Literally the nicest looking sportsbike we’ve seen since the 1960s, this Honda RC-E concept is debuting in Tokyo today. Don’t get your hearts in too much of a flutter, this is definitely a concept and stands very little chance of reaching production. So why should you care about it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyBtnPZuyu8 Well, along with 2007’s Honda CB1100R concept, it demonstrates a...

Literally the nicest looking sportsbike we’ve seen since the 1960s, this Honda RC-E concept is debuting in Tokyo today. Don’t get your hearts in too much of a flutter, this is definitely a concept and stands very little chance of reaching production. So why should you care about it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyBtnPZuyu8

Well, along with 2007’s Honda CB1100R concept, it demonstrates a styling direction that’s at once retro and futuristic that could be used to elevate Honda’s sports line above low-rent Japanese competitors. It also demonstrates that Honda is dipping its toe in the electric motorcycle world, developing technology and exploring packaging even while it waits for reality to catch up with the technology’s promise.

Perhaps tellingly, Honda made no mention beyond a “here’s some RC-E thing” during its Tokyo Motor Show presentation, so its doubtful the RC-E is capable of anything beyond being wheeled out onto a display and looking pretty. That’s ok, we’re happy to wait for either a conventionally powered sportsbike that looks this classy or an electric sportsbike from a mainstream manufacturer. Here’s hoping either of the above wears a Honda badge.

There's a bunch of low-res live photos in this gallery in addition to two 4000px-wide studio shots that would make good wallpapers.