Honda Mid Concept – Is This The Year of the Scooter?

11/03/2010 @ 8:55 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

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Want further proof that the maxiscooter segments is poised to move in the next five years? Honda has also released its own take on the crossover market segment that sits between scooters and motorcycles, dubbed the Honda Mid Concept. With the upright and feet-forward sitting position of a scooter, but the 17″ wheels, dual-clutch transmission, and Pro-Link suspension of a Honda motorcycle, the Honda Mid Concept is another stab at looking for vehicles that fit the wants and needs of future motorcyclist and commuters.

It seems pretty apparent by now that motorcycle manufacturers foresee gasoline prices increasing over the coming years, as the finite resource becomes increasingly scarce. With transportation in urban settings already drastically changing (try driving into downtown London sometime), motorcycle companies are looking for practical, yet sophisticated responses to our transportation needs. Enter the maxiscooter segment.

Honda’s Mid Concept takes a more practical approach to the maxiscooter concept than BMW Concept C, showing us another layered fairing that’s based of the design premise first explored on the Honda VFR1200F and recently applied to the 2011 Honda Crossrunner and Honda Crosstourer Concept.

Source: Honda

Comment:

  1. Dantheautomator says:

    If you think the maxi scooter segment is just starting now, you were on another planet when the Honda Helix started it in 1986 with 250cc, followed by the Suzuki Burgman 400cc, then the Piaggio X9 500, then the Yamaha T-Max 500… or the Honda Silverwing 600… later slapped by the Suzuki Burgman 650… or the Gilera GP 800…
    :-)

  2. emd says:

    not another planet, just North America…

  3. Dantheautomator says:

    I ride an Helix from ’86 in the streets of San Francisco…
    North America, is it the place where everybody thinks that bikers must be fat, big belly / big beard and ride long fork hardtails ?
    that’s maybe why you haven’t had some smarter 2-wheels…

  4. Jake Fox says:

    It’s either that or most people I talk to assume I have some kind of death wish because I ride a motorcycle. I think most Americans spend a great deal of their time being afraid of one thing or another. It’s sad really.

  5. Dantheautomator says:

    Frightening his own people is the oldest game in governments/medias.
    :-(

  6. Scooter says:

    I have owned 2 Yamaha 400cc Majesty’s, 1 Yamaha 125CC Vino, 1 Honda 600cc Silver Wing and a Aprilia 500cc Scarabeo. They were all large scooters and the most fun that I have had motorcycling over 40 years. I just sold my 08 BMW R1200RT and I am going to get another scooter as they are just more fun. I like this new Honda concept but I would never buy a chain drive anything. I just do not like to mess with chain drives anymore.

  7. Larry Parmenter says:

    Nice looking scooter. Why in the world didn’t they use a belt drive instead of a chain though? Duh…

  8. Dantheautomator says:

    I’ve been touring with my Helix in France and California. I’ve been touring with the Silverwing 600. They are comfortable and have a lot of room for stuff/bags.
    chain drive is really a mistake. Or it should be like the T-Max, enclosed.

  9. Gyaerny says:

    Looks good, though I agree with a low maint solution with final drive (Enclosed Chain / Belt / Shaft).

    Because if the “standard” size wheels, I would figure this would look more motorcycle than scooter in person. Maybe PC800ish. Just guessing though.

  10. Dantheautomator says:

    Ah… Gyaerny… don’t get me started with the Pacific Coast 800… the smartest motorcycle !
    The one that inspire you to ride smoothly, comfortably and with all the shit you want in the trunk…
    of course it didn’t brake, of course it corner loosely, of course the engine wasn’t powerful, of course it was ugly… but if you can get over the “showing off attitude” of basic bikers, that was a nice and smart piece of 2-wheels transportation !
    :-)

  11. bikepilot says:

    The PC800 is the only 2-wheeled thing I’ve ever actively disliked riding – I think I’d actual rather cage it or walk than ride that monstrosity!

  12. Dantheautomator says:

    It’s not the prettiest bike on earth, you’re right. But if you think twice (and can overcome the show-off part of riding a motorcycle) then you’ll discover that this PC800 was way ahead of his time. Not a bike for poseurs. Not a passion vehicle. Just a smart 2-wheels…