Honda shows off new ‘Neo Sports’ 650 and new colours for the Africa Twin

While every­one was look­ing at the bikes in Ger­many, Honda re­leased a few new things at the Paris Mo­tor Show.

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Honda took the wraps off its CB650F-based Neo Sports Cafe Con­cept in France at the start of the month – and while the bike might not too ground-break­ing, it DOES slot di­rectly into the fa­mil­ial theme of cur­rent mod­els like the CB125, CB300 and CB1000. Based around the cur­rent mid­dleweight, the bike fea­tures sim­i­lar dash, head­light and styling cues of its in-pro­duc­tion sib­lings. There’s no news from Honda about when (or even if ) this ver­sion of the 650 will ever make it to pro­duc­tion though. What it does mean is that we’ve now seen the FIRST of two 650s com­ing from Honda this year. We know that there’s a sec­ond bike com­ing be­cause back in Au­gust we had the fol­low­ing quote from Fab­rice Re­coque, di­rec­tor of the mo­tor­cy­cle di­vi­sion of Honda France, when he was asked if the Hor­net was fi­nally killed off and never com­ing back to the Honda line-up: “Ab­so­lutely not! Our road­ster strat­egy will be es­tab­lished in two phases. Medium-term we will have a new bike which will be about 650cc and that will be pre­sented in the com­ing months. I can­not say more about this. “That bike will be fol­lowed by an­other new bike, this one will be more vol­ume-ori­ented and we have al­ready started work on it, but it’s not for now.”

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