Rumour has it that Honda could be working on a new bike, namely CBR400RR according to Young Machine. After we saw some motorcycle design renderings of two possible new bikes, CB1000X and CBR1000R, now more details are revolving around a 400cc sportbike. The model could be a direct rival for the Kawasaki Ninja 400.
At the moment the motorcycle in the photo is just a design rendering of a possible Honda CBR400RR model. It may not be just a rumour as we know that the company will unveil the 2021 Honda CBR600RR on August 21st. Furthermore, we can expect a new sports-tourer developed from the CB4X Concept showcased last year at EICMA as some patents show that a production model could be in development. Moving forward, the Japanese brand launched this year the 2020 Honda CBR400R as a Japan-only motorcycle. It features a 399cc twin-cylinder engine making 46 HP at 9,000 rpm and 38 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm. But let us look at what we can expect from the Honda CBR400RR.
Taking all these facts into consideration, a Honda CBR400RR could be in development as the company looks serious about releasing new bikes in the near future. Honda has a 400cc inline-four engine which needs a couple of tweaks to make it Euro5 compliant. Moreover, the Asian motorcycle market features a strong expansion and the interest in small-displacement bikes can be a good opportunity for Honda to increase its motorcycle sales. On top of that, the competition has small sportbike models such as Yamaha R3, KTM RC 390, Kawasaki Ninja 400 or even the upcoming Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R. So, a rival for the Kawasaki Ninja 400 could make sense for Honda.
Honda has kept its CB 400 Super Four in production, and last March made a limited series of this model for the Asian motorcycle market. It looks similar to the CB-F Concept and it’s fitted with a 399cc inline-four Hyper V-TEC engine with a liquid-cooled twin-shaft. Power delivery is set at 56 hp at 11,000 rpm. So, there’s a possibility that the Honda CBR400RR, if it will become a production motorcycle, to feature a version of this particular engine with a couple of updates.
The chassis could be borrowed from the current CBR650R produced in Thailand. Also, the bodywork could feature a similar design to the upcoming 2021 Honda CBR600RR with the possibility of adopting similar aerodynamic wings on the sides of the windshield.
It’s an interesting motorcycle design rendering and we are eager to see if Honda is considering making a production motorcycle, namely the Honda CBR400RR to rival with the Kawasaki Ninja 400.