2011 Honda CB1000R: MD First Ride – Part One

April 12, 2011

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This is a very brief report on our first few days with Honda’s 2011 CB1000R. Part two will include an extensive ride review, as well as all of the specs and technical details of this bike. 

It seems that everyone has been waiting for another big naked from Honda to carry on the tradition of our Bike of the Century, the CB 750. The retro-style CB1100 is not available in this market, but it certainly caused a lot of US riders to salivate when it was announced. Honda is particularly proud of its CB lineage, of which the CB1000R is an important part. 

The CB1000R is new to the US market, but it has been available in Europe since the 2008 model was unveiled in Milan. It is an extremely modern looking naked. There is nothing retro about this bike, including the CBR1000RR – derived engine, the fully adjustable suspension, the radial mounted brakes, the single-sided swingarm and the gravity die-cast aluminum frame. 

There is nothing retro about the way this bike performs, either. We have to say that our first impressions are more than favorable. It is not that we didn’t expect something special from Honda, but this bike has been traveling under the radar to some extent, particularly since it was introduced to the European market so much earlier. 

The only thing arguably retro about this bike is the seating position. Honda knows how to nail a comfortable rider triangle, and they have done so with the CB1000R. We will have a lot more in part two. Stay tuned.

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