New Honda sports bike imminent?

Could the much-anticipated V4 get an airing earlier than expected?

Posted: 12 February 2013
by Visordown News

HERE’S a strange one. Honda looks like it’s scheduled to reveal some sort of sports bike - at least to its American dealers – before the end of this month. But there’s no word on what it might be.

The news comes via the enlightening blog of Honda of Chattanooga which brought the heads-up on the imminent arrival of the CTX700 models last week. A day before the CTX launch on February 8, it revealed that Honda’s dealer intranet, Redline, was set to reveal a selection of new models the following morning, evidenced by a graphic from Redline that showed “Feb ’13” would feature the launches of three distinct model types. The icons reveal a tourer-style bike – which turned out to be the CTX700 – a naked cruiser-style machine (the CTX700N) and a fully-faired sports bike. That sports bike has yet to emerge.

The speculation that it could be an early release of the much-hyped MotoGP-replica V4 road bike is further fuelled by the fact that Honda president Takanobu Ito announced the V4’s existence last year at the same time as talking about a new development of the firm’s NC700 range that would appear in America in early 2013. That NC700 development has appeared as promised, in the form of the CTX models. Ito made no mention of when the V4 would emerge, saying only that the project had a green light, but it’s the only sports-style bike that’s confirmed as ‘coming soon’ from the firm that hasn’t already been shown.

Was the graphic showing a forthcoming sports bike wrong? Is there another sports bike coming soon that we don’t know about? Or is the V4 really that close to being ready? There’s only a couple of weeks of February left, so we’ll have an answer soon.

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I have no reason to believe it will be anything other than the NCR700RR aaaaaarrrghh.

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 18:26

is the rcv 1000 a v4 because i thought the 990 and 800 were v5s anybody have the answer ?

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 20:27

rc211v 990 was a v5, rc212v 800 was a v4 and the rc213v 1000 is also a v4

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 21:21

Damn the v4 comes out just after I've put the deposit down on a HP4 grrrr

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 21:50

... maybe a new CBR250 LOL

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 01:25

Honda need to get a new PR agent. This V4 sports bike "thing" is now so dull the bike better be streets ahead of the RC30. Which I suspect it won't be. NR750?

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 07:50

it is meant for teh US, the new Goldwing 2.2l

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 15:15

Our biggest trade show in the states is happening this coming weekend. It is the Dealer Expo and it happens in Indianapolis. It is a B2B show. They are hosting the IMS the same weekend in the same city. Two moto trade shows, one b2b and one b2c. I could see an unveiling happening! The timing would be awesome.

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 02:05

Did it happen?

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 09:13


Posted: 26/02/2013 at 13:38

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