Honda Neo Sports Cafe Showcased As CB1000R


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After weeks of artistic teaser films and criptic clues, Honda have showcased their Neo Sports Cafe project, and low and behold it's the CB1000R.

The 143hp neo-retro naked CB1000R is dramatically changed from the outgoing model of the same name. Featuring updates to the chassis, engine, and electronics package, this is an all-new, all-attitude sports-cafe bike.

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"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."

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We think Honda's designers have got it right on this one. Compared to Yamaha's XSR700 and 900, the CB1000R doesn't look so much like a cobbled together bike trying to be something new, but a proper bike unto itself.

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Let's talk features. The NSC is fully kitted out with LEDs, gets a weight reduction of 12kg and uses the same celebrated 998cc DOHC inline four found in the CBR1000RR.

Rather than make a retro throwback model that has lower power output, Honda says the CB1000R has been tuned to make 16 percent more peak power than the previous model, at just over 10,000 rpm, and 5 percent more torque through the mid-range.

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The 998cc engine boasts peak power of 143.5 hp and 104 Nm of torque, compared to the outgoing model’s 123.4 hp and 99 Nm of torque. The engine has also been tuned to deliver its torque primarily in the 6000-8000rpm range. The redline begins at 11,500 rpm and the rev-limiter cuts in at 12,000 rpm.

It's also shorter geared for faster acceleration and an assist/slipper clutch comes standard, as does ride by wire, and three different riding modes: Rain, Standard, and Sport.

“Every aesthetic detail of the CB1000R has been finessed, and the overall design, its style and powerful stance, merge retro minimalism with the elevated performance package of the engine and chassis,” says Honda.

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If you take a look through the images, you might notice a sincere lack of plastic, a fact Honda are very proud of. There are only 6 exterior parts that use plastic composites, the largest being the front mudguard. Other than that metal finishes are used throughout the machine, a clear ode to the traditional café racer

If you want top of the range though, a CB1000R+ version is also available with quickshifter, heated grips, and “a range of premium accessories” including a metallic meter visor and seat cowl, front fender panel, hugger panel and radiator grill.