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Honda joins scrambler bandwagon

Honda CBSix50 concept scramblers
Honda CBSix50 concept scrambler

Honda has joined the scrambler bandwagon with its CBSix50 concept, unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan.

Scramblers have been the flavour of the show with Ducati adding the Scrambler Sixty2 and Flat Track Pro to its four-model Scrambler line-up, Benelli introducing the Leoncino scrambler, BMW unveiling the R nineT Scrambler, Moto Guzzi’s V7 II Stornello scrambler and you could even consider Yamaha’s XSR900 an outsider as a scrambler.

But the Honda concept is slightly different from the other bandwagon scramblers.

Unlike the mainly air-cooled twin-cylinder scramblers, the CBSix50 is powered by the liquid-cooled 650cc in-line four-cylinder engine from the CBR650F.Honda CBSix50 concept scrambler bandwagon

It also doesn’t have the usual high exhaust system and is more modern in design than the other retro-styled scramblers.

But it does feature distinctive scrambler features such as chunky knobby tyres, spoked wheels and motocross handlebars.Honda CBSix50 concept scrambler bandwagon

The Six50 comes with double-sided swing arm for extra strength, bashplate, engine crash bars and upside-down forks.

One of the more interesting features is the instrument panel which seems to be a see-through glass screen.Honda CBSix50 concept scrambler bandwagon

There are no more details or technical specifications available, but Honda says they will make a production version in 2017-18.

It remains to be seen how much of this concept will make it to production.