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The flagship of Honda’s Neo Sports Café family evolves - tighter, sleeker, with an even more aggressive stance ­- further developing the unique motorcycling proposition that it represents. A new, colour TFT instrument display connects the rider to their smartphone via Honda Smartphone Voice Control System, and there’s also now a USB charging socket under the seat. The engine gets revised PGM-FI settings and EURO5 compliance.

Alongside the standard CB1000R, the Black Edition is exactly that: accessorised with fly screen, pillion seat cover and quickshifter it is as blacked-out as a motorcycle can be, with just the merest hint of aluminium on show.

Starting from £13,099

Introduction

Motorcycling has seen many shifts in riders’ expectations of their bikes – what they do, how they look and how they make them feel – over the last decade. And Honda has never been afraid to apply its technology, engineering and ‘what if…?’ imagination to create motorcycles that inhabit new spaces in the marketplace.

The CB1000R is one such bike. Introduced through a major model change in 2018, Honda’s development engineers re-assessed the hard-core streetfighter underpinnings of the previous model and, steered by retro-industrial minimalism, stripped everything back. The resulting machine, born under the banner of ‘Neo Sports Café’, was a new fusion of sport naked and bare-boned Café Racer inspirations.

It stood out from the crowd by moving away from the standard super sports-derived big naked formula, melding exhilarating function to a form that offered a radically fresh, visually stunning two-wheeled aesthetic. Combining more with less, the reborn CB1000R gave its rider a huge amount of usable engine performance, with the control of a super sports machine.

Exciting to ride, and fully capable of chasing much more focused machinery down on a twisting back road, from whichever way it’s approached – aesthetics, emotions, performance or technology – the CB1000R has proved itself a hard motorcycle to ignore.

Minor cosmetic updates for 2020 further enhanced its premium status. Now, for 2021, the CB1000R moves forward significantly, both in terms of style and rider engagement.

Alongside the standard CB1000R, the Black Edition is exactly that: accessorised with fly screen, pillion seat cover and quickshifter it is as blacked-out as a motorcycle can be, with just the merest hint of aluminium on show.

Model Overview

Visually, the 2021 CB1000R’s lines are more aggressive, forward-set with shrink-wrapped new details like the exposed aluminium subframe, radiator shrouds and airbox covers, flowing in holistic, dynamic harmony. The headlight, too, evolves in shape and now slants back, while intricately crafted new wheels add to the engineering prowess on display.

While the chassis is unchanged the engine earns revised PGM-FI settings, smoothing power delivery, and EURO5 compliance. A new, full colour TFT instrument display offers Honda Smartphone Voice Control System, linking the rider to their smartphone function, and there’s also a USB charging socket under the seat.

While the new CB1000R is a motorcycle hewn into purposeful beauty, Honda’s engineers chose to go several steps further with the new Black Edition. With a hand-built, custom look, the Black Edition starts out on the same manufacturing line as the standard CB1000R, then takes a detour into a moodier aesthetic territory and some extra, desirable, accessories.

Apart from a few machined aluminium details – on the wheel spokes, swingarm plates, engine covers and handlebar clamps – everything on show is black: the headlight bezel, fly-screen, fork stanchions, radiator shrouds, and airbox covers (with an anodized finish), exhaust and muffler. Deep Graphite Black paint adorns the fuel tank and pillion seat cover.

A quickshifter, too is standard-fit. A machined ‘CB’ logo adds a finishing touch.

Engine Type Liquid-cooled DOHC In-line 4 cylinder
Engine Displacement 998cc
Max Power Output 107kW @ 10,500rpm
Max Torque 104Nm @ 8,250rpm
Bore x Stroke (mm) 75mm x 56.5mm
Front Brake 310mm double disc
Rear Brake 256mm single disc
Front Suspension Showa SFF-BP USD fork
Rear Suspension Showa monoshock (axle travel 131mm)
Front Wheel Cast aluminium (120/70 ZR17)
Rear Wheel Cast aluminium (190/55 ZR17)
Dimensions 2120mm x 789mm x 1090mm
Frame Type Steel mono backbone
Fuel Tank Capacity 16.2L
Kerb Weight 212kg
Seat Height 830mm
Clutch Wet, multiplate clutch
Final Drive Chain
Gearbox 6-Speed
CB1000R Starting from £11,499 OTR
Overview The flagship of Honda’s Neo Sports Café family evolves - tighter, sleeker, with an even more aggressive stance ­- further developing the unique motorcycling proposition that it represents - the Black Edition is exactly that: accessorised with fly screen, pillion seat cover and quickshifter it is as blacked-out as a motorcycle can be, with just the merest hint of aluminium on show.