Contrast the motorcycle seen in this sketch with the 2011 Honda CBR250R. One is simple and functional, the other isn’t. Honda says the V4 crossover, “will have the flexibility and exciting attitude of a naked performance machine, with the more comfortable upright riding position and design cues inspired by adventure bikes.” That’s right, it’s a vehicle that looks off-road capable, but isn’t; where have we seen that before?This is the third and final sketch of the bike that promises to combine CB1000R design cues with a smaller version of Honda’s new V4 engine. This bike will debut in production form at EICMA next week, while a 1,200cc version of the engine will also be used in a new concept bike, likely an ST1300 replacement.
Honda continues by saying, “With the low centre of gravity of a performance bike it is great fun to ride, and because of its wide handlebars and upright riding position it is both easy to maneuver and comfortable.“Honda research had revealed that customers want a machine that has both a unique style and is also fun to ride in all conditions throughout the year. Honda has delivered this customer request.”You know, because plain, simple naked bikes are sooooooo uncomfortable and everyone’s been bemoaning their lack of faux off-road styling cues.