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For Honda motorcycle enthusiasts, the recent rumors are finally taking shape, promising exciting developments. Following the successful launch of the Honda Hornet 750, speculation has been rampant about a more aggressive variant tentatively named the Honda CB750R. A recent patent application now confirms the imminent arrival of a fully-faired iteration of the Hornet. The rumored CB750R is expected to inherit its power from the same 755cc parallel-twin engine that powers the Hornet.
Honda's Platform Sharing Strategy
Honda has a long-standing tradition of embracing platform sharing, utilizing common foundations to create diverse models. This approach is evident in the CB500 and NC700/NC750 lineups, where shared components have given birth to a range of unique motorcycles. Similarly, the adaptability of the Africa Twin has led to the creation of the NT1100 tourer and the Hawk 11 café racer, expanding its reach beyond the U.S. market.
In keeping with this trend, the Hornet 750 shares the same 755cc parallel-twin engine and steel-framed chassis as the Transalp, which is slated to make its debut in the U.S. market in 2024.
Unveiling Patent Details
The recently uncovered patent application unveils a faired motorcycle based on the Hornet's platform. While the patent primarily addresses mundane aspects like fuel tank placement, airbox design, and electronic wiring arrangements, it provides valuable insights. Notably, it mentions a "front cowl...removably attached to the vehicle body frame using fastening members," setting this design apart from the existing, unfaired Hornet 750.
Though the patent's bodywork may not represent the final design, it hints at potential innovations. Superimposing the patent drawings onto a Hornet photo reveals a more compact fuel tank and a frame that harmonizes with the current model. The design appears to encourage a sporty, crouched riding posture, facilitated by the lower-profile fuel tank and the placement of low clip-on handlebars.
What Awaits Ahead
Considering the patent details and Honda's history of platform sharing, it's probable that this upcoming motorcycle intends to directly challenge Yamaha's MT-07 and YZF-R7. With its low handlebars and streamlined tank, the new model could present an appealing choice for enthusiasts seeking a sportier riding experience.
While still in the realm of speculation, the potential arrival of the Honda CB750R is generating considerable excitement among motorcycle aficionados. If it materializes, this model would be a valuable addition to Honda's versatile lineup, offering a sportier alternative to the already well-received Hornet 750. With the patent information now in the public domain, all eyes are on Honda for their next move.
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