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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Forget the dinosaur CB1000 of the early nineties, or the now defunct 900 Hornet, the CB1000R is a whole new bag for Honda, designed with Europe, using a retuned version of the 2007 FireBlade engine and with 2008 FireBlade forks and brakes, a beautiful single-sided swingarm and fabbo styling. In fact the only thing the CB1000R lacks is a bit of soul and the noise you get from a Brutale or Speed Triple. But for ninety-nine per cent of the time it’s a better bike in every respect.

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Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Honda CB1000R uses a 2007 FireBlade unit that has been retuned for maximum torque and midrange. It’s similar to the CBF1000 engine but gives stronger performance. As such, 130bhp is plenty but it’s more about the torque and the way the power is delivered that impresses. It comes on clean and fat to the point where sixth gear will pull 30mph with no shakes just clean drive. That said it doesn’t howl or really get you excited. It has the looks of something really aggressive but it never really wants to kick off. In comparison to the Speed Triple it’s not quite as raw, but that makes it easier to ride than all its rivals.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Honda CB1000R’s suspension is softer than, say, the Triumph Speed Triple’s, but, for many give the perfect blend of feel and comfort. Most don’t want a bike that’s rock hard, just one that lets you know what the wheels are doing and one that doesn’t pitch around under power or braking. The Honda gets it bang on. It may lag behind rivals on track, but in the real world, where cops are hiding in trailers with speed guns, the roads get ever busier and the surface isn’t racetrack smooth the Honda CB1000R is a brilliant unfaired bike.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Honda CB1000R is a top quality bit of kit in every respect. The forks are taken from the 2008 FireBlade but feature different internals. Brakes are taken from the 2008 Blade, too, but use smaller 310mm discs, different master cylinder and brake lines. Flashy LCD clocks are, Honda claim, the most sophistated and expensive to produce they’re ever made and then there’s that stylish and clever single-side Pro-Arm rear end…

Honda CB1000R (2008-current)

Detail Value
New price £9,299
Dealer used prices
£5,410 (2009) - £8,620 (2014)
Private used prices
£4,760 (2008) - £7,760 (2014)
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Engine size 998 cc
Power 130 bhp
Top speed 150 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Like with the equipment, the Honda CB1000R’s quality, like most Honda’s truth be told, is right up there with the best. Paint is thick and creamy, metal finishes excellent and the only slight doubt regards reliability, simply because the bike’s so new and proven.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

At £6950 (£7450 with ABS) the Honda CB1000R is impressive value, especially considering its spec and the Honda badge, in the naked litre-bike category, undercutting the more basic Speed Triple and Tuono comfortably. Find a Honda CB1000R for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2008: Honda CB1000R launched.
2011: Honda offer CB1000RA [£9.375], CB1000R Extreme [£8,985] and CB1000RA Extreme [£9,575]

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 150 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.14 secs
Max power 130 bhp
Max torque 100 ft-lb
Weight 217 kg
Seat height 825 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 998 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled DOHC 16 valve inline four cylinder. Fuel injection. Six gears.
Frame Aluminium spine
Front suspension adjustment 43mm upside down front forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Single rear shock, fully adjustable
Front brakes Twin 310mm front discs with four-piston calipers
Rear brake Single 256mm rear disc with dual-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(21 reviews)

  • So much....

    Ted Edwards

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4

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    wanted to like this bike because to me it looks gorgeous and with the straight bars should be practical.However for and I must emphasis for me as I am sure many others don't I found it to be very uncomfortable. The problem I had was the magic triangle ie seat bars and pegs position.I felt that I was being pushed forward too much and even having had a gel pad placed in the seat I could not get comfortable.The end of the bars seemed to be looking upwards which also made it and I emphasis again for me uncomfortable and to make matters worse I seem to have brought one that had vibration through the bars which also made riding it a chore.The other issue I had was that the pegs seemed to be too high for me and after 50 miles my knees started to ache.It must be said though that I am a 61 year old man so that could be a big contributary factor in the issues that I had as well.On a positive note its a Honda so has Honda quality it looks gorgeous corners like a dream and the engine is a dream and even with a standard exhaust sounds brilliant.So in summary I would say if you are considering buying one don't be put off by any of my negative points as it may have been just me but do make sure that you have a good long test ride and also consider what you want the bike to do.Foolishly having brought it I thought about touring in France and I am sure you can do that in fact I know that you can but if you want to do that rather than mainly ride it local then get a GS etc or perhaps like me buy Tiger 1050

    30 June 2012

  • HONDA CB 1000R/2010

    dannywest

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    The CB 1000R is a very good bike, out of the box... but with the correct tuning it is a really great bike. Take off all the extra weight, stock exhaust, de cat, rear pegs , tail light lump, etc , install a power commander 5 and a full akrapovic exhaust system and prepare to ROCK . Now you can feel its,true power actually about 114 to 120 bhp..and smooth,excellent handling and beautiful soundtrack ,plus now it is also about 15 kg, lighter,add some new Dunlop SportSmarts, and enjoy.!

    07 August 2011

  • Big Brother Hornet

    Dean Morgan

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I had a 2008 CB600FA for 2 years which had the CBR600 engine tuned for midrange. I loved that bike! BUT then I saw the CB1000R at the NEC and just thought WOW. It looks stunning with sharp slick lines. The single side swing arm is mint....I fell in love. I test road it and found it so easy to ride. The instrument panel is awesome, everything about it is class and stylish and up to date. I opted for the Sienna Red with Extreme graphics and also got a cracking deal from John at Hunts Honda Manchester. Got some extras with make it better too, under tray kit, R&G tail tide, 3D graphics, Hand fuel tank protector and some R&G crash bungs. The engine provides smooth acceleration, very quick off the mark, loads of torque. Its not for thrashing over 100mph because of the buffeting of wind buts its a smart commuter or Sunday blast around/show off bike.

    17 March 2011

  • A VERY GOOD BIKE

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I first saw this bike at the bike show.Then I was down the local dealer when they were doing demo rides back in 2008.Did not take much notice and only had a demo on one this year.I had bike for one hour and rode it in town,country and on motorway.I found seat a bit hard but since I have sat on one which had the optional gel seat and that is far more comfy.I would go for non cbs/abs as it has better front brakes,less weight and less cables etc.The engine was great it had power where you want it .Power in the midrange off the throttle with out a flat spot with a very smooth engine.It got to 120mph quick and I done a top gear roll on from 70mph and it picked up well.combine this with low weight and the bike is quick to turn in .Very little wind protection though but it is a naked after all.But after market screens are avaliable. Good build quality and good accessories and very easy chain adjustment and you have one very good bike.The only thing I wish it had was a centre stand and a bigger headlight cowl like the fazer which I have ridden but found it revvy with power at top end.This is my favourite naked bike until I saw the kawasaki z1000sx on mcn and this looks very good as well.Honda is supposed to be updating the cb1000r for 2011 and I hope they get it right.

    04 November 2010

  • Power, Style & Handling

    Carlosoul

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Great around corners this bike is, you look and it turns, no effort needed at all, the low centre of gravity Honda has attempted really pays off. Power is great as the torque has been increased at the low end making it accelarate like a banshee. Style is wonderful, the looks you get say it all, I've had groups of people standing around it on ocassion (have had some mods though, but not many)

    26 August 2010

  • Brilliant Bike

    thermick

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This bike is the business as far as I am concerned. I am too old for the crouched riding position of sports bikes, with the CB1000R I can sit upright and go like the clappers. Things that put a smile on my face are the blistering acceleration, the incredible easy handling, good brakes, aggressive looks, good fuel economy (average over 10 miles per litre). My only complaint is that compared with my previous bike (CBF1000)the mirrors leave a big blind spot behind the rider where a following custodian of the law could hide. The engine is so smooth and the fuelling is spot on. The exhaust is fairly muted but then you do not need to be making a lot of noise in order to get a move on and I don't get complaints from my neighbours. If you are thinking of buying a CB1000R go and have a test ride and start smiling.

    27 July 2009

  • Pretty but Dull

    EdsETV

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Currently run a Tuono 1000R and liked the look of the new Honda CB1000R and decided to take a test ride. Glad I did as, whilst it looks good, has safe handling and good brakes, it feels gutless in comparison. I cannot believe it is 130horses and hopefully one of the mags will dyno its output. It may be unfair to judge it after a short ride but it lacks any knd of personality or emotional pull. Easygoing would be a good description but is not what this class of bikes is about. So no sale and I will wait until hopefully Aprilia do an RSV4 Tuono ;-)

    29 April 2009

  • Test ride first!

    ipcress

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Took this bike for a fast ride on A&B roads in dry conditions. Linear power delivery no top end rush, handling on A roads no problem however when pushed hard on a good surfaced, crested B road the limitations of its suspension became apparent. From airborne on landing the front end complains and the need for a steering damper is clear. Brakes, no complaints there. On balance a bit dull and when pushed hard shows its limitations. Sorry Honda need to try harder.

    21 February 2009

  • Perfect

    simonxg

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    As a new rider with little experience the Honda is perfect, predictable, easy to ride but with enough grunt to be exciting at the same time. Love it.

    20 December 2008

  • dont bellieve the hype

    pussy liqueur'

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Done 2000 miles now on this bike a good bike yes but could have been so mutch better 130bhp ? reality 110bhp feel like ive been ripped off thanks 4 screwing me out of my hard earnt cash HONDA

    11 October 2008

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CosherB

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the comments about lack of power and too much weight i generally agree with .... Honda could have made a belting bike but in typical fashion, copped out and made it too 'safe'.  maybe the engine does make 130 bhp, but it doesn't feel like it, probably because of the weight it has to carry around.  it makes it very plush and would be a great commuter, but after i tried something that on paper looks similar, i fell for a bike that has 136 bhp, but is 185 kg and is italian - no contest against a Brutale 910S, even though it costs a hell of a lot more - personality in spades.

bring on the tuono rsv4...

30 January 2010 02:03

Hondasixrr

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GSR1000R

Suzuki need to save us from all these over weight street bikes...

Using a GSXR1000 as a base. GSR1000R or B-King1000R. 190kg with 150bhp at the rear wheel.

MSN should put it to a vote to see how many biker would buy one.

15 October 2008 22:33

kiwikeith

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onda 1000

For a naked street fighter it must have been in a good paddock as at 217kgs it's a wee porky pig. I would have thought it to be well under the 200kg mark. Looking at the street triple or even its big brother are under the 200kg mark.

Still at least this ones not a photo shop hoax like the 1000cc VFR that had not only me but I imagine a lot of people who read your magazine feeling let down. Just where do you get this information from? Anyway I am looking to replace my Tiger 1050 as I have done 30.000ks on it and the Engine packed up as in needing new pistons, liners and the rest of the drama. I'm gutted, so away it goes with a new engine for someone to run in. I would like a European 1000cc bike naked or dressed up that weighs under 200 kg. anyone got any Ideas?

04 October 2008 10:07

sadbiker

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Great Bike

Swapped my S2R1000 for it, but have had a CB900 which whilst underrated by the Motorcyling Press was a good alrounder. My impressions so far with nearly 1000 miles is a cracking bike, fairly stable and pretty fast from the go. Only issue is the rear end whilst very good looking is not made to handle touring (panniers), R35 rucksack has been purchased. Sitting position is more over the tank which for those not used to can feel strange to start off with but once going becomes normal riding. Brakes feel great, BT15's feel fine so far in the Wet and on Dry roads if you can find any. Have noticed a little more muck appears on the rear end then normal because of the very short rear end. Anyone thinking of buying for 2 up make sure you get your misses to go on a test ride with you, there are already some being sold because peoples other halfs not happy with the it.

21 August 2008 10:24

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