Honda returns to the U.S. naked bike market with a new fairing-free sport bike: the 2011 Honda CB1000R motorcycle.
"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," said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. "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–wherever and whatever their destination may be. Whether it’s a quick trip down a favorite backroad, a weeklong ride through a few states, or anything in between, the CB1000 R is versatile enough to do it all." Another Honda spokesman calls it a "classic hot-rod Honda."Rooted in the 1969 Honda CB750K0, the first mass-market inline-4 sportbike, the CB 1000 R is powered by a fuel-injected four-cylinder 998cc powerplant tuned for torque, making acceleration a priority. Gravity Die-Cast technology is responsible for the mono-backbone aluminum frame that Honda claims "is strong yet features thin-wall construction for light weight." The single-sided aluminum swingarm features a single rear shock with spring preload and rebound-damping adjustability and there’s a fully adjustable 43mm inverted fork. Up front, you get radial-mounted dual 310mm disc brakes. Available in Pearl Black beginning in Spring 2011 in the U.S.