By John Burns
The grass, brethren, is always greener on the other side of the pond. And on the other side of it a decade ago, we’d been peeping lasciviously at the Italian-designed CB1000R’s nude form since 2008. Hubba. At a time when Americans mostly rejected nudity, American Honda played coy as to whether they’d import the R or not. Honda Canada, meanwhile, brought in a few forbidden fruits for its journalists to debrief/debauch at Roebling Road. A reading from the book of Costa.
Forbidden (for Americans) Fruit
Peruse Honda’s 2010 lineup and you’ll notice a common theme. Unless you’re looking at cruisers, all of Honda’s sporting machines are dressed up. Maybe the folks at American Honda are a bit prudish, but it would seem they have an aversion to naked bikes. Naked is, after all, the new “standard,” evoking thoughts of simpler times when motorcycles were less focused and served multiple purposes.
Evolution has improved the breed, and modern standards are basically naked supersports. The CB1000R demonstrates this with firm ties to its sportier sibling, the CBR1000RR.
2010 Honda CB1000R
When Honda discontinued the 919 in 2007 (known as the Hornet 900 across the Atlantic), Europeans saw the gap filled with the higher-performance and futuristically styled CB1000R for the 2008 model year, but the machine failed to make it into North America.
Styling cues for exhaust and tailpiece are borrowed from latest-generation CBR1000RR. The engine is sourced from previous-generation RR.
We recently had a chance to sample the 2010 CB1000R at Roebling Road Raceway, as a teaser courtesy of Honda Canada, the distributor of Honda motorcycles north …read more