Last week, Honda released the first image, showing an abstract shape superimposed on a shadowy silhouette of the new adventure bike (Honda is calling it a “crossover”, like the automobile segment which combines the features of an SUV and a car.) In this case, the term “crossover” refers to on- and off-road use.
The second image is a more detailed sketch showing the front face of the motorcycle. According to Honda, the new fairing is designed to improve high-speed stability as well as engine cooling.
Above the stacked headlight, the sketch shows a “floating” instrument panel Honda says is raised to place it better in the rider’s field of vision.
The new crossover will use a mid-range V4 engine, likely in the 800cc range, putting it in competition with the BMW F800GS and Triumph’s upcoming Tiger models. According to Honda, the new model will have a low center of gravity, wide handlebars and an upright seating position.
Honda will be presenting seven other models at EICMA including a new V4 concept model using the same engine as the VFR1200F.
Honda Teases V4 Adventure Bike for EICMA