The Neo Sports Cafe is now the Honda CB1000R

The Honda CB1000R has the hottest motor in this group, thanks to its superbike roots. It's also the most modern-looking.

Honda has taken the wraps off the production version of its Neo Sports Cafe. Only, now it’s called the Honda CB1000R.

Honda’s had to tone down the Blade Runner styling a bit to make this bike street-legal. That means less cyberpunk influence, but it’s still a sharp-looking naked bike. In fact, it’s surprisingly attractive for a modern Japanese naked bike, which makes the second one this season. Maybe the industry is turning a corner?

Anyway, the CB1000R is powered by a detuned version of the CBR1000 RR motor (liquid-cooled DOHC inline four), putting out 143 hp and 77 lb-ft of torque. That’s a 20 hp boost from the previous CB1000R, and weight is down 12 kg, to 212 kg.

The clutch is a slipper-assist unit, which is standard fare these days. There are three throttle maps, and traction control; engine braking is also tunable electronically.

Showa provides front and rear suspension—SFF-BP forks and a fully-adjustable rear shock.

There are 310 mm brake discs up front, and four-piston calipers; there’s only a single 256 mm disc in back. The CB1000R has two-channel ABS.

The bike has a 120/70 ZR17 tire up front and 190/55 ZR17 tire in rear. Headlight and taillight are LED. Seat height is 830 mm. Fuel capacity is 16.2 litres. Wheelbase is 1455 mm.

Options include heated grips and a quickshifter. Honda will also be revealing a CB1000R+ model with flyscreen and other bits as standard. We don’t know if that one’s coming here, but we do know the CB1000R is coming to Canada—no word on pricing or timing yet.


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