Honda unveiled its major EICMA models, led by the new CBR1000RR-R, a day before the show, but it did have something new to show visitors at the Milano Rho Fiera. In what’s now an annual tradition, Honda presented a concept bike produced by its Rome R&D Centre called the CB4X.
This is the fifth year the Rome R&D Centre has produced a concept, and the third year it used the CBR650R‘s inline-Four as the platform (the engine’s aesthetically-pleasing cascading header pipes definitely lends itself well to concept designs). Designer Valerio Aiello and his team developed the CB4X under the theme “fun seven days a week,” describing it as a sport tourer with a bit of a crossover (Honda’s term for adventure-ish styled bikes).
The CB4X concept features a hunched half-fairing design that would redirect air around the rider but still leaves the engine and the aforementioned pipes exposed. The windscreen is adjustable, and the seat looks pretty comfortable, for a concept, and we presume that tail cover is removable for pillion seating. The way the aluminum subframe attaches to the side plates is rather elegant, making the two parts look fully-integrated.
Other features include handguards, a single-sided swingarm, Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes and a dual stacked silencers from SC Project.
Like the Rome R&D Centre’s other concepts, we don’t expect the Honda CB4X to develop into anything more than a styling concept.