Honda electric FireBlade

Honda patent suggests electric Fireblade

The latest patent application drawings from Honda seem to indicate the Japanese company is planning an electric Fireblade, albeit with high bars. But don’t get too excited or outraged yet! Most traditional motorcycle manufacturers have toyed with the idea of electric motorcycles for years. Some have produced electric scooters, mobility scooters, trials bikes and trail …

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Combined braking systems

Honda patent suggests Blackbird return

Patent drawings seem to suggest Honda may be reviving its high-speed Blackbird sports bike with eight aerodynamic winglets. In September, patent drawings of winglets that automatically deployed above a certain speed were accompanied by drawings of the Africa Twin and Fireblade. When both were unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last month, neither …

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Honda CB4X

Honda unveil CB4X concept bike

No, Honda hasn’t just released a six-cylinder CBX update, but a CB4X at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. That’s not to say they won’t produce another CBX as they last year filed patent drawings for a retro bike that looks a little like its 1980s six-cylinder CBX with a bubble fairing. Meanwhile, the CB4X …

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Africa Twin with head-up display touch screen

Honda patents head-up touch windscreen

Honda continues its blitzkrieg of patent applications with a head-display windscreen that is also touch sensitive. The patent illustrations show both an Africa Twin and CBR1000RR Fireblade. Head-up display of vital information such as speed and navigation has been in cars for several years and is now coming to many “smart” motorcycle helmets. This is …

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2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin

Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L unveiled

The worst-kept secret in motorcycling has been confirmed with Honda unveiling the full tech specs for the bigger, narrower and higher-tech Africa Twin CRF1100L at the AIMExpo motorcycle show in Ohio, USA. Of course, the biggest news is that the engine has gone from 998cc to a longer-stroke 1084cc with power up from 70kW to 75kW. All details that …

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