Honda’s Spanish trials concern releases photos and video on a new model, the 4Ride.
Montesa, the legendary Spanish trials/off-road marque owned by Honda, appears to be jumping into the burgeoning crossover dirtbike market with a new model, the 4Ride.
The 4Ride steps into an as-yet uncrowded market segment, joining just the KTM Freeride and the Beta XTrainer 300, which gives it plenty of opportunity to get a foothold in a segment that is garnering interest if not gaining in popularity. The 4Ride is the first non-trials model the company has introduced since the 1991 Montesa Evasion, a similar crossover machine based upon Montesa’s Cota 310 two-stroke trials bike back then. Unlike the KTM and the Beta, the 4Ride features turn signals, suggesting that it will be a street-legal model.
The 4Ride bears a striking resemblance to Montesa’s trials machines, namely the Cota 4RT260, and the 4Ride appears to share the 4RT260’s liquid-cooled, SOHC, 259cc four-stroke single-cylinder engine and chassis. The cavity normally found between the fuel tank and fender on a competition trials bike is used for storage. The 4Ride does feature a fuel tank with 1.2-gallons of capacity, just over twice as large as the 4RT260’s tank and good for a claimed range of about 75 miles.
Little information has been released on the 4Ride as of yet. More details are expected to be announced at the EICMA international motorcycle show in Italy later this month.