Is the Honda CB4X Concept a Sign Of What’s to Come?


Honda CB4X
Honda’s Rome R&D Centre proudly unleashes the CB4X at EICMA

A New Sport Touring Machine?

Honda is not devoid of sport-touring motorcycles, but the company doesn’t really have a bike like the CB4X Concept that it showed off at EICMA. The motorcycle looks a lot like the NC750X and the VFR1200X, but less adventure-y than those bikes. There’s a pretty good chance the motorcycle could show up in Honda’s lineup at some point.

The design of the CB4X comes from Honda’s Research & Development team in Rome, according to Adventure Rider, so it may just be a design exercise. The motorcycle does look far less typical Honda than I’d expect. However, the company seems to be changing things up.

I would expect a production version of the bike to look more typical Honda. The bike appears to blend a lot of what you see from the current Honda bikes with some more European styling and some extremely streamlined curves. It’s a handsome machine and one that stands out even at a show like EICMA. It wouldn’t take the company much to turn this into a production machine. It’ll be interesting to see what comes of it.

 

4 Comments

  1. Snake
    November 8, 2019
    Reply

    Honda may not be devoid of “real” ‘sport-touring’ motorcycles, but what Honda is indeed devoid of is sport-touring motorcycles that you really, really want.

    The VFR800 is a good bike that should have more power, and less VTEC effect, than it really does. Less weight would also be a nice bonus.

    The VFR1200 should have more accessible low-end power on a bike rated “170hp”, not neutered with the 1-2 gear ignition retarding, plus a less severe riding position for all-day comfort. More fuel range wouldn’t hurt a bit, either.

    So, after Mr. Honda died, it seems they “keep missing the target”, as Kirk said to Kahn.

  2. Doglips
    November 9, 2019
    Reply

    I don’t care for the faux adventure styling of modern “sport tour” motorcycles, too tall and not attractive. My search goes on for a modern take on the true sport touring motorcycle as it were in the past. If Honda built this with removable luggage they will get my money. (Although I could do without the “saddle horn” on top of the tank…)

  3. Danny
    July 2, 2020
    Reply

    What would be the seat height?
    Any idea?

  4. LoloyD
    August 20, 2021
    Reply

    A CB650X is exactly what I am looking for after my love affair CB500X. Please lower the seat height on this bike, Honda as I am vertically challenged. Make this closer to 800 mm seat height!

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