2011 Honda CB1000R First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Honda CB1000R XESS Streetfighter Concept

2011 Honda CB1000R Ride

The 2011 Honda takes the middle road by sportbike

enthusiasts a comfortable position with turn-of-the-grip

Sportbikes these days are brewed and bred for one thing: fast around the racetrack. they are fun for short jaunts on favorite backroads, the key being the part. Sparsely padded and aggressive riding positions put large amounts of weight on a wrists are not conducive to much than fast laps.

But brute power and agile can be addictive. If only there was a Something with liter-class bhp and plus a comfortable seating

Japanese motorcycle giant has pondered the same thing on occasions, the result being its new CB1000R.

We review Honda’s streetfighter and its balance between and comfort in the 2011 Honda Video .

Swing a leg over the Honda, turn the key, up the … black beauty and it to life with a subdued but a rumble nonetheless. Clutched in and into gear, the transmission smoothly and the CB1000R can be as mild-mannered as one This is the result of near-perfect from Honda’s PGM-FI

But get a bit more daring with the and the CB quickly reveals its true The new Honda’s signature move is torque that lofts the wheel with ease in any of the three gears. This to mid-range tuned engine with the upright seating and no fairing for wind protection a sense of speed that most sportbikes on the road

While the numbers may not be that of a sportbike in a quarter-mile, our CB ticked the at 11.31 seconds at 122.4 mph to 9.71 seconds at 141.7 mph for the However, it sure feels quick, if not quicker in seat-of-the-pants

To achieve this the boys in red with the highly potent powerplant, then tuned the Four for better driveability and bottom-end and mid-range, both that apply nicely to use. The engine features a bore and longer … x 56.5mm compared to 76mm x which reduces the displacement, from 999cc to 998cc, with new 36mm throttle Compression drops from to 11.2:1, while the engine features dual overhead a close-ratio six-speed transmission and a exhaust system that spent gasses on the lower side through an under-slung, muffler.

Our CB1000R test unit the in-house MotoUSA dyno to the of 108.58 hp at 9900 rpm and 64.3 of torque at 7400 rpm. some 44 horsepower down on its big CBR1000RR Superbike, by road-going this is more than horses to quickly get one in trouble the authorities, as well as induce grins with the slightest of the right wrist.

Once to the front-wheel-floating powerband a rider warms up to the equally impressive Also based on the CBR1000RR, the twin-spar aluminum frame is to a stylish single-sided swingarm leaves the sculpted four-spoke wheel open for your viewing pleasure — if can keep up that is. Suspension is by a fully-adjustable 43mm inverted cartridge fork up front 4.7 inches of travel and Honda’s Unit Pro-Link rear featuring a single gas-charged shock that is preload and adjustable and has 5.0 inches of travel.

a more street-oriented balance and the chassis dimensions have modified slightly. Rake from 23.3 degrees to degrees, while trail up from 96.2mm to 99mm inches to 3.9 inches). As a result the has also grown from inches to 56.9 inches, seat height stays the same (32.5 inches 32.3 inches).

But the biggest change to the equation are the and relatively high handlebars despite the CB’s less geometry these still for an extremely quick steering Only a minimal amount of input is needed to get the streetfighter to direction. And while this is a common trait among … sportbikes, due to the leverage by the bars, what isn’t as is an equally stable machine leaned over at triple-digit

Several of the competitors struggle in department, but in typical Honda they have found a balanced compromise that well in all situations, a result of the rake/trail and wheelbase.

Honda CB1000R XESS Streetfighter Concept

A capable Inline Four with bottom and mid-range torque the CB1000R ideal for tearing up the

Getting the CB slowed back are dual radial-mounted, four-piston calipers gripping 310mm up front (slightly smaller the CBR’s 320mm disks but the radial calipers); out back a 256mm disc is larger its sibling’s 220mm single Just like the CBR, on the CB is strong and progressive while loads of feel and feedback showing any hints of fading when pushed hard for periods. Much like the engine, the powerful binders do as well to persuade one into well. somewhat less smart things on the street.

The easy-to-read digital tach/speedo is to the CB, though the only wind comes from a stylized headlight, which is next to This is one of the few areas that the isn’t that comfortable, as a small cafe faring go a long way to make extended of time spent at freeway and above much less That said, the totally styling does have a sleek and enticing look.

It is a fitting tie back to the single design of the original CB1000. The of the ergonomic setup is well out, as the reach to the bars excessive and the seating position and height is comfortable yet sporty at the time.

The 2011 Honda CB1000R has the to be a formidable streetfighter. The engine and are great and it looks good as Now, we just need to see how it up to the competition in our Streetfighter Shootout.

If was another area of complaint, as as this sounds, it would be the Honda is too good; too refined; too One of the things that people to flock to streetfighters for is to be different, and aggressive. A byproduct of this is a motorcycle that is far from but at the same time gets of its character from these

The Honda. on the other hand, almost everything without and as such may lack some of the that … sportbike look for.

This may be one of the official signs that getting older (and wiser), but the thought of riding a sportbike on the street on a regular just doesn’t excite me it once did. The racetrack is a story, but when it comes to roads I’m no longer to put up with the numb hands and back pain that with the seating position of of today’s sportbikes.

This is why I’m very a fan of the CB1000R — with the of a liter-class track machine but a far compliant riding position, not to its sinister black, stripped-down I have a hard time any real faults with the new Honda CB1000R. My father several of the original Honda CBs in the day,’ and looking up to my dad like I I was always a big fan of these bikes up. And while both the CB and I have quite a bit in the past couple I’m still just as big of a

Honda CB1000R XESS Streetfighter Concept
Honda CB1000R XESS Streetfighter Concept
Honda CB1000R XESS Streetfighter Concept
Honda CB1000R XESS Streetfighter Concept

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