Motorcyclist magazine is reporting Honda is the latest manufacturer to move towards supercharged motorcycle engines.
Last fall, we saw a couple projects from Suzuki and Kawasaki that suggested those manufacturers might have turbocharged or supercharged motorcycles in their near future. Now, Motorcylist says they’ve seen patents that indicate Honda is working on the same idea; supposedly, the EU is going to require CO2 emissions data from motorcycle manufacturers soon, and superchargers are a way to keep those numbers low. Or at least, that’s the idea.
This likely sounds pretty exciting to some readers, but savvy folks remember we’ve seen this sort of thing before; in the 1980s, there were several turbocharged bikes from the Japanese manufacturer, with Honda’s own turbo’d CX500 and CX650 likely the best of the breed. You can read about those bikes here.