Honda V4 crossover: the final sketch

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Contrast the motorcycle seen in this sketch with the 2011 Honda CBR250R. One is simple and functional, the other isn’t. Honda says the V4 crossover, “will have the flexibility and exciting attitude of a naked performance machine, with the more comfortable upright riding position and design cues inspired by adventure bikes.” That’s right, it’s a vehicle that looks off-road capable, but isn’t; where have we seen that before?

This is the third and final sketch of the bike that promises to combine CB1000R design cues with a smaller version of Honda’s new V4 engine. This bike will debut in production form at EICMA next week, while a 1,200cc version of the engine will also be used in a new concept bike, likely an ST1300 replacement.

Honda continues by saying, “With the low centre of gravity of a performance bike it is great fun to ride, and because of its wide handlebars and upright riding position it is both easy to maneuver  and comfortable.

“Honda research had revealed that customers want a machine that has both a unique style and is also fun to ride in all conditions throughout the year. Honda has delivered this customer request.”

You know, because plain, simple naked bikes are sooooooo uncomfortable and everyone’s been bemoaning their lack of faux off-road styling cues.

  • http://www.ninja250blog.com R.Sallee

    I dig the looks, but I think it’d be better looking without the white parts in the fairing, just leaving those sections naked.

  • 2ndderivative

    What’s this new “beaks on streetbikes” trend?

  • Endless Mike

    Beaks = offroad pretentions, duh

  • http://www.davidfolch.com david folch

    “Honda research had revealed that customers want a machine that has both a unique style and is also fun to ride in all conditions throughout the year. Honda has delivered this customer request.”

    Honda research ? Customer request ? really ? who did they ask to ? Who needs ugly fat assed bikes average everywhere but not good in any field ?
    hey Honda want ideas ?
    what about bringing back a Dominator 650 (cheap, light, single cylinder) ?
    what about a Varadero without all the plastic junk and lighter ?
    following with the same engine, where is the roadster we’re waiting with a VTR SP1′s heart ?
    what about a comfortable VFR 750/800 (but not a heavy 1200 !) ?
    more thoughts ?
    :-p

  • MichaelMM

    V4 Crossover = FAIL. Just what Honda needs, the motorcycle equivalent of the CR-V.

    And this is coming from a guy with a bike in the, “beak on the street,” crowd.

  • robotribe

    I see lots of complicated plastic cladding covering what could be almost ANY bike.

  • cdsv

    Why take the worst feature from a different segment? I never met anyone who liked the woodpecker look. It seems like it’s just part of the price of entry to an otherwise awesome category.

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    Do not want, until I can buy a 2011 leftover in 2013 for $7.5k

  • Les

    Dear Honda,

    You suck.

    Love Les.

    disclaimer : i’ve owned many bikes in my life and all of them have been hondas. I can’t see me buying any more as long as they are lost in space making crap like this, the horrid vfr1200, the fury, the grotesque new styling cues of the vrf/cbr250… ah just fuck off honda. You suck. Is it so hard to make me a nice naked 800cc v4? I mean after you made the hornet look like a fucking robot alien insect i’ve run out of ‘want’.

    I think i’ll get me a triumph in the spring. That naked 675 looks kinda nice.

  • Random

    Must every Honda new V4 look so fat or that is also a popular customer request?

    Can’t believe it’s the same brand that gave us the simple, effective, no-lots-of-frills 599/Hornet.

  • dbqfan

    Good God! what next? This is just as bad as the ugly VFR with it’s award winning muffler styling. These guys must think we are a bunch of stupid suckers.

  • betarace

    The Soylent Corporation, which produces Soylent Red and Soylent Yellow “high-energy vegetable concentrates.” Introduces it’s newest product — Soylent Green — a small green wafer which produced from “high-energy plankton.” It is much more nutritious and palatable than the red and yellow varieties.

  • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

    You make a solid point, Wes. I am suddenly and irreparably unhappy with my Z. (To be fair, it could use with considerably less styling, as well.)

  • John

    Is there nothing Honda can’t cross with a moped?

    While this has potential as a good all around road bike, the problem with Honda is that they don’t design with passion, they design by committee and “market research”. Of course, it always seems like they’re asking soccer moms what kind of bike seems “neat” to them.

  • Core

    If there going to pull this crap, why not just bring over the Transalp. I think it fits the bill of said quote.

    “Honda research had revealed that customers want a machine that has both a unique style and is also fun to ride in all conditions throughout the year. Honda has delivered this customer request.”

    At least the people who ride them seem to.. think so.

  • John

    I wonder if it will be a hybrid with a variable gearless transmission and surround sound.