Back in March, Honda revealed their concept for a ‘lovable touring partner’ – their words – and now it’s being built.
At the time of the 31st Osaka Motorcycle Show, it looked as if it was just a little too crazy for Honda to put it into production, but there was hope. With it being comprised from more than a few, already existing, CB400F parts (in the US and EU we got a slightly beefier 471cc engine with the 500F), and with the reception it received from the wider world, many of us had a sneaky feeling that this Walking-Dead-style, apocalypse navigating machine would be just a little bit more than the usual show concept.
Well, zombie geeks and tin-can hoarding survivalists can rejoice, because today, we hear rumours that the Bulldog has been given the green-light.
Its unique robust, yet charming styling undoubtedly brings smiles to the faces of not only riders, but people who don’t usually ride motorcycles
– Honda Press Release
At its core, it looks like a Honda Zoomer/Rukus scooter on steroids, but with its six gears, large, luggage compartments on either side of the fuel tank, it’s 15″ wheels and 400cc parallel twin this looks like it could be both fun and almost practical.
It’s been a quiet few years for Honda, with just the new Africa Twin and the RC213V-S really promising any additional excitement over and above the rest of their pragmatic catalogue, but with bold choices like this being made to chase the much-hyped ‘new rider’ market, it looks like the Big H could be on its way back.