Preview: Honda’s CB1000R Black Edition Naked Bike Arrives Soon!

Honda’s 2021 CB1000R Black Edition Arrives Soon. ( Images: Honda)

In a month or so Honda’s CB1000R Black Edition naked bike will hit the showroom floors priced at $12,999. You may, like me, wonder what’s new for 2021? Well, we know it features a blacked-out look and a few major upgrades, so let’s dive in and see what else has been changed or added this year.

Surprise, black is the new trend, like many new models in the motorcycle world. Black editions are selling for a premium across the board, and Honda is following suit with its own ‘dark’ machine – shades of black or charcoal  abound on every visible part of the bike.

The maker has made liberal use of black plating and black anodizing techniques on the subframe, exhaust, front suspension, swingarm pivot plates and handlebar clamp, to name a few.

Three-Level Quickshifter

In addition to the dark shades, the CB1000R is equipped with a new three-level quick-shifter for clutch-less upshifts. Add to this list a  slip/assist clutch which smooths out wheel hop on hard downshifts. Honda has also fitted a new 5-inch TFT instrument panel to the bike for those who love more tech.

The CB1000R Black Edition is powered by a 998cc inline-four fit with ride-by-wire and four ride modes. Honda Selectable Torque Control is included to help tune performance in a variety of conditions. The 1000R features a steel backbone frame suspended by a Showa SFF Big Piston fork, fully adjustable, and a Showa shock with spring preload and rebound damping adjustability.

Four-piston radial-mount calipers help stop two full-floating 310mm discs at the front while a single-piston caliper and 256mm disc are featured at the rear.

The 1000R offers LED lighting throughout, accentuated by a classic round headlight that emphasizes the brand’s Neo-Sports Café aesthetic. Some of the numerous other design features include a flangeless fuel tank, aluminum alloy detailing, a new rear splash guard that mounts directly to the swing-arm, and a passenger seat cover.

2021 Honda CB1000R Black Edition Specs

Engine:998cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 4 valves/cyl.
Bore x Stroke:75.0 x 56.5mm
Compression Ratio:11.6:1
Fuel Delivery:PGM-FI w/ 44mm throttle bodies, ride-by-wire
Clutch:Wet, multiplate, slip/assist and quickshifter
Transmission/Final Drive:6-speed/chain
Frame:Steel backbone
Front Suspension:Showa 43mm SFF-BP USD fork, fully adjustable; 5.2 in. travel
Rear Suspension:Showa shock, spring preload and rebound damping adjustable; 5.2 in. travel.
Front Brake:Radial-mounted 4-piston calipers, 310mm floating discs w/ ABS
Rear Brake:1-piston caliper, 256mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear:17 in./17 in.
Tires, Front/Rear:120/70-17 / 190/55-17
Rake/Trail:24.7°/3.8 in.
Wheelbase:57.3 in.
Seat Height:32.7 in.
Fuel Capacity:4.3 gal.
Claimed Curb Weight:467 lb.
Warranty:12-month, transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty
Available:May 2021