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Motorcycle R&D Center: Back to the Essence : Enjoyment On Wheels

Honda motorcycles have come to enjoy popularity around the world for the freedom, comfort and convenience they provide in personal transportation. Born of forwardthinking originality, these fine machines reflect R&D based on a deep commitment to customer satisfaction.

Firmly grounded in our traditional view of motorcycles as “enjoyment on wheels,” our research and development apply advanced technologies and cutting-edge facilities to develop dynamic new motorcycles that receive top marks for reliability and excitement. This process results in a wide range of products, from the largest multi-cylinder touring bikes to light, practical motorcycles for family use such as commuting and shopping.

Image Rendering   Team Meeting : Frame Layout

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Team Meeting : Frame Layout

Acoustic Testing Cell

Acoustic Testing Cell

  Anechoic Chamber

Anechoic Chamber

Full-Scale Wind Tunnel

Full-Scale Wind Tunnel

  Engine Performance Testing Room

Engine Performance Testing Room

Riding Test (Winding Course)

Riding Test (Winding Course)

  Riding Test (Motocross Course)

Riding Test (Motocross Course)

Honda developed “the new concept series NM4”

The NM4 was developed with the themes expressed by “Near future” and “Cool,” focusing on pursuit for a styling created through a brand-new sense. In the styling design, “Massive front styling” and “Cockpit position” were implemented. By this “Cockpit position” together with an adjustable backrest it was made possible to offer a completely new ride feeling to enjoy. Two vehicle variations were presented for the NM4 lineup. One of them is “NM4-01” featuring a boldly wide rear tire and a distinguishing styling to emphasize the low vehicle form. Another one is “NM4-02” featuring a vehicle rear design exhibiting a unique identity and displaying the ample volume. As for the engine, a 750 cc parallel twin engine equipped with DCT, which is a mechanism with the latest technologies, was applied, based on the established reputations to that engine.

The engine “eSP”are developed for nextgeneration small scooters

The engine “eSP” is developed for nextgeneration 125cc scooters and accommodates an advanced idling stop system for motorcycles. Smooth and remarkably quiet start has been realized through an electronically-controlled ACG starter, which serves as both a self-starter and a dynamo. Fuel economy is approximately 25%* better than that of conventional engines for scooters with the same displacement. By applying those technologies, a liquid-cooled 50 cc engine and an air-cooled 110 cc engine were additionally developed.

(*Honda calculations)

 

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