A Honda VFR with a MotoGP-inspired five-cylinder, 1,000 cc motor, single-side swingarm with shaft drive, push-button gear changer, and two models: street-sport, and touring.
That’s what Motorcycle News is suggesting we’ll see in 2009, and they’ve even got world exclusive pictures to prove it.
But wait, there’s more … er, less.
MCN readers are not so sure this story is real, and one of them claims to be "getting increasingly hacked off" with the magazine’s "world exclusive photos" of new bikes that turn out to be computer-made images.
A number of readers have commented that the VFR photo looks suspiciously like something cobbled together from bits of other sport bikes, and they’re not pleased about MCN’s claims. "When you KNOW something definative (sic) [and MCN will certainly NOT be the exclusive first to know] then tell us," one reader suggests.
MCN replies that their photo is based on a Honda patent drawing and "other information that we have had from factory insiders." They didn’t "just make it up," they say.
Made up or not, the photo is a tad unreal, but the bike? Wait and see, and hope for the best.