A NEW STREET IDENTITYA naked sports bike with a difference. Compact and muscular, just a quick glance catches the eye with burnished metal finishes that reflect the tradition of a hard-charging Café Racer. It’s a powerful beast that handles, and performs, beautifully. Say hello, if you dare, to the Honda CB1000R.
LEAN AND MEANNaked goes even more minimalistic. We call it the Neo Sports Café and it’s a new stripped-back style for the CB1000R. Completely redesigned from the wheels up, with the emphasis on metal, it’s has an individual and aggressive character. With an engine and casings finished in a deep black, this bike casts a new shadow out on the street and shows real presence anywhere you ride it – or park it.
IT DARES YOU TO RIDESports handling with aggressive looks A punchy, four-cylinder 998cc engine – with forged high-compression pistons, like the CBR1000RR – hangs on an all-new chassis; a strong steel mono backbone type with a single-sided swingarm. Peak power is 107Kw @ 10.500rpm and, combined with 104Nm @ 8,250rpm of torque, you get a generous rush of acceleration when you need it. It’s an exciting mix of strong performance and controllable power all the way through the rev range.
Power delivery and ride modes explained.
POWER TO HAND
Throttle By Wire (TBW) has been added for maximum control and top performance as you wind on the power. It works via 3 riding modes, and together with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) it’s an exhilarating combination that will make you want to ride that little bit harder, and further, for longer.
The lowest power setting you can select provides a medium amount of Engine Braking (EB) and high HSTC. The lower levels of power and torque are focused on the first 3 gears – where you need it most when it’s wet.
This mode uses the middle setting for power, HSTC and EB. It reduces the output of first and second gear, and uses a power curve that sits just below SPORT mode. There’s a reduced amount torque at minimal throttle openings to keep the bike smooth and steady when you’re on and off the power. It also allows for small rear wheel slides and keeps the front wheel on the ground too.
When you want to go for it this mode uses high power settings with the lowest levels of EB and HSTC to deliver 100% power through all six gears. It’s like letting it off the leash; maximum torque at all throttle positions with very little input from HSTC.
A programmable mode that allows the rider a choice of fine-tuning between the 3 settings, it’s also possible to save them for future use too.