Honda’s upcoming three-wheeled motorcycles could either be powered by a two or a six-cylinder engine
Honda first showcased their three-wheeled concept back at the 2015 Tokyo Motor show. The good news is that the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer has been granted a patent for its three-wheeled motorcycle NeoWing by the European Patent Office. The motorcycle featured two wheels up front for steering and a single rear wheel connected to the engine.
The NeoWing concept that was showcased at the show featured the same engine that also powered the Honda Gold Wing touring motorcycle. The concept and the patent image might remind you of the Yamaha Niken that was launched in Europe last year. The Yamaha Niken is helpful to those riders who are riding a two-wheeler for the first time and want to upgrade to a litre class sportsbike later.
The Yamaha Niken helps the rider to lean the bike up to 45 degrees in corners like a normal sportsbike. The three-wheeled Niken shares its 874cc, inline three-cylinder motor with the MT-09. This unit delivers around 111.8 bhp of peak power and 87.5 Nm of peak torque and is paired with a 6-speed gearbox.
That said, the Honda NeoWing, on the other hand, will use a bigger flat-four engine which will most probably be based on Honda Goldwing’s flat-six 1833cc unit. The engine could also either be inspired by a BMW-style boxer-twin or even a full-blown opposed-six unit.
Their first three-wheeled motorcycle will actually be a premium offering and that will be positioned well above its other three-wheeled rivals. However, they later also have plans to manufacture some smaller capacity three-wheeled motorcycles as well.
If we talk about styling the upcoming Honda NeoWing will get sharp and angular lines, laid back cruiser like seating stance, and a low centre of gravity for better handling. Expect the motorcycle to also feature LED lighting, stylish alloy wheels, double-barrel exhausts on both sides and a tyre hugger with number plate holder.
Currently, there is no information available on when exactly Honda will officially unveil the final production variant of the motorcycle. However, according to a few reports online, Honda will launch the motorcycle in the International market soon.