HOT OR NOT
Steered by ‘retro-industrial minimalism’ (whatever that is) the CB1000R has been styled with a whole new concept in mind; the ‘Neo Sports Café’ theme. It’s somewhere between a café racer from years gone by and a naked sports bike of the future – a bizarre concept but one that’s worked well. Its ‘trapezoid’ silhouette is 90mm shorter than its predecessor, giving it a short, sharp appearance. Instead of tacky chunks of plastic finishing off the ‘R, Honda have tastefully gone for brushed aluminium, more often than not featuring the CB logo to complement the machined engine cases, slashed exhaust and LED lighting.