Honda Marine unveils new portable outboards

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New lightweight four-stroke engines with class-leading run time.

Honda Marine unveiled its latest range of portable outboards to dealers and media at a launch event on the Gold Coast last week.

The new range includes the BF4, BF5, and BF6 four-stroke models which Honda says have been developed specifically to fill a boating niche such as on a small tinny or as an engine for a tender. They are designed to be lightweight and portable, easy to start, more comfortable to operate and able to operate for longer.

The engines weigh from 27kg and feature a new carrying handle design that enables the user to easily transport and store away the engines. The tiller handle can be fully folded to make the unit more compact for storage.

The engines share the same single cylinder 127 cm3 engine block and are equipped with Honda’s decompression mechanism which makes starting the engines easier, even when cold. Honda has also developed new rubber engine mounts that are integrated into the outboard to absorb practically all vibrations across the rpm range.

All three new engines are equipped with a one-touch engine stop switch for convenience, making it safer in emergency situations and easier to turn off the engine. To protect the engines, an oil alert system will automatically limit the engine speed in the event of an oil pressure drop.

Each engine has an integrated large capacity fuel tank built in, hidden away under the cowl, giving an additional 1.5 litre of fuel for a longer continuous running time. Honda says this delivers the longest running time in their class with up to 43 minutes at wide open throttle. The BF5 and BF6 engines can also be connected to an additional external fuel tank for longer journeys.

The new models are available in short (15 inch/38 cm) and long (20 inch/51 cm) shaft.

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