Wednesday, 9 December 2015
Honda CBSix50 Concept
The blog quickly developed a life of its own, and at times has dabbled with delivering news, but we're not set up for that. We don't sell ads on the blog, so it's self-financed, meaning we can't have someone sat waiting to regurgitate press releases from events (like most motorcycle sites do). I used to do morning-after reports on the GNC, but then fanschoice.tv came along and I didn't want to spoil anyone's fun who didn't watch it live.
But we still schedule at least one post every day, sharing our interests, rides, road trips, races, friends' exploits and new products.
So, that whole preamble was to explain why I'm two weeks late sharing this concept that was shown at EICMA.
Named the Honda CBSix50, it's based on the somewhat tepid, but capable CB650F and it's making the whole 'scrambler' trend into a bona fide craze, but it's a far more unlikely twist than Ducati's retro-inspired bestsellers.
Stock CB650F frame (with modified seat subframe), swingarm, engine, downpipes are all retained. USD forks are from the Honda parts bin. Wheels and discs are new (and not from any Honda I recognise), but the bodywork is the most obvious difference, with a new design that could hint at the next direction for Honda's nakeds (if in a slightly watered-down style).
MT-09 Street Rally and MT-10. I love inline triples and fours, and big nakeds (I used to edit Streetfighters magazine in the 1990s and haven't shaken the attraction to the best of that genre), so these bikes are flicking my switches.
The whole thing looks a bit low to be anything other than Scrambler-style, so it should have it's own tag, like Urban Fighter or City Cross or some such marketing buzzword. 'Yeah, we're moving into the burgeoning middleweight City Cross segment with this bike.' Remember where you heard it first.
While I'm hinting at grabbing too much front brake and sliding off on an oily roundabout entrance, the red crash bars look like they might save the radiator, but would pivot the bike over enough to mangle the tank.
The flatscreen LCD dash, that appears to be removable, is a nice touch and I'd love to hear the designer's spiel on what it could possibly do (but couldn't find that info anywhere. Point it out to me if you can find it). The alloy Rizoma-style brake reservoir is nasty, though.
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