Honda Evo6 Concept

The original Honda Gold Wing was a standard-style motorcycle. Honda has pretty much abandoned the high-output naked bike market lately with their 919 attempting and failing to hold the fort. Might Honda be looking to capture back a piece of that market? Take a look at the EV06 concept bike that Honda is set to show off next month in Tokyo. We love the looks of this bike, and think that the six -cylinder 1800-plus-cc engine looks way better in this naked bike application then it ever did in the Rune. While the similar engine in the Honda Gold Wing allows for adequate performance, in a smaller and lighter bike such as this it would truly be awe-inspiring.

The fact that this bike is being shown in the first place should not be surprising considering that Suzuki has already announced its super-powerful Hayabusa-inspired B King, which comes with the former’s 1340 cc four-cylinder engine, along with rumors that Kawasaki is considering offering a naked bike using the engine from the ZX-14. Honda does not have a large capacity four-pot engine to convert for naked bike use, but as this bike shows, it does have a monstrous and torque-rich six-cylinder just begging for duty in the same category. Honda should follow Aprilia’s lead and not detune the engine or “tune it for torque”. While some of the four-cylinder engines from Japan Inc. tend to be a bit “peaky”, with this horizontally-opposed six, torque should not be a problem.

Headed for the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2007, the EVO6 Concept is Honda’s latest attempt to test the naked performance bike waters again. When we say performance, we mean it.

This EVO6 Concept is powered by a 1.8-litre 6-cylinder engine. And it’s no ordinary V6 or straight six either, it’s a horizontally opposed, or boxer six. Using the same principles as the engine that sits in Subaru’s WRX STI and Porsche’s 911 Carrera, the EVO6 Concept would make a mockery of the quarter mile drag, while dispatching the zero to 100km/h dash quicker than a Bugatti Veyron.

The huge 6-cylinder engine comes from the Honda Gold Wing, one of the Honda’s largest bikes. It’s also one of the heaviest bikes on the road too, while the EVO6 is a naked bike, stripped of all its fairing and other parts to leave it not only lighter, but far sexier too.

The huge 1800cc engine is clearly visible as a stressed member of the bike, surrounded by a barely any frame. Huge front brake discs and sports tyres indicate that this concept bike has been developed to be a serious-ish ride, and the front end with its stylised headlight, ram air intakes, and upside-down forks look good.

There’s also a single-sided swingarm, 8-spoke chrome wheel rims, and the tail end is impressively minimal. With a good amount of chrome and not too much plastic-fantastic, the EVO6 would make for a very pretty naked bike.

As it’s only a concept at this stage there’s no plans on building a production model but it does show intent. Honda’s rivals have recently taken the lead in the naked bike class, one of the most popular in the world, and it’s now clear that Honda wants to drop a bomb on the genre.

Suzuki is planning on shoving its legendary 1340cc Hayabusa engine in a new unfaired motorbike, and there’s even been talk of Kawasaki using the engine from the ZX-14 for a naked bike.
We would expect the EVO6 Concept to deliver about 240hp or about 179kW. But more importantly it will deliver huge amounts of torque.

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