Jess and Theresa's
This is Jess and Theresa's Honda first Varadero, standing in front of the biggest Norman castle ever built, in Colchester, the oldest recorded town in Britain. This Vara was purchased from Red Line Honda in Colchester in 1999. She has been a lot of fun and has taken us to VIM2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9. We bought a second Varadero in 2008 and she has taken us VIM 10 in Hungary, VIM 12 in Austria and VIM14 in Catalonia. We were also delighted to be welcomed by our French brothers and sisters at their Varad'OC in 2009, their VaraDahu in 2010 and their VaraMedoc in 2012. We bought our third and last Varadero in 2012, the last of the breed, before the model fades away into distant memory and the Crosstourer takes over.
(We were too late for VIM1;
VIM4 in Greece, VIM8 in Sicily and VIM 11 in Turkey were too far for us;
VIM13 in Slovenia and VIM16 in Norway were not possible for us due to the June date.)
We thought that we would give a British view of Varadero riding with this web page, especially as our European friends have done so much for the cause already. Below, you will find links to other Varadero sites.
We first made contact with the Big Man, Bernard Stikfort of the Netherlands, whose website contained much information for Varaderoists and, all important, Richard's message board.
The following links are our personal diaries of the various VIMs that we have attended.
Whilst we would be pleased to receive your comments on any issue, please share any views that you may have with the rest of the community on the various forums of the links above. Only the International and the UK sites have English language forums.
A new Varadero site with English and German translation facility. These guys are active!
...and here are a few VIM logos.
The 2007 XL1000V Varadero comes loaded with a host of new features that enhance its styling, convenience and long-term riding comfort for longer years of crosstown or cross-continent riding enjoyment.
New Instrument Panel
The Varadero's newly designed instrument panel features new dial designs for a more attractive look and easier recognition, and a new fuel mileage gauge that calculates remaining driving distance based on fuel volume and current fuel consumption.
New Locking Side Pockets
For added riding convenience, the Varadero's cockpit now features convenient new carrying compartments built into the sides of the cockpit area, which help keep needed smaller riding essentials within easy reach. As these pockets also feature locking lids, the security of these essentials when parked is also assured.
New Seat Shape
The Varadero's seat contours have also been carefully redesigned for greatly enhanced riding comfort for both rider and passenger over longer touring distances.
New Sidecover Panels
The Varadero's sidecover panels have been newly redesigned for more compact and stylish shapes that also lend easier access to hard-to-reach service points and other functional parts.
New Tail Cowl Design
The new 2007 Varadero also features a new, more sleekly designed tail cowl, which tapers with smoothly rounded rear contours into a large, fully integrated combination tail/stop light and clear-lens indicators for a more modern look and enhanced visibility from the rear.
New Tail Pipe Caps
The Varadero's prominent twin high-mount exhausts play a distinctive role in its impressive Adventure Touring design. Now these large stainless steel canisters receive a more cosmopolitan look with new decorative form-fitted end caps, which provide a stylish accent on the Varadero's intrepid go-anywhere design.
New Aluminium Undercowl
The Varadero's large resin undercowl has been replaced with a more sturdy new aluminium lower cowl that enhances protection of lower engine components while providing a more rugged look as well.
New HECS3 Low-Emissions System
In keeping with the latest in environmental protection laws and Honda's ongoing efforts to protect the air we breath, the 2007 Varadero features a new HECS3 oxygensensing catalytic exhaust gas converter system. This system effectively controls engine operation to minimise the emissions of harmful gasses and ensure full compliance with Europe's strict EURO-3 emissions regulations, all while maintaining the top performance and swift acceleration for which the Varadero has won renown.
New Colour Variations
The Varadero's new colour variations feature two-tone graphics that exude a lighter, more luxurious image whether at stop or on the move.
Engine Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve DOHC 90° V-twin
Engine Displacement 996cm3
Bore & Stroke 98 x 66mm
Compression Ratio 9.8: 1
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Max. Power Output 69kW/7,500min-1 (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 98Nm/6,000min-1 (95/1/EC)
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Final Drive O-ring sealed chain
Dimensions and Weight
Length x Width x Height 2,300 x 930 x 1,465mm
Seat Height 838mm
Ground Clearance 181mm
Fuel Capacity 25litres (including 4-litre warning light reserve)
Dry Weight 244.2kg
Wheels, Suspension and Brakes
Wheels Front Hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium, 19M/C x MT2.5
Wheels Rear Hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium, 17M/C x MT4
Tyres Front 110/80-R19M/C (59H)
Tyres Rear 150/70-R17M/C (69H)
Suspension Front 43mm telescopic fork, 155mm axle travel
Suspension Rear Pro-Link damper with 40-step spring preload (and stepless rebound damping) adjustment, 145mm axle travel
Brakes Front ABS 296 x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston callipers and sintered metal pads
Brakes Rear ABS 256 x 5mm hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston calliper and sintered metal pads
last updated 170615