Honda True Adventure Prototype Unveiled

November 4, 2014
Byron Wilson
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Honda got sportbike riders’ blood pumping with its reveal of a prototype RC213V-S during the EICMA show in Italy, but Big Red didn’t stop there. The Japanese marque debuted another prototype for the off-road segment, the “True Adventure,” based on the machine currently used in the Dakar and Cross Country Rallies World Championship. Sitting caked in mud on its display between a CRF450 Rally and the 1989 Paris-Dakar-winning NXR Africa Twin ridden by Giles Lalay, the True Adventure represents “the product direction” Honda aims to take “to expand its presence in the Adventure segment.”

Team HRC riders Joan Barreda, Helder Rodriguez, Paulo Goncalves, Jeremias Israel and Laia Sanz were all on hand during the reveal in Italy. Barreda commented, “After all the hard work, and the huge progress we’ve been making with the Dakar program; it’s great to see that we are inspiring Honda’s product plans in the adventure sector. We’re excited that soon more Honda customers will be able to enjoy True Adventure riding.”

Honda has been noticeably absent from the growing Adventure segment in the United States, with its long-lived XR650L still serving as the dual-sport pinnacle of the line-up. Styling-wise, the True Adventure appears to have rides like the GS, Tiger and KLR in its sights.

Honda provides absolutely no technical details on its True Adventure, no plans for release or hypothetical price points. Pictures are worth a thousand words though, and there’s plenty of those.