I have already expressed my views on this bikes. And the Tokyo show still hasn’t happened yet, but the buzz is still there. people really like the bike, especially the way it looks. One blogger even spoke of it’s big car motor. Others have spoke quite elequently that they are hopeful of Honda’s entry to the market as good for everyone. However, from the stats provided so far, the language used, and my suspicions that Honda is far too busy with ICE racing to put forward a serious elmoto effort, the RC-E (which I am still certain Honda built specifically to regain my affections) struck me as a nice looking bike that also looks very well balanced (typical Honda centralized mass), and unique and well executed chassis design, powered by a scooter motor. And I think I am right. While digging around the inter-webs for some info I was going to use in my last post, I discovered the mind blowing power of that Honda Insight electric motor.
Are you ready?
Are you sure you’re ready?
Yes, well, OK.
13HP!!!!! WOW! There’s that Honda HP. They’re gonna . . . no wait . . . what!?
Yes the motor, according to Honda’s Insight spec page it is rated at 13 hp, or about 10kW for my fellow ‘tron-heads. The Brammo Enertia’s motor is rated at 13 KW, or just over 17 hp. I wouldn’t even take the dust off Brammo’s TTRs to race this thing. Some clip-ons, rearsets, full fairing, and CF wheels on a stock Enertia would about do it.
In all fairness, it is a concept and the show isn’t for 2 more weeks(ish). We’ll have to wait and see, but if this is the case, it’s almost insulting.