When it comes to adventure bikes from Honda, the Africa Twin is always top of mind. But that could soon change with an upcoming model. Honda recently filed a patent with the European Intellectual Property Office for an inline four adventure bike.
The patent filing simply calls it a 4 cylinder adventure bike. Based on the images, it looks very similar to a concept Honda revealed at the 2019 EICMA, the CB4X. The CB4X is envisioned as a sports tourer capable of some adventure riding thanks to its crossover style and high ground clearance. Honda took design elements from both sports tourer and adventure segments to create its unique look. Among them are a fuel tank closer to the front, an adjustable wind screen integrated with the front cowl, and a short and sharp design. Powering it is a 650cc inline 4-cylinder engine.
More seasoned adventure riders may note that the inline 4 engine layout and cast wheels are not ideal for adventure riding. The engine layout itself is wide, heavy, and has high center of gravity. The CB4X however was designed more for long distance road trips with a few detours off-road, not hard-core trails. It’s closer to similar soft-roader adventure bikes like the BMW S1000 XR and Kawasaki Versys 1000.
Chances are, its 650cc will be sourced from the CB or CBR650. This could be just the start of the many new bike models the platform could spawn.
Nonetheless, this design will likely appeal to a larger variety of riders looking for a comfortable bike for long road trips.
There's still no official launch date announced. Though since it's still at the patent stage, this new model is likely still one or two years away from arriving in showrooms.