Honda CB4 Interceptor concept based GB1000 cafe-racer looks promising

27/02/2019 - 12:57 | ,  ,   | Suvil Susvirkar

Japanese magazine, Young Machine never ceases to impress, and the render experts are back with another digitally created motorcycle that is strikingly remarkable. In their latest creation, the Japanese magazine has imagined a cafe racer, christened GB1000TT, which draws styling cues from the CB4 Interceptor concept motorcycle. The motorcycle displays Honda’s latest Neo Sports Café design that set the theme for the new generation CB1000R, CB650R, CB300R and the CB150R ExMotion.

Honda Gb1000 Cafe Racer Render Right Front Quarter
The Honda GB1000 cafe racer render draws styling cues from the CB4 Interceptor concept motorcycle. The semi-fairing design on the GB1000 features a winglet design - a tech that is seen on MotoGP motorcycles.

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The retro theme gets a modern touch with elements such as LED headlight, single-sided swingarm, Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes. The CB4 Interceptor concept inspired fascia receives the addition of the round headlight from the CB1000R. The illuminator is cocooned inside a semi-fairing design. The top of the fairing gets a compact wind-deflector with a tinted finish while the sides receive a winglet style setup that adds a sporty look to the package. The front blinkers have been integrated into the fairing design.

A clip-on style handlebar offers forward leaning ergonomics that are a typical cafe-racer trait. The fuel tank recesses further enhance the retro styling with offering a good amount of space to lock-in the knees. A rider-only saddle follows the tank while the pillion seat is replaced with a rear cowl. Close inspection reveals the similarity between the split style saddle on the CB1000R and the cafe racer render.

The motorcycle rides on wire-spoke wheels that get a cross-spoke design to enable the installation of tubeless tyres. A similar style is seen on wire-spoke wheels from BMW Motorrad and Ducati. Do note that Honda uses a similar cross-spoke wheel design on its X-ADV adventure scooter. The single-sided swingarm gives the concept cafe racer a proper exotic look while the rear tyre hugger mounted number plate provides the tail with a clean appearance.

Shock absorption department is handled by upside-down telescopic forks at the front while at the rear is a monoshock – both imagined with Ohlins sourced hardware. Stopping power comes from Brembo sourced callipers that grab twin discs at the front and a single disc at the rear.

The most exciting bit, however, is the engine on the rendered motorcycle. Young Machine has created the cafe racer with a twin-cylinder motor instead of the in-line four-pot engine that was seen on the CB4 Interceptor Concept and the CB1000R. The magazine has imagined the motorcycle with a parallel twin-cylinder engine and the only product in Honda’s portfolio to feature that setup is the Africa Twin. The litre-class Africa Twin gets a 270-degree crank that gives it a V-Twin character in a parallel-twin cylinder format.

2018 Honda CB1000R front right quarter
The Honda GB1000 render incorporates several parts such as the headlight, saddle design and exhaust from the CB1000R (pictured) into the CB4 Interceptor concept.

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What could we see if the motorcycle reaches the production line? We believe that Honda would retain the 998cc, in-line four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC motor from the CB1000R that delivers a healthy 143 bhp of power at 10,500 rpm and 104 Nm of peak torque at 8,250 rpm. It should be noted that Honda has not made any announcement about a semi-faired cafe racer. If the motorcycle turns into reality, it would be a homage to the GB series from the yesteryear.


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