Honda couldn’t pass up the chance to show off their stunning all-new Neo Sport Cafe concept at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, as the original concept’s styling is already being featured on new naked models such as the CB1000R, CB300R and CB125R.
The styling language is meant to be modern and minimalist, uniting sports naked with cafe racer aesthetics and resulting in an overall retro-futuristic design that fans of the “genre” will surely appreciate.
Design features include the ultra-short tail and vertically-stacked dual muffler. Meanwhile, futuristic head and taillight, plus detailed machining and new surface treatments make this concept look a lot more modern than the CB1000R.
That’s of course to be expected, since this is the second iteration of the Neo Sports Cafe Racer concept – the first one serving as a preview for the CB1000R, whereas this one is expected to hint at a future CB650R naked bike.
The body features mostly metal but also carbon fiber bits, while a four cylinder in-line engine and double front brake discs with 4 piston calipers point to a relatively powerful production bike, compared to something like a 2018 CB650F.
As a quick reminder, Cafe Racers are bikes that excel at going very fast over short distances and don’t exactly make good long-distance cruisers. Of course, modern iterations like the Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer or the BMW R nineT Racer are a lot more comfortable than early 60’s originals.