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New V4 from Honda in the works?


Honda's CEO gave an end of the year speech on September 21st and he gave some hinted about a new V4 super sports bike - saying they've begun development! What's more it will incorporate technologies from MotoGP.... very interesting!

There's also some new mid-series motorcycles on the way and sales will start in North America for these models according to the speech.

There's also some Dakar news to be excited about - Honda is set to take part in the 2013 running of the event. It will be the first time in 24 years and they'll be entering a prototype machine based on the CRF450X. We look forward to the Dakar every year so it'll be great to see another manufacturer in there.

Full details below from an excerpt of the speech:

In the area of large-sized motorcycles, following the New Mid Series, Honda will introduce a series of large-sized models with a new concept, which enable customers to more easily enjoy daily commuting and weekend touring. This stylish new series will be equipped with a “torqueful” engine, low seat height which increases the ease of handling, and a comfortable ride with high stability in maneuvering. The production of the first model in this new series will begin in February 2013 at Kumamoto Factory, Honda’s global motorcycle production operation, and sales will begin from North America.

With the best and brightest gathered from Europe, South America, the U.S. and Japan, together as one “works” team, Honda is getting ready for participation in the Dakar Rally in January 2013, for the first time in 24 years. The prototype machine, which is being developed based on the CRF450X, has been demonstrating high fighting performance on rough road surfaces such as the desert and rocky hills in various tests on engine performance, endurance and long-distance riding. In October 2012, this machine will be put in actual racing in the Morocco Rally to further refine its fighting capability. Honda will strive to win in the Dakar Rally from the first year of returning to the Rally.

Since its market introduction in 1987, the RC30(VFR750R) super sports bike has been loved by a large number of fans. With a goal to create a new history, passionate Honda engineers have gotten together and have begun development of a new super sports bike to which new technologies from MotoGP machines will be applied.


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