It seems every manufacturer at the 2015 EICMA show in Milan is coming up with a scrambler model. Ducati unveiled Scrambler Sixty2, Benelli introduced Leoncino and Yamaha came up with its new XSR900. The latest to join the bandwagon is Honda with the CBSix50 concept.
Honda seems to have taken inspiration from Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 even in the name, which is in alphanumeric combination. The CBSix50 is an urban motorcycle with chunky tyres, which is spot on for scrambler motorcycles. The CBSix50 is fitted with a bashplate, crash bars in front of the engine unit and off-road tyres fitted in spoke wheels. The concept has been showcased with special decals and the rear of the motorcycle is minimal, in line with other scrambler motorcycles.
The Six50 comes with double-sided swing arm for extra strength and upside down forks. As the name suggests, the CBSix50 is based on the CBR650F platform shared engine. The concept motorcycle in flesh will be powered by the same 650cc, in-line 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that also does duty in CBR650F but will have a different state of tune. Considering the heavy add-on in the motorcycle, Honda is expected to increase power figures.
Being a concept model, the production version is expected to bear a lot of changes. The current flamboyant design will make the CBSix50 a heavy motorcycle which is not ideal for scrambler segment. The motorcycle is expected to be more compact and simple in its production version, which is expected in 2017-18.