Honda presented the 2013 version of its sporty CB1000R. Technically the motorcycle is basically the same as the previous model’s year. Though the bike is now offered with a new Cool Pearl White color option and fresh graphics.
The Honda CB1000R features a special chassis which puts the 998cc engine out front and center. This position not only improves the bike’s weight distribution but it also gives a more upright and comfortable riding position.
Talking about the engine, it is a 998cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder unit with computer-controlled digital transistorized ignition with 3-D mapping. The engine’s power is sent to the ground via a Close-ratio six-speed transmission. Among the features offered by the CB1000R you’ll also find the adjustable brake and clutch levers which let you fine tune for the riding environment, and tailor fit the controls to your riding style.
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Just one look tells you the CB1000R recreates the classic Honda formula for high performance in an unfaired four-cylinder bike—a design that has been well tested and validated over the years. The clean, essentials-only format perfectly frames the fuel-injected four-cylinder 998cc powerplant that ’s fairly overflowing with loads of right-now power. The unique chassis incorporates a single-sided swingarm with a high-performance single-shock rear suspension that helps make the CB1000R an exclusive choice in today ’s market. Whether you call it a naked bike, a street fighter or a race bike in civilian clothes, the CB1000R serves as an all-around high-performance motorcycle that ’s ready to take you where you want to go.
The formula is simple: We built a special chassis that puts the 998cc engine out front and center, and lets you sit more upright. The result is one of the most versatile open-class bikes the world has ever seen, as comfortable on a long trip as it is confident on the boulevard. When you need one bike that can do it all, and do it exceedingly well, the CB1000R is the machine you want in your corner.
The CB1000R is built around a superbike-strong 998cc DOHC inline four engine that’s perfect for street riding, with plenty of torque and power on tap. Since it’s a four cylinder, it’s plenty smooth for longer rides too.
The CB1000R uses a 998cc inline-four engine based on a previous generation CBR1000RR, but is tuned to produce more torque and horsepower in the midrange and bottom end—the perfect combination for a machine like this.
The engine is combined with Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), a smart system that ensures crisp throttle response and both low- and high-rpm performance. In addition, there’s no choke to mess with, and the CB1000R runs perfectly at all altitudes and temperatures, even on cold mornings.
When You’ve Got It, Flaunt It
It’d be a shame to cover up an engine like the CB1000R’s, so we’ve put it out front and center so you and everyone else can enjoy it. Then our designers gave the CB1000R just enough styling touches (side radiator shrouds, fork-mounted cowl fairing, cast aluminum four-spoke wheels) to really set it apart. Check it out—everyone else will.
Uniquely styled, the LED Position Light is a compelling design feature that shows everyone that this is not any ordinary motorcycle. It’s a Honda.
CB1000R’s high-tech, all-digital instrument display features tachometer, plus LCD readouts for speedometer, coolant temperature, odometer, two tripmeters and a clock, mpg and average fuel consumption.
Ride and Handling
Gravity Die-Cast technology gives the CB1000R a chassis that’s strong, but light. The single backbone architecture links the steering head to the swingarm pivot, but without any frame spars to interrupt the CB1000R’s lines.
The CB1000R offers exceptional handling, thanks to a Gravity Die Cast mono-backbone aluminum chassis that’s light and strong. A fully adjustable inverted fork and adjustable Pro Link rear suspension with a single-sided swing arm further refine the handling package.
Proven on Honda’s endurance racebikes, the CB1000R’s single-sided swingarm not only looks awesome, but makes rear-wheel maintenance easier as well.
A bike as powerful as the new CB1000R needs top-notch suspension components. That’s why we gave it a stout, large-diameter 43mm inverted fork that’s fully adjustable. And it’s also one of the reasons why the CB1000R handles so well.
The CB1000R’s radial-mounted monoblock front-brake calipers are stiffer, for better brake feel and performance. Each caliper uses four pistons that squeeze lightweight 310mm floating discs for exceptional stopping power.
Looks great, sounds great, and helps increase performance: How’s that for a win-win-win situation? The four-into-one header with its flowing pipes pays homage to classic Honda inline fours of the 1970s like the CB400 Supersport. Some things just never go out of style.
New for 2013
Available in Cool Pearl White.
Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda protection Plan.
Honda Genuine Accessories*
Rear Cowl (Black), 3D Logo, Under Fender Cover, Rear Brake Air Guide, Outdoor Cover
* WARRANTY: Because we ’re so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine Accessories, we ’re pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer.
|Engine Type||998cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder|
|Bore And Stroke||75mm x 56.5mm|
|Induction||PGM-FI Fuel injection with automatic enrichment circuit and 36mm throttle bodies|
|Ignition||Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping|
|Valve Train||DOHC; four valves per cylinder|
|Final Drive||#530 0-ring-sealed chain|
|Front Suspension||43mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 4.3 inches travel|
|Rear Suspension||Single gas-charged HMAS shock with spring preload and rebound damping adjustability; 5.0 inches travel|
|Front Brake||Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with full-floating 310mm discs|
|Rear Brake||Single-caliper 256mm disc|
|Front Tire||120/70ZR-17 radial|
|Rear Tire||180/55ZR-17 radial|
|Rake||25.0 degrees (caster angle)|
|Trail||99mm (3.9 inches)|
|Seat Height||32.1 inches|
|Fuel Capacity||4.5 gallons, including 1.0-gallon reserve|
|Miles Per Gallon||37 MPG|
|Curb Weight||485 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel - ready to ride)|