Honda’s naked streetbike, the 919, gets
a sportier attitude this year with a new look, significant chassis upgrades and a transplanted motor
from the 2007 CBR1000RR – making it a CB1000R.
The supersports motor is retuned for
punch at low and medium rpm ranges and gets smaller 36 mm fuel
injector bodies to improve low and midrange fuel flow. A magnesium
cylinder head reduces weight, and the CBR1000RR’s liquid-cooled oil
cooler is fitted to assist in moderating engine heat.
The backbone style frame is now made from die-cast
aluminum. Fully-adjustable USD forks from the RR are fitted,
with radially-mounted monoblock calipers grabbing 310 discs up front. An ABS version will use Honda’s
combined brake system.
A short, semi-underslung exhaust system is
formed of stainless steel. Wheelbase is shorter, at 1,445 mm, and
seat height is up, at 828 mm. Instruments are LCD, and an ignition
security system is used.
The CB1000R is still a naked bike, but
is given a mini-fairing that blends into the headlight cowling, and
with its stubby exhaust, big brakes, and Z-shaped panels under the
fuel tank, it sports a much more aggressive look than the bike it replaces.
No word yet on whether it’ll be coming to Canada.