Now this was probably the only untouched segment for one of the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer Honda. With already established brands like Piaggio with its MP3, Peugeot with the Metropolis and the latest entrant being its Japanese rival Yamaha launching the Tricity last year- Honda seems keen to add up to the tilting trike segment with a NC750 based three wheeled motorcycle.
Though being late to the party- Honda’s advantage in the segment lies in its displacement. Where the Piaggio MP3 employs a 300cc motor with Peugeot Metropolis and the Yamaha Tricity powered by 400 and 125cc engines respectively- the Honda would exploit the NC750’s versatile platform.
Patent images reveal details on the new Honda’s trike with the pair of front wheels mounted on a tilting front suspension. The frame and other hardware bits seem to be carried over from the NC750 motorcycle albeit the size of the front wheels which seem to be 15 inchers compared to the 17” rear wheel.
With a 750cc motor at the helm, Honda’s new trike looks more than just an urban commuter as is the case with the other three. The NC750 engine is already on duty on the naked NC750S, the adventure styled NC750X and the Integra maxi-scooter- with all three more of leisure riding machines. Hence we can expect Honda to be possibly trying to place its new trike between the commuters and the grand touring likes of the Can-Ams. People looking out for an everyday machine with touring credentials and that added balance of three wheels should be pretty pleased with the new Honda.