FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

20th June 2003

HONDA LEADS IN BATTLE TO FOIL BIKE THIEVES

Honda’s new HISS 2 (Honda Ignition Security System) has won Category 2 approval by the Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre in Berkshire, also known as ‘Thatcham’ after the town in which the centre is based.

Honda’s scintillating new CBR600RR, Gold Wing, Pan-European and CB900 Hornet models are all equipped with the HISS 2 immobiliser system and automatically qualify for Thatcham’s Category 2 status privileges.

The Centre is funded by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and hence the financial implications to Honda customers with HISS 2 equipped models are considerable: Category 2 approval from Thatcham equates to a 5-10% discount on insurance premiums.

What sets HISS 2 apart from its predecessor - the original HISS system - is a secure bracket which holds the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) in place, making its removal almost impossible. The new system was developed by Honda in conjunction with vehicle alarm specialist, Datatool.

The four models listed above all passed Thatcham’s five-minute attack test without the need of the additional bracket, but owners of machines equipped with the original HISS system need not be discouraged: for a nominal charge they can upgrade to HISS 2 by having the secure bracket fitted to their machines by an authorised Honda dealer and thus enjoy all the benefits that Category 2 approval confers.

"Although it’s sometimes difficult because they are so desirable, Honda is constantly working to make its models less attractive to would-be thieves," said Honda (UK) communications manager, Greg Willis.

"Along with Smartwater, which is applied free of charge to all new Honda models, the original HISS system was a great step forward in this battle. We’re delighted that HISS 2 has obtained Thatcham’s Category 2 status and made the resulting insurance discounts available to even more Honda customers," added Willis.

HISS 2 Warning Light on CBR600RR Dash

 

Models Category 2 approved with fitment of Additional Bracket

 

Model

Year Model

VTR1000 Firestorm

NT650V Deauville

XL650V Transalp

CB600 Hornet

00YM on

99YM on

00YM on

03YM on

CBR1100XX Blackbird

CBR900RR FireBlade

VFR800Fi

CBR600F

CBR600FS

Silverwing

99YM on

00-01YM

00-01YM

01YM on

01-02YM

02YM on

CBR900RR FireBlade 02YM on
VFR800 VTEC

VFR800 ABS

02YM on

02YM on

CB1300

XL1000V Varadero

03YM on

03YM on

 

Models Approved without Bracket Requirement

Model

Year Model

CB900 Hornet 02YM on
CBR600RR 03YM on
ST1300 Pan European std/ABS 02YM on
GL1800 Gold Wing 01YM on

 

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