Honda is also joining the leaning three wheeler concept competition with the Neowing, unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. If both Honda and Yamaha are showing these concepts to the public, you can bet the showroom versions are coming in the not too distant future. The Neowing has an opposed flat four engine plus electric motors for some sort of hybrid drive system. If Honda puts this into production, the Can-Am Spyder is going to feel the heat.
NEOWING is an unprecedented three-wheeled vehicle that offers the cornering feel and sporty ride equivalent to a large-sized motorcycle while realizing excellent stability in low-speed ranges. This vehicle is equipped with a hybrid system that combines a horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine and electric motors to generate plentiful torque for powerful acceleration. With the adoption of an original Honda linkage mechanism on its front wheel, this concept model proposes new values with advanced styling that emphasizes the mechanical fascination of a two-wheeled motorcycle model.
The advantages of extra stability from a third wheel plus the motorcycle experience of leaning in the turns, I wonder how long before Can-Am adapts. I’m guessing, from the looks of the Neowing, some of the other big trike makers are going to lose more than a few potential customers, too.