Holy fak I am so far out of the cruiser land scene, but seeing this thing makes me think twice!!
What do you guys think?
Here are some photos of a VTX-based concept cruiser (known as "Concept 1") which was recently displayed at the Rockefeller Center in New York. The bike appears to be a "power cruiser"-style design, and has some interesting features, including a Rune-style fork and a rear wheel with no axle (check out the last picture).
Will Honda produce this bike? It depends on the public response, but remember how quickly the Rune was moved from concept to production once Honda saw how popular it was. If the concept does make it to production, expect it to lose the unique rear hub design and some of the CNC-machined parts.
Concept vehicle: design study of a Performance Cruiser
Designed by HRA (Honda Research Americas) in Torrance Ca.
Satellite office of Honda R & D
Purpose: to create a study model to explore future directions and styling trends
Based on a VTX1800 motor
Custom billet engine cases
2 into 2 exhaust with upswept carbon fiber mufflers One on each side
Dual curved "road race" style radiators
Trailing link front suspension Milled from billet aluminum
Dual shocks mounted behind the integrated headlight
Billet swing arm w/ inboard rear shock
Split hub rear wheel with custom offset spoke design
Front & rear wheels are machined from billet aluminum
240/40-18 rear tire
Solo seat with separate back support pad
Angular shaped tank is sculpted for leg clearance
Carbon fiber tank cover houses the digital speedometer
Analog tachometer is fared into the headlight
Upswept angular rear cowl houses the LED tail light