Perhaps noticing the success rival Yamaha has seen with its sports heritage models, Honda will unveil a retro-infused modern café racer in Milan next month ahead of the 2017 EICMA show.

Honda has released two videos teasing what it calls a “Neo Sports Café“, or “Project NSC.” The first video includes a shot of a model of a fuel tank being formed out of clay above an engine, which, with the frequent use of the word “Project” would suggest a concept. But there are glimpses of an actual tank, a round headlight and a raised handlebar and other details that suggest the NSC is, if not production ready, really close.

The second video is more illuminating, showing what appears to be a four-cylinder engine, a short tail and a combination rear tire fender and license plate holder. Much of the video seems to have been shot at Honda’s factory in Kumamoto, Japan, including what looks like the bike running on a dynamometer, which also suggests we’ll see an actual production vehicle rather than a concept at EICMA.

What we can briefly see of the engine looks a lot like the CBR650F’s engine, so perhaps the NSC is an evolution of the ideas behind the CB4 and CB Six50 concepts Honda showed at EICMA in 2015. will have the latest from Milan when Honda reveals its Neo Sports Café on Nov. 6, the evening before the main EICMA show.

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  • Old MOron

    Oh, boy! Could Honda actually be making a production run of the concept bikes?
    I can’t wait for the MOronic coverage of EICMA.

  • Born to Ride

    While exciting, hondas concept offerings are always shining beacons of bold design and beauty, never to be seen at the production level. Take a look at the concept bike for the CB650 versus the bike that they actually delivered. I won’t hold my breath when it comes to Honda.

  • pidginTM

    so its an yamaha xsr700 replica?

    is that really a 4-cylinder sound?

  • Gferrando

    Disappointing. I thought they would use the motor from the Africa Twin, compact, light, and sounds amazing. Oh well.

  • Allison Sullivan

    The smart money’s that this is the new CB1000R, and it takes a lot of styling from the CB4. Round headlight, twin upswept pipes, short tail.

    Guess we wait and see.

  • disqus_9GQw44dyM0

    I’d be VERY interested if this was a V-Twin…but a four, no thanks.

  • Kid Thunder

    Yep. It’s a four. Did you see the intake ports?

  • regular_tom