Tags: Honda CB1000R Neo-Sports
HONDA revamped its naked CB1000R for the 2018 model year, but rather than dressing it up, the Red Riders actually dressed it down even further with a retro CAFE'-RACER kick. The CB1000R replaced the CB600F Hornet back in ’08 and its naked streetfighter presentation and performance envelope was an instant hit all across Europe. Fast forward to ’18 and we find it still going strong with the same 998 cc mill and a brand new handle as the Neo-Sports Café’. Subtle refinements give the NSC a new look that takes inspiration from the past without becoming enslaved to it, and the result is fresh, modern and appropriately aggressive. Today I’m going to take a look at this decade old model to see what else Honda has done to keep it relevant and competitive in today’s market.
Whether One Cleaves To The Sport-Naked Aspects Or The Cafe'-Tastic Heritage, There Is No Denying The Aggressive Nature Of The Neo-Sports Café'.
Honda tightened up the dimensions of its popular sport-standard by shaving half-an-inch off the length of the swingarm and carving 3.5 inches off the headlight can. In the spirit of the original cafe’ racers that were essentially bobbed standard/UJMs set up with nothing in the way of excess fat that might impede performance, the factory cut the front fender down to the bone. The snub-nose headlight can sports a horseshoe-shaped DRL and a duplex projector with a well-defined break between the high beam and low beam lights that is compact but takes care of business with super-bright LED technology.
It's no surprise that Honda went all out with an all-new mono-backbone skeleton.
New bikes get new bones, so it’s no surprise that Honda went all out with an all-new mono-backbone skeleton. Steel members provide the strength and rigidity to manage the stresses of sport riding with aluminum pivot plates that shave 5.5-pounds off the standing gear. I’m glad to see the adjustable usd forks up front. The Separate Function Fork-Big Piston stems by Showa provide full-spectrum adjustability with variable spring preload as well as compression and rebound damping via the easy-to-get-at adjustment points on the fork caps.
At 467 pounds wet, the NSC generates enough energy to rate four-piston anchors that bite dual 310 mm front discs with a 256 mm disc and twin-pot caliper out back. Yeah, that may be a bit of overkill there, but a two-channel ABS feature provides the safety net so you can get the most out of the brakes and still keep the machine dirty-side down. Symmetrical cast rims run a 17-inch diameter with a 120/70 up front and 190/55 out back that gets a size boost from the previous generation