According to the U.K. web site Visordown
there will be eight new Hondas announced at the Milan motorcycle show
November. Whether it’s true, and whether any of them will come to
time will tell.
Two of the rumoured bikes are centred around the new 1,200 cc V-4
powers the VFR1200.
There’s supposed to be a new sport-touring bike
around the VFR platform that would replace the ST1300 (or Pan European,
it’s called in Europe), which makes sense. Variable valve timing and
selective cylinder firing depending on load are things that Honda’s
working on for half a decade, and that would be a good platform to
introduce such innovations.
There’s also supposed to be an "adventure touring" machine built
that same engine which makes no sense to us, but Honda being Honda,
Supposedly the CBF600 is also getting a major make-over; we CMG types
the current one.
Not new in Europe or Japan is the VTR250, a trellis-frame V-twin that
would be a wonderful step up from Honda Canada’s wildly successful
Honda Canada people have hinted that something bigger in the "small"
category may be coming – yes, please.
There’s also apparently going to be a new(ish) Gold Wing, but probably
until the 2012 model year. There are still 2009 models out there in the
chain, and the entire assembly line is being moved to Japan with a
re-start in production planned for some time in 2011. At this point
looks likely to be another revamp rather than a whole new motorcycle.