There is a completely separate class of bikes known for their attitude, aggressiveness and power. These is a sense of raw excitement in the super naked class and its getting more and more popular day by day. KTM’s 990 superduke, The Aprilia Tuono Factory, Kawasaki’s z1000 and even BMW’s K1200R are on the list of big fat superbike class. The question arises that can Honda, known for its perfection to the last edge come up with a bike angry enough that challenges the later face-off?
Undoubtedly, the new CB1000R has got the looks. The bike was earlier designed specifically for the Europe which is seen by its sharp and angular European styling. The tank and radiator seem to shroud pointing the front wheel, the under-body exhaust is a state of the art styling mode completing with the single sided rear swing-arm. The triangular headlamp is followed by a circular looking all day running light and covered from the top by a aerodynamic looking wind deflector. Metering is a three-pod all LCD dash. Alloys are Italian made 4-Spoke with some appreciable detailing. Handlebars are provided in a nicely finished form. One will personally like the little blue light that follows up main headlamp in CB1000R. Overall build quality is maintained at Honda’s usual standard. Read on the Honda CB1000R Review for whats on the table with this super naked.
- Engine: 998 cc 4-stroke 16 valve DOHC
- Compression Ratio: 11.2:1
- Carburation: Electronic Fuel Injection
- Transmission: 6-Speed
- Dimensions (L/B/H) : 2105/785/1095
- Fuel Capacity: 17 litre
- Suspension Front: Inverted Telescopic
- Suspension Rear: Mono-shock Gas charged
- Wheels: 4-spoke cast aluminium
- Kerb Weight: 217 kg
Having the looks of a compelling contender, the Honda CB1000R with its fire-blade derived motor has all the potential for a real muscle. The engine derived from the ’07 fireblade is fine tuned for better low rev torque and this takes place at the expense of peak horsepower. To be quantitative, the power output is lessened to 123 bhp, following a power drop from fireblade’s 170 bhp. It was a common misconception to think that CB 1000R will replace Hornet 900 because they both shared the same platform but in reality they both are properly distinguished from each other. The calm all-rounder Hornet 900 remained as was alongside CB 1000R.
Most of the gear, including brakes and forks seems to be directly inspired from ’08 fireblade with slight modifications. Although the CB 1000R will seem to be heavier than fireblade counterpart, its sums up to about only 213 KG WET, being only 18 KG heavier than the counterpart. This is quite impressive given all other bikes in this class boast of full-on superbike suspension and perform accordingly.
If one is worried about the lesser toque than Yamaha’s 148 bhp or BMW’s 160 bhp, it need not be mentioned as the torque gains equally compensate for the lost horsepower. Handling in CB 1000R is up to the mark with minimal jerks and smooth flow at any RPM range, balanced in a way not to degrade the power output along with maintained stability. Kawasaki has more to offer in this with comparably harder power output and playable bands of acceleration. Gearshifts tends to swop ratios well at higher revs, or lower but not both. Chassis works perfectly with maintained stability and agility, where pulling at one end by the rider at higher speeds can cause to lose balance. The suspension is realistically designed to tackle bumpy surfaces and yet not be too gentle.
Mention any superbike and the only thing that probably be missing is a great deal of practicality. The sitting position in 1000R demands the rider to lean a bit forward, with can be awkward in long journeys given the air blow, which is only partly deflated by the front guard.