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No off-road machine, but in an adventure outfit with a sporty body – the new Honda for the middle class could be extremely appealing.

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The cladding parts are flat instead of jagged. It is clear that it is an inline four-cylinder.

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The seating position should be more upright than stooped in terms of naked bikes, but sporty because it is a little more forward-facing than on a travel enduro.

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The design is somewhat reminiscent of the 125cc study that was shown at EICMA in Milan in 2018 and 2019.

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Here, too, the flat paneling is immediately noticeable.

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However, the concept called CB 125 X rolls on spoked wheels.

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In addition to the CB 125 X, the CB 125 M Supermoto concept was also presented at the trade fairs. Who knows what Honda is planning on new models …

Honda patent suggests new crossover bike

With the oven-cylinder of the 650 class

No off-road machine, but in an adventure outfit with a sporty body, upright ergonomics and slim lines – the new Honda for the middle class could be extremely appealing.

M.The engine and displacement class have little in common with the images in the patent drawings, but there are a few things in common visually, such as the non-jagged and instead flat paneling. And the dainty, tapered rear of the drawing may remind one or the other of the study shown at the last EICMA. The concept was well received by visitors and the trade press alike. The fact that the model shown in the drawings is less serious about the terrain than the 125cc study is shown by the lack of spoked wheels, the seat recess (instead of consistently straight bench) as well as the not quite as upright front paneling in the wind and the more inclined one Windshield.

Rather on the street

It looks like Honda is working on a crossover bike that takes on the trendy adventure look, but is mainly designed to cover kilometers on the road. Accordingly, it could be more in the direction of the Yamaha Tracer 700, Tracer 900, BMW F 900 XR. The Honda shown in the drawings is without a doubt equipped with a four-cylinder in-line engine, which would be at least unusual for adventure bikes in this displacement class. The small Tracer and the F 900 XR, for example, roll with two cylinders, while the Tracer 900 is equipped with three cylinders. Kawasaki’s Versys 1000 and BMW’s S 1000 XR are powered by four-cylinder engines, but are in a different displacement class.

There are several reasons why a four-cylinder for adventure bikes has not been part of the common engine concept in this class: In-line four-cylinders are often larger than other engines with a similar displacement. Since adventure bikes are often designed to be narrow, a wide engine is more of an obstacle. In addition, in-line four-cylinder engines are optimally designed for higher speeds and have therefore been popular in the sporty segment so far. It still makes sense that Honda would like to expand its range of street models with the 650 in-line quad. Because the engine already exists, for example in the CB 650 R. It meets the current emission standards and would be ideally suited to tear miles on the road.

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