Honda CBR1000+

Ac­cu­sa­tions of low Honda build qual­ity thrown out of court

BIKE (UK) - - CONTENTS - John West­lake New bike editor Been rid­ing for: 33 years An­nual mileage: 14,000 Favourite B-road bike (and why): Suzuki DR350 – a hoot to thrash, plus can head down trails when you spot them. Owns: 2008 Yamaha FZ1S, Li­fan Mon­key Bike.

I N Bike’s OC­TO­BER is­sue, the CB1000R+ lost out to Tri­umph’s Speed Triple RS in a closely fought scrap. One of the road testers’ nig­gles was the CB’S sprin­kling of low grade com­po­nents that marred the pol­ished feel – cheapo clutch lever, rub­ber brake lines and dull wheels were all sin­gled out. And fair enough, those brake lines in par­tic­u­lar do jar. But af­ter 2000 miles with the bike they’ve be­come in­vis­i­ble to me, whereas the over­all qual­ity still im­presses af­ter ev­ery wash. Take the brushed alu­minium de­tails for ex­am­ple. These are ev­ery­where – head­light sur­round, clock shield, fork leg pro­tec­tors, ra­di­a­tor shrouds, in­jec­tor cov­ers, pil­lion seat cover and even on the sides of the rear hug­ger. They do a lovely job of ty­ing the look of the CB to­gether, not just be­cause they stand out from the black of the engine and plas­tics, but be­cause al­though they’re all dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes, the cor­ner radii are all the same and the curves are sim­i­lar, so you end up with a co­he­sive look that the Speed Triple RS, for ex­am­ple, can only dream of. My fear was that 2000 miles of rain and crud would turn them from the ic­ing on the stylis­tic cake to stained, in­con­sis­tently coloured turds on the used bike pave­ment. But so far a wash is all it takes to get them like new. And it’s the same else­where, from the clocks to the swingarm cast­ing that matches all those alu­minium pan­els – the CB oozes build qual­ity. Braided brake lines are on or­der…

CB1000R: as­per­sions about build qual­ity con­founded A wash is all it takes to bring it up like new

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