NAKED BLADE ON THE WAY

There’s a new CB1000R in the works and it could be the one we’ve been wait­ing for

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The cur­rent CB1000R is nearly 10 years old, which is al­most geri­atric in the fast-mov­ing world of su­per-nakeds. But ru­mours from Ja­pan sug­gest that Honda will un­veil a new one at this year’s Mi­lan show in Novem­ber. The cur­rent CB1000R uses the guts of a 2007 Blade, which puts out 130bhp. While that might sound plenty, it’s weak when com­pared to the 160bhp Yamaha MT-10, or the 165bhp from BMW’s S1000R. As­sum­ing it takes a de-tuned en­gine, frame and suspension from the Blade, we’d ex­pect it to pack around 155bhp but also be sig­nif­i­cantly lighter than the com­pe­ti­tion – close to 200kg wet. The cur­rent CB1000R is also lightyears be­hind with its elec­tron­ics pack­age, so logic would dic­tate that it in­her­its the new Fire­blade’s fly-by-wire throt­tle, torque con­trol, wheelie con­trol, trac­tion con­trol and an op­tional quick­shifter/auto-blip­per. We also think the styling is due a huge up­date, with the Hor­net-based looks of the cur­rent bike look­ing a lit­tle tired. Our artist’s im­pres­sion (right) is much more rad­i­cal in its style, car­ry­ing over the an­gu­lar themes Honda showed us last year with their CB1100TR con­cept, while also giv­ing a lit­tle retro nod with the sin­gle round head­light. At the time Honda were adamant that the CB1100TR was just a bit of fun from their de­sign de­part­ment in Rome, but both the Africa Twin and X-ADV started as con­cepts from the same stu­dio. The other ques­tion that re­mains is whether Honda might fol­low the CB1000R with a sharper and more ag­gres­sive SP ver­sion, like they have with the Blade, to fur­ther take on the MT-10 SP. For now, they’re stay­ing tight-lipped but based on pre­vi­ous re­lease pat­terns, we ex­pect to see a new bike at the EICMA show in Novem­ber.

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