The naked bikes on show were led by the CB1000R with a new identity developed under Honda’s design theme of “Neo Sports Café”.
However, while the Neo Sports Cafe is both retro and modern, the new CB naked bikes are modern and minimalist. And how about that butt-ugly muffler!
With the boom in retro bikes such as the new Bonneville range, BMW R nineT, Ducati Scrambler, Yamaha SCR900 and the release of Kawasaki’s Z900RS, Honda has missed an opportunity to capture a slice of this burgeoning market.
It’s not just a styling update, though. The CB1000R has a performance update with 15kW more power and a 12kg weight reduction which means a 20% improvement in power-to-weight ratio.
The CB1000R now has multiple riding modes with different combinations of Power, Engine Braking and Honda Selectable Torque Control run on a new state-of-the-art Throttle By Wire engine management system.
It is yet another motorcycle not imported by Honda Australia. Maybe the new look will change their minds.
Meanwhile, the CB300R and CB125R naked bikes have several performance and technical upgrades.
They include 41mm upside-down forks, preload adjustable rear suspension, radial-mount four-piston front brake calipers and several other features more usually found on much larger machines such as LCD instrument display, LED lighting and Internal-Measurement-Unit-based ABS system.
The CB300R used to be imported here at $A5249 +ORC but has been deleted in favour of the CB300F while the CB125R is not imported.