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It looks as if Honda may be toying with the notion of bringing hybrid technology to the motorcycle world. According to Motorbiker, the Japanese manufacturer filed a patent for a hybrid bike complete with a detailed drawing of the machine. The interesting part is that the line sketch fits pretty well with the profile of the company's Goldwing; a bike that's built for sucking up mile after mile of comfortable interstate cruising. As Motorbike points out, most hybrids are happiest off of the highway, which makes the big cruiser an odd platform choice for a battery pack.

We would have thought that the company's CBR250R would have been a more fitting bike to bestow the glory of electric motivation upon, but that's just us. The small commuter is built to spend time in stop and go traffic and field quick runs about town, which would be perfect for the fuel-economy optimizing attributes of a hybrid. Of course, all of those battery packs have to fit somewhere and a Goldwing has plenty of space on board. Head over to Motorbiker to check out the patent drawing and the full patent for yourself.

[Source: Motorbiker]


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      Frankie Rose
      • 4 Years Ago
      The "Old Wing" already has electric reverse, so I assume its not unrealistic to put a bigger motor and batteries in it since its already driving the rear wheel. Bikes make bigger horsepower numbers than torque, so starting off with at least 3-4 grand on the tach in the city is normal on my R6. Electric motors make peak torque at zero rpm, so a 800-900lbs bagger might benefit from that.
      MLuddyJr
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Goldwing is already their largest and heaviest motorcycle, so it will be best suited to absorbing the additional weight and bulk of the battery and electric motor. It's also their premium product, so it follows that they would use it to showcase new technologies.
      thepennyracer
      • 4 Years Ago
      oh man, hybrid cycles...3000000 mpg
      • 4 Years Ago
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      Tharun Kumar
      • 1 Year Ago
      very very very very very ................................................................... wonderfull model
      QAZZY
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see this as a kind of practical product. Motorcycles are already pretty efficient, especially on the highway. A hybrid could use 'gliding' (like Porsche) to improve that. Hybrids are also pretty efficient in the city, with stop-and-go traffic. But on the flip side, the Goldwing is already one of the heaviest bikes out there, so a battery pack won't help too much. Prototypes could prove if the extra weight is worth it. Go for it, Honda.
      • 4 Years Ago
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