Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 21st March 2018

Honda’s new 2018 CB1000R offers a new take on the super naked class with a 143.5bhp Fireblade-derived motor, and styling that Honda are calling Neo Sports Café.

 

We’re on the way to ride the new super naked with the first group of European journalists at the world press launch in Spain. Honda have promised we’ll get decent mileage on the road, and even a few guided laps of the super-fast Ascari race track. We’ll bring you more on @insidebikes social media channels over the next few days, and a full report on this website.

 

2018 CB1000R

 

Like the new CB125R we tested last month, and the forthcoming CB300R, the new CB1000R has a unique style which sits somewhere between modern and retro. It’s a radical looking bike, but first impressions after spending some time with the bike at the Motorcycle Live Show is that the styling is bang on for the audience. The brushed aluminium finish along with a colour TFT screen and LED front and rear lights, means the CB1000R delivers a really high-quality feel.

 

The bike has a new Fireblade-based motor claimed to deliver 16% more power than the outgoing bike, and offering some 5% more torque in the all-important mid-range. It’s designed to deliver its power curve lower down than the screaming Fireblade motor the bike is based on, with lower gearing to deliver rapid acceleration in all of the three riding modes.

 

2018 CB1000R

 

The bike has a new steel chassis fitted with Showa suspension, and a longer wheelbase than the Fireblade for added stability, and to suit the retro cool nature of the bike. It weighs in at 212kg wet.

 

More when we get to the CB1000R riding launch later today.

 

Here’s our first look at the bike when it was revealed last year

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

2018 Honda CB1000R £11,299

ENGINE
TYPE Liquid-cooled DOHC In-line four cylinder
VALVES PER CYLINDER Four
ENGINE DISPLACEMENT (CM³) 998cc
BORE AND STROKE (MM) 75mm x 56.5mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 11.6:1
MAX. POWER OUTPUT 143.5 bhp @ 10,500rpm
MAX. TORQUE 104Nm @ 8,250rpm
FUEL SYSTEM
CARBURATION PGM-FI
FUEL TANK CAPACITY 16.2 litres
FUEL CONSUMPTION 48.6 mpg
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
STARTER Electric
BATTERY CAPACITY 12V/8.6AH
DRIVETRAIN
CLUTCH TYPE Wet, multiplate clutch
TRANSMISSION TYPE 6-speed
FINAL DRIVE Chain
FRAME
TYPE Steel mono backbone
CHASSIS
DIMENSIONS (LXWXH) 2120mm x 789mm x 1095mm
WHEELBASE 1455mm
CASTER ANGLE 25 degrees
TRAIL 100mm
SEAT HEIGHT 830mm
GROUND CLEARANCE 135mm
KERB WEIGHT 212kg
SUSPENSION
TYPE FRONT Showa SFF-BP USD fork
TYPE REAR Showa BRFC (Balance Free Rear Cushion)
WHEELS
RIM SIZE FRONT Cast aluminium
RIM SIZE REAR Cast aluminium
TYRES FRONT 120/70 ZR17
TYRES REAR 190/55 ZR17
BRAKES
ABS SYSTEM TYPE 2 channel
FRONT 310mm double disc
REAR 256mm single disc
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
INSTRUMENTS LCD
HEADLIGHT LED
TAIL LIGHT LED