Honda is preparing to take the motorcycle industry by storm by working on a hybrid touring motorcycle. Honda reportedly filed a patent last September for this. The rendering closely resembles the company’s iconic Gold Wing; however, it’s possible that the bike’s shape and form may have been used for illustrative purposes only.
The patent points to a horizontally opposed engine but unlike the 1800-cc flat-six that’s seen in the current Gold Wing, the patent indicates a four-cylinder engine.
Instead of the additional two cylinders, engineers are suggesting to add an electric motor, which is attached to the engine’s crankshaft at the front of the engine. It is in the front since it permits the motor to be properly cooled.
It also leads to the feasible package of a similar system into smaller bikes, or maybe even a scooter. On a regular basis, Honda has come up with advanced technology to place onto its flagship Gold Wing model (including ABS and even a driver’s airbag).
That is why it won’t be a surprise to see this hybrid system rendered onto a GL touring bike. The package could be more fuel-efficient with the downsizing to a four-cylinder and the activation of an electric motor during hard acceleration pulls.
It has yet to be disclosed what Honda’s plans are on packaging the rest of its system (specifically the battery pack) on the bike. This is a valid issue as a stock (non-hybrid) Gold Wing weighs 933 pounds.