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I found an announcement about the Montesa 4Ride while perusing ADVrider. Looked interesting...
Most of the information about the new Montesa 4Ride has come from:
Honda Motor Europe España - Web Oficial de Honda Divisón Motocicletas (an official Honda web site) CLICK HERE.
A google translation of the announcement:
Montesa surprised with the presentation of the new 4RIDE!
This is the most versatile model of the brand 25 years after the launch of the Escape, Montesa presents a model not specifically targeted to trial the model will be presented to the public at the next EICMA in Milan from 19 to 22 November.
Montesa is celebrating its 70-year history in style. And it is that a few months ago announced the new Cota 300RR, the brand has surprised with the announcement of his upcoming release, the new 4RIDE, which was presented today to the press at the headquarters of Honda in Spain, located in Santa Perpetua de Mogoda (Barcelona). With this release, Montesa already have four models in its range, as well as these two motorcycles in the Spanish factory they are still made the 4RT260 Cota and Race Replica.
With the new 4RIDE Montesa is determined to reach a wider audience beyond the trialeros, reinventing a new concept for the oriented offroad enjoy the surroundings, of the mountain, with greater ease and fun brand.
4RIDE keeps the identity of the Montesa range, whose main features are its advanced 4-stroke technology, environmentally friendly, reliability and quality of components. In this case, it is important that this new model has been completely developed by the technical team of the Montesa Honda factory, located in Mogoda.
The development team has worked 4RIDE based on the Cota 4RT260 for a more adventure-oriented motorcycle, all with remarkable ease of use, lightness and versatility. For this, the thermodynamic group has a completely revised exchange ratio and longer than in the dirt bikes, to ensure greater ride comfort and performance over long distances. Furthermore, ergonomics are also deeply revised for the same purpose, incorporating seat and raising the height of the suspensions of both the fork and the damper.
(my emphasis - ramz)
Another aspect to note, especially considering its adventure orientation, is the extension of the fuel tank to 4.4 liters (1.9 liters compared to its more trialeras sisters), representing a range approved about 120 Km.
In addition, under the seat, easily removable without tools, are an important cargo space where we can store, for example, a jacket, gloves and any object that we can be useful on our tour.
Importantly, the public can see for the first time the bike at the EICMA in Milan, to be held between 19 and 22 November.
Availability: February 2016
Some pictures from the web site are shown below.
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The Montesa 4Ride exudes quality from every view.
You can view a 3 minute video
Right near the end (2:46), she briefly rides one-handed. Knock me out!
The video and pictures show:
No starter button on the handlebars,
No starter motor above the tranny,
An obvious kick-starter on the right side of the tranny.
Also seen are:
Headlight (very petite),
Taillight and brake light, again, rather small,
Turn signals, front and rear,
Minimalist license plate holder,
No DOT-mandated reflectors,
Footpeg-to-shifter gap is HUGE,
Quiet, tucked-in exhaust,
Sidestand on the right!
Exhaust heat shield,
FI map button on the left side handlebar?
Plush suspension in the action shots,
Low front fender,
Conventional small-ish forks with no booties!
Small-ish radiator (1),
Small-ish radiator shrouds,
The front sprocket is uncovered and quite small,
No stink-bug look,
No helmet lock,
Not much, if any, rear sub-frame,
Red stripes on the blacked-out rims,
Another Honda web site shows the following, in English:
With this new motorcycle Montesa Honda will expand motorcycle production and increase investment in its factory gradually, reaching an estimated 5,000 manufacturing units by 2018, surpassing the 1,230 units manufactured in 2015 and will also clearly expand its markets, expanding its presence in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Mexico, and coming to Australia, South America and North and South Africa.
The new 4RIDE will be available from February 2016 and will be priced slightly higher than the basic Cota 4RT.
(Cota 4RT bikes are sold in Colorado for about $7,800 MSRP. -ramz)
The 4Ride is similar in intent to KTM's Freeride 350 and 250R. The KTMs are street legal in Europe and elsewhere. The FR 250R that was imported into the USA is not USA street-legal. IMO, KTM dropped the ball by not importing the FR350 into the USA.
Notwithstanding the previous Honda comments about expanding it's presence in, among others, the USA, I don't have much hope that the 4Ride will ever show up in the USA, but if it did, I would be very interested in swinging a leg over for a short test ride. The apparently light-weight suspension says 'trail bike' to me, but I don't see that as a problem. Even if it was imported as an off-road USA model, it would be fairly easy to convert to street-legal in Colorado (based on my experience with 6 previous off-road conversions that I've done).
Specs from official announcements and other obscure sources.
For comparison, the Cota 4RT260 specs are shown also; differences between the two bikes are shown in blue.
|2016 Montesa 4Ride||2016 Montesa Cota 4RT260||Notes from the 4Ride perspective.|
|Engine Type||Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, 4 valves, SOHC, liquid cooled||Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, 4 valves, SOHC, liquid cooled|
|Displacement||258.9 cc||258.9 cc|
|Bore||78.0 mm||78.0 mm|
|Stroke||54.2 mm||54.2 mm|
|Compression||10.5 : 1||10.5 : 1||Use regular grade gas.|
|Idle speed||1,800 RPM||1,800 RPM|
|Engine oil capacity||0.6 liters||0.6 liters|
|Transmission oil capacity||0.57 liters||0.57 liters|
|Valve Train||Unicam, four valve||Unicam, four valve|
|Induction||Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) 28mm throttle body||Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) 28mm throttle body||NO JETTING!!!|
|Fuel tank capacity||4.4 liters / 1.2 US gal||1.9 liters / 0.5 US gal||8 liters would be so much nicer.|
|Air filter||Wet, urethane foam element||Wet, urethane foam element|
|Ignition||Electronically controlled digital transistorized||Electronically controlled digital transistorized|
|Ignition timing||27° BTDC (Idle) ~ 45° BTDC (10,000 RPM)||27° BTDC (Idle) ~ 45° BTDC (10,000 RPM)|
|Spark plug||NGK CR6EH-9||NGK CR6EH-9|
|Starting||Primary kick start||Primary kick start||Phooey|
|ACG output||160 W||160 W|
|Clutch||Wet, multiplate with coil springs||Wet, multiplate with coil springs|
|Transmission||5-speed, spread = 2.93||5-speed, spread = 3.44|
|Primary reduction||3.167 (57/18)||3.167 (57/18)|
|1st gear||2.385 (31/13)||2.800 (42/15)|
|2nd gear||1.933 (29/15)||2.385 (31/13)|
|3rd gear||1.500 (27/18)||2.000 (30/15)|
|4th gear||1.130 (26/23)||1.272 (28/22)|
|5th gear||0.815 (22/27)||0.815 (22/27)|
|Final reduction||4.100 (41/10)||4.100 (41/10)|
|Final drive||520 chain||520 chain|
|SUSPENSION / BRAKES / WHEELS / TIRES|
|Front suspension||39mm TECH cartridge-type telescopic fork with pre-load and rebound adjustments. 190 mm stroke = 7.5 inches||39mm TECH cartridge-type telescopic fork with pre-load and rebound adjustments. 175 mm stroke = 6.9 inches|
|Rear suspension||Pro-Link R16V damper with pre-load and rebound adjustments. 170mm stroke = 6.7 inches||Pro-Link R16V damper with pre-load and rebound adjustments. 170mm stroke = 6.7 inches|
|Front brake||185 x 3.5 mm hydraulic disc with 4-piston caliper and sintered metal pads||185 x 3.5 mm hydraulic disc with 4-piston caliper and sintered metal pads|
|Rear brake||180 x 2.5 mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads||150 x 2.5 mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads|
|Front and rear rims||32 spokes 21 x 1.60 tube-type 18 x 2.15 tubeless||32 spokes 21 x 1.60 tube-type 18 x 2.15 tubeless|
|Front tire||Dunlop D803GP tube-type, 2.75-21||Dunlop D803F tube-type, 2.75-21|
|Rear tire||Dunlop D803GP tubeless, 4.00-18||Dunlop D803 tubeless, 4.00-18|
|Frame and swingarm||Aluminum||Aluminum|
|Wheelbase||1,333 mm / 52.5"||1,321 mm / 52.0"|
|Steering||Caster 23° Trail xx mm||Caster 23° Trail 63 mm / 2.48"|
|Seat height||885 mm / 34.8"||650 mm / 25.6"|
|Footpegs height||390 mm / 15.4"||390 mm / 15.4"|
|Ground clearance||330 mm / 13.0"||335 mm / 13.2"|
|Weight with oil and fuel, approx.||81 kg / 179 lb dry
85 kg / 187 lb wet Solomoto.es
Not specified honda-montesa.es
|73 kg / 161 lb||179 lb is about 55 lbs lighter than my CRF230F!!!|
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