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New Honda 135hp lighter than 130hp.
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posted 01-29-2004 02:20 PM ET (US)
New for 2004 are the Honda 135 & 150 hp engines weighing in @ 478 lbs. for the 20" shafts. The BF135 weighs 18 lbs. less than the existing BF130's that have been around for some time now. My guess is that competition forced Honda to lighten up. I presume that the 130 will be fazed out while the 115, which shares the same frame, will get trimmed down in the next year or so.
posted 01-29-2004 03:39 PM ET (US)
I have heard that Honda is re-designing it's entire line. These that you mention are the first of their new, lighter weight designs, which are badly needed. It's truly amazing that we now call a 490# (25" shaft) 135 horse engine "light weight". A few years ago it would have been called a "fat pig"! Maybe it still is, but we are getting brainwashed? My 1989 Merc 200's weighed 375# each.
It will be interesting to see how the performance of these new 4 cylinder 150's, both Yamaha and Honda, compares with their V-6 2-stroke EFI/DFI competitors. I'm sure Suzuki will have one out soon also.
posted 01-30-2004 11:25 PM ET (US)
I was on the Honda website and noticed that the weight of their larger outboards include the prop. A stainless prop is over 15 lbs and was wondering why they list that extra weight when the other manufacturers don't.
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