Honda recently filed some patents showing its 1100cc parallel twin powerplant in applications other than the Africa Twin adventure bike. One is a conventional steel cradle set-up while the other is a trellis frame seen in small capacity machines like the CB300.
The patent hints toward a sportier machine being developed at Big Red through features like upside down forks, radially mounted front brakes and a rear shock with a linkage.
It’s clearly a naked bike in the image but that doesn’t mean Honda has to build that. In fact, Japanese magazine Young Machine reckons the manufacturer might go two different routes.
One is a full-size cruiser to sit above the 400cc Rebel, which would fill a slot in Honda’s line-up that has been empty for a number of years. It won’t have the same potato-potato exhaust note of a similar Harley-Davidson but Triumph can extract some nice tones out of its large parallel twin engines so an enticing sound isn’t entirely out of the question. It could also employ Honda’s dual-clutch automatic transmission for an edge on competitors.
The other is a revival of the parallel-twin-powered GB series, which apes styling from the old GB400TT. It blends old-school cafe racer charm with modern aspects seen in the CB4 Interceptor concept from a few years ago.
Add in a single-sided swingarm with a wire-spoke wheel and you’ve got a racey BMW R nineT fighter.
Judging by the sales figures, new renditions of old-school numbers go quite well so hopefully Honda does indeed beef out its large-capacity parallel-twin family.
In more Honda news, the manufacturer took to the internet recently to debut the rather good looking CB-F in lieu of the cancelled Osaka and Tokyo motorcycle shows.
The concept uses the CB1000R as a base, including upside down front forks, a single-sided swingarm and ex-Fireblade engine making 107kW/104Nm but factors in a sleeker exhaust pipe, and styling aped from the CB900F. The 1982 model, to be precise.
We’ve reached out to Honda NZ to see if they know anything about this making it to production but, for now, it looks like it’ll stay a concept.
To see more, check out Honda’s digital expo here. It’s in Japanese but you can still have a look around at what would have been at the various motorcycle shows,