The “Black Edition” Honda CB1000R has revised bodywork and a blackout paint scheme that distinguishes it from the prior model. Enhanced technology combined with the car’s redesigned exterior to increase its usability as a commuting vehicle, as well as its enjoyment. The powerful four-cylinder engine reprises its position as the vehicle’s beating heart, with throttle-by-wire and riding modes assisting in engine control. The overall review of the 2021 Honda CB1000R Sports Bike’s price and specification is written below.
2021 Honda CB1000R Sports Bike – Features and Specs
Honda’s design team mixes the old and the modern to create a balance that distinguishes its flagship Noe-Sports Cafe model. Custom-culture elements are prominent on the 2021 Honda CB1000R Sports Bike, as shown by the severely bobbed front fender and extensive usage of blackout treatment that begins with the spooked wheels and extends to all points north. Alternating polished spokes and tiny, machined-aluminum accents are the only shining pieces beyond the moving parts at the brake discs and the new inner fork tubes. Still, they do nothing to offset the CB1000R’s overall gloomy disposition.
The broad shoulders created by the transverse engine and the slender, bobbed tail section give it the appearance of a sprinter hunched in the starting blocks. The new 4.3-gallon fuel-tank hump and perfect 32.7-inch seat height give it a lofty fly line that will place riders on the shorter end of the range in tiptoe territory. Ultimately, this is to be expected from a sport bike model.
While the tail portion is shortened and does not offer significant fling containment, the swing arm-mounted front huger and single-side rear huger provides just that. In addition, it offers an unidentifiable extreme edge to an already radical machine.
The pillion area is of the I’d-rather-not-have-it sort, with a barely-there p-pad and no J.C. grips to hold onto. If you were not close with your passenger at the beginning of the journey, you would be by the end. The passenger comforts consist of sub-frame-mounted, fordable foot pegs. If you like the lone road warrior style, the Black Edition comes with a standard p-pad cover that gives the rear end a race-fairing appearance.
LED illumination that encompasses a DRL ring provides two-way visibility in contrast to the stealthy monochromatic finish that dominates the overall appearance. This model also has a USB plug beneath the seat, allowing you to charge your phone while traveling. Even the taillights are superior. They flash when a serious braking attempt is detected to warn or at the very least, attract the attention of behind traffic. The Honda Smartphone Voice Control links a helmet microphone to the system through Bluetooth so you may receive hands-free driving calls.
The CB1000R Black is a straight carryover from the previous model year. It has tubular steel sections constructed around a single-spine construction for strength, as well as aluminum swing arm pivot plates for additional lightweight reinforcement at stress locations. A single-sided swingarm completes the chassis and contributes to the suspension’s suppleness and responsiveness by keeping the unstrung weight low. Consequently, it acts as a built-in safeguard for the contact patches’ integrity.
Toward 25 degrees and 3.9 inches, respectively, rake and trail are at the elegant handling end of the range, giving the Black Edition a desire to plunge into a curve and a readiness to execute fast reversals.
Front and rear Separate Function Front Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) units provide the same completely adjustable ride as the rear shock. Showa provides the stems and a single coil-over rear shock offers the complete trifecta of adjustments. I regret to tell you that at this displacement, a naked-street fighter is supposed to perform admirably in ride-control. Nevertheless, Honda receives credit for the complete changes at both ends, an area where other manufacturers fall short as they chase the false economy of less-capable and cheaper bolt-on equipment.
Suspension travel is 4.3 inches in front and 5.2 inches in the rear, sufficient for urban streets. Ticktock anchors are equipped with dual 310 mm discs and four-piston calipers in advance of a dual caliper and 256 mm disc. Standard equipment includes two-channel ABS for traction protection at both ends of the machine. Cast-alloy, seven-spoke wheels with a 17-inch diameter and Z-rated rubber in a 120/70 in front of a 190/55 that can handle all the speed and hard cornering you can throw out complete the rolling chassis.
The engine of the 2021 Honda CB1000R Sports Bike remains primarily unchanged from the previous model year, except for a few tweaks to the PGM-FI settings that smooth up power delivery and throttle response, as well as a bright new EU-5 emissions rating. That’s essentially what’s new in the engine and engine-control systems, although this engine already has an abundance of charms. A 75mm bore and 56.5mm stroke provides the four-cylinder engine with a 998 cc displacement and a medium-hot compression ratio of 11.6-to-1, necessitating the use of mid-grade gasoline or an octane booster to avoid knock/ping/run-on.
Optimized air intake components, such as the air filter, decrease pressure loss in the intake stream to optimize the ram-air effect, therefore slightly enhancing volumetric efficiency. Induction control is handled by four 44 mm throttle bodies controlled by ride-by-wire inputs from the pilot. However, this is just the beginning of engine control.
Adjustable engine power delivery, engine braking, and traction control are features of the Black Edition. It is controlled through the riding modes function, which combines those mentioned above with three preset profiles and one rider-programmable profile. The customization profile allows you to configure the bike for your riding style and the prevailing weather conditions.
A slipper clutch connects the six-speed close-ratio gearbox and gives an additional layer of safety by preventing excessive back-torque from separating the rear wheel during strong downshifts. It also results in a very mild clutch pull. If you don’t want to pull the clutch 273 times to reach your destination, you may utilize the push-button quick-shift option to ascend the range. You must make your way back down the field in the traditional manner.
As for power, the liquid-cooled engine produces 143 horsepower at 10,500 rpm with a 12,000 rpm reline, and torque peaks at 8,250 rpm with 76 pound-feet available for a maximum speed of around 150 mph, firmly placing the CB1000R Black Edition in the category of stupid fast.
2021 Honda CB1000R Sports Bike – Price
The Black Edition was introduced in May 2021, and it is the sole version of the 2021 Honda CB1000R Sports Bike platform that will remain in production through 2022. Honda charges $12,999 MSRP for their stoplight burner with a mile-wide black streak.
Honda CB1000R Sports Bike vs. Suzuki GSX-S1000Z
In terms of aesthetics, Suzuki follows a well-trodden route with elements that are more prevalent among the rest of the world’s naked-sport bikes. It exposes most of the engine but has angular cheek fairings and a pointed chin fairing, so it is not nearly as bare as the Honda platform.
The “Z” has the same swing arm-mounted huger as the CB, but the sub-frame-mounted mudguard is somewhat unattractive compared to the CB’s tidy rear end. Suzuki matches Honda’s ABS and traction-control capabilities but falls short of the relatively high standard established by the Dark’s electronics package, giving the Red Riders the edge in the ‘tonics.
Suzuki employs a 999 cc inline-four engine and slipper-type clutch with 150 horsepower to Honda’s 143 horsepower and a 164 mph maximum speed vs. Honda’s 150 mph for a meaningless street advantage. On public roads, you’ll never (legally) be able to do either bike justice, so it’s best not to try.
With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $11,099, the Suzuki may appeal to consumers on a tight budget.
2021 Honda CB1000R Sports Bike – Technical Specifications
|Front Suspension/ Travel:
|43 mm Showa SFF-BP fork including spring preload, rebound, and compression damping adjustability/ 4.7 inches
|Rear Suspension/ Travel:
|Single Showa shock featuring spring preload and rebound damping adjustability/ 5.2 inches
|Rake (Caster Angle):
|Dual 310mm discs, radial-mounted four-piston calipers including full-floating; ABS
|Single 256mm disc: ABS
|998 cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder, DOHC; four valves per cylinder
|Bore x Stroke:
|75mm x 56.5mm
|injection including automatic enrichment circuit and 44mm throttle bodies; throttle by wire
|Computer-controlled digital transistorized featuring electronic advance
|#525 O-ring-sealed chain; 15T/44T
|One Year Included, Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty, Extended coverage available with a HondaCare Protection Plan®