2015 Honda CB1000R
There are some bikes that exude such a complicated aura that riders have trouble understanding what they really are. Is it a cruiser wrapped in a sportsbike body? Is it the other way around? Such questions have been asked time and again by befuddled riders, but none of them involves the Honda CB1000R.
First introduced in 2007 as a replacement for the Honda CB900F Hornet - US riders know the bike as the Honda 919 - the CB1000R instantly gained recognition for being a bike that proudly flaunts what it really is: a naked roadster that you can just climb on and instantly feel its presence on the road.
Since it’s arriva inn the market, the CB1000R has exuded a legitimate bravado that not a lot of other machines can boast of. Its clean look perfectly complements the fuel-injected 998 cc four-cylinder engine that is full to the brim with power and performance. In a lot of ways, it’s the ideal bike for a large of swath of riders looking for something specific in their rides. You want style? The CB1000R has it. You want power? Ditto for that. You want a hell-raising ride experience? That one, too.
There’s not a lot of things the Honda CB1000R can’t do or provide to riders that’ll make them sweat in excitement thinking about the next time they can ride this bike. That’s what the Honda CB1000R has given to the motorcycle world and eight years after it debuted, it’s still as desirable as ever.
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2015 Honda CB1000R
Engine:Liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
You know some bikes immediately identify themselves as a ride that’s ready to pounce, even if its standing still? The Honda CB1000R is one of those bikes. This one is a definite looker in every sense of the word. The front design is highlighted by a compact bikini cowl surrounding a multi-reflector headlight. Just below it, you’ll see a can’t-miss LED position lamp that adds depth and function to the front end’s styling profiles.
Move along the sides of the bike and it’s hard to notice the fairing-less sculpted bodywork. The side covers prevent the bike from fully showing its guts, but you can understand the they serve the purpose of protecting the engine. That said, the slim and streamlined seat that extends to the upswept tail cowl is a definite nod to the Fireblade. Inspiration abounds in this one and the CB1000R definitely played into that by showcasing every streaky edge and sliced body work for all the world to see.
Once you’re comfortably seated, you’re going to find yourselves in front of a high-tech, fully digital meter panel that provides three LCD readouts of all operating information. The tachometer features an instant multi-segment readout of engine speed, displayed in a wide, sweeping bar that extends across the top of the display.
If you’re looking for some color options, Honda’s actually offering three unique colors of this bike. The Hyper Red/Black Matt White and the Pearl Cool White/Black colors are pretty sweet, but nothing beat the tri-coor Pearl Sienna Red/Pearl Cool White finish. The flashiness is intoxicating!
|Seat Height||32.1 inches|
|Curb Weight||485 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride)|
|Fuel Capacity||4.5 gallons, including 1.0-gallon reserve|
|Miles Per Gallon||37 MPG - Honda’s fuel economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.|
|Emissions||Meets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.|
You can’t have a bike that’s built to excite without having a backbone that can handle all the dirty work to ensure that it rides as good as advertised. That’s a big reason why I’m particularly fond of the Mono-Backbone gravity die-cast (GDC) aluminium frame Honda decided to use on the CB1000R. Not only is it strong, rigid, and lightweight, but it also enhances the bike’s sharp and smooth handling. The frame was also designed to ensure that all the heavy components in the bike can be slotted close to each other to create a strong center of mass. This kind of information may not be sexy on face value, but these are the kinds of things that make the CB1000R so much fun to ride.
Complementing the frame is a suspension system made up of a 43mm inverted HMAS cartridge-type front fork that’s as sturdy as it is responsive. The fork tubes in this setup can also be fully adjusted for preload, compression, and rebound damping, allowing riders to custom the bike’s riding performance depending on their preference. At the back, an adjustable Monoshock damper and single-sided cast aluminum Pro-arm swingers provides the suspension duties, providing 128mm of smooth travel for assured handling.
The wheels, tires, and brakes of the CB1000R are all professional grade, too. Honda definitely didn’t slack in piecing together the bike to create an enthralling riding experience. The 17-inch radial tires are supported by a pair of radial-mount four-piston front calipers with a compact dual-piston caliper at the rear. Riders can also take comfort knowing that the bike features ABS. Can’t leave home without that bad boy.
|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° (caster angle)|
|Trail||99mm (3.9 inches)|
The Honda CB1000R is built around a superbike-strong 998cc DOHC inline four engine that’s ideal for street riding, providing enough power and torque - 123 horsepower at an astounding 10,000 rpm and 73 pound-feet of torque at 7,500 rpm - to make for fast and smooth rides. And since it’s a four-cylinder engine, you can enjoy longer rides, too, provided you don’t go bottle rocket the whole way!
I made that superbike reference partly because the CB1000R’s engine does have some superbike roots, having been derived from the engine that propelled the 2007 CBR1000RR Fireblade to a World Superbike Championship. The engine, just like the one on the Fireblade, is tuned to deliver the kind of sharp acceleration and body-jerking torque even from the lower rev ranges and transforms it into smooth power as a rider moves steadily up the power band. It’s also worth noting that the bike’s power travels through a smooth-operating, close-ratio six-speed transmission and into the rear wheel, creating enough force to shoot the bike with incredible acceleration.
As much fun as it is to ride naked sports bikes, the Honda CB1000R puts a different spin on the experience altogether. That’s a big reason why the bike remains a popular model in Honda’s line-up to this day.
|Engine Type||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|
The Honda CB1000R is an awesome bike that in every sense of the word. But it’s also pretty heavy on the pockets. For the 2015 model, Honda has priced the CB1000R at $11,760. Not exactly chump change, is it? Then again, if you want to enjoy the thrill of riding the CB1000R, you’re going to have to pay for the privilege of doing so.