It looks like Honda could be developing two new models in the form of the CB1000X and CBR1000R according to Young Machine. With the introduction of Euro5 compliant engines, most brands will have to refresh their model range and it looks like Honda could be working on an adventure sport bike, namely CB1000X to rival with BMW S1000XR and Ducati Multistrada 1260 S.
It may be just a rumour and a couple of motorcycle design renderings, but we know that Honda updated its CB1000R naked motorcycle this year and according to Young Machine this could be the base model for the CB1000X which besides aiming to rival with the BMW and Ducati adventure sport models, the new bike could also take on Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX on the sport touring segment of the market. To do so, the Japanese bike will have to deliver some serious power meaning around 160 hp (the BMW S1000XR makes 165 hp while the Ducati Multistrada 1260 S puts out 158 hp).
Furthermore, next year the motorcycle market will have to comply with the Euro5 legislation which will enforce engines to become more eco friendly and make less noise. Thus, a lot of models will have to be replaced with new versions or receive some major updates in order to remain on the market. Also, the Honda CB1000X could be in the works if we look at the fact that the Japanese brand showcased a concept bike, the CB4X, at EICMA last year. That model was based on the naked CB650R. The CB4X is designed by Valerio Aiello and Honda also registered the patent for that crossover a couple of months ago. So, there’s a strong possibility that the company could be working on a 1000cc version borrowing the engine from the CB1000R. In other words, displacement could sit at 998cc and power delivery could be 145 hp. As far as its rivals go, the segment includes BMW S1000XR, KTM SuperDuke GT or Ducati Multistrada 1260 S.
And that’s not all. The second motorcycle design rendering focuses on the sport touring segment of the motorcycle market. Honda CBR1000R seems to offer a good comfort level to rival with the Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX which was developed from the naked Z1000 model.
Looking at these motorcycle design renderings from Young Machine, we have to say the CB1000X and CBR1000R look quite awesome and if Honda is working on developing these models as production bikes, we would like to see them tackle against their rivals.