The Mysterious V-4 and the Return of the UJM
Honda has been hinting about it. They’ve been dropping tantalizing videos about it. They’ve issued technical white papers on it. They’ve even had it out in semi-public places where the overly-inquisitive could take spy shots of its pre-production form. But today, Honda officially confirmed that the new 1200cc V-4, V-Tec motorcycle will be a part of the 2010 Honda Line-up, and will unveil it to the world at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show in three weeks. Named the VFR1200F, Honda says the new motorcycle is a dedicated sport-touring bike. We still can’t see it yet, because Honda is keeping the final appearance under wraps until the Tokyo unveiling, but I’m sure all the VFR fanatics–and are there any other kind of VFR riders?–are now thinking seriously about getting hold of one as soon as their finances allow.
But that’s not all they confirmed today. Big Red will also be bringing the CB1100 to the Tokyo show as well. It harks back to the iconic UJM bikes of the 1970s, like the 750Four or the Kawasaki Z900. It even has the throwback chrome fenders.
Interestingly, it’s not water-cooled, but rather obviously an air/oil-cooled inline-4.
This is what motorcycles were like when I was a kid. Naked bikes, ready to accept whatever customization you wanted to provide.
The only down side is that Honda hasn’t specifically said that this is a 2010 production bike. Just that they will be unveiling it in Tokyo. But I suspect they wouldn’t unveil it for no other reason that to say, “Glad you liked it. We aren’t going to do anything with it.” I suspect this is, in fact, an upcoming model, especially since it looks almost exactly like the CB1100F concept bike they showed off two years ago.