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Honda patents ‘CB4X’ inline-4 adventure-tourer motorcycle

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Honda has filed patents for the CB4X that the brand had earlier showcased in the concept form indicating that the manufacturer is likely to bring the production version of the same soon to the global market. The Honda CB4X is an in-line four-cylinder adventure motorcycle focused on the road touring rather than off-road adventure. According to sources, Honda has filed patents for the new ADV at the European Union Intellectual Property Office which closely resembles the Honda CB4X Concept that was showcased at the EICMA 2019. 

The CB4X Concept blends the design and styling of sports as well as touring motorcycles and features an upright crossover stance with a LED daytime running lights, sleek LED headlamp, tall windscreen, aerodynamic front fairing, forward hunched & chiselled fuel tank and side fairing, naked engine finished in black, short front fender, scooped seat, a sharp and raised tail section with an aluminium subframe, 17-inch alloy wheels for sharp handling, single-sided rear swingarm, upside-down front suspension, a monoshock at the rear and disc brakes on both ends. 

The patent drawing closely resembles the CB4X and appears to be made for the road rather than hardcore off-roading, as the bike comes with a four-cylinder engine more apt for long-distance touring than off-roads as it will be heavier than the parallel-twin and the V-Twins that favour off-road adventure machines. The CB4X, if introduced in the road-going production avatar, is likely to come powered by a 650cc in-line four-cylinder liquid-cooled DOHC engine that powers the Honda CB650R that produces 87 Hp of power and 60 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed transmission unit with a wet multi-plate clutch.

The Honda CB4X or whatever Honda plans to call it, when introduced to the global market, will rival the Yamaha Tracer 700 in the middleweight adventure tourer segment

In related news, Honda has also launched the CT 125 / Hunter Cub in the Japanese market, slated to be released on 26 June 2020. The Honda CT 125 / Hunter Cub is positioned as a Mini-Adventure that can take on urban adventures as well as touring, camping and comes with off-road bits such as a high mounted exhaust, 110mm travel front suspension with protective gaiters, dual-sport tyres, 165mm of ground clearance, stainless steel spoke rims, a backbone chassis with reinforced head pipe and added structures around the pivot point for extra rigidity to traverse rough terrain.

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