Honda’s revamped its aging CB1000R platform transforming it from a traditionally styled naked sports bike into a more contemporary version that fits inside the newly formed Neo-Sports category— a segment that sees increasing popularity from many of Big Red’s rivals.
“The CB1000R has always represented high performance in a naked four-cylinder machine, and while we knew that retaining that approach was important, we also felt it was time to take the platform in a new direction,” notes Lee Edmunds, American Honda’s Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications.
“Increasingly, customer expectations walk a line between high-end performance and character, so it’s vital that there be a strong, emotional connection between rider and machine. With the new approach of the 2018 CB1000R, customers will experience increased pride in ownership while also benefiting from greatly improved handling and engine performance.”
The 2018 CB1000R will arrive this summer in all-new styling that includes both brushed, and machined aluminum components for a premium and high-tech look. Full LED lighting is standard highlighted by a horseshoe-shaped headlamp.
Finally, Honda gets with the program in the powertrain department sourcing the ride-by-wire equipped CBR1000RR’s I4, complete with forged alloy pistons that reciprocate inside a enhanced combustion chamber for more mid-range ‘oomph. Larger valves, with more lift, that suck fuel through a bigger intake make for an even bigger bang.
A fresh 4-2-1 exhaust further improves low-end torque production while eliminating 10 pounds off the previous version. Gear ratios inside the manual six-speed transmission are also 4% lower for quicker acceleration.
Honda’s current electronic suite, with adjustable Engine Brake and Selectable Torque Control (Honda’s version of TC) are standard and can be manipulated via four riding modes (Street, Sport, Rain, and User).
The engine hangs inside a steel frame that is 5.5-pounds lighter than before and is suspended by a Showa Single Function Big-Piston fork which uses a heavy-duty spring in one fork leg and a damping cartridge in the other. Lastly a larger 190/55-series Bridgestone tire was fitted at the rear.
American Honda has yet to divulge exact specifications or pricing so stay tuned for further updates.