As expected, Honda revealed its new CB1000R in Milan last night, edging its roadster much closer to the bonkers BMW S1000R and Yamaha MT-10 in the increasingly popular ‘super naked’ class.
The new bike came as no surprise, as Honda had showcased a concept under the Neo Sport Café banner in Tokyo last month. The production version retains Honda’s traditional ‘CB’ moniker and replaces the old model of the same name.
As is usually the case with the world’s biggest motorcycle manufacturer, Honda has eschewed headline grabbing performance figures in favour of a more holistic approach. That said, the new CB1000R boasts a 20bhp power hike over the outgoing model, as well as shedding 12kg in weight. The headline figures are a Fireblade-derived motor knocking out over 143bhp, in a package that weighs 212kg ready to go.
The styling is certainly cleaner than the other bikes in the class, with Honda claiming to have ‘stripped back’ the styling, which is inspired by ‘retro-industrial minimalism’ and fused with modern touches such as the digital dash and full LED lights. In a class full of brutes, the Honda certainly does exude more elegance with a hint of café racer in the styling, and although it’s a bit shy of the BMW and Yamaha (not to mention KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R) in the power stakes, a look at the spec sheets and a word with the people behind the project suggest that it should be a more balanced all rounder than its rivals – and more than capable of keeping up on the twisty stuff.
While the name remains the same, the 2018 CB1000R is more or less an all new bike. The frame is a steel backbone item that may not look as sexy as the competition’s twin spar alloy jobs on the spec sheet, but it helps Honda achieve that classic look they set out for. The chassis parts are top spec, with Showa’s ‘Separate Function Big Piston Forks’ and ‘Balance Free Cushion’ rear shock. Front brakes are radially mounted, with a superbike-sized 190 section rear tyre no doubt chosen for both performance and aesthetic reasons.
Indeed much of the engine tech comes from the CBR1000RR Fireblade. In line with modern expectations, there are three preset riding modes and adjustable traction control. The company said that the motor has been tuned for good real world mid-range and an upgraded version, known as the CB1000R+, will come with extra spec including quickshifter, heated grips and different aesthetic parts, such as the metal flyscreen and seat cowl, mudguard, hugger and radiator grill – although all of the ‘+’ parts are available separately as accessories for the standard model.
2018 Honda CB1000R – technical specifications
|TYPE||Liquid-cooled DOHC In-line four cylinder|
|VALVES PER CYLINDER||4|
|ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CM³)||998cc|
|BORE AND STROKE (MM)||75mm x 56.5mm|
|MAX. POWER OUTPUT||143.5 bhp @ 10,500rpm|
|MAX. TORQUE||104Nm @ 8,250rpm|
|FUEL TANK CAPACITY||16.2 litres|
|FUEL CONSUMPTION||48.6 mpg|
|CLUTCH TYPE||Wet, multiplate clutch|
|TYPE||Steel mono backbone|
|DIMENSIONS (LXWXH)||2120mm x 789mm x 1095mm|
|CASTER ANGLE||25 degrees|
|TYPE FRONT||Showa SFF-BP USD fork|
|TYPE REAR||Showa BRFC (Balance Free Rear Cushion)|
|RIM SIZE FRONT||Cast aluminium|
|RIM SIZE REAR||Cast aluminium|
|TYRES FRONT||120/70 ZR17|
|TYRES REAR||190/55 ZR17|
|ABS SYSTEM TYPE||2 channel|
|FRONT||310mm double disc|
|REAR||256mm single disc|
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