Honda BF5: Big Performance in a Small Package

2/17/2005 11:51:42 PM

While the BF5 4-stroke outboard engine is one of the smallest in the Honda Marine lineup, it is ideally suited for small tenders and canoes. This compact 4-stroke outboard delivers ease of starting and quiet operation not matched by the 2-stroke motors typically found in this class. 4-stroke technology also means environmental impact is minimized.

The Honda 5 horsepower (hp) BF5 engine, weighing just 60 lbs. (27 kg), is lightweight, compact and outfitted with a front-mount carrying handle for easy transport. Its 127cc, 7.8 cubic in. engine features a water-cooled, single cylinder design for excellent low to mid-range power. The Digital CD Ignition delivers maintenance-free, high-energy output for quick and easy starts; the Twist Grip Throttle allows for precise throttle control; and the Throttle Tensioner minimizes driver fatigue.

A number of other features complete the BF5's unique design. A Low Oil Warning System protects the engine from severe damage if the oil reaches a low level, and an innovative Shallow-Water Drive feature allows the engine to be tilted in low water. The BF5's Full Swivel Bracket Design also enhances the model's overall durability, reducing vibration to the tiller handle.

In addition, the BF5 incorporates full Forward-Neutral-Drive (F-N-R) Shifting with neutral in-start protection as well as the patented 4-Front Corrosion Protection System. This double sealed multi-layered paint process serves to extend the life of all Honda outboard models. Finally, a crankshaft-driven, automotive-style Trochoid Oil Pump guarantees critical engine component long-term durability.

The suggested retail price is $1,800 for the BF5 15-inch shaft standard rotation model and $1,840 for the 20-inch shaft standard rotation model. "The Honda BF5 engine is an exceptional all-around performer, both quiet and easy to operate," said Robin Senger, Honda Marine Marketing. It also exceeds 2006 EPA emissions standards as well as complies with the California Air Resource Board (CARB) 3-Star ratings.

Honda Marine introduced the first full line of 4-stroke outboard engines in the United States, setting a new benchmark for ease of starting, quiet operation, and low emissions. Honda's outboards share the same DNA characterized by unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability that is behind its reputation for legendary automobiles. With models ranging from 2 to 225 horsepower, the company offers the most ultra-low emissions outboards in the industry as well as complies with the California Air Resource Board (CARB) 3-Star ratings. All new Honda outboard engines for recreational use have a limited, 3-year warranty that is the same on the last day as it is on the first.