Picture special of the Honda CR Electric prototype unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motorcycle Show.
Fresh from the Tokyo Motorcycle show this week are the first images of Honda’s prototype CR Electric off-roader. It was a big reveal from the Big Red at the annual bike show which traditionally does throw up some exciting prototype machines. Usually they are related to the street bike market but for once we have the limelight in off road.
Any details are thin but the water-cooled motor is running what looks like a half-size radiator.
There are buttons on the left handlebar indicating different modes for the rider.
The black areas at the front of the engine are the battery with machined areas behind the motor itself.
It also looks to be running in a CRF250R chassis which has some modifications including a different headstock.
Honda said at the show launch event: “Motocross (off road) is the toughest test for electric bikes. Honda will develop the E-sports bike also.”
It is a strong move from Honda and comes in the wake of news announcing the inaugural Enduro E-Bike World Championship at the Trophee de France E-VTT Enduro at Privas, France in France – see separate story.
The big reveal…
Honda’s long term association with Mugen Motorsports has in recent years seen the impressive and highly developed electric bike racing and winning the Isle of Man TT Zero. The company formed by the son of Honda Motor Company founder, Soichiro Honda, clearly has been doing the groundwork in this very complex and fast developing area of motorsport.
The motor and battery of this Honda CR Electric Proto seems quite small compared to the Mugen TT Zero bikes (but certainly bigger than the KTM Freeride E). Those TT race bike weapons put out a claimed 160-plus HP and 155lb-ft of torque which is instantly available off the throttle. If the off-road version of that motor is half the size of that TT bike (at an educated guess) then it will be a beast on the dirt.
Mugen revealed their CRF250-based dinosaur (the bodywork designer had a T-Rex in mind) at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show a couple of years ago.
Photo Credit: Enduro J/Mugen/Off1.jp Jon PearsonEnduro21 Editor and Bike Testerjon.firstname.lastname@example.org