This is the Honda CB1000R and it’s good

The Neo Sports Café concept has turned into a CB1000R that looks very much like it’s concept. Which is a relief.

Phew! We were really worried that the beautiful Neo Sports Café concept was going to be like a butterfly that was going to turn back into a caterpillar, but the CB1000R released by Honda tonight has managed to keep pretty much all of its prototype’s looks. In fact, the only real discernible difference visually is the addition of wing mirrors and license plate hugger. Oh and a little bit extra frame.

Neo Sports Café Racer Concept


2018 CB1000R

Making 143hp with 77 lbs ft of torque, the Euro4 compliant CBR1000R is powered by the CB1000RR engine, but with a little bit of de-tuning.

In fact, the full stats look really solid all around with great performance and a host of additional features such as throttle-by-wire, 3 rider modes and an assist/slipper clutch fitted as standard.

Is a new naked like this enough to set your pulse racing?

It’s certainly a good-looking bike, but is it distinctive enough within the current swathe of naked 1000s? The MF office is divided, but there’s no doubting that there has been a desire for an update to the CBR1000R for years now. It may not be a revolution, but it’s a welcome evolution of a much loved machine.


Key Features

  • Neo Sport Café minimalist design shows off the metal
  • Ultra-compact, trapezoid silhouette
  • Brand new lightweight mono-backbone steel frame
  • Adjustable Showa front and rear suspension
  • Dual front radial-mount four-piston calipers
  • A ‘CB1000R+’ will version also be available with pre-fit premium accessories and quickshifter.


Full Specifications

Type Liquid-cooled DOHC In-line 4 cylinder
Valves per cylinder 4
Engine Displacement (cm³) 998cc
Bore and Stroke (mm) 75mm x 56.5mm
Compression Ratio 11.6:1
Max. Power Output 143.5 bhp @ 10,500rpm
Max. Torque 104Nm @ 8,250rpm
Carburation PGM-FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 16.2 litres
Fuel Consumption 48.6 mpg
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V/8.6AH
Clutch Type Wet, multiplate clutch
Transmission Type 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Type Steel mono backbone
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2120mm x 789mm x 1095mm
Wheelbase 1455mm
Caster Angle 25 degrees
Trail 100mm
Seat Height 830mm
Ground Clearance 135mm
Kerb Weight 212kg
Type Front Showa SFF-BP USD fork
Type Rear Showa BRFC (Balance Free Rear Cushion)
Rim Size Front Cast aluminium
Rim Size Rear Cast aluminium
Tyres Front 120/70 ZR17
Tyres Rear 190/55 ZR17
ABS System Type 2 channel
Front 310mm double disc
Rear 256mm single disc
Instruments LCD
Headlight LED
Taillight LED


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    Alex Paulukiewicz

    November 6, 2017 at 20:58

    Seat and pillion seat looks very MT10. ☹️

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    Peter Paulukiewicz

    November 6, 2017 at 21:05

    sorry, but is it just me being old school that all these new bikes are getting uglier?

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    November 6, 2017 at 21:39

    we concur, this isn’t what it should be or was promised

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    November 7, 2017 at 09:54

    @HondaUKBikes Its Not really Café Racer tho.. its more Like a bulky Streetfighter… I still Like it

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