‘We’ve got TWO new 650s com­ing! One will be funky, one will be main­stream.’

Honda boss goes pub­lic on Hor­net ru­mours

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How about this for all you Hor­net fans out there? Great news emerg­ing about the fu­ture of Honda af­ter a top in­ter­view with Fabrice Re­coque, di­rec­tor of the mo­tor­cy­cle di­vi­sion of Honda France.

Here’s the re­sponse when French mo­tor­cy­cle mag Moto Re­vue asked if Honda has closed off the idea of bring­ing back the Hor­net. Re­coque said: “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.”

The in­ter­viewer went on to ask whether ei­ther of the new bikes will be a ri­val for the best­selling Yamaha MT-07, to which the Honda boss added: “Our strat­egy will not be to at­tack the MT-07 with the same style or a sim­i­lar price. We will pro­pose a very dif­fer­ent mo­tor­cy­cle with a unique style and very dif­fer­ent po­si­tion­ing.

“It will prob­a­bly be a bit more ex­pen­sive but also very dif­fer­ent and slightly off the com­pe­ti­tion.”

When asked when the bikes are likely to be seen it was made clear that Honda’s not look­ing to hit all the big bike shows in earnest with the new Hor­net, with Re­coque say­ing: “The new bikes will be pre­sented at EICMA in Mi­lan [in Novem­ber – ed]. As for Cologne and Paris, it’s un­der dis­cus­sion, but I hope that we’ll have some­thing to present in Paris. In any case it will be ei­ther Cologne or Paris, but not both.”

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