2010 Honda V4 production again confirmed

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“The first production machine related to the V4 Concept Bike will reach the market in the first half of 2010. And there will be more to come,” stated Honda Motor Europe president Shigeru Takagi. This is the second time the company has committed to producing the 2010 Honda V4. Rather than the bizarre faired in, hubless wheels, expect a large capacity sportsbike with a focus on comfort and usability over SBK homologation. Sadly, we expect the Honda NR’s titanium screen, oval pistons and part analog/part digital clocks to be missing.

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  • http://www.americadelivered.com nick

    The NR is the only bike I ever really lusted after. Sure, I love R7′s, RC45′s, Desmosedici’s and Husky NOX’s, but the NR, man it makes my knees weak and I realize that Honda is arguably more passionate and interesting than Ducati or Ferrari. They are so, so good at building engines.

  • http://www.americadelivered.com nick

    And V4? Yawn. Wake me up when they do the v-5 with two big and three baby pistons.

  • http://www.americadelivered.com nick

    Okay I guess I’m the only one who is up. But this is the best info I’ve found on the NR…

    http://world.honda.com/history/challenge/1979pistonengine/

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Looks like a one man conversation. I was once offered the chance to ride an NR and turned it down because I was overcome with fear at the chance of dropping it. I’m an idiot.

  • JR

    I would love to see more about oval piston engines, fascinating!

  • JR

    ….. and then I read much of the story in nick’s link, and now realize why we don’t see more oval piston engines… too many extra complexities

    still cool though

    glad they tried it

  • George

    I would love to see Honda do a slightly updated NR type bike (lower cost of course) with the upcoming V4. Something in the $25-30K range that isn’t going to be a hollywood only machine like the sedici (although I applaud Ducati for making it) but still exclusive enough that it won’t be seen everywhere.

  • v

    they are just going to make another vfr :( i now remember a conversation i had a while ago with a vfr owner who said that 2010 will mark an update to the vfr model..the date,engine configuration,sporty tourer category..they all fit the bill.. i still hope they will have the balls to put the engine in a sportier configuration..imagine an updated rc45

    • Cynic

      I’m afraid you’re right… I have high hopes that Honda will do something sporty with a V4 but I’m expecting a VFR.
      What ever they do I just hope it looks better than the current VFR, which looks heavy to me.

      • geonerd

        i think a mildly updated VFR is a hopeful proposition. but i see a vanilla touring bike with sporty pretensions wrapped around ~800cc v4 with auto trans. and ABS standard. think a more sporty version of the DN-01.

        i hope not, but that’s what i’m expecting.

      • v

        it’s actually pretty lean compared to other sport tourers..it just has really crappy brakes from what i remeber..it’s cheap and it has a great engine,the look will grow on you but i still want a fireblade with that engine in it instead of a tourer with a detuned v4 in it..

  • http://muthalovin.com the_doctor

    I remember I first saw a Honda V4 in real life (do museums count as real life?) at the Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum a few years back. My dad explained the engine configuration and why it was so pricey back in the day. Between that and the R7, I left feeling the need for a non-traditional motorbike.

  • area_educator

    This is just a cheap, pandering excuse to post up a bunch of NR750 pictures. I, for one, approve.

  • monkeyfumi

    Titanium screen eh? You must have amazing x-ray eyes to ride the NR750.
    Iridium perhaps?
    The oval pistons were never really a success, but apparently sound amazing.
    Honda have already lodged patent images for a v5 road bike, but it looks more like the next vfr than an rc211v replica.
    Why can’t they just do what everyone apparently wants, a modern day RC30?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Yeah, it is actually titanium, or at least titanium bits embedded in plastic creating the purple tint. You can see similar on current Renaults and Mercedes, look for the tell tale purple glint from certain angles.

      • monkeyfumi

        I’d read before that they were iridium, whatever they are, they are apparently hellishly expensive.
        Did they also have some sort of heads up digital display? like a fighter jet (or the current corvette).
        The “carbon fibre” fairing is reputedly just fibreglass as well, former gp rider Niall McKenzie bought one that had been crashed and discovered as much.
        The NR was still an amazing engineering feat, but you have to say, somewhat pointless.

  • aoelus

    iridium is not an element native to earth, but found only where meteorites have fallen.

  • http://www.halfofmylife.com Phil

    I, for one, won’t be disappointed if they bring out a 21st Century VFR. As long as it doesn’t have a whole lot of technical foorforaws like VTEC that completely detract from what the VFR is supposed to be about.

    Make it 1000 or 1100cc, ABS, lighter than the present model, ditch the VTEC and I’ll be happy. I’d love a return to GDC’s too, but I can’t see that happening.

    On the subject of oval pistons, it was never completely successful in bikes but ruled in the early 90′s when Honda was supplying engines to Williams and McLaren in F1.

  • Mike

    Phil, I agree with you for the most part. But why the need for 1000+ cc? The sport-touring segment is packed with liter+ bikes, none of which attract my attention away from the VFR. The current 781cc engine has plenty of grunt and can easily be tuned for more without growing the engine block. Scrubbing off weight should be the priority, not disguising flab with a big peak HP number or just as bad compensating for the heavy engine with flimsy cowlings and lack of accessories.

    Honda can and should keep the VFR as a middleweight (~750-800 cc), ~440lb wet real-world motorcycle [The current Interceptor weighs ~540lb wet!]. It must be more comfortable and versatile than a 600cc sportbike but much lighter and less expensive (to buy and to insure) than a liter+ bike. To keep costs down, it would be wise for Honda to stick with the V-4 configuration and ditch (or properly fix) VTEC. Honestly, Honda had the right formula a decade ago – why stray away from the sweet spot?