Honda has been releasing a raft of patents over the past year for futuristic products and innovations, but the latest is actually a retro design based on the CMX 500 Rebel.
While the Rebel is a cruiser style, this is a more traditional British-style bike like the Triumph Bonneville with a round headlight, bench seat and flat fuel tank.
It retains the Rebel’s 471cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin four-stroke engine, but has a modified chassis and sub-frame.
While this could be a handsome offering that would do well, we would prefer Honda Australia just imported the retro CB1100.
Or even better, go ahead and produce the sexy Concept CB Type II which they unveiled at the 2016 Osaka Motorcycle Show or the futuristic CB4X from this month’s EICMA show in Milan.
While Honda’s current range of motorcycles lack flair, these concepts and patents show the company doesn’t lack for design talent, only commitment to put it into production!
This latest patent from Honda continues its blitzkrieg of patent applications.
This is one of many patents Honda has lodged in the past year and we are not sure how many of these they will put into production.
This new patent join the following from Honda over the past year:
- Bikes that respond to your emotions by adjusting throttle and brakes and suspension;
- Electric motorcycles with an alarm to warn pedestrians unaware of the approaching quiet vehicle
- A head-display windscreen that is also touch sensitive.
- Suspension that works via artificial intelligence to predict and adjust damping.
- Active aero where winglets deploy above a certain speed;
- Direct injection;
- A bike with a variable riding position that converts from a sports bike with a crouched riding position to a street bike with an upright position;
- A small-capacity bike with non-ventilated drum brakes;
- A helmet that integrates with the bike and monitors for of an impending rear-ender;
- A helmet that recognises your face when you put your helmet on and acts as a remote key fob to switch on your motorcycle;
- A rider air-conditioner;
- A “climate seat” that blows hot or cool air;
- A leaning trike; and
- A hydrogen-powered motorcycle.