Honda is working on a self-balancing electric motorcycle that will debut late in October.
The machine (called the Riding Assist-E) looks like the offspring of a Honda Rebel and a Transformer, and is aimed at the beginner market. It seems to indicate an electrifying future for Honda, as it’s doesn’t appear to be aimed at simple around-the-block bumbling and other commuter duties. So far, Japan’s electric bikes have all been fairly humble, but this machine looks like it has the bones to build a more exciting machine.
But, sticking to what we know: Honda says the machine will self-balance at low speeds, but otherwise, the system is hands-off and lets the rider run the show. And, it will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, which opens October 27.
And, back to speculation: check out that bulky swingarm! What could Honda have hidden in there? A driveshaft? There’s no chain or belt drive visible. Or maybe Honda used hub motors? And, there’s a mysterious photo of the dash showing the bike is in “Mode 4.” Does this refer to power output, or level of stability control, or … ?
All will be revealed in a few week’s time, and we can’t wait. The future for Big Red looks very, very interesting.
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