Honda Neo Sports Cafe Concept hints at the future CB650R sportsbike
The previous Neo Sports Cafe concept envisioned the current CB1000R. The latest concept envisions the future CB650R.
At 2018 Paris Auto Show, as well as at the Intermot in Cologne, Honda is showcasing its Neo Sports Cafe concept designed at the company’s Rome R&D design centre. The modern and minimalist styling language incorporates sports naked and cafe racer bits to bring something unique.
Neo Sports Cafe concept brings out the ‘Sports’ bits with an ultra-short tail and vertically-stacked dual muffler. In keeping with changing motorcycle trends, the concept features a futuristic head and tail-light, detailed machining and modern body design lines and elements that enforce its ‘naked’ aspect.
Honda’s ‘Neo Sports Café’ design language has been adapted in the new CB125R, CB300R and CB1000R naked motorcycles. In its latest iteration, one’s reminded of the current CB650R.
A side preview does point to CB1000R, but by and large the platform and rear wheel suspension is more tuned to CB650R. The signature exhaust pipe design looks familiar. Front wheel suspension and brake system upgrades include a front fork, radial brake front, and red insert on the engine cylinder head.
Front round headlight unit houses two parallel LED enclosed with a LED bit so light passes through. A play of possibilities, there’s metal and carbon bits on the body. CB1000R inspired four cylinder in-line engine and double front brake disc with 4 piston caliper point to a power rendition of a roadster.
While still a prototype, the roadster can be expected to offer a bit more in terms of output when compare with Honda CBF 650 and CBF 650 R with the four-cylinder tuned to return more than 91 hp. More details are expected to be revealed at EICMA later in November this year. Before that, have a look at the detailed photo gallery below.