More Photos of the Honda RC-E Concept

11/30/2011 @ 12:32 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

Judging from our internal metrics, you love the Honda RC-E concept…you really love it. And what’s not to love about the electric superbike concept? The stylish design doesn’t stray too far from the basic shapes and lines that we think of when we conjure up a motorcycle in our minds; and if we’re really honest with ourselves, we all expect Honda, with its engineering prowess, to knock a project like this out of the park.

We still don’t have any real details about the Honda RC-E concept, but it’s probably safe to steal a line from KTM, when the Austrian manufacturer debuted the KTM Freeride E, it said that as a market leader, it could not afford to let competitors and new-comers explore the electric space by themselves. Rumored to have one of Honda’s hybrid automobile motors housed inside, the overall electric drivetrain package looks to be quite bulky, making us wonder how much battery power is on-board (or would be on-board, assuming Honda has even installed batteries on the concept).

What does Honda plan to do with the RC-E exactly? Well that is anyone’s guess really. Is the bike purely an experiment and display of what’s been going on in the Honda labs? Is the RC-E concept a precursor to a soon-to-be realized production model? Will we see one at an electric racing event soon? Only time will tell.

Source/Photos: Honda

  • Pat Walker

    I like it.

  • TonyC

    This is truely a great looking bike, not just for electric bikes. It’s been awhile since Honda put out a product that have moved people. I really hope this is not just a design and engineering exercise. With the debut of the CBR250R, I think Honda is (re)committed to fuel efficient bikes and this would be another huge steop forward.

  • Westward

    I am excited about this bike too, but instead of two little button headlights, why not a solid stripe of LEDs…

  • RGR

    If they make a gasoline-powered bike that looks like this, it will be in my garage.

  • mxs

    You saw the bike in flesh, right? Did it appear to you that there was an actual propulsion unit of some kind? Or was it just a plastic box to make it appear so.

    I am leaning towards a scare tactic to put it out there, so the others think that some development is actually going on. With all the time and money Honda spending on something like fuel sipping commuter N700, I highly doubt it that their first electric bike would be sport bike 250cc kind of equivalent. Not a bike thousands would be buying, just a decent amount of enthusiasts which would not be enough to pay the bills ….

    The same reason Insight is not a sports car … plus Insight is not that great when compared to others, which puts a doubt into how much they have actually done in electric R&D and how serious they are about electric.

  • We weren’t in Tokyo. These are Honda’s photos.

  • MikeD

    Nice looking bike. Now slap a fire breathing ICE in it and call it something fresh.

    This reminds me of this:

    Hey Jensen, any words from Guzzi again if any of those crazy looking things will ever see production someday ?

  • MikeD: The short version is a “no” not going to be built. The long version is much more interesting, and I’m not sure I’m allowed to tell it publicly. Honestly, I don’t think anyone at Moto Guzzi has a damn clue what they’re doing.

  • Jensen, you’re right about Guzzi if that’s what they’re thinking of… Look at that seat height! ;)

  • MikeD

    Sniff Sniff, oh well, i’ll stay on the closet about Guzzi then…LOL.
    A real shame man, a real shame…cause that bloated new California 1400 sure don’t tickle my pickle…nor did the long legged Scrambler that was shown at the same Piaggio dealer meeting.

    C’mon Guzzi(or Piaggio) , get your head out of your @ss and do something for the young at heart and age motorcyclist that would like to “someday” own one of your products.

    Sorry, now back to regular programing.

  • Bah! Humbug.