In accordance to new trademark filings, Honda’s NX-badged dual-sport bikes could possibly be building a comeback. 

Veterans of the twin-activity scene will remember Honda introducing an NX line back again in the late 80s, which bundled 125cc, 250cc and 650cc versions. When lots of riders at the time dismissed these dual sport-meant bikes with electric starters, greater gasoline tanks and cozy seats as clumsy grime bikes, they had been really early comers to the experience bike era, while apparently far too early for wide acceptance in the U.S. 

Just after just a few several years of lackluster product sales the NX styles vanished from U.S. showrooms, even as the relaxation of the planet embraced their flexibility, where the bikes were being branded as NX Dominators and NX Falcons. 

Honda NX500 adventure bike planned
The Honda NX650 Dominator was manufactured from 1988 to 2003.

Now a new report in Cycle Globe reveals Honda is one step nearer to resurrecting the line, owning applied for exclusive utilization of the designations “NX” and “NX500” in the European Union, and a working day afterwards, for the similar legal rights in New Zealand. 

When Honda had a number of road-biased ADV bikes on the marketplace as the modern-day adventure development was building steam, it definitely acquired its hooks in when it lastly dusted off a further of its late 80s legacy dual activity models, the Africa Twin, again in 2016, and introduced it to the U.S. for the first time. Before it was the CRF1100L we know these days, the Africa Twin’s story started when it was first produced in 1988 as the XRV650, a dual activity duplicate of Honda’s prototype NXR750 and later NXR800V, which gained Paris-Dakar 4 yrs in a row, commencing with the 1986 occasion. 

1986-1989 Honda NXR750 Dakar
The Honda NXR750 took the earn in its 1986 Paris-Dakar debut with Cyril Neveu in the saddle.

Yup, individuals early Honda NXR Dakar bikes were being powered by v-twins, but the NX designs utilized singles. They ended up amazing minimal twin sports even though, specifically the drinking water-cooled 250, a person of which life in my very own garage to this day, owning served as the ideal device to simplicity several pals and my have daughter into dirt riding, many thanks to its approachable seat peak, light excess weight and electric starter. 

Tiny did we know back again in the late 80s and 90s how universally well known big experience bikes and explorative using would grow to be. Nor could we have imagined that lesser twin sports activities like the NXs would one day be in higher demand from customers. Nonetheless listed here we are, pining for these light-weight- and mid-displacement journey bikes of yore.

Although the NX line has been powered with singles in the past, making use of the parallel-twin drivetrain from the existing CB500 line would make for a clever and fast deal with. And if its chassis is tuned for off-highway using, it will increase extra range to Honda’s middleweight ADV choices, the place at the moment the CB500X and CRF300L Rally are the closest point to tourable, lightweight ADV bikes.

White Honda NX250 dual sport
Honda’s NX line involved smaller sized 125cc and 250cc dual sport machines.

Another blast from the past which could emerge before long from the Honda camp to assistance fill in the one particular-stage-up middleweight experience bicycle void is a resurrected Transalp. In contrast to the NX line, America did rather embrace the twin activity Transalp, also born in the late 80’s, and finally disappearing from Honda’s secure as a 700cc design in 2011. But as Cycle World reported final yr, Honda also reapplied for the Transalp trademark for the U.S. and numerous other countries, spawning rumors it will use Honda’s new 745cc parallel twin motor and be positioned alongside the street-slanted NC750X as a far more off-street oriented possibility, poised to contend with Yamaha’s Tenere 700.

Increase the possibility of an NX150 and/or NX200 (Honda has submitted trademark apps for these as effectively), in the design of the interesting prototype CB125X Honda confirmed off back again at the EICMA 2018 and went on to file at least one particular patent for, and the environment would also have a new mini-ADV bike alternative to look at. 

All of these patent and trademark puzzle parts guarantee just one remarkable point: A shift toward the additional functional alternatives the ADV community has prolonged been pining for. Folks! They are listening!   

Writer: Jamie Elvidge

Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for a lot more than 30 several years, testing the full array of bikes for the big print journals and specializing in experience-journey linked tales. To day she’s composed and provided images for content describing what it’s like to experience in all 50 states and 43 foreign nations, obtaining two Lowell Thomas Modern society of American Vacation Writer’s Awards alongside the way. Her most-difficult adventure however has been riding in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as Group AusAmerica’s embedded journalist.

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