While motorheads were busy scouting for new launches at the INTERMOT in Cologne, Honda was planning for another surprise at the Paris Motor Show earlier this month.
In Paris, Honda teased another one of its ‘Neo Café’ concept model. The bike will be based off the Honda CB650F, carrying a 650-cc inline-four engine packed in a retro-modern style similar to Big Red’s modifications on the Honda CB300R and Honda CB1000R.
We can date back Honda’s interest in Neo Café’s after the company showcased the CB4 concept at the 2015 EICMA show in Milan. Since then, Honda has adopted the platform and design on several of its models, each attracting a positive response from the public.
Similarly, we can anticipate that the 650-cc Neo Café concept could soon enter production lines of the company as a 2020 model year machine with an expected launch by the end of 2019. Honda is playing its cards close to the chest regarding the new Café. However, it could be said that engineers at the company’s European wing might have played around a great deal with the CB650 platform, creating more than just a few concept bikes based on the four-cylinder platforms.
The model which was showcased at Paris features the abundant use of LED lights all over with bits and bobs from Rizoma and SC Project, including the latter’s prominent 4-1-2 exhaust system.
In 2015, Honda revealed the Six50 which was based on the same platform as the New Café. While the company classified the concept as a café racer, we could not help to understand the bike as Honda’s take on the scrambler genre.
The concept garnered plenty of attention as Honda’s attempts to recycle a motorcycle that was largely criticised to be devoid of personality, though an extremely practical one.