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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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Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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