Since their first model “D” (Dream) dated 1949, the manufacturer based in Tokyo bears its heritage built on “fulfill the dreams of those who want an exciting life riding on two wheels” as reported in Honda’s homepage.
Currently things seem different than this. Due to the 2008 economical world crisis, the market changed. Most of the bike makers pulled the brake lever. Every manufacturer had to make a choice. According to Charles Darwin, is not the strongest that survives, but the most adaptable. Small manufacturers focused on premium models. Honda chose the path of commuters, pragmatic motorbikes. And it worked.
The times are changing.
A new dawn is finally coming. European manufacturers (like BMW, KTM, and Ducati) started setting sales record and Honda’s eternal rival Yamaha, seemed to be more aggressive during this period, delivering to the market: the MT series, the XSR 700 / 900 and the brand new R1.
At EICMA 2015 Honda presented the Africa Twin in production shape (but wasn't a premiere indeed. They unveiled in 2014, named "True Adventure"). Besides, the exotic, super expensive, limited series (Moto Gp Replica) RC2013 V is already sold out.
So, given that the future of the beautiful Roadster Honda CB4 is still uncertain, if you’re not a fan of knobby tires, you have not much to dream about, coming from Tokyo...
Reportedly a new CBR is finally on its way. But more important, will arrive a brand new, Superbike machine powered by the Honda's signature V-4 engine. That’s really something to dream about. You can find the picture of a V-4 sportbike patent registered by Honda. The Honda RVF 1000 (if name will be confirmed).
Honda official Tetsuo Suzuki (Honda’s Research and Design department, boss) declared to MCN: “There are three projects which Honda has raised and all of these are under serious consideration at the moment. The three options open to us include a new replacement for the Fireblade, the RVF1000, and also a cheaper version of the RC213V-S. We will be studying all three in parallel and all are under serious consideration, but it is likely there will be one or perhaps two of the three options made for production.
“As far as the possibility of an RVF1000 that will be derived from a cheaper version of the RC213V-S platform and engine, then that is one possible path.”
We bet the V-4 RVF 1000 will go into production. And we should also see Niky Hayden race with it in the Superbike championship in one or two years…
As you know, the neo-retro bike market is currently on fire. Moreover is really cool. This means that spreads out a positive halo to the brand.
While Ducati Scrambler, Bmw R Nine-t, and Yamaha XSR are already surfing the big wave of neo-retro bikes , Honda is rumored to be working on a 900cc in line four. This bike should be developed starting from the CB1100, the new bike will feature vintage vibes and a revvy carachter due to the smaller engine displacement. The CB1100R was born to anticipate this bike. Here at Motor News world, we reported this news some time ago, but according to our sources “the works are in progress”.
Definitely something to dream on. Isn't it?