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Honda Releases Sketch of V-Four Bike With Ergonomics of Adventure Tourer Days before Milan Unveiling

 

If Honda has angered some of its loyal customers with a relative lack of new product in recent years, that might be about to change with this interesting, upright adventure/sport model that will be unveiled in production form at the Milan show. Expected to displace approximately 800 cc, the new bike should have the ergonomics of an adventure machine, i.e., completely upright with wide bars and a comfortable footpeg position, together with 17 inch wheels and street rubber. Our readers hung up on whether this is an “adventure” bike, or not, should note that Honda is not really calling this an adventure bike, but a street machine with the upright ergos of an adventure bike.  Here is a brief quote from Honda regarding the new machine.

“This mid-range machine is an exciting new approach – a crossover machine that represents the best aspects of two separate biking genres.  It will have the flexibility and exciting attitude of a Naked performance machine, with the more comfortable upright riding position and design cues inspired by adventure bikes.

“With the low center of gravity of a performance bike it is great fun to ride, and because of its wide handlebars and upright riding position it is both easy to maneuver and comfortable.”

103 Comments

  1. Steve says:

    Looks sharp! Great idea!

    I wonder what so many people who sound like they don’t like motorcycles are doing on a mtorcycle website.

  2. ibking says:

    …and they call this a CROSSDRESSER ????

  3. We got the bike dead and buried and all we got so far is a sketch. At least Honda dosen’t always play safe like Harley.

  4. Cranky Bob says:

    Dear Honda:

    Please lure away a designer from MV and pay him big buck to design a great looking bike that you can be proud of. Just a thought.

  5. Eric says:

    Here’s a thought – leave the 1200cc engine, untouched, in a comfortable street-bike platform. The B-King almost hit the mark, but those ridiculous side panels would have necessitated surgery for anyone with a long inseam (like me :-). Happy Halloween!

  6. Tim says:

    I’m curious to see what the wet weight will be on this. Honda lists the last 800 Interceptor at 540 lbs., full of fuel and juices, ready to ride. If this new bike hasn’t gained more than 10 lbs., or so, I would be really interested. Although, that Ninja 1000 is calling to me as well.

  7. Tom B says:

    Maybe Honda just needs to take their bean counters out of the board room, put them back in their little accountiung cubicles where they belong, fire the design manager and put a marketing guy or engineer in charge of motorcycle operations.

    The company that many of us used to respect changed several years ago after the old man passed away. They seem, sadly, to have lost their way. Their efforts are just not resonating with U.S. consumers like they used to and like we’d like them to.

    Kawasaki, on the other hand, seems to have gotten tuned in.

  8. GMan38 says:

    Hope it looks better in person. Looks too much like the DN-01 in this drawing. And I agree with S Calwel, leave the v-tec off.

  9. S Calwel says:

    Honda has the engineering talent and in house product input (if they listen) to hit a home run this time. This sounds like the answer to what a lot of us are looking for. All day comfort ergos, enough suspension travel for rough but paved roads, an engine derived from the superb VFR 800 (the early one not the later variable cam version) AND low weight, low c/g priority.

    Most of the riders I know would love to have a bike with Honda engineering and all the above attributes. It fits the way we use our bikes. I had a 1998 VFR 800 that was great in many respects. Sweet gradual mid range hit, small block Chevy sound, good handling, Honda build quality and a joy to look at. Now the not so good stuff. Even Heli Bars would not cure the 2 hours and it’s not fun anymore folded up feeling. The suspension was too limited for some of the rougher roads.

    I’m optimistic, first Triumph (Trophy 800) and now Honda are offering new bikes that sound like they are aimed at my target.

  10. Paul Scott says:

    KC, I can’t relax, I’m nursing a full bladder for the ride home. The temperature has just dropped like a rock in these parts.

  11. Dave says:

    I like it! Call it whatever you want this is exactly the style of bike I like.

  12. Paul says:

    If market research is real, then how come every manufacturer end up with different results for the same questions? It must be the target audience! Some manufacturers interview the most probable users of their products while other manufacturers try to tell people what they need! Or… maybe it’s all crap and people just build what they want regardless of the outcome!

    • ziggy says:

      Because every firm asks every research firm to ask different target markets different questions. Honda knows who their loyalists are for both cars and bikes, and they tune their product lineup accordingly. Motorcycles must resonate with a buyer’s sense of self and emotional imprint. Triumph, targets testosterone-laced hooligans. Harley sells a “beer drinkers and hell raisers” attitude, and Honda…well…a flawless grey pantsuit and very sensible shoes, miss.

  13. Paul Scott says:

    Did you ever brush the snow off your Norton commando, get your hands wet with gas as you tickle those beloved bing carbs, then climb aboard to find top dead center on the left cylinder? For you metro sexuals, that’s done by easing down on the kick start. One hefty kick and it backfires, skinning the shim on your right calf. A repeat performance ends with the kick starter hitting the stop and you know what just happened!

    You run into the garage to scramble for tools. You know exactly what you need and hurry to drain the gearbox onto the road as you loosen the gearbox cover bolts. Pull the guts out of the gearbox to find the kickstarter pawl (cheap piece of British crap) has broken and gouged the teeth on second gear. You pull a new component (pawl) out of the pocket of your waxed Bellstaff and smile as you run into the garden shed to find a file to fix second gear. A little dressing up and you re-assemble the gearbox and check for kickstarter engagement just about the time it starts snowing hard. It’s your lucky day. You are going to get to work on time! Replenish the hypoid lube and repeat start procedure.

    Bike starts but won’t idle, so you throw your tools over the garden hedge and re-adjust the news paper you have stuffed down your jacket for extra insulation. Open face helmet directs frozen air stream right into your right ear as you ease on the throttle and momentarily let go of the bars to lower your favorite world war one flying goggles.

    Three miles down the road, the bike shudders to a lifeless death as you swear and curse life with every last ounce of strength. You inspect the salt covered engine to find out that the carbs are frozen solid. The only tool you have is a full bladder so you unload it evenly over the carbs as passers by look and quicken their pace in the snow. Now, zip up and repeat the start process. Vroooom, keep her revving while sweet heat builds and creeps it’s way up the intake manifolds. Pee smells about cooked so it’s time to ride! It’s my lucky day!

    OK, so not all of us started our biking days this way, but some did. No car for a backup and a true dedication to the machine and the lifestyle. Take one more look at the new Honda! It is designed for poofters! END OF STORY.