• Nov 5, 2010

Honda's next definition of naked, the CB1000R – Click above for high-res image gallery

It could be said that Honda created a piece of two-wheeled history in 1969 when the company first introduced the CB750KO as a musclebound, no-nonsense means to get yourself from Point A to Point B. Call it a naked sport bike, a power-cruiser or everything you need and nothing you don't – no matter what the nomenclature, Honda made a performance motorcycle that happened to look great when it hit the showrooms wearing nothing more than absolutely necessary.

Honda announced that it will once again spare the nonsense and give the American market a naked sportbike known as the CB1000R, packing 998cc of inline four power. Honda calls it also "surprisingly versatile," with a broad powerband and roomy cockpit. We shouldn't forget fun either, as the big CB will put down 124 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of twist. Modern amenities to include a fully adjustable 43mm inverted fork and four-piston radial mounted calipers clamping a rotor on each side up front.

We are not sure if it was nostalgia, or loss of market share that ultimately landed the CB1000R on U.S soil, but at this point, it looks like Honda may be remembering who pays for their motorcycles... the customer, and we like what we see so far. To read the the official jabber and full specs from Honda, hit the jump.



Note: European model shown.
[Source: Honda]
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American Honda Announces Release of the Much-Anticipated CB1000R

Torrance, CA: American Honda Motor Company's Powersports Division announced to its dealers today the release of the CB1000R, a high-performance and versatile "naked bike."

"Last week we introduced the all-new entry-level CBR250R and we're just as excited about this addition to Honda's lineup for 2011," said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. "The CB1000R fills a great position in today's market as we now bring a very capable sport machine packed with high-performance features to riders who focus on street use-wherever and whatever their destination may be. Whether it's a quick trip down a favorite backroad, a weeklong ride through a few states, or anything in between, the CB1000R is versatile enough to do it all."

More detailed information and images of Honda's model line can be found on powersports.honda.com or see your local Honda powersports dealer.

- CB1000R: A Distinctive High-Performance Honda

When you look at the new CB1000R, you see a motorcycle with roots that stretch back to the seminal four-cylinder classic CB750K0 introduced by Honda in 1969. Yet at the same time the CB1000R carries a sporting heritage so modern that it will attract many of today's most sophisticated and demanding street riders.

Credit its clean, essentials-only styling, and a fuel-injected four-cylinder 998cc powerplant tuned for loads of right-now power. Sophisticated Gravity Die-Cast technology creates a mono-backbone aluminum frame that is strong yet features thin-wall construction for light weight. The distinctive single-sided aluminum swingarm features a single rear shock with spring preload and rebound-damping adjustability for excellent rear suspension action. And there's a fully adjustable 43mm inverted fork and radial-mounted dual 310mm disc brakes up front. Perhaps best of all, the roomy seating position delivers excellent rider comfort and tremendous versatility for long-distance travel and two-up riding. With all these features and more, the 2011 CB1000R is the most modern iteration of a long line of much-respected high-performance unfaired four-cylinder bikes-the classic hot-rod Hondas. Available in Pearl Black beginning in Spring 2011.

2011 Specifications

Model: CB1000R

Engine Type: 998cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder

Bore and Stroke: 75mm x 56.5mm

Compression ratio: 11.2:1

Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder

Induction: PGM-FI Fuel Injection with automaticenrichment circuit and 36mm throttle bodies

Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping

Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed

Final Drive: #530 O-ring chain

Suspension
Front: 43mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Rear: Single gas-charged HMAS shock with spring preload and rebound damping adjustability;
5.0 inches travel

Brakes
Front: Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with 310mm discs
Rear: Single 256mm disc

Tires
Front: 120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear: 180/55ZR-17 radial

Wheelbase: 56.9 inches

Rake (Caster Angle): 25.0°

Trail: 99mm (3.9 inches)

Seat Height: 32.5 inches

Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallons, including 1.0-gallon reserve

Color: Pearl Black

Curb Weight*: TBD

*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.

Meets current EPA standards.

Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Good looking bike! I just wish Honda would put as much money into it's quad lineup as they do their bikes! Not much of a street bike guy either but this bike look more like a competitor for Yamaha's V-Max than anything, tho way down on HP!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey AB, why are so many industry announcements/stories generating multiple articles here lately? You guys post an article and then a day or two later, post another about the same item.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think they had to after getting their chops busted for ripping off Hell For Leather content. Way to make amends AB!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Quite obsessed over this issue aren't you?

        They've been doing this for years, and now you're complaining? The articles before the initial reveal are limited to only speculation and limited pictures. It's called an update. Even the news (local or national) does this.

        AB isn't the only website to do this, so stop making it seem like they are.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While I'm to old and fat to be comfortable on a sport bike I do have first person knowledge of the big Jap bikes of the past. There is something to be said for a bike whose seating position allows you to ride all day with little fatigue and a seat that has room for a passenger. Cruisers have this, and I now have a cruiser, but I would certainly look closely at a bike that gave me the comfort and utility of my Yamaha 1600cc Midnight Star and the power of the Honda CBX I bought in the early 80's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You did a fabulous job covering SEMA -- don't, however, think this is the 'first look' at this pile.......you're not 'first' in the two wheel world. Bruce
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not so sure about the exhaust, but otherwise, it's awesome, in a Cylon kind of way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda motor, inverted forks, tokico brakes, single sided swing arm, naked bike. What's not to love? Now if only these would come in a 500cc trim. hmmmmm
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow - "124 horsepower and 74l pound-feet of twist." Thats more TQ than a ZR1
        • 4 Years Ago
        AMG engineers are studying this as we speak.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do Japanese motorcycles have to look so Japanese? This is such an amazing technical masterpiece and I truly admire naked sportbikes, but the styling could not be more expected.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm going to have to disagree with you:

        KTM - their RC8/R is their only "new" looking bike, and even that has been out for a few years with no revisions visually. The rest of their off-road and dual-sport stuff looks exactly like their predecessors, down to the trademark orange.

        Triumph - Either it's their old-school looking standards (which really do look great don't get me wrong) or their one off styled bikes like the Rocket Roadster III and Speed Triples, or their Daytona 675 which never really changed styling wise since its refresh in what? 2004? Can't quite recall.

        Aprilla - While their new RSV4/R is certainly hot, it often catches itself looking like an older CBR1000 or even the newer CBR600's. The rest of Aprilla's bikes tend to be naked or half faired, so they don't really have any styling to follow.

        Ducati - Ignoring the failure of a bike 999, Ducati has also followed a very natural progression in design. Twin headlamps, undertail exhaust, smooth fairings on the side with minimal sculpting (partly due to the their L-Twin). Their Monster has barely changed since it was introduced visually (why mess with success?) and their Streetfighter, while new, only just ends up looking like a variant of a Japanese superbike turned streetfighter.

        My point is all the brands follow a very logical progression in design.
        All cruisers tend to mimic Harleys (with some one off exceptions per brand)
        All Sportbikes bodywork lend themselves to aerodynamics and speed (they are race orientated bikes afterall)
        All Standards that are based on sportbikes (FZ1, CBR1000, Z1, etc) are going to look exactly like a naked version of the full fairing bike.

        Yamaha has always been considered a creating a revolution in design with their first R1, and has kept itself to a specific style of evolution in their R1 design to maintain that purity while showing progression still. Like Ducati, they keep to a familiar shape, so you can always know it's an R1.

        Similarily is Suzuki. You can almost always immediately tell if you're looking at a Gixxer. Regardless of generation they maintain the idea of their heritage.

        Honda is a bit out of the mold, and as another person has said, styling wise, they tend to look a bit awkward, but no one can deny their balance or performance.

        Kawasaki is similar, take a look at their ZX-14. What the hell is that? They are a bit wonky, but they still are generally recognizable as a Kawi.

        These brands endevour to try to "look the same" as their bikes have before, and make evolutionary changes (unless they are introducing a new line) for the exact reason of keeping their brands and top tier machines recognizable.

        Most riders don't have a problem recognizing one sport bike from another, cruisers get a bit more difficult, but again, not terribly hard.



        As for the CB1000R? It's just a naked CBR1000RR, and aside from their typo on the torque, looks less powerful than the fairing version - which is dissapointing. Why do manufacturers keep insisting naked/standard bikes should be slower.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh, and please bring back the RVT / RC51. Please.
        • 4 Years Ago
        220v--

        Why is it a bad thing for a Japanese car to look Japanese? No one faults a Mustang for looking too American or a Ferrari for looking too Italian. Personally, I'd rather have Japanese bikes and cars look proudly Japanese instead of trying to do a knock-off of some other country's dominant styling themes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Okay took a closer look there are some differences like headlight and swingarm but beyond that still pretty much just a CBR1000RR - which isn't a bad place to start.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They need to quit giving the naked sportbikes such little horsepower. Honda bikes were making this kind of horsepower back in the 80s. It should have well over 150 horsepower.
        • 4 Years Ago
        These days they can get much more horsepower and still have good off the line performance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sacrificing a small amount of hp allows for a wider powerband, which is more useful on the street (every time you stop, you must start from idle in first gear. Why would you want to wait till 5 or 6 thousand rpm for the powerband to kick in?).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I preferred to retro version.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow thats one ugly bike which Hondas tend to stick to for some reason. big specs on torqe but wow is it ugly lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the ninja/transformer look, with just a little sparkle to go with the paint.
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