– New 2023 Honda CB1000R Review / Specs: Changes Explained, Colors + More! Including 2023 CB1000R Black Edition –
It’s that time again… time for Honda to release their sexist naked sport bike for 2023 and that’s the 2023 CB1000R Black Edition as well as the standard CB1000R trim that we don’t get here in the USA.
At the time of typing this, American Honda hasn’t officially released the US spec 2023 CB1000R BUT… Europe has! Which gives us a gives us a glimpse at what might coming down the pipeline for us here in the USA on Honda’s fastest CB motorcycle that’s apart of their Neo Sports Cafe styled bikes! Once American Honda has made their official announcement and I can share what our colors will be, pricing etc – I’ll update everything below.
- Quick 2023 CB1000R Info / Specs:
- 2023 CB1000R Black Edition USA Price / MSRP: TBA
- 2023 CB1000R Black Edition USA Release Date: TBA
- 2023 CB1000R Colors: Bordeaux Red Metallic (Europe)
- 2023 CB1000R Black Edition Colors: Matte Jeans Blue Metallic, Deep Graphite Black (Europe)
- 2023 CB1000R Horsepower: 143 HP @ 10,500 RPM
- 2023 CB1000R Torque: 76 lb/ft torque @ 8,250 RPM
- 2023 CB1000R MPG: 40
- 2023 CB1000R Seat Height: 32.6 inches
- 2023 CB1000R Weight: 467 lbs (curb)
- 2023 CB1000R Fuel Tank Capacity / Size: 4.3 gallons
- 2023 CB1000R Front Suspension: 43mm Showa SFF-BP fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 4.3 inches travel
- 2023 CB1000R Rear Suspension: Single Showa shock with spring preload and rebound damping adjustability; 5.2 inches travel
- 2023 CB1000R VS 2022 CB1000R Changes: Yes, explained below.
- 2023 CB1000R VS 2022 CB1000R Price Change: TBA
- 2023 CB1000R Review Contents:
- 1. | 2023 Honda CB1000R Introduction
- 2. | 2023 Honda CB1000R Model Overview
- 3. | 2023 Honda CB1000R Key Features
- 3.1 | 2023 Honda CB1000R Styling & Equipment
- 3.2 | 2023 Honda CB1000R Chassis
- 3.3 | 2023 Honda CB1000R Engine
- 3.4 | 2023 Honda CB1000R Engine Electronics
- 4. | 2023 Honda CB1000R Accessories
- 5. | 2023 Honda CB1000R Videos
- 6. | 2023 Honda CB1000R Pictures
- 7. | 2023 Honda CB1000R Specs
1. | Introduction
Motorcycling has seen many shifts in riders’ expectations of their bikes – what they do, how they look and how they make them feel – over the last decade. And Honda has never been afraid to apply its technology, engineering and ‘what if…?’ imagination to create motorcycles that inhabit new spaces in the marketplace.
The CB1000R is one such bike. Introduced through a major model change in 2018, Honda’s development engineers re-assessed the hard-core streetfighter underpinnings of the previous model and, steered by retro-industrial minimalism, stripped everything back. The resulting machine, born under the banner of ‘Neo Sports Café’, was a new fusion of sport naked and bare-boned Café Racer inspirations.
It stood out from the crowd by moving away from the standard super sports-derived big naked formula, melding exhilarating function to a form that offered a radically fresh, visually stunning two-wheeled aesthetic. Combining more with less, the reborn CB1000R gave its rider a huge amount of usable engine performance, with the control of a super sports machine.
Exciting to ride, and fully capable of chasing much more focused machinery down on a twisting back road, from whichever way it’s approached – aesthetics, emotions, performance or technology – the CB1000R has proved itself a hard motorcycle to ignore.
Mechanically unchanged for 2023, two new color schemes, one for the standard model and one for The Black Edition both of which feature a jet black aluminum rear sub frame, complement the CB1000R’s hard-edged minimalism.
2. | Model Overview
The CB1000R’s lines are aggressive, forward-set with shrink-wrapped details like the exposed aluminum subframe, radiator shrouds and airbox covers, flowing in holistic, dynamic harmony. The headlight, too, slants back while intricately crafted wheels add to the engineering prowess on display.
For 2021, the engine received revised PGM-FI settings, smoothing power delivery, and EURO5 compliance. The full color TFT instrument display offers Honda Smartphone Voice Control System (not in the USA), linking the rider to their smartphone function, and there’s also a USB charging socket under the seat.
- 2023 Honda CB1000R Colors:
- Bordeaux Red Metallic (replaces Candy Chromosphere Red)
The CB1000R Black Edition
While the new CB1000R is a motorcycle shaped into purposeful beauty, Honda’s engineers chose to go several steps further with the new Black Edition. With a hand-built, custom look, the Black Edition starts out on the same manufacturing line as the standard CB1000R, then takes a detour into a moodier aesthetic territory and some extra, desirable, accessories.
- 2023 Honda CB1000R Black Edition Colors:
- Matte Jeans Blue Metallic
- Deep Graphite Black
3. | Key Features / Development
3.1 | CB1000R Styling & Equipment
- Aggressive, ‘mass-forward’ stance heightened, with sleeker styling front to back, and new cast aluminum wheels
- Honda Smartphone Voice Control System links the rider to their smartphone via Bluetooth and 5-inch color TFT screen; USB charging socket under the seat
Honda’s ‘Neo Sports Café’ design aesthetic was created not only with a fondness for the past, but with an eye on the future as well, with ample scope for variations to the theme.
From tip to tail the CB1000R’s flow is harmonious: the instantly recognizable round headlight sits in a teardrop style surround and lays backwards between the forks; the burnished aluminum radiator shrouds are much more compact and angled into the direction of travel, a design cue mirrored by the airbox covers. The sinuous aluminum subframe is finished in jet black for 2023 highlighting the stark minimalism of the rear. And not to miss an aesthetic detail, the number plate mount is as small as it can be.
While it may turn heads and stop traffic with its style, day-to-day practicalities have not been overlooked, and real-world ease-of-use is a key factor in the design. The instruments comprise a 5-inch, full color high-visibility TFT screen, which offers four types of speed/rpm display – according to rider preference – as well as fuel gauge/consumption, riding mode selection/engine parameters and Shift Up indicator. Management is via the buttons on the left handlebar.
Also incorporated into the interface is the new Honda Smartphone Voice Control (HSVC) system (not in the USA), which links the rider to their smartphone while on the move and allows voice management of phone calls, email, music and navigation. A helmet-mounted headset is needed and the smartphone connects to the dash via Bluetooth; management of HSVC is also possible using buttons the left switchgear. There’s also now a USB socket under the seat, for smartphone charging.
The CB1000R’s rear indicators have an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) function. Under hard braking, the hazard lights flash to warn other road users a hard stop is in process. The indicators also auto-cancel; rather than using a simple timer, the system compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the situation.
3.2 | CB1000R Chassis
- Strong, lightweight mono-backbone steel frame
- Adjustable Showa SFF-BP forks and rear monoshock
- Dual, radial-mount four-piston calipers and 310mm floating front discs
The CB1000R’s chassis is unchanged for 2023 and employs a mono-backbone steel frame and uses split-tightening aluminum pivot plates to grip the signature 574.2mm single-sided swingarm. Rake is set at 25° with trail of 100mm. Wheelbase is 57.2 in. (1455mm) with a curb weight of 467 lbs (212kg). Weight bias is 48.5%/ 51.5% front/rear.
A ‘natural crouch’ is afforded by the relaxed rider triangle of wide, tapered aluminum handlebars matched to an 32.6 inch seat height on the 2021 CB1000R (830mm). The flangeless fuel tank too, is broad-shouldered, but heavily cut-away to allow plenty of knee room.
The adjustable front fork is a Showa Separate Function Fork Big Piston unit (SFF-BP). It contains all the damping function in one leg, reducing weight, while delivering compliance, comfort and control across a broad range of riding conditions. The Showa rear shock, adjusts for spring preload, and rebound damping.
Up front, dual radial-mount four-piston front calipers bite 310mm floating discs, matched to a twin-piston caliper and 256mm rear, and 2-channel ABS. The new, intricately designed cast aluminum seven-spoke wheels exude bold elegance; the rear tire (sitting on a 6-inch rim) is sized 190/55 ZR17, the front a 120/70 ZR17.
3.3 | CB1000R Engine
- CBR1000RR derived, four-cylinder engine with Throttle By Wire
- PGM-FI set for smooth delivery and response
- Assist/slipper clutch control
The CB1000R’s 998cc DOHC four-cylinder engine provides a healthy dose of both power and torque. Performance numbers for the 2023 CB1000R put horsepower at 143 @ 10,500 RPM and 76 lb/ft torque @ 8,250 RPM (107 kW / 104Nm). Bore and stroke are set at 75mm x 56.5 mm with compression ratio 11.6:1. The redline begins at 11,500rpm and the rev-limiter cuts in at 12,000rpm; the only changes for 2021 are optimized PGM-FI settings – smoothing power delivery and improving response – and EURO5 compliance.
This engine is tuned to deliver its torque with a characteristic ‘ramp’ in the 6-8,000rpm range, where it bulges significantly, generating an exciting and engaging riding experience. It’s also a useful aid for rapid roll-on acceleration in real-world overtaking conditions.
The airbox, ducting and air filter present a smooth route for airflow into the engine, reducing pressure loss all the way from the outer ducts; a 44mm diameter throttle body feeds air/fuel mixture into large diameter inlet ports and carefully-shaped combustion chambers. Inlet valve lift is set at 8.3mm, exhaust 8.1mm. The pistons are constructed from forged aluminum.
Short gear ratios ensure exhilarating acceleration through the gears. The assist/slipper clutch is super-light and helps manage hard, rapid downshifts.
The exhaust adds to the CB1000R’s mid-range muscle and light weight. It’s a 4-2-1 design, feeding via 4 short catalyzers into a main chamber, which then feeds a dual chamber muffler. The exhaust note has been tuned internally, meaning that as the revs rise past 5,500rpm it takes on a significantly deeper, more raw tone.
3.4 | CB1000R Engine Electronics
- Three default rider modes plus USER customization option
- Three levels of Power, Engine Brake and Honda Selectable Torque Control
Throttle By Wire (TBW) allows the rider maximum control over the CB1000R’s powerful engine via 3 default riding modes plus 1 USER mode, managed between the left handlebar and the TFT screen.
There are 3 levels of Engine Power (P), Engine Brake (EB) and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) available; HSTC can also be switched off. The riding modes offer different combinations of each parameter.
- RAIN mode employs the lowest Power setting for the least aggressive power delivery, medium amount of EB and high HSTC. The lower levels of power and torque delivery are focused on the first 3 gears.
- STANDARD mode uses the middle setting for Power, HSTC and EB. It softens the power delivery a little out of first and second gear, and uses a power delivery just below that of SPORT mode, with reduced torque at partial throttle openings.
- SPORT uses the highest Power delivery and lowest levels of EB and HSTC to deliver 100% performance through all six gears, maximum torque and power at all throttle positions and minor intervention from HSTC.
- USER mode allows the rider to choose between the 3 settings for each parameter and save the setting for future use.
4. | CB1000R Accessories
A full range of Honda Genuine Accessories are available for the CB1000R, and include:
- Tank pad
- Fly screen
- Pillion seat cover
- Front fender cover
- Alcantara pillion/rider seat
- Bar ends
- Engine cover
- Radiator grill
- Wheel stripes
- Heated grips
- Luggage base
- Rear seat bag
- Tank bag
2023 CB1000R accessory pictures:
5. | Videos
6. | Photo Gallery / Pictures
2023 CB1000R Pictures
2023 CB1000R Black Edition Pictures
7. | Technical Specifications
|Type||Liquid-cooled DOHC In-line 4 cylinder|
|Valves per cylinder||4|
|Engine Displacement (cm³)||998cc|
|Bore and Stroke (mm)||75mm x 56.5mm|
|Max. Power Output||143 HP @ 10,500 RPM (107kW)|
|Max. Torque||76 lb/ft TQ @ 8,250 RPM (104Nm)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||4.3 gallons (16.2 liters)|
|Fuel Consumption||40 MPG (17.1km/liter)|
|Clutch Type||Wet, multiplate clutch|
|Type||Steel mono backbone|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||83.5 in. x 31.1 in. x 42.9 in. (2120mm x 789mm x 1090mm)|
|Wheelbase||57.3 inches (1455mm)|
|Trail||3.9 inches (100mm)|
|Seat Height||32.7 inches (830mm)|
|Ground Clearance||5.3 inches (135mm)|
|Kerb Weight||467 lbs (212kg)|
|Type Front||43mm Showa SFF-BP fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 4.3 inches travel|
|Type Rear||Single Showa shock with spring preload and rebound damping adjustability; 5.2 inches travel|
|Rim Size Front||Cast aluminum|
|Rim Size Rear||Cast aluminum|
|tires Front||120/70 ZR17|
|tires Rear||190/55 ZR17|
|ABS System Type||2 channel|
|Front||310mm double disc|
|Rear||256mm single disc|
|INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS|
|Instruments||5” TFT screen|