Honda is known for conservative styling, but base on the stunning concept, the production CB1000R is a looker, and certainly out of character for a Honda model. It isn’t strictly a retro, or a replica of a past model. It is a big step outside the box in terms of design for Honda.
Launched in 2007, Honda CB1000R is the street version of the CBR1000RR Superbike. However, the new-generation nakedbike-style 998cc inline-four engine motorbike has a mix of nakedbike and classic styling. Honda introduced the CB1000R Neo Sport Cafe at Sepang December last year. We got to test it on the Sepang Circuit for a couple of laps. But this road test we had the CB1000R for 2 weeks.
The appearance of Honda CB1000R 2018 makes the difference compared to the majority of sport bikes models on the market. The elegant lines and the LED light in the shape of the horseshoe help to enhance the classic design.
The steel frame and aluminium frame are new features of Honda CB1000R Neo Sport Cafe 2018. The frame material helps to reduce weight by almost 2.5 kg compared to the previous generation.
But the Honda CB1000R Neo Sport Cafe still uses the older generation 991 CB1000R engine, although it is slightly improved. Honda keeps the same diameter and piston stroke of the 4-cylinder DOHC engine but increases the compression ratio and the piston is harder.
While the Honda CB1000R Neo Sport Cafe offers a range of new electronic components. The bike has four riding modes, including Standard, Sport, Rain and User, a custom option. This CB1000R also offers customers the ability to customize three levels of engine power, engine braking and traction control.
The alloy wheels is harmonious with the new style design. The tire size of Honda CB1000R Neo Sport Cafe is 190/55. Honda has also increased the height of the handlebars but bars in length is shorter to help the rider sit upright and to be more comfortable on long trips and easy through traffic. With the new Showa suspensions are customizable but no compression set up only rebound.
Honda CB1000R Neo Sport Cafe can be view at all Honda BigWing.