The stampede toward blacked-out motorcycles continues unabated with the 2021 Honda CB1000R Black Edition. As you can guess, there are lots of parts on the new CB1000R that are black, so let’s take off our sunglasses and take a look. Oh, and there are some functional changes, as well.
The fueling settings are new for 2021. A Honda spokesman tells us that the new settings “have been optimized, smoothing power delivery and improving response.”
The quickshifter now has three settings.
The subframe has a new, cleaner look.
Honda shrunk the size of the license-plate mount a bit.
There are new seven-spoke cast-aluminum wheels. The wheels are black, with cast-aluminum highlights on the spokes. The 190 rear tire sits on a six-inch-wide rim.
The new five-inch TFT screen offers display options. You have four ways to check out the mph and engine speed of the CB1000R. Other info on display includes riding mode selection, engine parameters, fuel consumption, and a fuel gauge. Buttons on the left handlebar make it easy to cycle through the display options and make changes to the motor performance.
Although the headlight remains round, it gets a new teardrop-shaped nacelle. The new styling feature sits below the TFT and the tiniest of flyscreens.
Virtually every finish on the CB1000R Black Edition is either black or aluminum.
The 2021 Honda CB1000R Black Edition runs $12,999. The CB1000R took 2020 off, and the new Black Edition has the same MSRP as the 2019 model, which was only available in Chromosphere Red. So, you get lots of new for the same price.
Ducati DesertX + Dale Wagler and his BMW 1250 GS Adventure (Owner Review)
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena take a look at the Ducati DesertX ADV bike. Powered by the same liquid-cooled V-twin motor as several other models in the Ducati range, the DesertX is another entry into the upper-middleweight class of ADV machines. The big question of course, is can the DesertX make its mark and differentiate itself from a growing field of competitors?
The second segment is the premiere of our new series of ‘Owner Reviews’. These are real-world opinions of machines owned by everyman riders. For this first one, I chat with my friend Dale Wagler. Dale is a former Marine and hard-core street- and dirt-bike rider. Dale recently acquired a new BMW 1250 GS Adventure, and he gives us his thoughts on the bike’s positives—and a few negatives too.
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So, from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!