Fine-Tuned 4-Stroke


As gas prices continually reach new highs, recreational boats, especially those with twin or triple outboard configurations, can easily use hundreds of dollars worth of fuel on one trip. For 2006, Honda Marine's BF225 has been modified to increase fuel efficiency 10% over previous models. Other new improvements make the engine easier to use for boaters and anglers.

The BF225 now includes lean burn feedback control, which is also found on Honda Marine's BFISO. With this feature, fuel economy is improved and power maximized throughout the entire acceleration range. In lean cruise mode, a linear air-fuel sensor and engine command system automatically adjust the air-fuel mix according to speed and load.

"With the new BF225, boaters and anglers get superior performance and fuel efficiency. It shows how Honda technology keeps people on the water and having fun without worrying about fuel costs," said marketing manager Robin Senger.

Honda technology has improved shifting on the 2006 BF225. Engineers developed a new shift mechanism and redesigned the heavy-duty gear profile to make Neutral easier to find. With the addition of a new throttle cam, low-speed running is enhanced, and operators can fine-tunetrolling in 100 rpm increments between the 650 rpm to 1,200 rpm range.

An anti splash shield added to the engine's midsection reduces splash and spray when boats, especially offshore boats, take off, Senger said.

Based on Honda's reliable automobile engine design, the largedisplacement V-6 engine utilizes Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) to deliver a unique blend of power, torque and efficiency at any speed. "Performance with efficiency is what VTEC is all about," said Senger.

As with all of Honda Marine's environmentally friendly outboards, the BF225 exceeds 2006 EPA emissions standards and complies with the California Air Resource Board (CARB) 3- Star rating.

All Honda Marine outboard engines have a limited, 3-year, nondeclining warranty that provides recreational boaters with the same top-to-bottom coverage from the first day to the last.

Honda Marine's BF225 comes in 20-inch, 25-inch and 30-inch shaft sizes with a suggested retail price beginning at $18,740.

Contact Marketing Manager Robin Senger, Honda Marine, 4900 Marconi Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30005. Phone: 678-339-2619;;

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