Camping Bike? Honda Debuts Bulldog Concept

Bryan Harley | March 19, 2015
Honda has had a habit of pushing the design envelope recently (think NM4 and CTX700). Apparently, the manufacturer’s engineers are at it again, this time with a motorcycle that’s part Ruckus, part scrambler, and outfitted to be an ideal motorcycle for camping.Honda-Bulldog-1.jpg

Honda unveiled the Bulldog concept model at the 31st Osaka Motorcycle Show 2015. The motorcycle is powered by a 399cc Inline two-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams. The liquid-cooled powerplant is said to have “powerful, yet easy to handle output characteristics, realizing a nimble ride in a wide range of environments from urban to rural areas.”

The Honda Bulldog concept motorcycle has dual storage compartments built into the sides of the tank  crash guards for the engine  and storage racks front and back to go along with its Ruckus-style headlights.
The Honda Bulldog concept motorcycle has dual storage compartments built into the sides of the tank, crash guards for the engine, and storage racks front and back to go along with its Ruckus-style headlights.
Honda debuted its Bulldog concept motorcycle at the 31st Osaka Motorcycle Show 2015 and will showcase it next week at the 42nd Tokyo Motorcycle Show.
Honda debuted its Bulldog concept motorcycle at the 31st Osaka Motorcycle Show 2015 and will showcase it next week at the 42nd Tokyo Motorcycle Show.

The Honda Bulldog sports a curious design, from its dual Ruckus-style headlights to its 15-inch wide scrambler tires. The fork sports gaiters and a small, raised front fender. Both the lights and engine have tubular crash guards, and the rails above the lights would be perfect for a bedroll. There’s a small rack on the back as well. Even more curious are the storage areas on each side of the fuel tank. The camping-friendly Bulldog has a 28.7-inch seat height.

The seat height and Honda’s Bulldog press release hint at its intended target, stating: “The model was developed with the concept ‘Lovable Touring Partner,’ and was designed to go beyond the boundaries of conventional leisure motorcycles, to actively enjoy outdoor life. Its unique robust, yet charming styling undoubtedly brings smiles to the faces of not only riders, but people who don’t usually ride motorcycles.”

Honda will be showcasing the Bulldog at the 42nd Tokyo Motorcycle Show from Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29 at Tokyo Big Sight.

Honda Bulldog Concept Specs:
Seat Height: 730mm (28.7-inch)
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC Inline Two-cylinder
Displacement: 399cc
Transmission: 6 speed
Tires: 15 inch (front/rear)

Bryan Harley

Cruiser Editor |Articles | Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it’s chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to ‘Merican, he rides ‘em all.