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Patent filings present new Honda CL300 & CL500 scramblers on the way in which | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

Honda has filed a latest trademark for the CL300 neo-retro scrambler in Thailand; CL500 patent additionally filed earlier in 2019.

Honda has filed a trademark for the CL300 new-retro scrambler in Thailand. And whereas rumours in regards to the bigger CL500 have additionally been swirling round for the previous few months, Honda had filed a patent for it in 2019.

  • Each CL scramblers will probably be primarily based on their Insurgent counterparts
  • Might be unveiled in direction of the top of this 12 months

Honda CL300 and CL500: underpinnings

Internationally, each these neo-retro scramblers appear set to utilise underpinnings from their Insurgent counterparts. Patents for the CL500 filed by Honda in 2019 confirmed how the Insurgent 500 cruiser’s componentry could possibly be tailored to swimsuit this particular mannequin which sports activities a scrambler aesthetic. 

The smaller CL in the meantime may exist in two totally different variations, relying in the marketplace it finds itself in. Sure Asian markets nonetheless have the Insurgent 250 on their showroom flooring (due to peculiar licensing norms in these nations), which may point out a possible CL250 in these markets. Whereas European and American markets which have the Insurgent 300 will most definitely get a CL300 primarily based on it.

What all this implies is that the CL300 will probably be powered by a 286cc, single-cylinder liquid-cooled motor (which powers the CB300R in India), whereas the CL500 will get the 471cc, parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine from the CB500X. Earlier design patents for the CL500 present a standard old-school scrambler aesthetic, with a daring, square-ish gasoline tank and a protracted, flat bench-style seat. Each bikes ought to sport related designs.

The submitting of the CL300 trademark in Thailand shouldn’t come as no shock, as each, the Insurgent 300 in addition to the larger Insurgent 500, are manufactured over there.

Honda CL300 and CL500: India launch 

The place India is worried, issues are a bit unclear for the time being. We now have just one mannequin every from Honda’s worldwide 300cc and 500cc line-ups – the CB300R and CB500X. Whereas each of them are very good bikes, they’re priced on the costly aspect and have subsequently put themselves into a distinct segment. Contemplating Honda hasn’t but introduced different present bikes in these two line-ups to India, the probabilities of the CL scramblers arriving are slim for the time being. However India has proven a liking for this style of bikes, so a launch right here isn’t fully out of the query.

Issues needs to be extra clear as soon as the bikes are formally unveiled, which ought to happen in direction of the top of this 12 months.

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