.8PS/8,000rpm (95/1/EC) (69kW/8,000min-1) 95PS/8,000rpm (DIN) (70kW/8,000min-1)
Max. Torque 10kg-m/6,000rpm (95/1/EC) (98Nm/6,000min-1) 10.1kg-m/6,000rpm (DIN) (99Nm/6,000min-1)
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Starter Electric
Transmission 5-speed
Final Drive ‘O’-ring sealed chain
Dimensions (L´W´H) 2,295 ´ 880 ´ 1,460mm
Wheelbase 1,560mm
Seat Height 845mm
Ground Clearance 195mm
Fuel Capacity 25 litres (including 4-litre warning light reserve)
Wheels Front/Rear Hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
Tyres Front 110/80 R19 59H (Radial)
Rear 150/70 R17 69H (Radial)
Suspension Front 43mm telescopic fork, 175mm axle travel
Rear Pro-Link with spring pre-load-adjustable damper, 155mm axle travel
Brakes Front 296mm ´ 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston callipers and sintered metal pads
Rear 256 ´ 5mm hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston calliper and sintered metal pads
Dry Weight 220kg
 
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Introduction
While the European motorcycle market offers a broad range of classes and styles
of machines, from high-powered, narrow-focus Super Sport bikes to cruisers and
touring bikes of various sizes and shapes, European riders have been especially
drawn to a unique class of motorcycle that combines strong, assured on-road performance
with elements of off-road adventure.

These uniquely styled, on-road-oriented dual-purpose ‘Adventure Sports’ machines—as this class of Honda bikes are called—generally feature high-torque single or twincylinder engines, comfortable, longtravel suspensions and dramatically styled half-fairings integrating the fuel tank into their designs. Besides offering an excellent form of transport over the wide range of road surfaces one encounters in the cities and countryside of Europe, these motorcycles amplify the enjoyment of motorcycling by giving riders the impression that they really can go anywhere, even if for most riders ‘anywhere’ remains close to home.

Honda research has found that most buyers of large, touring class motorcycles are older, usually married, and would prefer to share the pleasures of riding with their spouses whenever possible. Therefore, these riders are naturally mindful of the attractions a motorcycle might have not just to themselves, but to their travelling companions as well.

Since touring for these riders is a ‘shared’ pleasure, it is important that a motorcycle be geared toward providing strong performance and longterm comfort when ridden by two and loaded with all the gear needed for a few days on the road. With this firmly in mind, Honda’s designers set out to create a large-displacement touring motorcycle that combines a litre-class engine offering powerful low-to-midrange output for quick and easy acceleration, even on steep upgrades, with the large, roomy proportions of big touring bikes, yet still offering the remarkably light and easy handling generally associated with off-road machines.

Until now, one of the largest displacement motorcycles in this unusual ‘Adventure Sports’ class has been Honda’s own Africa Twin, which is powered by a liquid-cooled 52° Vtwin engine based on a design used in Honda’s line of mid-displacement cruisers. However, the ’97 debut of the popular VTR1000F, with its powerful new 90° V-twin engine and innovative ‘pivotless’ frame design, sparked the inspiration to create a new contender for the throne of the biggest and best ‘Adventure Sports’ machine to rule the autobahns and backroads of Europe.

Taking its name from a famous beach resort on the coast of Cuba, the all-new Varadero now makes its debut as Honda’s newest category of touring machines. Providing breathtaking power in a comfortable long-distance configuration that is much smaller and lighter than it looks, the Varadero is sure to ignite new waves of interest in all the adventurous enjoyment that touring can offer.

Concept
The all-new Varadero’s singularly impressive styling finds its roots in the off-road racing machines with which
Honda briefly challenged and won the Paris-Dakar and Pharaoh rallies over a decade ago. The motorcycles
involved in these rallies began an enormously popular styling trend that resulted in an entirely new class of motorcycle, which Honda labeled ‘Adventure Sports.’ These new machines combined the fundamental features of Honda’s finest off-road machines, such as strong low-tomidrange power deliveries, tall chassis with long-stroke suspensions and upright riding positions, with such on-road-oriented features as integrated fairings, easy starting and handling, responsive disc brakes, and wide, comfortable seating.

The all-new Varadero takes the ‘Adventure Sports’ concept into a new generation with its big, boldly aggressive front cowl punctuated by ‘big-eye’ dual multi-reflector headlights providing superb weather and high-speed wind protection for both rider and passenger. With the look of a world-conquering rally machine, the Varadero’s monstrous fuel tank gives premonitions of wide-ranging adventures and unpaved roads through exotic foreign lands. And, while its fully integrated meter panel exudes the comfortable quality of a sports sedan, its thoughtfully designed seat and other accommodations ensure many hours of comfortable high-speed touring and exhilarating adventures for two.

Visually, the Varadero strikes an imposing figure of power and far-ranging potential, but once aboard, its comfortable, easy manners will certainly win new converts to its unique style of riding and touring pleasure.

Colouring Concept
With its uniquely impressive styling and massive proportions, the Varadero projects a look of goanywhere
confidence that could realistically see it travelling to the four corners of the globe. Its colouring design also projects a sense of world-travelling adventure with a uniquely attractive colouring layout. In all the Varadero’s three colour variations, its main colour extends only to the fairing’s large side cowls and the rear seat cowl.

The Varadero’s gigantic fuel tank plays a central role in its overall design, and its enormous proportions are highlighted with a bright metallic silver colouring that focuses attention in all three colour variations. Further
unifying the look of the three machines are black resin front fender, upper fairing cowl, lower engine cowl and sidecovers, which all feature a rough, moulded-in matte finish that effectively accentuates the brilliance of the bodywork’s painted parts.

In metallic gold, the Varadero projects a look of imposing luxury that provides a striking contrast to its other matte black and silver body parts. A vivid candy orange also stands out against the Varadero’s black and silver background with a lively southern European flavour, while a deep pearlescent black contrasts its luminescent reflection against the flat matte finish of the other body parts to provide a strong yet chic urban appeal.

While the Varadero’s wheels are painted in a rich metallic silver, the engine’s case covers are finished in a titanium-like, matte-finish metallic brown that accentuates the engine’s look of high performance.

Colours
• Siena Gold Metallic (with Sparkling Silver Metallic)
• Candy Blaze Orange (with Sparkling Silver Metallic)
• Pearl Shade Black (with Sparkling Silver Metallic)
 
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