2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way
Aspirin taken, ate some food, drank that much-needed water and took a hot shower. Hangover time is over and getting my head around the fact that I have to wake up early to work depressed me at first. But luckily the excitement brought with the launch of these new machines means we and I get to see them on our roads pretty soon, and I cannot wait to unveil the secrets they behold.
Unveiled at the back end of 2017, these hot machines give new life goals and expectations, not just for riders, but also to other manufacturers giving them no option but to up their game as well. Thanks to this, competition keeps getting hotter by the day, and we are ultimately rewarded with machines that beam innovation and technology.
Here are the top picks that are touted to take the market by storm in 2018:
Japanese patent drawings from the Japanese Patent Office have revealed Honda’s plans to develop a leaning three-wheeler motorcycle, jumping on a trend that Piaggio began in 2006 with the MP3 scooter. Since the MP3’s arrival, other bookmakers have introduced similar models, including the Peugeot Metropolis, and most recently, the Yamaha Tricity.
Now it looks like Honda’s jumping on the bandwagon with a series of patent drawings showing a leaning trike with one rear wheel and a pair of front wheels. From what I’ve gathered, the Japanese company appears to be leaning towards developing a motorcycle with a design and chassis bearing a striking similarity to the Honda NC700S. It wouldn’t be surprising if Honda uses said platform since it’s already done so on a handful of other models, including the NM4 and the CTX700.
The patent drawings also reveal a few unique features of the leaning three-wheeler, particularly the suspension set-up, which makes use of a similar parallelogram suspension design found on the Piaggio and Yamaha trikes. The suspension components are set-up just behind the wheels and apparently uses a trailing link suspension that links in front of the bike’s wheel axis.
It remains to be seen if these patent drawings will ever amount to anything. Patent drawings don’t necessarily equate to given models being sent to the production line. So hold your horses and temper your excitement for now. It’s nice to see that Honda’s got these on file.
Let’s just hope that they don’t keep it on file longer than they should.
Click past the jump to read more about Honda’s patent drawings of a leaning three-wheeled motorcycle.
For the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Honda has prepared a rather unique concept vehicle called the Honda 3R-C Concept. It is actually a single-seat trike that accommodates the rider in a fully enclosed cockpit and which is, obviously, powered by batteries.
This is more like the kind of concept you’d expect from innovative designers eager of global recognition, but considering that this is an official Honda concept and it is going to Geneva, it actually stands great chances to be proposed for production. Read the full press release after the jump.
We barely got time to realize that another year has passed by and there’s another concept trike showing us how it may very likely be the thing we’ll ride or better said drive in the future. But if it’s still here, at least let’s welcome it as should. Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the Hawk!
The design belongs to 22-year-old Alex Hodge, a designer based in New Zeeland. The young man has imagined the trike of the future as a machine powered preferably by a powerful motorcycle engine, but which would protect the user with a cockpit-like covering that swings away to allow the entry and exit to and from the vehicle.
With an alloy chassis and 19-inch alloy wheels, we already know that the thing would be light and stable, but how does it do in the performance department? Well, it seems that this designer also thinks at fuel consumption so he visualizes Hawk concept as being powered by the 999cc V-Twin engine “borrowed” from the Honda RC51 motorcycle. Now that’s pretty good considering that the specific powerplant meets a great balance between power – 120 horses – and fuel consumption which depends on how much the trike will actually weigh.
We have to admit that it looks radical, but I can’t see why he didn’t sketch a fully-equipped pilot in it. After all, what’s the point of all that transparency if you can’t be spotted when riding in style? And don’t come to me with that “view” stuff because you can see the view as you’re watching where you’re going.