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Honda charges Tokyo with a prototype, e-scooters, cubs and monkeys

Honda charges Tokyo with a pro...
Honda's Neo Sports Cafe concept is probably the forerunner of the production model that's scheduled to be unveiled on November 6
Honda's Neo Sports Cafe concept is probably the forerunner of the production model that's scheduled to be unveiled on November 6
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Honda's Neo Sports Cafe concept is a naked take on the Fireblade superbike
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Honda's Neo Sports Cafe concept is a naked take on the Fireblade superbike
The Honda Neo Sports Cafe concept replaces the aluminum twin-spar frame of the Fireblade with a steel one
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The Honda Neo Sports Cafe concept replaces the aluminum twin-spar frame of the Fireblade with a steel one
Honda's Neo Sports Cafe concept is probably the forerunner of the production model that's scheduled to be unveiled on November 6
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Honda's Neo Sports Cafe concept is probably the forerunner of the production model that's scheduled to be unveiled on November 6
The Honda Neo Sports Cafe concept features a Pro Arm single-sided swingarm
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The Honda Neo Sports Cafe concept features a Pro Arm single-sided swingarm
The Honda Neo Sports Cafe concept's digital instrument panel
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The Honda Neo Sports Cafe concept's digital instrument panel
The commemorative Honda Super Cub 110 is special model exclusively produced for the Tokyo Motor Show
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The commemorative Honda Super Cub 110 is special model exclusively produced for the Tokyo Motor Show
This special Honda Super Cub 110 bears a plaque commemorating a double celebration: 60 years and 100 million units of Cub production
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This special Honda Super Cub 110 bears a plaque commemorating a double celebration: 60 years and 100 million units of Cub production
The instrument panel of the anniversary Honda Super Cub 110
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The instrument panel of the anniversary Honda Super Cub 110
The 2018 Honda Super Cub C125 will probably be a 2018 production model in Japan
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The 2018 Honda Super Cub C125 will probably be a 2018 production model in Japan
The 2018 Honda Super Cub C125 is carefully styled after the 1958 original C100
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The 2018 Honda Super Cub C125 is carefully styled after the 1958 original C100
We'd really love to see Honda's 2018 Super Cub C125 exported out of Japan
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We'd really love to see Honda's 2018 Super Cub C125 exported out of Japan
The instrument panel of the 2018 Honda Super Cub C125
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The instrument panel of the 2018 Honda Super Cub C125
Honda added a Monkey 125 in its Japanese line-up for 2018
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Honda added a Monkey 125 in its Japanese line-up for 2018
The Honda Monkey enters its 51st year in production with a 125 cc model
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The Honda Monkey enters its 51st year in production with a 125 cc model
The 2018 Honda Monkey 125 retains the characteristic styling of the mini-sized family
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The 2018 Honda Monkey 125 retains the characteristic styling of the mini-sized family
The modern digital dash of the 2018 Honda Monkey 125
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The modern digital dash of the 2018 Honda Monkey 125
The 2018 Cross Cub 110 is what Honda calls a crossover model
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The 2018 Cross Cub 110 is what Honda calls a crossover model
The Cross Cub 110 has been in sale in Japan since 2013, and for 2018 unveils a new model
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The Cross Cub 110 has been in sale in Japan since 2013, and for 2018 unveils a new model
The 2018 Honda Cross Cub 110 gets a dedicated instrument panel
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The 2018 Honda Cross Cub 110 gets a dedicated instrument panel
The Honda PCX is one of Honda's most successful contemporary scooters, and for 2018 it just got electrified
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The Honda PCX is one of Honda's most successful contemporary scooters, and for 2018 it just got electrified
The dashboard of the 2018 Honda PCX electric
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The dashboard of the 2018 Honda PCX electric
The battery bay of the 2018 Honda PCX electric
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The battery bay of the 2018 Honda PCX electric
The Honda Mobile Power Packs of the 2018 electric PCX
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The Honda Mobile Power Packs of the 2018 electric PCX
Honda's 2018 electric PCX will initially go on sale only in Asian countries
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Honda's 2018 electric PCX will initially go on sale only in Asian countries
The 2018 PCX hybrid debuts Honda's new technology coupling electric power with the internal combustion engine
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The 2018 PCX hybrid debuts Honda's new technology coupling electric power with the internal combustion engine
The 2018 Honda PCX hybrid will be available only in Asia
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The 2018 Honda PCX hybrid will be available only in Asia
The dashboard of the 2018 Honda PCX hybrid
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The dashboard of the 2018 Honda PCX hybrid
The 2018 Honda PCX hybrid offers some underseat storage space
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The 2018 Honda PCX hybrid offers some underseat storage space
The headlights of the 2018 Honda PCX hybrid
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The headlights of the 2018 Honda PCX hybrid
The wide tail lights of the 2018 Honda PCX hybrid
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The wide tail lights of the 2018 Honda PCX hybrid
The main switch of the 2018 Honda PCX hybrid
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The main switch of the 2018 Honda PCX hybrid
Honda's smart keys for the 2018 PCX hybrid
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Honda's smart keys for the 2018 PCX hybrid
The electric version of the Honda PCX goes into production in 2018
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The electric version of the Honda PCX goes into production in 2018

The new Goldwing may have been the Honda's showstopper at its home motor show, but that wasn't all. The anticipated naked Fireblade was teased once again ahead of its scheduled Milan debut, this time with an actual concept model, next to new electric and hybrid scooters, new Cub models and a Monkey.

Honda has been teasing us for almost a month with the upcoming Neo Sports Café, a new model that will be officially revealed on November 6, at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy. A second teaser video was released a few days prior to Tokyo's press day, and then Honda came up with a concept model that looks suspiciously close to the one in the videos.

The concept is powered by a 998 cc in-line four-cylinder engine, probably the one found in the latest Fireblade superbike, although the side covers are understandably more elaborate in appearance. It does have the Pro Arm single-sided swing arm and the short tail unit that are clearly visible in the videos, but no aluminum twin-spar frame like the superbike, only a steel unit.

The Honda Neo Sports Cafe concept replaces the aluminum twin-spar frame of the Fireblade with a steel one
The Honda Neo Sports Cafe concept replaces the aluminum twin-spar frame of the Fireblade with a steel one

Honda escorts the new concept bike with just a three-line description, which is still enough to invoke our curiosity with the mention of a "new-generation motorcycle package." In less than two weeks we'll see the final production version of Honda new naked bike, which is eagerly anticipated as it's been exactly 10 years since the last time Honda rolled out a naked Fireblade in the shape of the CB1000R.

The electric version of the Honda PCX goes into production in 2018
The electric version of the Honda PCX goes into production in 2018

The PCX is a very successful scooter, powered by a four-stroke single-cylinder motor of 125 and 150 cc. Famous for its practicality and low fuel consumption, it is now getting two new variants, an electric and a hybrid one.

The first runs on an electric motor developed by Honda, fed by two detachable batteries that Honda calls Mobile Power Packs. The second PCX model features a new original hybrid system that Honda has just developed for motorcycles, employing a high-output battery and ACG starter (Alternating Current Generator) to assist the internal combustion engine.

No specifications have been released on either PCX scooter, but according to Honda they are both scheduled to go on sale in the Asia region in 2018.

The Honda Monkey enters its 51st year in production with a 125 cc model
The Honda Monkey enters its 51st year in production with a 125 cc model

Another Honda icon, the Monkey, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017, and at Tokyo Honda unveiled a new bigger Monkey 125, based on the Japanese-only 50 cc model.

The tiny motorcycle gets LED lights and new, digital instruments, but Honda remains tight-lipped on the chances of seeing it exported out of Japan. Judging by past experience, this silence probably means that it will unfortunately remain a Japan exclusive.

The 2018 Honda Super Cub C125 will probably be a 2018 production model in Japan
The 2018 Honda Super Cub C125 will probably be a 2018 production model in Japan

This year's Tokyo show coincides with a very special double anniversary for the Super Cub, and Honda had already previewed some new Cub models to be unveiled there.

First of all, the anniversary Super Cub 110 celebrates the record production of 100 million units that was reached this month. Honda says it is a special model produced exclusively for the Tokyo Motor Show, so don't expect to see it in production.

What will probably enter production is the Super Cub C125, a model that is styled closely after the 1958 original C100, runs on an air-cooled 125 cc single motor, and incorporates modern features like LED lights, smart key, electric seat opener and digital instrumentation.

The 2018 Cross Cub 110 is what Honda calls a crossover model
The 2018 Cross Cub 110 is what Honda calls a crossover model

Finally, the Cross Cub 110 is a new crossover take on the Cub theme, based on a model that was first introduced in Japan in 2013. It is designed for recreational use with adventurous off-road styling, and powered by the latest fuel-injected 110 cc cub engine.

The new Cross Cub has already been included in Honda's Japanese line-up, at a retail price of JPY286,200 (approximately US$2,500), but there's no official mention of it being exported elsewhere – just like the C125.

Source: Honda

3 comments
vince
Not enough electrics Honda. Big mistake.
JimFox
vinceOctober 27th, 2017 Not enough electrics Honda. Big mistake. Possibly. But the electric PCX is a good start
SammyC
Man, that Neo concept is a great looking bike! Just sell that. Make it a production bike and go. I'm with the other comments though.. electric is the path forward for motorcycles.