When it comes to modern-day neo-retro motorcycles, few companies come close to the level of Honda. For instance, the CB650R has become extremely popular among big bike enthusiasts thanks to its affordable price tag and gorgeous design. But what if the CB650R just isn’t premium and powerful enough for you? Enter the CB1000R.
For 2021, Honda has put a dark twist to the liter-class naked streetfighter. Launched in a sophisticated Black Edition, the 2021 iteration of the CB1000R donns all-black apparel, as well as a few design cues that make Honda’s most premium naked bike even more premium. As you can see, Honda really put a lot of attention to the small details, which, when put together, do a good job of elevating the bike’s overall package. Everything from the fork, subframe, radiator shrouds, air intake covers, front fender mounts, and alloy wheels get the blackout treatment with contrasting silver machined elements to boot.
Aesthetics aside, the new Honda CB1000R Black Edition gets a few tech updates. For starters, it has finally hopped onto the bandwagon of TFT full-color instrumentation, a feature that had been missing on this bike until now. The new bike now comes with an under-seat USB port for added convenience, especially if you so desire to take this sharp beauty on long-haul rides. Lastly, the bike gets a fancy quick shifter, which is sure to make banging through the gears a seamlessly exhilarating experience.
On the performance front, Honda has given the CB1000R a slight revision to its engine mapping in order to provide a smoother and more linear power delivery. The bike’s 998cc inline-four cylinder engine is derived from the race-bred Honda CBR1000RR from 2007. Although it may seem a little long on the tooth, the engine has been thoroughly updated to conform to present-day emission standards. Rated for around 140 horsepower, the CB1000R isn’t exactly as powerful as the other liter-class naked bikes in the market, but where it shines is in smoothness, style, and sophistication.
While Honda Philippines has yet to announce the launch of the Black Edition in the Philippines, the existing CB1000R which comes in a stunning Chromosphere Red color scheme, retails for P865,000.