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Honda seems to be working on an all-new cafe racer that will be powered by a six-cylinder engine. Honda has filed patents that show an inline-six-cylinder engine powering an old-school cafe racer.
If produced, this could very well be the perfect tribute to the Honda CBX 1000 that we as biking enthusiasts so love. Way back in 1978, Honda Motorcycles launched the Honda CBX. It was basically a conventional lightweight cafe racer chassis powered by a huge air-cooled, 1,047cc, inline-six-cylinder engine.
It produced a maximum power output of 105bhp and that was a lot for its time. The result was a scarily fast motorcycle without the handling of a superbike thanks to its upright riding position and styling.
Well, Honda had unintentionally started a cult following. Production of the Honda CBX ended in 1982 but the legend lived on. It is till this day one of the best sounding motorcycles ever made and it is one of the few motorcycles that without fail tends to feature on every motorcycle enthusiast's wishlist.
However, only a few examples remain and they are prized possessions, so finding one on the used market for a decent price is mission impossible. Honda seems to have got a whiff of the need for such a motorcycle again and has filed these patents.
It features a classy cafe racer design complete with the fairing up front, the sculpted fuel tank in between and the cowling at the rear. The differences however, lie in what is underneath it. We see clip-on handlebars, a perimeter frame with an aluminium swingarm.
We can also see an upside down fork up front and a mono-shock at the rear taking care of suspension duties. Rest assured, this motorcycle can handle high speeds. The heart of the motorcycle is quite obviously an inline six-cylinder engine.
The patents also show unique 3-into-1 exhaust downpipes which leads to two exhaust outlets on each side of the motorcycle. The images also reveal liquid-cooling for the engine but Honda has equipped it with air-cooling fins as well as a throwback to the original CBX.
Twin-discs up front and a single disc at the rear handle braking duties. There are no details available at the moment, but we can safely say that it will feature ABS, traction control, wheelie control and riding modes. Power output could be close to 200bhp and we are expecting a screaming soundtrack from the straight-six engine.
Thoughts On Honda Filing Patent For Six-Cylinder Engine Cafe Racer
Honda has in the past filed several patents for different technologies and systems, but we haven't seen them in reality. When it comes to motorcycles however, Honda is pretty prompt in turning the patent images into reality.
For all we know, there could be a possibility that Honda might have already produced a prototype of the bike! We can expect the new six-cylinder monster to be showcased at EICMA 2019 in November this year. This is exciting news!