For the fifth successive year, Honda has used the ‘Design Studio’ area of its EICMA stand as the backdrop to showcase a new prototype, namely, the “CB4X” concept bike.
Penned under the watch of Valerio Aiello at the company’s Rome design studio, the experimental machine has been developed under the theme of ‘fun seven days a week’, and is described as being a mix of “Sport and Touring with a healthy dash of Crossover.”
“The Honda CB4X is an idea dedicated to those riders who live for sports riding – but don’t want to give up the possibility of relaxing, two-up travel experiences whenever or wherever,” says Honda.
The bike is powered by an inline four-cylinder powerplant, while the fuel tank hunches forward, “like a cobra ready to attack its prey”. It also gets a fully adjustable screen that is integrated into the fairing.
Additional details at the front include a 17-inch front wheel, above which hovers a “diamond” shaped headlight. Heading towards the mid-rear, an aluminium subframe underpins a short, sharp tail section.
In addition to the CB4X, Honda has also revealed the all-new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade and Fireblade SP at this year’s EICMA event.
Said to have been heavily inspired by the RC213V MotoGP machine and its street legal RC213V-S counterpart, the 2020 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade is powered by the most powerful inline four cylinder engine that Honda has ever made.
Sharing the same bore and stroke as the RC213V-S, it delivers maximum power of 215 bhp at 14,500 rpm and peak torque of 83 lb-ft at 12,500 rpm while tipping the scales at 201 kg.
The CBR1000RR-R will also come in an SP variant, complete with second generation semi-active Öhlins Electronic Control featuring 43 mm NPX forks and Öhlins TTX36 Smart-EC rear shock, new Brembo Stylema four-piston radial-mounted front calipers and the same rear Brembo monoblock caliper as used on the RC213V-S.
In both variants, a new aerodynamic package – also claimed to have been influenced by Honda’s multiple championship-winning RC213V race bike – works in tandem with a new Bosch six-axis IMU. This replaces the five-axis unit of the previous design, giving more precise calculations of yaw, pitch and roll, which in turn results in better control of bike behaviour.
In an effort to improve mass centralisation, both the CRB1000RR-R Fireblade and CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP get a lightweight titanium Akrapovic exhaust end can.
Both bikes will also be available in two colour schemes: an HRC-inspired “Grand Prix Red” and a “Matte Pearl Black”.