Author: Bike Social Road Tester Posted: 06 Apr 2009
When Lady Godiva first rode through the streets of Coventry she would have had no idea that naked riding would develop such a cult following. Yet with a growing range of naked bikes arriving on the market, more and more riders are 'going Godiva' every day.
Leading the way in the stripped back stakes is the new Honda CB1000R. Baring all with true naked bike brevity the CB1000R still manages to make a statement with what little clothing remains. The angular looking semi-underslung exhaust, futuristic panels, and eye catching swept four spoke 17" wheels, work like luxurious lingerie, enhancing and enticing with the finest detail, compliment rather than cover its raw nakedness.
Not that there's anything skimpy about this magnificent Honda motorcycle. Built like an international rugby player, its 'mass forward' design leaves you in no doubt about its sheer power. With a retuned version of the liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16 valve, in line 4 cylinder power plant from the CBR1000RR Fireblade on board, packed with even more low to mid range punch, it delivers an impressive 130bhp with 100ft/lbs of torque, to take you all the way up to 150mph.
Yet despite all this naked aggression, the CB1000R is a pure pleasure to ride. Fully adjustable 43mm upside-down front forks and a single rear shock provide a suspension that keeps you in tactile touch with the road as you accelerate, and yet stays firmly in control when it comes to stopping again. And with the sure stopping ability provided by twin 310mm front discs with four-piston callipers and a single 256mm rear disc with dual-piston calliper, you can let rip with confidence. There's even an upgrade to ABS available for those requiring extra stopping power.
They say that less is more, and in the case of many other naked bikes this is certainly the case. Yet with the CB1000R, less is considerably less, starting at just £6950 - incredible value for a 1 litre bike of such quality, performance, and style.
However, as with any large Honda motorcycle, insurance is something you will need to consider carefully - not least because of the envy factor involved in owning such a striking bike. But don't let that put you off because Bennetts could offer serious savings on Honda bike insurance. So while your CB1000R Honda dealer is your first choice for Honda parts or your new CB1000R tyres, you'll be able to see just how much you could save on your bike insurance quote with Bennetts