Honda unveiled the Bulldog concept model at the 31st Osaka Motorcycle Show 2015. The motorcycle is powered by a 399cc Inline two-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams. The concept bike sports a curious design, from its dual Ruckus-style headlights to its 15-inch wide scrambler tires. The fork sports gaiters and a small, raised front fender.
Both the lights and engine have tubular crash guards, and the rails above the lights would be perfect for a bedroll. There’s a small rack on the back as well. Even more curious are the storage areas on each side of the fuel tank. The camping-friendly Bulldog has a 28.7-inch seat height.
The seat height and Honda’s Bulldog press release hint at its intended target, stating: “The model was developed with the concept ‘Lovable Touring Partner,’ and was designed to go beyond the boundaries of conventional leisure motorcycles, to actively enjoy outdoor life. Its unique robust, yet charming styling undoubtedly brings smiles to the faces of not only riders, but people who don’t usually ride motorcycles.”
Its 400cc parallel-twin engine mated to a six-speed gearbox, the Bulldog certainly isn’t what you expect to see going down the trails or off-roads, yet the design is unique and makes sense. It is capable of riding two-up, and with storage for luggage in the fuel tank (of all places), the Honda Bulldog concept certainly has our attention.
It seems the Bulldog Concept is sharing an engine with the Japanese-market Honda CB400F, the Bulldog could be an easy transformation for Honda to make into a new model.
Honda will be showcasing the Bulldog at the 42nd Tokyo Motorcycle Show from Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29 at Tokyo Big Sight.
Honda Bulldog Concept Specs:
Seat Height: 730mm (28.7-inch)
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC Inline Two-cylinder
Transmission: 6 speed
Tires: 15 inch (front/rear)