Honda Works on 3-Wheel Leaning Scooter Based on the NC750 Platform

Honda NC750X, possibly serving as a basis for a three-wheel maxi scooter 6 photos
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Honda NC750XHonda NC750X frameHonda 3-wheel leaning scooter patent sketchHonda 3-wheel leaning scooter patent sketchLeaning Quadro scooter in the background
Interesting news arrives from Honda, as it looks like the house of Tokyo is preparing its new generation of maxi scooters, but with a third wheel added. That’s right, Honda has filed a patent for a leaning three-wheel scooter with its local Japanese trademark office, but save for some sketches which only tell half the story, it’s all down to the same old guessing game.
The most important thing about the potential upcoming three-wheeler is that it will most likely be based on the NC700/NC750 platform. This hint comes from the very technical drawings which show a frame that is very close to what the Integra maxi scooter and the NC750X adventure bike. The engine in the sketches also looks similar to that of the motorcycle we mentioned, but so far no official info provided anything in this matter.

A leaning three-wheel design

Honda’s new three-wheeler is going to be a leaning trike, as the sketches tell us. This means that the front suspension will be a parallelogram-type one, allowing the bike to carve around the corner almost like a traditional two-wheeler would, and thus increase the overall riding thrill. With the front wheels acting independently in relation to each other, the suspension is also going to feel a lot smoother even on rougher roads, adding to the pleasure of riding this machine.

Given the platform upon the future scooter will most likely be built, we can expect DCT and fully-automatic transmission and excellent fuel economy, plenty of onboard storage and why not, maybe the possibility to extend storage by means of side cases.

With both Piaggio and Yamaha leaning three-wheelers receiving a fairly warm welcome, it is expected that Honda actually delivers top-drawer scooter in the segment. As for the stability of these machines, please observe the Quadro leaning four-wheeler in the last photo. That scooter was stable all by itself, without a side stands or anything like it. Add in grippy street tires and you have the answers you needed.
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