Rumors are circulating that Honda will present at Milan in early November at least one new motorcycle powered by the 782cc V-4 engine currently found in the European Crossrunner (pictured below). This engine was first featured in the 2002 Honda Interceptor, known for its VTEC feature that operates only two valves at low and mid-range rpm levels, and all four valves at higher rpm levels. In the Crossrunner, this transition occurs at approximately 6,500 rpm.
Both the Crossrunner and Interceptor feature twin spar aluminum frames, but the new models are expected to have steel trellis frames (illustration below). At least a naked bike is expected, but a family of models could be in the cards, similar to what Honda has recently done with the CB500 series, for instance.
Despite the complexity, and cost, associated with manufacturing a V-4, it is anticipated that these new models will be reasonably priced given the long amortization of the tooling associated with this engine. Expect crank horsepower to be somewhere between 100 and 110bhp. Milan will reveal all.