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Rank Honda’s best CB1000R customs

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Honda wants you to choose the best of a dozen custom CB1000Rs


Honda is asking riders to choose the best of 12 customised CB1000Rs that were shown at last year’s Wheels & Waves event in Biarritz.

The firm is giving everyone the chance to choose their favourites at a dedicated website - - where you can also download high-resolution images of the bikes as desktop or mobile wallpapers.

Although just posed as a bit of fun, it’s worth bearing in mind that a company like Honda is sure to be digging for information from a survey like this. So who knows, perhaps the most popular design could end up influencing a future production model?

Here’s a quick run-down on the bikes in the contest:


Honda wants you to choose the best of a dozen custom CB1000Rs


1: The ‘CB1000R-adical’ by Gannet Design and Fuhrer Moto, Switzerland

Work includes ultralight CeraCarbon racing front fork and custom sprockets, bespoke Rotobox carbon fibre wheels, Synto Evo brake and clutch levers, a fibreglass belly pan, K&N air filter, Titanium and carbon fibre Akrapovic end-can, and hand-painted ‘camo’ bodywork by Walter Oberli.



2: The ‘Africa Four CRF1000R’ by Brivemo Motors, Switzerland.

Changes include a CRF450R front end, inc. single large front disc and anodised 4 piston caliper, bespoke 4 into 1 exhaust with stubby carbon fibre end-can, custom rear seat cowl, new headlight and mudguard, new aluminium handlebars, engine bars, serrated footpegs, mini LED indicators and bodywork in Africa Twin colours.



3: CB1000R ‘Monkey 1000R’ from Werther Honda, Nice, France.

Its frame, covers and fork legs are painted glittering blue, with monkey mirrors and handlebars, mini LED indicators, an undertray tail tidy, arrow double exit high exhaust and enduro tyres.



4: CB1000R ‘Black Edition’ by 3C Motos, Biarritz, France

Mods include black forks, swingarm and frame, gloss black wheels and rear shock, Akrapovic exhaust and engraved ‘Black Edition’ plate.



5: CB1000R Neo Sports Café Endurance Team Replica by National Motos, France.

Inspired by the 2006 24hrs LeMans winner, it just gets spoked wheels and replica paintwork, but the overall effect is greater than the sum of the parts.



6: CB1000R from Café Chic features brushed aluminium and candy red paint, a fawn coloured leather saddle and seat pad, customised rear seat cowl, Kineo spoked wheels, a Fechter Drive Hurric Pro 2 muffler and thermal paint on exhaust and headers.



7: CB1000R ‘Dirt Endurance’ from VC Moto, Sabadell, Spain.

Features include a bespoke fairing inspired by vintage café racers, rear cowl, dropped handlebars, bar end mirrors, split-level silencer and exposed air filters.



8: ‘Monkey Kong’ by Mallorca Motos, Spain, uses original Monkey mirrors, indicators and front mudguard, an engine cover with original Monkey style chrome plate ring, a yellow and white paint scheme, Africa Twin silencer, gold forks, yellow rear shock spring



9: ‘Alfredo’ by Hakuba Motos, Spain, is inspired by Freddie Spencer and features a Spencer-rep paint scheme, laser-engraved clutch cover, black forks, number boards, an SC-Project exhaust and rearset pegs.



10: Honda’s Limited Edition CB1000R is a slightly different proposition since it’s a limited run model with 350 made by Honda itself for France, Spain, Germany and Italy. It gets an HRC paint scheme, SC-Project exhaust and a smattering of carbon fibre.



11: CB1000R ‘Tribute’ is Honda Italia’s own custom bike. It gets CB705-style paint, spoked wheels, an SC-Project exhaust, Rizoma mirrors and indicators, an alcantara seat and Lightech plate holder.



12: CB1000R ‘Dani Pedrosa replica’ by Moto Macchion, Italy, is another race rep, but with Pedrosa paintwork to go with its SC-Project exhaust, various carbon add-ons, Rizoma indicators and aluminium bars.


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