Honda has updated its flagship Neo Sports Cafe motorcycle, the CB1000R, in the international markets. The latest iteration of the neo-retro roadster now gets new colour options for the standard and the Black Edition.
Honda last updated the bike in 2021. Back then, the engine received tweaks for smoother power delivery and Euro 5 compliance. Additionally, it got a new full-colour TFT display, similar to the CBR1000RR-R and a few more changes. Compared to changes Honda made in 2021, the changes for 2023 are relatively more subtle.
2023 Honda CB1000R – What’s New?
The 2023 Honda CB1000R comes in two new colour options. The standard model now gets a new Bordeaux Red Metallic colour option. The CB1000R also comes in a Black Edition. For 2023, in addition to the Deep Graphite Black colour option, the Black Edition is now also available in a new Matte Jeans Blue Metallic colour option.
Compared to the standard model, the Black Edition adds a host of different touches, which makes it stand out. It gets machined aluminium detailing on the wheels, swingarm plates, handlebar clamps as well as engine covers. Furthermore, the fuel tank now gets a new silver accent stripe complementing the aluminium details. The Black Edition also gets a body-coloured pillion seat cowl.
2023 Honda CB1000R – Highlights
Honda says though the CB1000R may turn heads with its style, the brand has not overlooked day-to-day practicalities. The 5-inch Bluetooth-enabled full-colour TFT display offers multiple display modes, and the rider can manage it using the left handlebar switchgear. It also incorporates the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system. Honda says this links the rider to their smartphone while on the move. There’s also a USB socket under the seat for smartphone charging.
The engine remains the same as the earlier model. Thus, it uses the same 998cc liquid-cooled inline-four cylinder engine. It produces a peak power of 143.4 BHP at 10,500 rpm and a peak torque of 104 Nm at 8,250 rpm. There are 3 levels of Power, Engine Brake on offer in addition to 3 levels for the Honda Selectable Torque Control system.
The CB1000R uses a strong and lightweight mono-backbone steel frame and a single-sided swingarm. As for the suspension, the front uses Showa’s Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) upside-down forks. At the same time, the rear uses a Showa monoshock. As for the brakes, the front gets twin 310mm discs with radial 4-piston callipers, and the rear gets a 256mm disc with a 2-piston calliper. Dual-Channel ABS is part of the standard equipment. The CB1000R also features an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) function. This flashes the hazard lights under hard braking to warn other road users a hard stop is in progress.