The raw, sharply sculpted CB1000R exhibits traits of its European descent. As compact as a regular Indian-built 150cc motorcycle, the CB1000R visibly concentrates the bulk of its mass low, and in the proximity of its centre of gravity. This muscular Honda deploys few decals other than a familiar pair of wings adorning its tank. Black is predominantly used, with a number of nickel-plated allen-key bolts that add a glimmering contrast around the engine bay.
Its diminutive front mudguard is sporty, and sits just ahead of a prominent ‘Z’-shaped radiator cowl. Between its two fat inverted telescopic forks sits a thoroughly modern, conical headlight with a chin set blue-tinted circular lamp.
The CB1000R uses futuristic LCD instruments that are blue backlit in three adjustable states of dimness. These offer a bar-style rev counter and fuel gauge, digital speedometer, engine temperature and clock, as well as odometer and twin-trip functions apart from the usual gauges. This bike is practically burglar-proof thanks to the HISS feature—Honda’s Ignition Security System which prevents the engine from firing up without its original keys.
A wide, flat handlebar mounts palm-friendly grips, really top-of-the-line, reach-adjustable buffed alloy levers and top-notch switches that provide a hazard warning button and engine kill switch. As on most superbikes, riders cannot switch off the CB1000R’s headlight which will only toggle between low and high beams.
The smart-looking fuel tank provides an aircraft-style fuel-filler and a superbly integrated tank pad that leads smoothly into the riding saddle. A light step separates the rider from passenger, and you need to look hard to locate this bike’s neatly tucked grab recesses. The rear seat covers a tiny lockable storage cubby.
You can’t help but marvel at the CB’s stubby four-into-one silencer, which sits just ahead of a completely exposed rear wheel. There’s a massive single-side swingarm on the other side. The CB1000R is available across India in two paint schemes—metallic green and black. It goes without saying that this big Honda comes with an outstanding attention to every design detail.
The CB1000R’s four-stroke engine is basically a modified version of the brilliant Fireblade optimistic unit. Its four liquid-cooled cylinders sit in the traditional in-line-four configuration. The pistons, valves and dual overhead camshafts are altered. As is fueling — Honda’s renowned PGM-FI electronic fuel injection system — now with single injection for each cylinder, as opposed to dual injection on the Fireblade. The ignition system is computerised on this bike and magnesium alloy is used for construction of its four-valve-per-cylinder head. Keeping excess torque at bay is the CB1000Rs Intake Air Control Valve (IACV) while an oxygen sensor and 300-cell catalytic converter work to keep engine emissions at a minimum.