Honda's CB1000R naked sportbike to arrive in the spring


American Honda announced today the release of the 2011 CB1000R, describing it as “a high-performance and versatile ‘naked bike.’” The model will hit dealerships in the spring in Pearl Black.

“Last week we introduced the all-new entry-level CBR250R, and we’re just as excited about this addition to Honda’s lineup for 2011,” Honda’s Bill Savino says in a press release. “The CB1000R fills a great position in today’s market as we now bring a very capable sport machine packed with high-performance features to riders who focus on street use.”

Honda says the CB1000R’s roots stretch back to the four-cylinder classic CB750K0 introduced in 1969. “Yet at the same time the CB1000R carries a sporting heritage so modern that it will attract many of today’s most sophisticated and demanding street riders,” the company claims.

The CB1000R combines clean styling with a fuel-injected four-cylinder 998cc powerplant “tuned for loads of right-now power,” Honda says. “Sophisticated Gravity Die-Cast technology creates a mono-backbone aluminum frame that is strong yet features thin-wall construction for light weight. The distinctive single-sided aluminum swingarm features a single rear shock with spring preload and rebound-damping adjustability for excellent rear suspension action. And there’s a fully adjustable 43 mm inverted fork and radial-mounted dual 310 mm disc brakes up front. Perhaps best of all, the roomy seating position delivers excellent rider comfort and tremendous versatility for long-distance travel and two-up riding. With all these features and more, the 2011 CB1000R is the most modern iteration of a long line of much-respected high-performance unfaired four-cylinder bikes — the classic hot-rod Hondas.”

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CB1000R specifications:

  • Model: CB1000R
  • Engine Type: 998cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 75 mm x 56.5 mm
  • Compression ratio: 11.2:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
  • Induction: PGM-FI Fuel Injection with automatic enrichment circuit and 36 mm throttle bodies
  • Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping
  • Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed
  • Final Drive: #530 O-ring chain
  • Front Suspension: 43mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
  • Rear Suspension: Single gas-charged HMAS shock with spring preload and rebound damping adjustability; 5.0 inches travel
  • Front Brakes: Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with 310mm discs
  • Rear Brakes: Single 256mm disc
  • Front Tire: 120/70ZR-17 radial
  • Rear Tire: 180/55ZR-17 radial
  • Wheelbase: 56.9 inches
  • Rake (Caster Angle): 25.0 degrees
  • Trail: 99 mm (3.9 inches)
  • Seat Height: 32.5 inches
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallons, including 1.0-gallon reserve
  • Color: Pearl Black
  • Curb Weight: TBD

Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment. Honda says specifications are subject to change without notice.