Honda is apparently developing a hybrid version of their Goldwing motorcycle, a first in the two-wheeled world. A drawing that was attached to Honda’s patent filing seems to show a near replica of their Goldwing touring motorcycle.
While hybrids tend to deliver wonderful fuel economy gains in city driving, the Goldwing is meant to travel long distances, an arena where hybrids generally offer little benefit in terms of fuel economy. On the other hand, the Goldwing’s large size means that the bike actually has space for the battery pack and electric motor.
Nevertheless, we’re surprised that Honda hasn’t started development on an electric scooter or something more commuter oriented, but the company has always been an iconoclast, and this seems to be a continuation of their usual methods.