Honda has been dabbling in the concept for a while – since 2006, actually, according to a report from AsphaultAndRubber.
In 2004, Honda released the CBR1000RR – a monster of a machine that used the engine of the bike as an integral member of the chassis. At the time, it had been an eye-opener of a beastie – especially since the Suzuki GSX-R750‘s frame had been used by everybody as a precedent for superbike chassis until that point.
Continuing along this same thread, Honda now thinks it’s time we had something even more – and that more apparently involves less moving parts (sorry, GSX-R750).
MCN tells us that the patent designs show an inline-four engine braced to the single-shelled front section (the part to hold the headstock), as well as the connected composite tail (another single-pieced, or monocoque, part of the frame). Honda has also placed the electronics packages and battery behind the handlebars to keep the front more evenly balanced.
What’s unique about this concept is not the engine being a fully integral part of the chassis – as we stated before, the CBR1000R had that covered back in 2004.
What’s new is the multitasking seat/gas tank and how Honda’s trying to create a single-pieced front section that scoops down to the belly of the bike, connecting the whole project in a three-pieced puzzle that has us grumping for the nearest physics textbook.
“At the back, two alloy sections clamp around the transmission and hold the swingarm pivot and the rear shock’s top mount,” says the report.
“A remote-reservoir rear shock attaches to the single-sided swingarm via a rising-rate linkage, and both are mounted to a cast alloy rear chassis section bolted to the transmission,” the report continues.
“[The tail] bolts to the front section and acts as both the fuel tank and a self-supporting seat unit. The airbox is created in a hollow section where the tank-cum-tail bolts to the front chassis.”
As if the general aesthetic, ergonomics and inline-four engine weren’t enough hints that Honda’s using this for a superbike, the design also shows a 14,000rpm tachometer and TFT dash.
With the addition of a number-plate bracket, side stand, and catalytic converter in the designs, rumors are circulating that Honda could be ready to drop this bomb of a chassis in the next year or so.