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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