Since the cancellation of the 47th Tokyo Motorcycle Show, Honda has taken to the internet to present its latest lineup of models. We already talked about some of them like the CT125 Hunter Cub, Grom, Rebel 250 S and CBR250RR. However, the real surprise from the online was the unveiling of the CB-F concept.
The CB-F Concept is the result of revisiting the CB series’ history. The iconic line of motorcycles celebrated its sixth decade last year. In its hopes to continue the line, Honda looked into past models to determine what to preserve and evolve into a future flagship sports bike.
That model is the CB900F, called the Hornet in some countries. Honda credits the North American racing scene for this model’s cult-like fanbase and popularity.
With the CB900F Hornet as inspiration, Honda has taken its concept a step further with a 998cc water-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve, inline 4-cylinder DOHC engine. The engine will be designed to provide ample torque throughout its rev-range.
The CB-F Concept’s chassis is a lightweight, high-tensile steel mono-backbone structure. Keeping it aloft is inverted front fork suspension, for excellent road-holding capabilities over urban and winding roads alike. The rear suspension is built from a lightweight aluminum single-sided Pro-Arm configuration.
Chances are, Honda will base this concept heavily on the current CB1000R which has a similar displacement engine that boasts of 107 PS at 10,500 rpm and 104 Nm at 8,250 rpm. It’s paired with a 6-speed constant mesh transmission. It’s governed by a throttle-by-wire system with a quick shifter in its transmission. It features 4 riding modes: Sport, Standard, Rain, and a User mode which can be set manually.