The Honda Neo Sports Cafe concept bike that’s been teased over the past few months has been unveiled.
This concept bike is about looks, not performance. It has interesting styling, blending old-school performance bike looks with modern angles, like something out of Blade Runner.
But on the tech side of things, there’s not much to get excited about; that four-cylinder engine seems to be derived from the old Honda CBR1000RR (no doubt re-tuned for torque). There’s no talk of other features to make this machine more exciting (no hints at electronic wizardry, trick suspension, etc.).
Frankly, what this bike needs is an electric motor to go with its information-age styling. But that’s not going to happen; instead, we’re getting a mash-up that’s aimed at the mature sport rider. It seems Honda reckons there’s a market of motorcyclists who want old-school ergos mixed with some angular Euro styling and Japanese affordability/reliability.
And, that could be a wise gamble. Retro Japanese bikes do seem poised to take off as a sales trend. If the finished product (supposedly to be unveiled at EICMA) includes enough technology to back up its futuristic accents, the Neo Sports Cafe could hit a market that nobody else has identified yet—and that’s something Honda has proven capable of doing, again and again.
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