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.
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.”