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Acura Integra

Honda introduce new Integra mega-scoot

— By Trevor Hedge

Honda have upped the ante in the large scooter war when the all-new 670cc twin-cylinder Integra.

Integra of course was once an affordable Honda motor car but for 2012 Big Red is using the moniker for their new mega-scoot.

Another feature to make it across from the four-wheeled world is Honda’s dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission. Offering six-speeds the second generation dual-clutch system is promised to offer adaptive learning and three modes of operation.

Full manual control via handlebar controls, D mode for highways and S mode for sportier high-rpm use and more engine braking on deceleration. A nice feature is an immediate manual override at any time while in S or D modes with the rider only needing to push the up or downshift button for instant response and the system simply returns to automatic mode after the manual intervention.

The liquid-cooled parallel twin is a new unit for Honda that is designed for a multitude of uses across many models, the Integra the first of which to utilise the long-stroke SOHC donk which Integra guise generates 51hp (38.1kw) at 6250rpm and 62Nm of torque at 4750rpm. In many markets a reduced power version of the 270-degree crank phased engine is available for learners but due to the 650cc cut-off of the LAMS scheme used in most Australian states unfortunately this new machine will not be eligible for learners.

Honda claim the Integra sips less than four litres per 100km thanks to the efficient low-friction nature of the new powerplant. Adding to the economy of the machine are car-like 12,000km service intervals.

Acura Integra

41mm forks provide an excellent 120mm of travel while the monoshock pro-link rear end matches that figure.

Riding on 17” rims shod with a fat 160mm rear and equally generous 120mm front tyre the Integra should provide excellent stability and a motorcycle-like riding experience while marrying scooter convenience and weather protection.

Combined ABS is standard equipment with a three-piston caliper and 320mm single disc up front aided by a 240mm rear bringing the 238kg Integra to a halt with a minimum of fuss.

A low, but no doubt not low enough for some, 790mm seat height, good protection from the elements and a 15-litre underseat storage area. Optional 29-litre panniers and a 40-litre top box provide more amenity and the Integra is rated to carry up to a 195kg payload.

It looks pretty good too. Honda Australia expects the Integra to arrive Down Under early in the second quarter of 2012.

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