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The Honda New Mid Concept is…

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
What exactly is the new Honda New Mid Concept? Leaks in the run-up to the Milan Bike Show kept pumping a “crossover” concept, and it looks like the Honda New Mid Concept fits the bill.

Honda Mid Concept
Honda's new mid concept looks more like a high-performance scooter with features like a Dual Clutch Transmission.
“Honda New Mid Concept reinvents the way we look at two-wheeled travel.” So begins the PR announcement of the new machine, rather grandiose predictions. At least style-wise the new concept improves on the DN-01, Honda's last much-hyped "crossover," looking more like a high-performance scooter along the lines of the Yamaha T-MAX.
No details are given about the engine displacement, but the New Mid Concept will source the Dual Clutch Transmission which debuted on the VFR1200F. (Check out Honda's second concept model from Milan - the Honda V4 Crosstourer)

Not a complete step-through design, like a large maxi-scooter, the New Mid Concept does utilize a feet-forward riding position. Eschewing scooter-ish handling are the motorcycle standard 17-inch wheels. More details regarding the new Honda are forthcoming, keep checking back for updates.

Love it or hate it, you have to give Honda some credit for sticking its neck out. It refuses to give up on that elusive “crossover” model that will deliver easy-to-ride motorcycle performance for the masses. The conclusion of its introductory announcement says it all:

“The New Mid Concept from Honda – challenging the way we travel.”

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Comments
robert -scooter rider  January 22, 2011 09:54 PM
I would buy it for the bigger wheels, and at least a 750cc engine, if they would take my Silver wing on a trade-in. too bad we can't get the Gilera GP-800 here.
RHP -commuter  December 7, 2010 10:49 AM
Arg! First the DN01 and now this. Can we please just have an ST1300 replacement with the 1200 V4 and cruise control.
supershunter -bike  November 7, 2010 03:39 AM
People want a max scooter they can do long tours on the 650 burgman is good for that but people are crying out for a bigger Engine Suzuki had the G Glider Concept which they had mega demand for but did not put into production honda if the do this they need at leased an 800cc if it does and good for luggage i would buy it in an instant
TG -Agree with Bob  November 5, 2010 10:19 AM
Again, the redheads are too busy stroking their ego's with what they can make to realize they aren't making anything people want. Bring the africa twin to the states, and keep the scoots in Europe.
Joko -commuter  November 3, 2010 05:22 PM
Already got one.
http://www.astra-honda.com/index.php/product/popup/22
Bob -This will sell  November 2, 2010 03:23 PM
about as well as the DN-01 too. I wonder who at Honda thinks this is what the public is interested in. Or do they just like to try and convince people they want this but just don't know it yet. I'm guessing the latter.
Fred M. -Innovative? Brave? Because they practically copied a Gilera GP-800?  November 2, 2010 12:08 PM
Sorry, but I'm just not seeing this as some brave, revolutionary introduction when Gilera introduced this model in Milan back in 2006: http://www.newlaunches.com/entry_images/1206/19/gilera_gp_800.jpg That's the Gilera GP-800. An 800cc V engine in something that is a cross between a scooter and a motorcycle, complete with an automatic transmission. It sports 15"/17" wheels (R/F). Like the Honda, it has a feet forward riding position and a not-really-step-through frame. Let's give credit where credit is due for innovation; to Gilera in this case.