‘The Ne­ow­ing con­cept is more pro­duc­tion-ready than first ap­pears’

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pro­duc­tion-ready than it first ap­pears. We al­ready know that the en­gine and hy­brid sys­tems are un­der de­vel­op­ment for pro­duc­tion, as are the trans­mis­sion and the fi­nal drive. The chas­sis even ap­pears to share at least el­e­ments of the two-piece de­sign shown in some of the Gold Wing patents, and the lean­ing front sus­pen­sion is a well-de­signed and plau­si­ble dou­ble-wish­bone set-up.

There’s al­ready a thriv­ing af­ter­mar­ket scene con­vert­ing Gold Wings into three-wheelers, al­beit in the more tra­di­tional trike con­fig­u­ra­tion with two wheels at the back and no lean­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. It caters to the grow­ing group of riders, many of them age­ing, who want the com­fort and abil­ity of a Gold Wing-like mo­tor­cy­cle, but aren’t com­fort­able with man­han­dling a 421kg mo­tor­cy­cle at low speeds. With the firm’s ex­ist­ing Gold Wing cost­ing £23,499, the Ne­ow­ing is un­likely to ar­rive at un­der £25k. Honda’s bean­coun­ters clearly be­lieve in the po­ten­tial profit of this new di­rec­tion, not just with Ne­ow­ing, but from a three­wheeler plat­form per­spec­tive.

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