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Honda punting scooter/bike hybrid

2011-12-06 08:22

Earlier in 2011 Wheels24 brought you news of a new mid-weight, parallel-twin engine Honda was to debut on a maxi-scooter- now we have more details.

It’s been badged as the Integra and is destined for European and Asian markets.

The name comes from one of Honda’s four-wheel models but the bike is a full-sized blend of motorcycle and scooter. The seats are similar to those of a scooter with the riders’ feet forward and no foot controls.

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The Integra relies on a semi-auto dual-clutch transmission similar to that featured on large-displacement bikes such as the VFR1200. Its riding height and overall dimensions are also much more in line with those of traditional motorcycles than scooters.

The biggest news, however, is the new 670cc engine beating between the rider’s calves that’s capable of 37kW and 61Nm to be exact and – the real kicker – about 3.7 litres/100km.

Ultimately the Integra is neither scooter nor bike and that might just be what the world needs right now. It’ll be fun finding out how it performs on city streets.