Honda Teases Last Sketch of Its V4 Adventure Bike

10/27/2010 @ 11:42 am, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

Honda continues to tease its V4-based adventure bike ahead of its unveiling at EICMA next week. Finally showing off the actual lines of the machine, Honda has clearly made a cross between the CB1000R and VFR1200F in this design. Tall and purposeful, the concept clearly has the extra travel to soak-up an uncertain path, but Honda insists the bike is designed for on-road use. We dig the single-sided swingarm, but it will be interesting to see how Honda finishes off the exhaust pipe, and of course the final fit and finish of the design as a whole (the tail, like on the VFR1200F, seems to be an afterthought).

With the V4 expected to be designed for road use only, we’re not sure how the middleweight (800cc’s is rumored for the displacement) motorcycle will fare in this competitive segment since many bikers in the adventure category buy because of aspirations, not actualities.

Honda says the new V4 will have “the flexibility and exciting attitude of a naked performance machine, with the more comfortable upright riding position and design cues inspired by adventure bikes.” We’ll see how that goes over, but building a street-only adventure bike has seemingly worked out for Ducati with the Multistrada 1200. Can the same be true for Honda? Only time will tell.

Source: Honda

  • Skipper

    You have to be kidding me! This is just as ugly as the VFR only with a stupid beak……

  • RSVDan

    This is what happens when car guys start running your motorcycle operation. You get a two wheeled CRV.

  • Keith

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go vomit, because that thing makes a rusty gremlin look sexy.

  • Rob

    appears to be a v4 multistrada…..sorta

  • Even if you’re one of the 2 dozen people who like it, WTF are you supposed to do with it? It’s a 2 wheeled very expensive refrigerator made overly complicated covered in extremely expensive plastic parts that only a fashion designer could truly love….. and you’re going to take this thing off-road?

    Imagine their embarrassment when people on $1800 first gen KLR’s are laughing at them… jeez Honda why don’t you try growing a pair.

  • Damo

    Can Honda please just give us the CB1000R already?

  • bikepilot

    I suspect it will make a great street bike. I find most sport tourers lack suspension travel to really keep hammering on bumpy roads, and at least where I travel, most of the good roads seem to be bumpy (and for that matter, most other roads as well). The upright position should give better control and viability too. Overall I quite like the sentiment, though not sure I like the execution.

  • Billy B Tso.

    hahahahhahahaa….good joke honda! no serious, where’s the pic of the not stupid looking bike…

  • MikeD

    Waiting to either skin or praise the final product…November 2nd can’t get here soon enough.

  • Taikun

    Honda usually makes ugly reliable cars…now they are making more ugly reliable motorcycles.