With the Sport Naked catagory getting more popular among bike enthusiast, Boon Siew Honda took a bold step in launching the 2018 CB1000R. The bold new Neo Sport Cafe styling marks Honda entry to this popular market. Just take a look at the CB1000R, for sure you’ll have yourself drooling! I can say I was drooling too! The CB1000R looks as compact as a 250cc but rides and handle like a supersports bike.
Every aesthetic detail of the CB1000R has been finessed, and the overall design, its style and powerful stance, merge retro minimalism with the elevated performance package of the engine and chassis.
All lighting is LED and the thin round headlight employs a horseshoe-shaped light ring as well as distinctive two-bar light signature. The rear light is also a semicircular light bar that fills in solid when the brakes are applied. The T-shaped instrument panel – finished in the same metal-tone paint as the headlight rim – integrates into the top yoke, minimising bulk and the ignition switch is positioned at the front of the fuel tank.
It comes with 998cc DOHC four-cylinder engine delivers peak power of 107kW @ 7,500rpm with maximum torque of 104N.m @ 8,250 rpm. Bore and stroke remain 75mm x 56.5mm but compression ratio is up 0.4 to 11.6:1.
With power is useless without handling, but the CB1000R handles exceptionally well with the adjustable Showa Separate Function Fr Fork Big Piston unit (SFF-BP) front forks. It contains all the damping function in one side, reducing weight, while delivering compliance, comfort and control across a broad range of riding conditions. The Showa rear shock adjusts for spring preload, compression and rebound damping. Even with the stock standard tyres, Im getting almost full feel of confidence at the Sepang Circuit during the test ride.
Had Honda fitted in a quickshifter I would give the CB1000R a perfect 10/10, but never the less a 9/10 rating from us is not that bad, as the performance, handling and its bold Neo Sports Café aesthetic character details give the CB1000R big thumbs up from us. For sure if a bike can handle so well on the track, for sure for city commuting will be the perfect.
Honda designers and development really gave a lot of effort to bring this CB1000R to life with a modern day bike that has a retro character couple with a great engine performance and handling! I’m sure that Honda will come out with a Cafe Racer version in the future. If not, and I had the money in my account, for sure I’m going to build one CB1000R Cafe Racer version…… I wish!
Easily could get 200++km/h at the front straight of Sepang Circuit with only 75-80% on the throttle. But remember this CB1000R is not designed for the tracks but I’m really sure, if anyone who owns this CB1000R will be the king of the mountains, if you know what I mean!
With the package above for a Complete Built Unit (CBU) CB1000R, for sure we gonna see a lot of CB1000R on the Malaysian roads, the CB1000R is priced at RM74,999 excluding Road Tax and Insurance.
Next we gonna First Ride review the CB250R next!