- Was first showcased in 2015 as a concept model
- Patent was filed in 2016 and was granted last month
- Could be powered by a two or six-cylinder motor
Honda has been granted patent for its three-wheeled motorcycle, the NeoWing, by the European Patent Office. The company filed the patent for this concept in August 2016 and it was granted and published last month. Featuring the same engine as the Honda Gold Wing touring bike, the NeoWing concept was first showcased at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. Now, the patent hints that this three-wheeler might soon be ready for production.
The Honda Neowing is a reverse trike, similar to Yamaha’s Niken, which is already a production model. Judging by the patent images, the NeoWing appears to be powered by Honda’s six-cylinder motor which does duty in the Gold Wing. However, the company has clarified in the patent description that this could either be a two-cylinder or a six-cylinder power plant, signifying that there is still room for changes in terms of engine. Notably, the Japanese bikemaker might introduce the NeoWing with two engine options. This will give it an upper hand over the Yamaha Niken which gets a single engine option; 847cc, three-cylinder unit, borrowed from the MT-09.
Honda had previously filed two more patents related to the NeoWing. Surfacing online in March 2017, the first patent outlined a supercharged engine for the trike. This was followed by another patent in August 2018 consisting of the front suspension design and the tilting mechanism of this three-wheeler. Currently, there is no information as to when Honda will officially unveil the production model of the NeoWing. But the string of patents emerging from the woodworks suggest that it might not be too far in the future.
Source – Free patents online