Honda’s Neo Sport Cafe Concept Yields Delicious New CB1000R

We expect motorcycles – liter bikes especially – to be fast, but we didn’t expect this one to arrive quite so quickly.

Just a couple of weeks ago, as you may recall, Honda revealed the Neo Sports Café concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. Now it’s already out in production guise.

Unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Italy this week, the new CB1000R has been updated from a strictly retro model to one that blends more modern – even futuristic – styling touches with classic proportions.

The new CB1000R is the largest in a range of three new models that bridge the gap between naked bike and café racer, joined by the smaller CB300R and CB125R. The latter two are designed for newer riders, while the CB1000R is a “whole lot of” machine.

At its heart sits the 998cc inline four from the racier CBR1000RR, tuned to deliver 143 horsepower – 16 percent more peak power than the old-school model of the same name that it replaces, with 5-percent more mid-range torque. Combined with 26.5 pounds (20 kg) less mass to move, the new CB1000R offers a 20-percent improvement in the motorbike’s crucial power-to-weight ratio.

It also features ABS brakes, clutch assist, ride by wire controls, LED lighting, LCD instrument display… the works. But what really sets the new CB1000R apart from its predecessor is the styling, decidedly bereft of plastic and rendered almost entirely in metal.

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  • Taegon Lewis

    Every detail of the concept bike is perfect; except, the tail is too short and I like the Hornet CB600F-derived headlight, from the current-generation CB1000R, than the cafe racer-derived headlight, shown in the Concept.

    But, yes, it is a concept. I’m just hoping, Honda will make a variant of the new CB1000R, with the Hornet CB600F-inspired headlight. (One of my favorite things, about the current generation bike.)

    Still, I’m (kinda) glad, Honda is starting to focus on retro-styled bikes. But, I love the Hornet-derived styling, from the current CB-family.

    • Mill0048

      To be clear, these are the production versions of the concept. While I did like the old ‘gas mask’ looking headlight from the old CB1000R, I feel like this headlight is perfect for this design. The old CB1000R didn’t impress me enough to buy (high weight, low power, bulky feeling), but this one is definitely winning me over so far. Same with the CB300F.

      • Taegon Lewis

        Yeah, but if Honda kept the Hornet’s headlight for this design, it would probably look like a stripped-down KTM Super Duke 1290, mixed with, the Suzuki GSX-S (GSR/Gixxess) series; but, in the good way. Plus, I didn’t know, these are production versions of the concept.

        Hopefully, they won’t get rid of the current CB1000R in the US, yet, and keep the future production bike as a variant; other than killing of one. Because, I love the current CB1000R, because of the way how it looks, and its street/commuter-level friendliness. (Despite, most modern-day CB “Hornets” in Honda’s history have a tendency to use underpowered versions of the FireBlade/CBR600RR’s engines.)

        • Mill0048

          Agreed. The current CB1000R is cool looking. This new one is more like a middle-ground design between the current one and the CB1100.

        • TheHake

          Huh??? Hornet’s headlight for this design??? Nope. The Hornet hasn’t had a round headlight since 2006. This is a new, LED headlight.

  • john1168

    That’s a really cool bike!

  • gary4205

    Nice. Make mine red.

  • TheHake

    @Carscoop Staff: This is the replacement of the CB1000R, not the retro CB1100. The current CB1000R is more a more modern transformer-like design. This is not retro, but at least more retro than the current CB1000R. So your statements: ” the new CB1000R has been updated from a strictly retro model to one that blends more modern – even futuristic – styling touches with classic proportions.” and ” deliver 143 horsepower – 16 percent more peak power than the old-school model of the same name that it replaces” are not quite accurate.

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