- Gets only single seat
- Tail unit has air-flow system
- Also gets integrated small storage bag
Honda is working on a super interesting tail unit design. According to this report, the company is looking to take the concept of aerodynamics to a whole new level.
Honda has filed patent for a single-seat tail unit that is intended to reduce the overall drag. Along with this, it also plans to add more downforce. In order to achieve this, instead of a pillion seat, the Japanese auto maker has installed a tail piece with gaps for the air to flow. The company says that it is possible to obtain an advantage in terms of aerodynamic force caused by passing airflow through the rear cowl. It is also possible to obtain an aerodynamic merit such as reducing the wind resistance around the rear cowl and obtaining downforce.
From the pictures, it is clear that this new technology will make its way to road bike, as the motorcycle in these pictures does have a small LED tail light and also a number plate holder. The company has used an old CB1000R to explain its purpose, but looking at the transverse-mounted four-cylinder engine setup makes us believe it is for something on the similar lines of the current CB1000R.
It is easy to say that Honda is dead serious about bringing this technology to the world. Because the company is also developing a small storage bag that can be integrated on this new tail piece. However, the rider won’t be able to take advantage of the tail unit because the bag will block the air-flow. But it looks like Honda believes that this motorcycle can be used as a daily commute.