Auto Expo 2016: Honda CX-02 concept may just be the template for the brand’s next performance offering

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After showcasing the CX-01 concept at the 2014 Auto Expo, Honda brought back the CX badge at the 2016 edition of the motoring show, this time in the CX-02 avatar. The CX-01 was designed by Honda2Wheeler India’s R&D facility and the CX-02 was developed on the same drawing boards. Going by the looks of the concepts, the CX-01 appeared as a premium commuter which served as the stencil for the Honda CB Hornet 160.

The CX-02 concept looks like a semi-faired adventure tourer with its tall suspension setup – both at front and rear, adventure motorcycle style groovy tyres, a tall wind-screen to protect against wind blasts and knuckle guards. Similar to the CX-01, the CX-02 comes equipped with a futuristic LED headlight and knuckle guard integrated turn indicators. The all-digital instrument panel looks just about perfect and clubs well with the design theme of the CX-02.

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Honda remained tight lipped about the mechanical details about the CX-02. However, we could spot a parallel twin-cylinder motor, possibly the same power plant the propels the CB500 series of motorcycles, on the CX-02 concept. The single sided, dual pipe exhaust muffler gets red squares around the outlet pipe while the tail is jeweled by a “H” shaped tail light.

The Honda CX-01 concept served as the stencil for the CB Hornet 160 and we really hope to see a CX-02 inspired motorcycle on the production lines in the coming months or by next year. The CX-02 looks really appealing and the production bike should carry forward most of equipment from the concept motorcycle.

Does the CX-02 concept excite you, or has this class of machines already been relegated into the RVMs by a breed of new, more exciting motorcycles on the horizon? We like the adventure twist Honda have given to the CX-02, though the twin cylinder engine setup isn’t something that titillates the erudite motorcycle enthusiast in India any more. Share your opinions about the Honda CX-02 with us through the comments section below.

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