As has become the norm, manufacturers often release conceptual sketches of soon-to-be-released models before any actual images or even proper descriptions of these machines surface.
In keeping with this new trend, Honda has released another artist’s rendering of its upcoming V-four powered bike, toted a "crossover" due to its naked bike attitude combined with adventure-touring styling and riding position.
Judging by this image alone, we at CMG speculate that combined braking will be via the handlebar only (which may hint at an automatic transmission, the left hand lever — if there is one — possibly acting as rear brake, scooter-like). The bike also seems to have a single-sided swingarm and will roll on 17-inch wheels.
The bike, dubbed the VFR800X by media outlets, sports a single rear shock and a telescopic fork, and it will also have a headlight and a seat.
The engine is rumoured to be a V-four of 800 cc capacity, and the bike is said to incorporate traction control and variable engine mapping.
Enough of the speculation; what we can tell from this image is that Honda employs talented sketch artists. We’ll have all the actual details when the real bike is revealed in Milan next week, where Honda will also show a concept bike based around the 1,200 cc VFR engine, possibly the rumoured touring variant.
We won’t be there but we’ll keep you posted.