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Offline Chris

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Another new Honda for 2018
« on: November 07, 2017, 09:26:16 pm »
New Honda CB1000R for 2018

After the news about the new Gold Wing Paul shared I wandered if the Big Red H would have any other new bikes coming.  Decidedly the answer is yes.  Introduced a the recent Tokyo show was a big cafe racer concept bike called the Neo-Sports Café Concept.  It looked pretty good but was mostly noticeable for looking very production ready.  Here’s some photos of the concept bike to show what I mean:

Photos of the Neo-Sports Café Concept bike:

Now, only a few weeks after showing the concept bike there’s news of a new CB1000R production bike.  Honda’s press release says the new model’s “bold shift in identity is bolstered by an impressive list of updates to the chassis, engine, and electronics package, which deftly bridge the gap between performance and bare-boned café racer inspirations.”  Uh...right.  That mouthful probably sounds better to Honda execs than saying, “here’s our competition for those Yamaha naked sport standards that have been selling so well.”  Whatever the genesis of the new Honda it looks like a pretty nice bike with a lot of pretty cool hardware on board.  The nice thing about a naked bike is you can actually see it instead of all the good stuff being hidden under a fairing.  I do have a couple of nits to pick with the new bike.  First, the exhaust system is incredibly ugly and looks like it weighs a ton.  I'd expect after market exhaust makers like Akrapovik to make a lot of money off this bike.  Secondly, the colour.  Black?  Really?  There better be some other choices in the palette.  It’s going to be available in the US next summer and so far I haven’t heard anything about price but I’d bet it’ll be close to the $13,000 Yamaha is asking for their MT-10.

Here’s some photos of the new bike and the press release Honda put out:

Honda press release seen at:


Honda Announces New Styling Direction for CB1000R

New Neo-Sports Café design matched with performance updates for 2018
Nov 6, 2017 - MILAN, Italy

Honda's leading sport naked model is reborn today with the introduction of a minimalist but aggressively styled 2018 CB1000R. Unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show, the model is a production version of the Neo-Sports Café Concept showcased at the recent Tokyo Motor Show. Following an early-2018 European release, the new CB1000R will be available in the U.S. in summer of next year.
The CB1000R's bold shift in identity is bolstered by an impressive list of updates to the chassis, engine, and electronics package, which deftly bridge the gap between performance and bare-boned café racer inspirations.

"The CB1000R has always represented high performance in a naked four-cylinder machine, and while we knew that retaining that approach was important, we also felt it was time to take the platform in a new direction," said Lee Edmunds, American Honda's Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications. "Increasingly, customer expectations walk a line between high-end performance and character, so it's vital that there be a strong, emotional connection between rider and machine. With the new approach of the 2018 CB1000R, customers will experience increased pride in ownership while also benefiting from greatly improved handling and engine performance."

- Availability: Summer 2018


- Distinctly styled round headlight has 3.5-inch shorter overhang, while the swingarm-mounted rear mudguard unit (a first for Honda) contributes to compact, trapezoidal shape silhouette that offers more elegant, refined appearance

- Premium feel thanks to burnished-aluminum radiator shroud and airbox cover plus machined engine cases, cylinder head, and sprocket hub

- Flangeless tank offers elegant styling and provides plenty of knee room through distinct cutaways

- All-LED lighting and horseshoe-shaped light ring bring a modern flare to retro styling

- .5-inch wider tapered-aluminum handlebar sits .5 inches higher for more relaxed riding position, making the café-racer inspired model ideal for around-town rides

- Mono-backbone steel frame uses split-tightening aluminum pivot plates to save 5.5 pounds while still offering optimum handling characteristics

- Total curb weight has been reduced for improved handling and more rider-friendly performance

- Showa Separate Function Fr Fork Big Piston unit (SFF-BP) offers reduced weight and excellent on-road performance

- 190/55 ZR17 rear tire (compared to 180/55 ZR17 tire on previous model)

- 998cc DOHC four-cylinder engine shares same architecture and layout as CBR1000RR and now employs forged pistons (rather than cast)

- Higher valve lift, larger valves (8.5mm intake and 8.1mm exhaust), larger-diameter inlet ports, and new combustion-chamber shape improve gas flow and offer improved torque in midrange, for more engaging riding experience

- 4% reduction in gear ratios improves acceleration for more exciting, rapid-roll-on acceleration

- Assist/slipper clutch offers light lever pull and helps manage aggressive downshifts

- New 4-2-1 exhaust system boosts torque at 5,000 rpm and above, saves 10 pounds, and provides the CB1000R with a deeper, rawer exhaust note for added character and emotion

- Throttle By Wire opens the door to four riding modes (STANDARD, SPORT, RAIN, and USER), as well as Engine Brake and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)—technological advances that bridge the gap between performance and café racer inspirations
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Re: Another new Honda for 2018
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2017, 01:53:11 am » Kawasaki...

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Re: Another new Honda for 2018
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2017, 06:34:19 am »
My wallet is ready for the Kawasaki Z900RS in spring.  The Brown/Orange paint looks good, numbers look good 110hp, tuned for midrange Torque and mid 400#.  Rumor has it that year 2 gets a supercharger though.. The only thing that may keep me from buying it is if it gets in the showroom and feels cheap and plasticky.  I'm not a cruiser guy but I thought the Vulcan 900s looked pretty good until I sat on one and it did the cheap chinese bike plastic squeek when I sat on it.  If it hits the specs they claim and looks like the pics and doesn't feel cheap I'm ok with the $8500ish price..

I was really hoping to get an option of the same paint style as my Dad's Z1 though..

 This is the color I was wanting:

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Re: Another new Honda for 2018
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2017, 06:52:51 am »
Interesting swingarm on the Honda.

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Re: Another new Honda for 2018
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2017, 10:15:18 am »
That’s a tough looking machine.
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Re: Another new Honda for 2018
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2017, 08:38:11 am »
I like naked, but need windshield. Don't need 1000cc for my rides. That said - good looking MCs.  :happypep
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