• Sep 23, 2007


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The original Honda Gold Wing was a standard-style motorcycle. Honda has pretty much abandoned the high-output naked bike market lately with their 919 attempting and failing to hold the fort. Might Honda be looking to capture back a piece of that market? Take a look at the EV06 concept bike that Honda is set to show off next month in Tokyo. We love the looks of this bike, and think that the six -cylinder 1800-plus-cc engine looks way better in this naked bike application then it ever did in the Rune. While the similar engine in the Honda Gold Wing allows for adequate performance, in a smaller and lighter bike such as this it would truly be awe-inspiring. The fact that this bike is being shown in the first place should not be surprising considering that Suzuki has already announced its super-powerful Hayabusa-inspired B King, which comes with the former's 1340 cc four-cylinder engine, along with rumors that Kawasaki is considering offering a naked bike using the engine from the ZX-14. Honda does not have a large capacity four-pot engine to convert for naked bike use, but as this bike shows, it does have a monstrous and torque-rich six-cylinder just begging for duty in the same category. Honda should follow Aprilia's lead and not detune the engine or "tune it for torque". While some of the four-cylinder engines from Japan Inc. tend to be a bit "peaky", with this horizontally-opposed six, torque should not be a problem.

Honda -- please offer this bike for sale in the U.S.! Make sure to keep the styling intact, including the snarling headlight and very well integrated radiator. Touches like the single-sided swingarm, USD fork and dual front disks would be nice too. Follow Suzuki's lead and keep the styling mildly controversial and you've got a winner on your hands.

[Source: Wired's Autopia]




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      • 7 Years Ago
      Love the style of the concept. Would love to see this in action.

      Come on Honda. You know you want to put it into production !!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Agreed - Honda does have the guts to bring something like this to production. As Castle correctly pointed out, they did so with the Rune - and that was way further out than this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I keep longinmg for the spiritual succesor to the Vincent Black Shadow.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Honda sells the CB1300 in several other countries. There may be other large naked bikes from Honda I'm forgetting. Just FYI. Also, Honda loves concept bikes, but rarely do they reach production (the Rune being a notable exception).
      • 7 Years Ago
      No interior shots?!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think this concept has a better chance of production then other's due to the mythic status of the CBX. The EVO6's flat six will certainly be compared to the CBX's transverse inline six.

      I have two concerns about the EVO6. The bike's radiator is sure to be inadequate at it's current size. It's tucked in the low pressure area behind the wheel without any fairing. More importantly it's got to cost significant $.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its not so much naked styling that needs to make a come back as much as a relaxed riding position. Boy racer setback pegs are not comfortable. I hope Honda can understand that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks and sounds pretty sweet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      except that the B-King is rather ugly... this thing is a work of art.

      can't even compare the two....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Too bad the design's a ripoff of Suzuki's B-King:

      http://www.suzukibking.co.uk/
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice to see some motorcycle news.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now why can't honda make a nice lightweight rwd coupe or sedan with a variation of one of those straight 6's? (no, i dont want an s2k)
        • 7 Years Ago
        I wish it was a straight-6 too... :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nevermind, not a straight 6... foolish me.
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