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Tue, 04 Jun 2019

New patent images – 2020 Honda CB400?

New patent images have been released online of what appears to be a café racer styled inline-four powered bike. The designs show off a new chassis design and new swing arm, with radial callipers.

Dubbed the ‘Super Four’ the new café styled bike looks to be carving out a new style within the range, supporting the existing modern Neo Sports Café range and going up against the likes of the Triumph Thruxton R and BMW R Nine-T. Could this become the new favourite among classic riders looking for something modern and safe?

Looking over the patents, its apparent that Honda have done away with downtube members, using the inline-four engine as a stressed member with a steel backbone joined by two aluminium plates at the swingarm pivot.

 

 

 

The swingarm itself looks to sport a monoshock, with a bolt-on subframe – most likely made out of aluminium. All of these details should add up to save a fair bit of weight, making the ride nimbler and more accurate.

Styling wise, the bike doesn’t look to be sporting the clip-on bars that are popular with café racers, instead using a short straight bar, which should give the rider more control over the front end. At the rear is a smooth, streamlined cowl which sits well behind the rounded fuel tank.

You can expect this bike to have full LED lights with a semi-digital consul, hopefully nothing too brash to take away from the classic bike look that so many love.