Another patent filed by Honda has surfaced online, and it appears to be a naked bike powered by a V-Twin engine. V-Twin’s application of sporty motorcycles is nothing new to Honda but it’s something we haven’t seen since the early 2000s. Back then, Honda has mounted their V-Twins on the mighty VTR1000 Firestorm which was produced from 1997 to 2005. Currently, its application is seen on a few cruisers like the Shadow and Fury.
The patent describes the combustion engine with a “plurality of cylinders in a V-type arrangement” and mentions “two pistons”, obviously alluding to the obvious engine type. It also allows the integration of a “pulser sensor” which identifies and communicates the crankshaft’s rotational speed for better fuel injection management. However, what’s more, noticeable is the design of the motorcycle itself on which the engine is resting. The silhouette of the motorcycle looks nothing like any of today’s naked lineup of Honda, and neither does it fit their popular Neo-Sports Café range like the CB650R. Its closest resemblance of the bike from its current lineup would be perhaps that of the CB1100.
However, if you look a little bit further back into Honda’s motorcycles from the past, they actually produced a V-Twin powered sport naked bike back in the 1990s that has the closest resemblance to this patent, the Honda Hawk NT650. The motorcycle had a brief production run from 1988 to 1991 and a closer look at the patent could perhaps suggest a design closer to the NT650, sans the single-sided swingarm.
The patent was originally filed in February of 2018 and was only published by the end of April 2020. Was Honda planning to revive and update a V-Twin sport-naked bike from the past? Or as they have been doing with their other patents, is there something bigger behind the patent that we just don’t know about that Honda wants to get a hold of? A newer upcoming motorcycle would please us more, but only time will tell.