Unseen concept: Honda retro scooter design leaked

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By Ben Purvis

Writing about bikes for 20 years. Published in dozens of titles on five continents. Mildly obsessed with discovering how things work.


With most of 2020’s bike shows cancelled there’s been a distinct lack of platforms for firms to show off their wares. Concept bikes have been hit hardest – they don’t warrant the sort of online-only unveilings that production models get and with no shows on the calendar they’re being left all dressed up with nowhere to go.

As a result, design illustrations of concepts that should have already been shown are appearing via intellectual property filings. We’ve already seen Yamaha’s leaning three-wheeled concept bike through exactly that source, and now a new Honda has emerged in the same way.

It’s clearly a retro-inspired scooter design, and there are plenty of cues to suggest it’s a concept rather than a production model. The lack of licence plate, for instance, and the slit-light lights are clearly not showroom-ready. Similarly, the bike features rather futuristic-looking bar controls and an unusual floating windscreen design – neither seem like they’re production components.

While the styling screams ‘concept’ the bike’s mechanical bits are firmly planted in reality. The engine and transmission look like normal, production-style components; a single-cylinder, probably between 110cc and 150cc, allied to a twist-and-go CVT. Similarly, the suspension and brakes resolutely conventional, using a single, offset rear shock and right-way-up forks combined with disc-front, drum-rear stoppers.

Overall, the combination leaves us thinking that while this design is for a concept model, it could also be one that’s set to influence a future production machine.


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