Honda Marine has announced the addition of the BF100 outboard to its product line, slotting this engine between the BF90 and the BF115 in the Honda line. The 100-horsepower rating makes this motor a bit of an odd duck, since the typical outboard product sequence goes from 90 HP to 115, but it might be an interesting option for Honda outboard fans rigging a boat with a 115-horsepower rating because at 366 pounds with a 20-inch shaft, the BF100 weighs a very significant 112 pounds less than the BF115. On a light-weight boat, the BF100 may be the way to go. Update: Join us on Lake Lanier as we get our first test-run with a BF100.
A quick review of the Honda spec sheet reveals that the BF100 is a tuned-up version of the BF75/90; each of those models share a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder powerhead. The BF100 is loaded with a full complement of Honda technology, including a single over-head camshaft with VTEC variable valve timing on the intake valves, the Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST) system that advances timing and richens the fuel mixture for optimal performance on acceleration, and lean-burn control that leans out the mixture to improve fuel economy at cruising speeds. Anglers may appreciate the trolling speed control, which allows engine rpm to be adjusted in 50-rpm increments from 750 to 1000 rpm. That’s standard with a tiller kit and an option with remote controls. The charging system is also notable, producing 35 amps to the boat, 40 percent more power than other motors in this class. The BF100 will be offered in 20- and 25-inch lengths, but a counter-rotating version will not be available. Honda will sell the BF100 with a five-year, non-declining warranty.
To squeeze 100 horsepower from this model, Honda has bumped the WOT operation range from 5000-6000 rpm to 5500-6300 rpm. If you consider the Honda BF100 a “strong” 90, it may be best to compare it to 90 HP competition. It that category, weights range from 320 pounds for the triple-cylinder two-stroke Evinrude E-TEC 90 to the 366-pound Yamaha F90. The 2.1-liter Mercury FourStroke 90 offers a significant displacement advantage, yet weighs in at 359 pounds. (All weights are for a 20-inch model.) The BF100 outboard will be available at Honda dealers in North America starting on January 4, 2016.
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Interesting Bel-Ray products include All In One Fuel Treatment that the company says is formulated to neutralize all of the harmful effects of ethanol and stabilize gasoline during periods of storage, with detergency properties that keep fuel lines and associated fuel components free of build-up and gummy residues. It will also increase the octane of gasoline allowing for the use of a lower octane fuel with the results of a higher octane alternative. Bel-Ray Marine Biodegradable 2-Stroke Engine Oil is a full synthetic, solvent-free, two-stroke engine oil claimed to provide superior wear protection with maximum deposit control. Marine Biodegradable 2-Stroke Engine Oil is rapidly biodegradable and is NMMA TC-W3 and European Eco-label registered.
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Editor's note: this article was updated in October of 2016.