Naked bikes are fast eating into the sales of super sport machines abroad. Having an updated, modern naked on sale alongside a litre-class flagship goes without saying. For the past ten years, Honda have persevered with the current CB1000R, a sweet and friendly naked bike but one that ultimately looks and feels a little tired next to its newer rivals. Reports suggest that Honda could have a brand spanking new version of the naked 1,000cc machine at the EICMA show in November. Some international renderings give the bike a retro design theme, but with the presence of the retro, air-cooled CB1100 family, we expect the new CB1000R will carry a sleek, modern theme based on the handsome new Fireblade.
As with most naked litre-class bikes, the next-gen CB1000R should use an engine based off the current CBR1000RR Fireblade, but in a lower state of tune. Given that the current 1000R makes just 125-hp, we guess a substantial boost in power to somewhere around the 150-hp mark, bringing it up to spec with competitors. It’s fair to expect a raft of new electronic assists from the new Fireblade as well as ride-by wire regulate. The present crop of litre-class naked are effectively split into 2 segments, with bikes like the Kawasaki Z1000 and Suzuki GSX-S1000 lodging the more cost effective spectrum while the BMW S1000R, KTM 1290 Super Duke R, Aprilia Tuono 1100 are more powerful, feature higher levels of kit and come at a higher price point. Where Honda will position the new CB1000R remains to be seen and we wouldn’t be surprised to see it straddle both sides of the segment like Yamaha’s new MT-10.