2015 Tokyo Motor Show: Honda premieres the Light Weight Super Sports Concept

Team OD Updated: October 29, 2015, 10:17 AM IST

The Light Weight Super Sports Concept is essentially a design study by Honda. This concept gives an idea of what to expect in the future from Honda's lightweight super sport motorcycles like the 250 and 300. This motorcycle also marks a change in Honda's design philosophy from a simpler design to a more aggressive one.

Honda Lightweight Super Sports Concept (10)

Honda Lightweight Super Sports Concept (6)Although the concept gets LED strips to light the way, the production-spec version will get headlamps. The opening under the LED unit is probably used to feed the radiator

The Light Weight Super Sports Concept is a single seater that uses a trellis frame and a trellis rear subframe welded to a pivot plate. The pivot plate is probably made of steel rather than aluminium, considering that it would be tougher to weld the steel from the frame to aluminium. To stick to the lightweight nature of this concept, Honda has also used an aluminium swing arm.

Honda Lightweight Super Sports Concept (1)Note the old-school upswept aftermarket Akrapovic exhaust

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The brakes on the Light Weight Super Sports Concept are wavy discs lacking the ABS rings. However, considering safety regulations and practicality, we can expect these discs to be replaced with Honda's conventional brakes with ABS on the production-spec model. Honda has always believed in giving equipment that is just sufficient to handle the bike, rather than following the crowd and going with what's cool but unnecessary. This practice is seen in the brake callipers which are mounted conventionally rather than the ubiquitous radial mounting. Also seen is the expensive Nissin master cylinder setup adjoining the front brake lever. Although this does look pretty cool, it probably won't make it to production considering that this concept is the base for a more affordable motorcycle.

Honda Lightweight Super Sports Concept (9)Although handle bars look like clip-ons, we think that Honda has slotted the two ends of the handle bar just above the yoke, like in the KTM, to only resemble clip-ons

The suspension setup on the concept is pretty high-end too. Up front, the Light Weight Super Sports Concept gets inverted telescopic forks, which is not very typical of Honda, while the rear suspension is a remote reservoir unit. As interesting as it would be to see this setup on the production-spec motorcycle, we don't expect it considering how it would add significantly to the cost.

Honda Lightweight Super Sports Concept (8)The high-end remote reservoir unit probably won't make it to the showrooms

The tyres on the concept look like a set of Dunlop Sport MaxThe 120mm radial tyres on the concept are around 10mm wider than they would be on a sportsbike of similar size. This either points to a higher displacement engine (around 400cc), or more likely, the concept is slightly over tyred for the visuals. The production-version of this concept could revert to a more conventional set of 110s

Although Honda hasn't revealed any specifications on the engine, we can see from the images that it has a small radiator, which means that the engine is either fully liquid-cooled or partly-oil cooled. The old-school upswept exhaust seems like an aftermarket fitment from Akrapovic, which would probably be replaced in the production-spec bike by a shorter exhaust with a stubby end can to help with mass centralisation - an aspect Honda is known for.

Light Weight Super Sports Concept

Honda Lightweight Super Sports Concept (3)Honda will probably replace the blue LEDs with red ones for tail lamps in the production model

The Light Weight Super Sports Concept gets several panels that mimic a carbon fibre finish. Although we aren't sure if the concept uses actual carbon fibre, the production model will probably get plastic panels with hydrographics to give a similar effect. Honda has also given the concept a fully digital instrument panel, which is certainly a nice modern touch. However, we'll have to wait for the production-spec version to judge the readability in the sun.

Honda Lightweight Super Sports Concept (2)

While Honda is definitely moving to a more aggressive design philosophy, we do hope that the manufacturer makes a similar change in the way its motorcycles ride and feel.

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