Honda Neowing Concept – A Hybrid Leaning Trike

09/30/2015 @ 12:07 pm, by Jensen Beeler17 COMMENTS

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It seems that the Japanese are really exploring the idea of leaning multi-wheel concepts. First was the Yamaha Teseract, with its four wheels of leaning fury, which gave rise to the production of the Yamaha Tricity scooter, and the Yamaha 03GEN-f & Yamaha 03GEN-x concepts.

Team Green has explored this space with the Kawasaki J Concept, Piaggio has its MP3 500 maxi-scooter (and supposedly has the lockdown on patents for this innovative design), and now Honda has its Neowing Рa gas/electric hybrid leaning three-wheeler.

Like its counterparts, this trike has two wheels in the front, with the rider in a motorcycle-styled sitting position. Adding to the motorcycle experience, the trike leans through turns. Huzah!

The most intriguing part of the concept though, and perhaps the whole purpose to the exercise, is the hybrid power plant, which uses a four-cylinder boxer engine, along with an electric motor.

It’s not clear if the electric motors power the rear wheel, or the front wheels, though we imagine Honda would tout the all-wheel-drive setup if it was the latter.

With hybrid drivetrains surely to come to the two-wheeled space, it will be interesting to see if this is Honda telegraphing that fact – it is called the Neowing, or “New Wing” (what’s Honda motorcycle’s logo, again?).

Speculation aside, Honda describes the project with the following:

NEOWING is an unprecedented three-wheeled vehicle that offers the cornering feel and sporty ride of a large-sized motorcycle while realizing excellent stability at low speeds. This vehicle is equipped with a hybrid system that combines a horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine and electric motors to generate plentiful torque for powerful acceleration. With the adoption of an original Honda linkage mechanism on its front wheel, this concept model proposes new values with advanced styling that emphasizes the mechanical fascination of a two-wheeled motorcycle model.

It’s hard to say how serious Honda is about the Neowing as a production model. The concept looks appealing and in¬†production form, though the design is definitely something more edgy than what we would expect from Big Red.

The Japanese OEMs certainly do seem to have a fascination with the leaning trike form, likely looking for another appealing way to ply money from the hand’s of thrill-seeking consumers.

Is it a motorcycle? Many will say no. But like the Polaris Slingshot, it represents another fun way to rip around on the streets, which will likely appeal more to non-motorcyclists than our current crop of readers.

Source: Honda

  • mudgun

    Does it have power steering?

  • I’m sure it’ll handle like a champ and will have all that makes honda “honda” but I would just feel like the old guy trying to be cool or the guy too scared to be on 2 wheels if I had one.

  • Westward

    If one can lane split like a Piaggio MP3 500, then I might be in the market. Otherwise, if its more like the Can-Am Spyder, I don’t much see the point of setting in traffic like a car. It may as well be a car, at least it has A/C.

    I once had to lane split a plethora of cars at 10-15 kmph on hot asphalt in the burning sun. Bewteen the heat bouncing off the asphalt and the heat from the idle car engines, I nearly perished, and would have it I had not taken my jacket off, which almost felt worst.

    I would have been in the market for the Can-Am but the the front wheels are just to spread apart. I like the Piaggio, but I wish it had the back end of the Can-Am.

    The Neowing looks like its exactly what I would be looking for…

  • mudgun

    I wouldn’t mind someone thinking I was trying to be cool. (It’s none of my business), and I am scared to be on two wheels but not “too” scared.

  • VForce

    Looks great and nice to see someone other than Can Am going for the baby boomers cash. On a recent ride up on a slow 4 lane highway in Indiana I must have counted 20 Spyders going the other way. Only a few Gold Wings. Seems that many of our older “riders” are getting to the point where they would rather not balance a motorcycle.

    Talk to any Honda dealer and they will tell you that Gold Wing sales have really slowed down. The target customers are getting away from riding, or moving to trikes/ Spyders/ Slingshots.

    Honda would be wise to market this to its aging customer base that love their Gold Wings but are looking for something easier to ride, and park. The fact that they are calling it Neo Wing is also a smart move from a branding perspective.

  • Joe D

    One problem with trikes is the lane weave caused by uneven pavement. The track width is not as wide as 4 wheeled vehicles which have already plowed the road. There is no counter steering with the fixed lean-perhaps there is some on this. Do the MP3’s have it? In the end, you may be out in the open but a motorcyclist you are not. Where’s the popcorn?

  • mudgun

    What I would like to see is a trike with the two front wheels close together. Like 1 or 2 inches apart.
    I don’t really need a third wheel to balance the bike at low speed but 2 contact patches when I’m leaned over on a mountain twisty would really feel comforting. Yet it should ride and handle like a two wheel bike. I know it’s a pipe dream, but besides traffic, low siding on some nasty decreasing radius back road turn is my biggest concern.

  • Pedro Jose

    Forget the Trike! What of this 4 cylinder boxer?!! Great for a middleweight or even a 1200cc light tourer, ADV, or naked bike, but please, chrome it up like the old Valkyrie.

  • john

    Make it cuter with cat-ears and rename it Meowing.
    Could be a huge hit with the Otaku crowd.

  • Ducati Kid

    Jensen,

    Based on a visual analysis on this HONDA Concept –

    1) A Four Cylinder, ‘Boxer’ format, I.C.E.
    2) Vehicle Battery located below Engine
    3) The Electric Motor a ‘Flywheel’ design, common in automotive ‘Hybrid’ use.

    Suggests a ‘leaning’ vehicle due to Round profile and Tire sizes selected.

    A sensible, smart, producible design from Tokyo for our Global public!

  • Nick

    They show us this, instead of an update to their ancient CBR lineup…

  • Ted Ebear

    it looks like an angry insect. i’m not sure that’s a good thing.

  • Spurdog1

    Looks cool. But now you have three tyres to buy!

  • billw69

    It’s a heck of a lot closer to motorcycle than the slingshot. I’ve already warned my family that this concept means I will never be too old to ride AND lean.

  • Paul McM

    Good concept for starters — kudos to Honda for extending the MP3 idea. But I see this much more as a touring platform for older guys and couples. Note to Honda: fit lightweight hard bags and (removable) top case with back rest, clean up the aeros and fit a large, height-adjustable windscreen (look at the R1200RT for inspiration). Add padding to the seat (and make it wider near the tank for thigh support), add HID lighting, and get rid of the really ugly insectizoid front plastic (actually, replace most of the body work with smooth curves) . Do that and you will create a whole new touring segment. (It’s easy to trump the Can-Am Spyder — I’ve ridden that noisome beast. It steers like a pig and has odd controls and weak brakes).

  • Ulysses Araujo

    The Goldwing solution for bikers’ ageing.

  • Rubiyanto Hadi Pramono

    Leaning Three Wheeler from Indonesia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXBUKZzW2G8