World Superbike Racer
Join Date: Apr 2015
I Ride: 2015 30th anniversary ZX-6R
I'm an old Honda guy, owned more Hondas than I'd care to say, and I loved all of them... certainly some more than others. My top four being (in order): CBR 1000RR; VFR750F; VF500F; CBR 900RR. Honda's racing heritage are V4s. I might think if they really are gonna let the CBR 600RR die off, they just might have a Daytona 675, and a Ducati 959 killer in the works. This way the racing technologies become directly transferrable.
Honda is first & foremost a technology company, they love nothing better than to flaunt their superiority in this area. Look at the RC30, DC RC45, and the holy grail in the guise of the NR 750 oval piston V4 (really a V8), and even the gear driven cam VFRs. Their GP250s, GP500, and their four-strlke MotoGP motors have all been V4 or V5 configurations.
Honda tried unsuccessfully to keep a V4 in their lineup in one form or another. It was unsuccessful because they lost the plot: the ST Sport tour has a cult following; their VFR1200 again, was stillborn. the VFR800 lost their way when they went with VTEC & no longer kept the gear driven cams. Perhaps Honda will return to their heritage. Maybe not. If their do you can bet it will be a butt kicker, and it will be expensive.