Honda’s se­cret de­signs for a 650 ex­posed in new patent

So this is a NEW set of patents from Honda for a mo­tor­cy­cle that’s head­ing our way.

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Now, we might be adding up a bit too much here. But there’s a rea­son for that. First up, take a look at the side-on view of the bike that the patent is based around – do you reckon that this could be the 650 we’re wait­ing for, a new ver­sion of the old Hor­net only this time with fa­mil­iar Honda Neo-Sports styling?

It makes sense if it is. We’ve now seen the first of two pos­si­ble 650s – the funky CB650 pro­to­type that was un­veiled at last week’s Paris Mo­tor Show (see page 8).

And with that bike be­ing shown to the pu­bic, it leaves a sec­ond mo­tor­cy­cle in the plans.

Tim­ing-wise, this patent ap­pear­ing fits in with the new 650 sched­ule for a pos­si­ble 2020 model to ar­rive in deal­ers in a year’s time.

One ma­jor dif­fer­ence be­tween the Paris Show pro­to­type and these draw­ings though is that the patent in­cludes de­signs for a sin­gle-sided swingarm which is some­thing that the 650 pro­to­type doesn’t have, but the cur­rent CB1000R does.

So if this does end up be­ing the new 650 it could well share even more me­chan­i­cal de­tails with its big­ger-ca­pac­ity si­b­ling than we first thought.

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