"Why, oh why won't Honda import the awesome naked Fireblade to the states? All we want is a naked superbike without compromised performance!" Well stop your bitching, Honda heard it and is bringing in the CB1000R starting in the spring.
The Honda CB1000R is a naked roadster that’s designed and manufactured in Italy and uses an aluminum backbone chassis that supports a de-tuned CBR1000RR engine. The inline-four makes 124bhp and 74lb/ft and has to power a total package that weighs 217kg/478lbs (wet). Suspension is fully adjustable front and rear and features 43mm upside-down forks and radial brakes. No dollar price has yet been announced.
Unveiled at EICMA exactly three years ago, American Honda has, until now, stated that it couldn't sell the CB1000R here due to the high Euro-to-Dollar exchange rate. We're not sure what's changed, but we're awfully glad that it has.
With the CBR250R and now the CB1000R in addition to the CBR600RR and CBR1000RR, the American Honda model range is filling back up with bikes that we want to own.