2011 Honda CB1000R Coming to America

November 2, 2010
Bart Madson
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The 2011 CB1000R utilizes a 998cc inline Four with an aluminum frame and fully adjustable 43mm inverted fork.
The 2011 CB1000R utilizes a 998cc inline Four with an aluminum frame and fully adjustable 43mm inverted fork.

Americans will pine over one less European-only model as Honda announces it will introduce the CB1000R naked as a 2011 model.

“Last week we introduced the all-new entry-level CBR250R and we’re just as excited about this addition to Honda’s lineup for 2011,” said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. “The CB1000R fills a great position in today’s market as we now bring a very capable sport machine packed with high-performance features to riders who focus on street use—wherever and whatever their destination
may be.Whether it’s a quick trip down a favorite backroad, a weeklong ride through a few states, or anything in between, the CB1000R is versatile enough to do it all.”

The CB1000R makes use of a 998cc liquid-cooled Inline Four. The aluminum frame and single-sided aluminum swingarm make up the chassis, along with a fully adjustable 43mm inverted fork and preload, rebound adjustable rear shock. Braking comes via dual 310mm four-pot calipers and a single disc rear.

2011 Honda CB1000R Specs
2011 Honda CB1000R
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled Inline Four
Displacement: 998cc
Bore x Stroke: 75mm x 56.5mm
Induction: PGM-FI Fuel injection with automatic enrichment circuit and 36mm throttle bodies.
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping.
Compression Ratio: 11.2:1
Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed
Final Drive: #530 0-ring chain
Front Suspension: 43mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 4.7 inches travel.
Rear Suspension: Single gas-charged HMAS shock with spring preload and rebound damping adjustability; 5.0 inches travel.
Front Brake: Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with 310mm discs.
Rear Brake: Single 256mm disc
Front Tire: 120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear Tire: 180/55ZR-17 radial
Rake: 25.0 degrees (caster angle)
Trail: 99mm (3.9 inches)
Wheelbase: 56.9 in
Seat Height: 32.5 inches
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallons, including 1.0-gallon reserve.

The new naked Honda will be available in Pearl Black and hit U.S. dealerships in Spring 2011.